Monday, 31 October 2016

Unboxing [US]: Kabukimonogatari - Mayoi Jiangshi: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

After the falling pound occurred I was hesitant to do any more importing. But I decided to try and continue pursuing the rest of the Monogatari arcs and to my surprise they arrived today in time for the October pickups collection, however I had to pay customs as a result.

Here's a look at what Kabukimonogatari's set is like.

Kabukimonogatari is the second arc of five in the Monogatari Second Season series (technically six if you include Hanamonogatari). The story is now set after the events of Nisemonogatari and each arc follows the individual female heroines who had apparitions of sorts from Bakemonogatari. For instance, Kabukimonogatari covers the Mayoi Jiangshi arc featuring Mayoi Hachikuji as the main lead instead of Koyomi Araragi (though apparently this arc has more to do with Koyomi and Shinobi).

It's worth noting that as each arc goes along there may be spoilers up ahead, so you have been warned.

Each Monogatari Second Season arc is split up for the US releases and Kabukimonogatari is one of them. The set contains a cardboard box with art from the Japanese volumes as well as a mini booklet, artcards and the Blu-ray case with 2 discs. The box itself is very slim and flimsy but they at least fixed this with the newer Aniplex sets. The Aniplex sets are region free and this is no exception, plus the subtitles are unlockable. The Monogatari series is only available in Japanese with English subtitles (because the meaning will be lost in English dub form and the subtitles are all over the place).

Alongside the main four episodes of the arc, the second Omnibus recap episode is included.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese
Audio: LPCM 2.0 [Japanese]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: A, B, C
Subtitles: English [Japanese language]
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 2

Plot Synopsis (via Aniplex):
On August 20th, on his way to delivering Mayoi what she had forgotten at his home, Koyomi encounters Yotsugi Ononoki, a familiar girl. Koyomi spends the day buying Yotsugi ice cream instead of doing what he originally planned to do. Unable to find Mayoi, Koyomi gives up and heads home and realizes that he has not done any of his summer assignments, even though tomorrow was the first day of school. With help from Shinobu, Koyomi travels back to the past so that he can finish them, but instead, they end up traveling back 11 years ago!

The date is May 13th, the day before Mother's Day when Mayoi was killed in a car accident on her way to see her mother. Koyomi realizes that he can save Mayoi by changing the past, but what will be the outcome of his actions...

On-Disc Extra Content:
Omnibus 2 Video
Textless Opening & Ending
PV & CM Collections

Limited Edition Extras:
Cardboard Limited Edition Artbox
Deluxe Booklet
Pinup Postcard Set
Aniplex 'Proof of Purchase' card

Kabukimonogatari is only available as a Blu-ray Limited Edition set from Aniplex of America for SRP $64.98. It's also available on Blu-ray and DVD elsewhere in UK & Australia.

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