Daisuki is simulcasting this Monogatari season, which is great because it’s free and its stream actually runs on my computer, unlike the Crunchyroll ones which act up on my laptop even when I try play them in SD. Thing is, even though I watch them on Daisuki, I end up pirating the episode anyway because I need to take 50 thousand screencaps of Senjogahara in weird poses. I tried contorting my body into that position she’s in up there, but just ended up straining my leg muscles and falling over. I think I might have gotten it though, unlike the Shaft head-tilt which I’ve never managed to pull off.
You might be expecting me to go “omg nakkid shower scene with Senge Ohgoh Ara omg” but I just felt the whole thing to be rather dull. Part of the reason I like the sort-of-but-not-really fanservice in the Monogatari series is its flirting based on the character’s personalities so the flirtation comes out as a natural part of their characters. Just plonking a cartoon arse on the screen, even if they say it’s Senjogahara’s ass, does little for me. It’s something I’ve never really gotten about those tits and ass series like Highschool DxD. I thought the appeal of watching these is supposed to be seeing these characters get their tits out. So why are the characters all so bland and samey? If I want to see girls showering, I don’t watch some blueballing ecchi anime. I get out my binoculars and look into the apartment block across the street, or I watch actual proper porn.
The other thing is the shower sort of broke my suspension of disbelief a bit. Senjogahara suggesting herself and Hanekawa go shower together so she can tease Arararagi about being able to do so? I can swallow that. The two of them then proceeding to rigorously finger each other in the shower? Right, thanks, but let’s move on please.
What I did really like was Senjogahara and Hanekawa acting like newlyweds. The waking up next to each other, looking at the other person sleeping for a bit with a smile on their face, sitting about in their underwear tidying up the bed while the other puts on breakfast. Sitting together politely at the breakfast table as they conduct mindless smalltalk. Heck, they even had pillow talk. I guess the rigourous shower fingering session the night before falls into that category too.
Perhaps newlyweds is an outdated term, given that most couples have lived together for ages before sticking an MD Geist dvd around each others’ fingers. It’s more like a couple who are in their first week of owning a flat together and still not quite used to living in each other’s company. It’s that great mix of being undoubtedly pleased with the situation but a little unsure of how to conduct oneself when going about things that have for the entire rest of your life being conducted on your lonesome.
Better yet, I get to watch Senjogahara faff about and be herself without holding back much. She’s got an odd way of showing up, but you can tell she’s genuinely thrilled to have a real friend of her own. The quirks in how she holds herself around Hanekawa. Sure it’s mostly Shaft-isms, but there’s a noticeable change in her demeanor around Hanekawa in these episodes then Senjogahara around any of the other characters she’s met. Even around Arararagi she’s not quite this relaxed. It’s even more recognisable when her demeanor switches back to old Senjogahara when she realises Hanekawa doesn’t seem to dislike anything. What is friendship when you like everybody?
I would like to extend Senjogahara’s wisdom about liking everything meaning not liking anything to anime and to the people who keep moaning about whether I even like anime when I bitch about most anime being piles of poo on sticks. My retort: Do you even like anything? Not liking most things means I genuinely love the ones that do leave an impression. I don’t squawk over every cartoon girl that graces my screen unlike you hnnngggg-meisters.