Last week was just another recap episode. They recapped that weird spin-off arc from Bakemonogatari where Kanbaru and Senjogahara teamed up to compete in a giant robot beach volleyball tournament except they hadn’t realised it was a giant robot tournament so showed up in their bikinis and yet won anyway. What, you don’t remember that arc? It came after the first Hanekawa cat arc from Bakemonogatari. Some places class it as a spin-off OVA and others as episodes 17-20 so it’s understandable that you might have missed it.
One thing I’ve been praising this season of Monogatari for is how each arc has managed to significantly improve my impressions of each character. Nadeko, Hanekawa, even Shinobu have really gone up in my eyes. There’s one character that has really dipped in my eyes though. I am done with Arararagi. I don’t find his shtick entertaining. He’s completely static as a person with nothing left resembling development. His continued interactions with the other girls makes his relationship with Senjogahara, the best part of Bakemonogatari, feel cheapened as a result. Most of what constituted as humour and character interaction in this episode was glorifying paedophilia.
I think that’s the part most of all that I dislike and about the series as a whole. I recently redid my top 60 anime list, and with Monogatari impressing so much I figured it was probably worth a shot at putting the whole franchise on the list. But then I remember how uncomfortable I feel around it and how much of that tone remains throughout the seasons. At this point Arararagi liking little girls is basically his defining characteristic.
Arararagi for Worst Girl. Hanekawa, you are off the hook for now.
Since I’m complaining, something I’ve always disliked about the dialogue in Monogatari is when they repeat the same thing using slightly different language. I have no issue with this when the meaning is changed slightly by presenting the wording differently. Most of the problems are discovered and solved through wordplay. However not all of the dialogue is like this. It’s Arararagi repeating that he is walking down the road, and by that I mean on a road putting one leg in front of another, well except I’m on the road beside the road, a path for which people walk on, not cars but pedestrians such as myself who walk when they do not have a car.
I accept something might be lost in translation here, but from my end that doesn’t really matter. I’m still bogged down and bored by this monologuing that goes nowhere. I’m going to blame Arararagi for this again, which isn’t entirely fair. Meme did it a fair amount, and plenty of other characters like to let their mouth wander (doh ho ho geddit because there was kissing in this episode doh ho ho) but I’m in a bad mood with Arararagi so it’s clearly all his fault. Maybe this arc will pick up. Every other arc has done so this far. I think I’m just bored of standard Monogatari fixture now. If they’re not switching narrators or jumping through time then I’m just tired of the formula. That would normally spell worry for the entire franchise, but since it’s been keeping things so fresh lately it hasn’t been a problem.
Or maybe it just needs more Senjogahara and Kanbaru playing giant mecha beach volleyball.