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Monogatari Series Second Season episode 23 – Crab of Versailles

vlcsnap-2013-12-10-21h37m38s148That 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.

Monogatari Second Season - 23 - Large 10This 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.

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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.

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31 Comments

  1. Kiseki
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    It’s definitely more stylized as something from the 80′s.

    • Wodes
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

      See now i thought it was a nod to the 90′s shoujo aesthetic, but shoujo all looks the same anyway so meh.

      • Kiseki
        Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

        I think you could also set it around the early 90′s, but it would be something of a rarity? It’s an in-between. Not sparkly enough to be from the 70′s, but too sharp to be from the 90′s.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking of Rose of Versailles (as kinda hinted by the title) but I suppose that crept into the 80s anyway

  2. Posted December 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    I like this episode, especially when we get to see the soft side of Senjougahara when she thanked Kaiki after bathroom.

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    But what about this OP? It looks beautiful and sounds great! Muwahahahaha!

    But seriously, Monnogatari’s newest OP made me squeeeee~~~~
    I kept pausing it at their faces to compare the new and the old styles.

    • Erif
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      oh god why must you remind me this exists.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      Please stop reminding the world that anime existed

  4. maeru
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Did the shading on the car in the OP remind anyone else of California Crisis? I know the character designs aren’t anything alike, but I just can’t shake that feeling…

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      I totally thought of California Crisis too. It’s a very specific style that I’m sure has a name but can’t remember. Ping Shinmaru, he’ll probably know

  5. Shikamaru
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:46 am | Permalink

    That’s why FLCL is still underrated if you ask me. Best anime soundtrack by far.

    Nothing new to say really. Another awesome episode. The fact that the singing sucked made the opening even better. Can you see guy like Kaiki singing karaoke? Well okay it would be hilarious if that really happened. We didn’t hear the voice actor singing, we heard Kaiki singing.

    I’m also one of those few guys who doesn’t care about spoilers at all. I have tried to find out what happens in the next episode all the time but can’t find anything. Isn’t this REALLY popular Light Novel series? Yet I can’t find spoilers. It’s so weird.

    • Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

      Really? I thought the spoilers were pretty easy to find.
      http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?p=3912109

      • Shikamaru
        Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        Thanks. I thought animesuki was one of the many anime only sites. Still why can’t there be one single page that has every single important spoiler. That would be so much easier.

        Now I know what’s going to happen and I actually want to see the next episode even more. That’s how spoilers work for me.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      FLCL underrated? Ummmm ok, I think its rated plenty highly in every corner of the internet

  6. Someone Else
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    All anime songs sucks? How about DATABASE DATABASE LIVING IN THE DATABASE WOW WOW WOW WOW you can’t forget that!

    Also I don’t know why you like Senjougahara anymore. Is it the sharp tongue? Because clearly Kaiki now is the best girl and I’m willing to put my Catgirl to my second place

    • LightNovelMC
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:28 am | Permalink

      Senjy has always been on the top of my list because of her wit and sarcasm. However in this arc, her persona as this quick witted girl with a retort always up her sleeve is one upped by the fact that Kaiki is on a whole new level. There’s a sense of vulnerability she has that hasn’t been seen since the first episode of bakemonogatari, and the scene of her excusing herself to cry reminds me of her getting her weight back. As for cat girl, I just found her to be the worst girl (next to araragi) due to her being a bland character and the fact that her arcs were the in my opinion the worst arcs next to shinobu time.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        Also because I’m shallow and Senjogahara is hot.

        Although I think I preferred her with long hair

  7. Dude
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    “Shame the song and the singing is awful”

    But thats the best part of it, it was sung by Senjogahara and Kaiki ( or at least their VAs ) themselves!

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

      And was about as bad as I would imagine them singing it. Certainly funny, but still kinda bad

  8. Pusswookie
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Kaiki has been the first to acknowledge that Araragi is a criminal, threatened to kick the shit out of a character for being annoying, and made Senjougahara adorable.

    The Ghostbusters get shit done.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      That was one of my favourite parts of the episode. The amount of disgust Kaiki displayed when being compared to Araragi

  9. Mr.RR
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    So I was waiting for the reveal that Nadeko, is the Japanese version of Helga with the Araragi sculpture instead of Arnold in her closet.

  10. Baphomet
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Actually almost all anime have terrible OPs and EDs. Anime music sucks.

    Finally people start admitting it!

  11. R1CK_D0M
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    That little back and forth about escorting a lady and reservations was priceless.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      What was great about that was it was clearly Senjogahara doing her usual witty shtick but Kaiki played her perfectly so Senjogahara lost

  12. Rait
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
  13. Ramiel
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    “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. ”

    Totally agree, this has been one of my favorite things about this arc. The dialogue has been taken to another level.

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