Episode 09 Comparison
The fourth Bakemonogatari DVD was released this week, and, as anticipated, there were a lot of changes from the original broadcast of episodes nine and ten. For episode nine, I was a bit surprised to see that they re-animated most of the episode in terms of style and coloring and that they managed to keep everything consistent with the original TV broadcast (likely because it was based on the same storyboards). The original version actually comes out looking a bit more detailed than the redone one, which is more stylized. It’s also worth noting that they changed Hitagi’s facial expression, which you can see above, as well as Tsubasa’s which makes her look more sinister.
Episode 10 Comparison
Episode 10 New Scenes
Episode ten felt like it had less redone than episode nine, but that’s mainly because there was less of it animated in the first place. Compared to the original broadcast version, the DVD/BD version featured a lot of new animation in place of all the stills. Some of that was fanservice, including some rather gratuitous camera work aimed at her crotch, and then there was this, but it also made a lot more sense what was going on in the action scene between Koyomi and the jagirinawa. Plus, they re-did Nadeko’s OP sequence for episode ten so that she’s no longer wearing her hat.
All in all, if you enjoyed Bakemonogatari, then it’s worth it to re-watch these two episodes to see what SHAFT changed and how episode ten was supposed to be. Now if only they would finish and release the final two episodes…