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Monogatari Series Second Season episode 14 – TuturEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHH!!!

vlcsnap-2013-10-06-18h18m54s116Remember 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).

vlcsnap-2013-10-06-18h15m24s65Good 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”.

vlcsnap-2013-10-06-18h16m48s155Almost 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.

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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.

vlcsnap-2013-10-06-18h21m06s166Senjogawho?

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28 Comments

  1. Varyn
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been waiting for this ever since the episode aired, even though I knew exactly how you would react to pissed off Nadeko I had to confirm it anyway

    In other news…FIRS*slaps self*

    • Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, this was the big payoff of the arc, the scene to look forward to animated. Like the in media res opening, I thought it wasn’t all that interesting in the book, and it took Shaft’s production work and, in this case, Hanazawa’s voice work to turn it into something special.

      Nadeko’s still such a boring character, though. At least Tsukihi called her out on her insanely long crush, but let’s face it, she’s just another cutie who can’t handle being such a cutie.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Pah, you just can’t handle that Nadeko is a Good Character now. She’s shy and can’t free her feelings so she hides behind an unobtainable crush. Being ‘cute’ is barely relevant to her personality.

      • Posted October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        Being cute IS her character. She only gets away with her shyness because she’s cute. She hasn’t developed a proper sense of identity because everyone has let her get away with her behavior because she’s cute. Oh, the pain of being privileged and spoiled by everyone around you. Yeah, not terribly interesting.

      • Varyn
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

        One line in particular right before she goes crazy seemed completely bizarre.

        “Like I usually did, I lowered my eyes, looked down, and stayed quiet. I’m going to wait for Sasayabu-sensei to become disgusted and walk away”

        It sounds like something Hikigaya would come up with. Wasn’t the whole point that the whole world looks at her like she’s nothing more than a cute ‘victim’ and she hides behind this presumption. If she thinks the teacher finds her disgusting doesn’t this totally go against all that?

        Then again maybe I just don’t get it or whatever

      • Inushinde
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

        Her cuteness comes from being meek, which I assume her teacher finds to be loathsome when it’s as big a character trait as it is for Nadeko.

      • Scamp
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

        She’s shy, she just gets away with it because she’s cute. It’s not something she tries. Her problem is that she’s shy, not that she is cute and that is what’s making her suffer. If that was the case then yes, I would also find this arc insufferable. But it’s not, it’s about breaking out of your shy shell, and that makes it cool

  2. joinedforFal
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    wonder if there is a tvtrope entry for something like this “snap the cutie” it isn’t as harsh as “break the cutie”
    maybe the distinction is one for comedic effect and the other for dramatic effect. hhhmmm.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      That would require you to go to TV Tropes to make it though, and that’s the last thing you want to be doing.

  3. Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking of taking a dose of her snarls and it crushed my image of HanaKana.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for that endless loop. Got it playing right now

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I give this episode 2547 Ring Girl imitating Tsukihi’s out of 2000. Jolly good!

  5. Shikamaru
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand japanese but there are some seiyuus that I love to listen. I know it’s kind of cheating to like a character just because of her/his voice even if they don’t have any personality. HanaKana has the softest, nicest and cutest voice ever. I love hearing her voice. If Nadeko was voiced by someone else I don’t know how much I would like her. Miyuki Sawashiro (Kanbaru) is also one of my favourite seiyuus. Her voice is really attractive if that makes sense. And it’s not just women. Tomokazu Sugita, Jun Fukuyama and Yuichi Nakamura all are great as well.

    This episode was really great. If I had to nitpick I think that the conversation between Nadeko and Tsukihi lasted too long. I also now have fetish for angry HanaKana.

    • Someone Else
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      Well I can’t say Hanazawa Kana is overrated as her voice is really good! Too good that she’s in like 3 or 4 animes in a single season, LOL! No one remembers Mamiko noto now, which is popular for her “soft and soothing voice”

      • JD
        Posted October 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

        Mamiko Noto is still quite active ; it’s just that she seems to be going out of her way not to do her “soft and soothing” voice anymore.

        And really, when she’s not going for cute, her voice is quite raw and low-pitched. She’s been doing the snarling thing for quite a while.

        (And so has Kana Hanazawa. Remember Kamisama Dolls ? She was a ranting psycho in that one. I think producers started to notice she could do something else than cutesy with OreImo. Thank you OreImo !)

      • Someone Else
        Posted October 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

        Mamiko Noto seems to be the seiyuu who is unrecognizable when doing a different role. Hanazawa Kana is always recognizable.

        And oh I don’t remember her on Kamisama Dolls, I actually forgot her on Binbougami Ga too. I guess I have too short memory

  6. Someone Else
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Fuck this fuck this fuck this. I’m in a current dilemma whether she’s better than Hanekawa. DAMN IT WHY IS MY LEAST FAVORITE GIRL IS NOW COMPETING WITH MY FAVORITE GIRL’S POSITION!? WHY!!!???

    Is it because she now has an (I admit)awesome character development?
    Or is it because it’s Hanazawa Kana cursing like it’s normal? Seriously lately Hanazawa’s so in demand yet they use her voice on usual cutesy shy girls which is kind of a waste. Nadeko’s rage is so good that it caught me off guard. Hanazawa’s voice is really good when she’s angry, I can’t wait for the new psycho pass. 9/10, might change my best girl next episode

    BTW that eeeehh sounds like she’s an evolving digimon from that old PS1 game. Nostalgia out of place

  7. kai
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I get the feeling there are not a lot of Bimbougami ga watchers here. You know HanaKana sounded like this most of the time as Chichiko.

    How the tide turns, I was looking forward to Hanamonogatari but Kanbaru’s arc has a lot of work to do to top Nadeko now. I would have loved to see the teachers face though, Nadeko’s tongue-lashing must have felt like being savaged buy a mouse.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      I did think of Binbougami, but there she’s more just yelling a lot rather than the real spite in her voice this time. Also she didn’t go EEEEEEEEHHHHHHHH

  8. swaq
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    “book on tape read by HanaKawa”

    Don’t you mean “HanaKana”?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Kana Hanazawa

  9. Posted October 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been drinking every episode during this arc because worst girl but when she snapped at the teacher with “SHUT THE FUCK UP” I almost dropped my drink in sheer surprise. It was one of the best moments of the entire series.

    Then it turned out that she was just being controlled by the snake and I was disappointed. It would have been incredible to see her go with that personality change the rest of the series

    • Posted October 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      If you recall, Kuchinawa specifically denies that notion. That was all Nadeko.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Yeah what lvlln said. The snake specifically said that wasn’t him and Nadeko going “yeah I know”

  10. Wodes
    Posted October 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    This arc is NisioIsin’s End of Eva. Starts with something emblematic of anime (moe), shows us how insane it is for people to actually be moe, and basically says the anime fandom is “forced autism” for wanting moe characters.

    I like it.

  11. Posted October 8, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    My my, Scamp.

    You’re so fickle when it comes to the Monogatari girls.

  12. Raymondjram
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    This is another short story, with only four episodes. Everyone is posting about Nadeko with her “bad girl” actions, but in the end, she really isn’t the “evil person”, as you all shall see in the last episode. The real “bad girl” has already shown herself in the first episode! Hint: she has black eyes!

  13. Pusswookie
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    I had the biggest grin plastered on my face during the scene where she cut loose and fucked shit up, both verbally and physically.
    It good to see her breaking free of that meek facade she puts on.

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