Nisemonogatari’s Blu-ray volumes have come clad with imouto on the cover in the past, yet the fifth and latest features not one, but two whole little sisters – each arriving fitted in stockings and seifuku.
Sitting in front is a sloppy Karen, the colossal imouto makes no respectable impression for the little little sister as she rests in a rather unladylike manner – legs spread apart, mug hanging from fingers, and attire which doesn’t look quite her size. Considering the many moments of imouto fanfare contained within Nisemonogatari, it actually seems rather appropriate for there to be the alluringly indecent display of Karen’s suggestively positioned legs – made mesmerizing by the coverage of skirt which leaves one spinning in thought as to the sight underneath.
Her fetish friendly footwear are trimmed with a yellow along the top which recurs in a number of places across the artwork – as do a variety of other colors. The hues already being of a peculiar and rarely seen nature, vivid tones with something of a synthetic appearance courtesy of the indiscriminate white tint being utilized to compose them all, they do balance the visual weight of course – yet they also contribute to the abstract feel of the image.
That mood is established with more than colors alone obviously – a checkered pattern, as seen on the floor, is frequently employed for such purposes, and also note the general layout of objects. The art provides the nuance that symmetry is possible, yet the different elements don’t appear interested in anything of the sort – something which not only goes back to the leg postures, but also extends to the pillows surrounding the hysteric imouto, the magazines on the floor, everything.
Precision emanates off the art piece as it’s clear that every single aspect was given great consideration – and it’s also worth noting that odd numbered amounts of items are recognized as more appealing that even, and such can be seen here as well in many a spot, three pillows, three magazines, three divisions in the seat.
Now focusing on the littlest of little sisters, her hair matches her stockings in color – which again returns to the aspects of balance and potential for symmetry as mentioned earlier. There’s a potent streak of light across her thigh – and aside from that, there’s simply the usual rounds of shadow and SHAFT style art to be seen. One should, however, note that the imoutos’ identical uniforms, but differing socks and other finer details, also add to the balance.
This illustration takes advantage of layout to build the composition, as all “-monogatari” artwork generally does, in a manner like no other – and instead of simply basing itself around value as is most common.
Making a few final notices, it would be almost an injustice not to give some attention towards their egg hairpins which contrast against essentially all else – and perhaps the cutest facet of the illustration, the littlest of little sisters looks as if she’s about to fall asleep, quite a deceptively simple sight in comparison to her senile personality.