Remember when Steins;Gate was airing and people made these tuturuu compilation videos where HanaKana’s upbeat oblivious text ringtone noise soothed to a point of delirium? I was never a fan of that kind of HanaKana stereotype. The brainless upbeat moeblob that squeaked in satisfaction at everything because their brain wasn’t capable of holding any other feelings. I have found my new favourite HanaKana voice. The pissed off delinquent snarl. I could listen to her making that angry “EEEEEEEEHHHHHHHH” sound all day (cheers to Lerxt for sending me that vitally important video).
Good lord, what this season of Monogatari has done to change my opinion of Nadeko. I fucking loved this episode. It’s quite similar to the Hanekawa arc where we spend the early parts breaking down their character and getting deeper into their head and what makes them click. Unlike Hanekawa though, where the breakdown only managed to prove that she is truly boring in every way, breaking down Nadeko revealed a young teenage girl afraid of conflict. It’s really just the arc of your average shy teenage girl. We have no reached the rebellious phase of the teenager where she’s finally releasing all those pent up feelings in a big lash out at everyone. It’s The Catcher in the Rye, except not as insufferable because we actually see her before turning into an irritating teenage whining twat. I’m sure I would have enjoyed Catcher in the Rye way more if it was a book on tape read by HanaKawa and after every time he called someone a phony she went “EEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHH”.
Almost every character in Monogatari has been improved this season, which is a remarkable achievement. Hanekawa may still be boring, but at least it’s approaching a boring character in a philosphical way which is interesting in itself. I really enjoyed Tsukihi’s conversation with Nadeko, even if she was mostly just acting as a device to unlock Nadeko and not being much of a character herself. Possibly the only one who hasn’t been improved is Araragi, who has become a static heroic lead. There’s no character left to explore there, so we’ve been basically leaving him as a plot device rather than a character to explore. Which is working, oddly enough. He’s now this generic unachievable goal that the female characters hide behind. It’s bizarre to see them harem lead story told from the perspective of his various haremettes, all of whom have already lost and are spending an entire season worth of episodes getting over that.
Nadeko was the only girl who could have fallen into the braindead moeblob before, as is usually the case in other shows of this rather perplexing genre (perplexing in that anime has a dedicated harem genre and nobody bats an eye at that fact), but she’s not even that anymore. This arc reveals she’s a much more multi-faceted character. A multi-faceted character that can kick down doors like she’s Heiwajima Shizuo. I may have let this slip, but hearing Nadeko go full delinquent screech was fantastic. Down with the squeaky polite moeblobs. I want angry girls, so long as they still have their intelligence intact while they rant and go “EEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHH” at me. I managed to get a girlfriend in the army but she won’t use her commanding angry military voice on me so I have to go to anime to get that fix. 2D 4 lyfe, Nadeko for best girl.