Monday, 31 October 2016

Unboxing [US]: Otorimonogatari - Nadeko Medusa: 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 Otorimonogatari's set is like.

Otorimonogatari 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, Otorimonogatari covers the Nadeko Medusa arc featuring Nadeko Sengoku as the main lead instead of Koyomi Araragi.

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 Otorimonogatari 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 third 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):
Nadeko encounters a giant snake who claims to be a deity named Kuchinawa. Kuchinawa promises Nadeko that he will grant her wish if she aids him in the search of his object of worship. Little does Nadeko know that obtaining the object of worship will cost her more than what she expected.

Koyomi tries to convince Nadeko to let go of the object of worship, but it's too late, and Nadeko swallows the object and becomes a snake apparition! To make things worse, now Nadeko wants to kill Koyomi and Shinobu Oshino!

On-Disc Extra Content:
Omnibus 3 Video
Textless Opening & Ending
PV & CM Collections

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

Otorimonogatari 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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