They know it, don’t they? Shinbo, Nisioisin and co. know the best part of their show is Senjogahara. They know, and that’s why they love to do so much teasing with her reappearance. The bare handful of appearances she makes after the first arc rarely ever show her eyes and deliberately frame the camera so we never see her properly. The few times she talks it’s over the phone. When she finally does appear back in the show in person, they delay and delay her appearance. Make her talk over the phone as per usual, hide her face until finally we see her and she’s wearing Groucho Marx glasses.
And then Kaiki outdoes her.
Shaft trying to outdo their own head-tilt records with multiple mirror image Kaiki tilts. I wonder if the Shaft headtilt in 30 years time will be this animation staple shot like the Dezaki watercolour still frame. Come to think of it, have Shaft ever combined the two and had a Dezaki watercolour still frame of a character pulling a Shaft headtilt? Crossing streams and all that.
After the last arc being quite poor, I am so excited for this arc. They’ve basically teamed up the two best characters in the show in the closest version Monogatari will come to of a heist arc. I loved how their first coming together was the two of them trying to one-up each other with neither of them drawing attention to the fact. They’re wonderfully stubborn, going to such absurd lengths to call each other’s bluffs that they both end up flying to Okinawa and referring to each other through silly false names and laughable disguises to keep up their respective grudges. I wonder if Meme got his flashy Hawaiian shirt in similar circumstances? I can’t imagine Kaiki in anything other than his funeral director suit, but that’s not to say he couldn’t go wild. Dye his hair, spike it like a shounen protagonist, get him some sandals and voila!
Actually no, sorry, but Kaiki will never look natural as a swinger. He was probably born wearing a shirt buttoned up to the collar.
Two pictures of Kaiki in a row and only one Senjogahara? What has happened to me? Well it’s because the variety of Senjogahara poses in this episode was highly limited, for reasons I outlined at the start of this post. Meanwhile Kaika was swinging his head back, grasping his face, and generally looking beautiful with his Gendo Ikari poses. Plus as I said, he’s the second best character in the show so I’m happy to fill a post with pictures of him.
What I love about his soliloquy time, asides from the fact that he outright called it soliloquy time, was Kaiki was simply trying to find a reason to justify to himself why he was doing something that deep in his own mind he knew he was doing for moral reasons. Not because he owes anyone debt or suffers from a guilty conscious or anything like that. It’s because he’s a Nice Guy After All but can’t be seen as such. I wonder if during his teenage years he was an Arararagi type figure. Not that he’s a giant pedophile and the worst character in the show, but in that he just helped people except in a snarky male-lead-in-a-kyoani-show kind of way. As he got older he turned scamster supreme, probably because he got so sick of people hanging out with the likes of Meme and Gaen Izuko. But deep down Kaiki we know you’re just a big auld softy. Or perhaps not, given that the arc started with him telling the audience to not take any of this at face value. He’s probably still at the shrine checking out the ladies, trying to sell charms to gullible middle schoolers again.