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12 Days of Anime #10: Nadeko’s delinquent screech

A quick attempt to collect all the bloggers taking part in the 12 Days of Anime project. Sorry if I miss anyone.

Perpetual Morning, IllogicalzenYaranakyaPedantic PerspectiveIsn’t it ElectrifyingMichi’s House of LeavesToxic MuffinWhat is this ‘culture’ you speak of,  Avvesione’s Anime BlogSubdued FangirlingThe Absolute Destiny AblogaclypseGeekornerThe Beautiful WorldFantastic MemesBeneath the TanglesThe null setLower mid tableNigorimasenAnime VikingSatchiikoma, Swabulous, Mecha-GuignolStanding on My NeckThe Untold Story of Altair and VegaCaraniel’s RamblingsRay-OutAnime is DeadAtelier EmilyOtaku JournalistAnime Diet, Anime Monographia and Draggle’s Anime Blog. Also a quick search on youtube will show you that youtubers have their own 12 days project that follows the exact same formula with the exact same idea, which I guess is because both circles are following the same original idea by Mega Megane Moe. The blog may be dead but his spirit lives on~!

vlcsnap-2013-10-06-18h18m54s116Nadeko Sengoku was the worst girl in Bakemonogatari. She was the star of the worst arc with the most boring personality that felt like it was devised solely to appeal to paedophiles with onii-chan fetishes. I accept we have differing tastes, but saying Nadeko was not the worst girl is like saying you prefer the smell of rotting eggs to the smell of melting chocolate.

So what does Monogatari Second Season do with her arc? Make her relatable and sympathetic, temporarily turn her into an angry banchou chick, then turn her into a psychotic yandere snake god. Best character arc ever.

Part of the reason why Nadeko’s arc is great is it basically admits her original arc made for a terrible character. More specifically, that people who view a person solely through how cute they are is limiting their humanity and their personality. Telling the story from Nadeko’s perspective we start to see how restrained she feels by that label, and all you losers fapping yourself silly over how goddamn kawaii that opening song was are being judged for how quick you were to attach that label to Nadeko. Once she finally got the chance to spread her wings a bit and be anything other than the cutesy girl was when her bangs were cut.

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And oh how brilliant that moment was. With a fantastic EEEEEHHHHHHH screech interrupting every other sentence, KanaHana’s voice shifted from demure to majorly pissed off. Kicking doors down and screeching surprisingly coherent arguments at teachers and classmates in the style usually reserved for delinquents with pompadours. I had a giant grin spread across my face throughout the entire scene. Nadeko was no longer worst girl, and she managed it by directly combating what it was that made her worst girl in the first place.

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  1. Baphomet
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Too bad she became worst girl again at the end of the arc.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Not worse than Hanekawa

  2. Shikamaru
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Well in my defense I fully admitted from the beginning that I only liked Nadeko just because how cute/moe she was. Seeing my favourite Monogatari girl turning into the current villain of the series has been really fun to watch. I bet nobody saw that coming. Okay nobody saw a giant guillotine gorilla coming either but Nadeko becoming god/villain at least makes sense.

    And no, I will never get over that stupid twist. It was offensive.

  3. Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I think I might have missed the point of the story arc since I still call Nadeko kawaii and fap over her

  4. Elliot
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    So wait, with Nadeko not being worst girl now, who then becomes worst girl?

    • Varyn
      Posted December 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink


      • Scamp
        Posted December 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

        Beat me to it

  5. Posted December 17, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I’ve been a longtime lurker on this blog but thought I’d announce my participation in 12 Days of Anime (and start of my very first blog). Visit my blog at http://animemonographia.wordpress.com. (It’s a baby but a tough one and welcomes constructive feedback!)

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      Adding it to the list. I wish you luck in the anime blogging world

  6. khza
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    you think its a social commentary on the MOE phenomenon?

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