That 70’s shoujo opening was brilliant, plain and simple. It’s dumb little things about it that I dug, like how they made the screen really grainy when compared to the shiny modern era. Or that they had the awkward looking karaoke featuring a white font with no border. Perhaps best of all was how through the filter of shoujo, Kaiki became this dashing gentlemen and Senjogahara became a wispy maiden. I’ve been generally unimpressed with the OPs for this season, and didn’t really care when the last arc didn’t feature one because they had all unimpressed so far. However if the reason why they didn’t have one last time was to save up their strength for this, then I commend them. Shame the song and the singing is awful, but 70’s shoujo have terrible OPs. Actually pretty much all shoujo have terrible OPs. Actually almost all anime have terrible OPs and EDs. Anime music sucks.
This arc is just wonderful. Even the OP aside, they’ve got Kaiki narrating, Senjogahara featuring prominently, Nadeko’s character progression explaining the evils of spazzing out over how totemo kawaii something is, and absolutely no Araragi whatsoever. Senjogahara interacting with Kaiki in particular has been really fascinating because it’s the first time we’ve seen her interact with someone above her. Araragi is putty in her hands, Hanekawa is too boring to let Senjogahara do anything other than walk all over her, and neither Kanbaru nor Nadeko are anywhere close to her level. That’s about all the people we’ve seen her talk to. Kaiki meanwhile is able to take on her manipulative words and beat her at her own game. That’s what you get when you challenge one of the original Ghostbusters.
Senjogahara is quite like the Ghostbusters crew. She’s smart and knows it, seemingly always in control of her situation and flaunts her superior knowledge about a bit with her sharp tongue. She’s definitely not at the level of Meme, Gaen or even Kaiki. Kaiki is probably the Ghostbuster with the lowest power level, as was hinted at when he referred to Gaen as sempai. Which in its own way is rather adorable. Kaiki the grumpy nerdy little freshman joining the Ghostbusting club and his older classmate Gaen grabbing him by the ear and getting him to interact with the other folks and do her bidding. I suppose years of being in the same club as Gaen and having her lording it over you is likely to make a little reserved and underhanded as Kaiki has turned out.
I’m really disappointed we didn’t get to finally see two of the Ghostbusters face to face. This will be the only chance we get with Kaiki narrating since I doubt we’ll ever get to see Meme or Gaen or high heels in the central role. Mind you, after Nisemonogatari the idea of an entire arc with Kaiki narrating seemed absurd. Even the idea of not having Araragi front and centre was a little beyond what I thought Monogatari would do. Instead we got Gaen conversing through Ononoki who is a non-character. Nisioisin practically admitted that by making her do her ‘peace peace yeah’ shtick. Shoving on random traits that only serve to highlight their complete lack of character. Ma boi Kaiki was having none of that shit. I wanted to see him try it on with Gaen because it would have been the most passive aggressive conversation ever. As brilliantly passive-agressive as Senjogahara is, she’s still got much to learn to reach the level of the Ghostbusters.
She’s still best girl though.