I’m sorry for doubting you Senjogahara. You don’t even have to actually appear on screen. The most we got in this episode was this 5 millisecond shot where her face was cut off thanks to Shaft shooting the start and end of the episodes in a wide-screen perspective for no reason, and she was still the best character in the entire arc. I saw someone describe it as a real Joseph Jostar moment. “You could kill me now, but wouldn’t it be sooooo much better if you waited until later ah go on you know you want to.” On that note, I heard from a little birdie on twitter that there’s a new season of Jojo’s in the works. You may all now start to party.
I know Monogatari is rather wordy and drawn out, but half of this episode was just Nadeko talking to hair realising that she’s been lying to herself. It was an awful lot of explanation for what was only 3 episodes worth of self-deception. It was a neat explanation though, rather similar to that of Hanekawa’s arc. They’re both just jealous because Senjogahara is the best girl and each had to find a way to deal with that jealousy. In Hanekawa’s case she just carried on pretending she was boring and had barely any personality when in fact she was burning up with frustration and jealousy. Meanwhile Nadeko turned full on yandere. Seriously, she suggested murdering Arararagi so nobody else could fall in love with him so she could never feel jealous again. That’s some pretty great fucked up logic.
But being yandere conflicted with her cutesy moeblob onii-chan fetish personality, so she convinced herself that none of that was happening through self-hypnosis. I was never terribly convinced by Shinobu claiming Nadeko was a big poser because she got everything her way when she’s so kawaii and shit. That struck me like saying someone is a terrible person because they’re white and therefore it’s their fault society has arbitrarily given them advantages. Instead it turns out that Nadeko did start to have thoughts that didn’t fit into her helpless victim archetype, she started pretending they didn’t exist.
How much of this is Nadeko though? Turns out genderswapped Meme is the person that orchestrated this whole thing. Sure Nadeko had the feelings of jealousy and not being able to let her true feelings out, but that’s what makes it that more sinister. It’s preying on their already existing fears and dark thoughts, bringing them out and giving them the tools to destroy themselves and those around them. It’s very Johan Liebert, and puts quite an evil spin on her character. Why did she do it though? And how did Shinobu know that’s what happened? I suppose lady Meme did imply something about time travel or whatever, so we might learn in the next arc.
There’s not many girls left to have arcs about. Kanbaru’s arc is supposedly going to be in OVA format, which I choose to believe because it’s just too risque for TV. Nadeko, Mayoi and Hanekawa have all had their arcs, with Shinobu’s being sorta split with Mayoi. I guess there’s the sisters left, which would be awfully disappointing. Fit in an arc about the sisters together with some larger story about Lady Meme for the second to last arc so we can figure out what’s up with her. They can do their Fire Sister’s shtick before having to be saved by Arararagi like everyone in this series does, saving them with roll on deodorant which somehow manages to be the most erotic scene in anime history. Then that leaves the final arc to focus entirely on Senjogahara who spends the entire thing prancing about in her underwear. Or a bikini. I’m not fussy.
Another surprisingly good arc comes to an end, another arc that managed to make a previously boring character interesting. I’ve been really impressed by Monogatari this season. There’s been a few misteps, but each arc has ended well and has none of the usual Monogatari problems of incredibly anti-climactic endings. I’m going to be daring and throw this assertion out there: Monogatari Second Season > Bakemonogatari. Also Senjogahara is best girl, but that doesn’t need to be restated.