Considering how much they teased what was in that wardrobe, it could have been a hell of a lot more anti-climactic. Nadeko could have become a snake god because she was busy running away from doing her summer homework. Now imagine how annoyingly anti-climactic that would have been to several episodes of nothing but repeating the same conversations over and over…wait where was I? What am I doing starting this post off with negativity. It’s Monogatari, gotta get back to being excited. Happy thoughts happy thoughts damnit why was there so little Senjogahara on screen for this arc-wait no back to happy thoughts happy thoughts.
What was great about Kaiki in this arc was he was acting the adult in a world populated by dumb teenagers. He even said as much at one point. I’m just saying the things adults would say. We all do stupid embarrassing things as a teenager. Don’t kill yourself over it. It felt almost like he was talking to a suicidal teenager, which given what Nadeko was doing to herself probably isn’t too far from the truth. Now if only Kaiki could waltz into some other teenager anime and give them a bit of a snarky talking to as well. I’m sure I could enjoy White Album 2 if Kaiki showed up.
It wasn’t that Kaiki was being snarky either. He was being surprisingly kind and helpful. Telling Nadeko that she had genuine talent and that she can pursue that shows that she has other things to live for. Couching it in how money means everything is replaceable is an interesting way to put it, but that’s just Kaiki’s way of thinking to make him sound like he was being genuine. It’s just a way of saying that there is no single thing out there that means your life is not worth it if it goes away. Certainly not your teen crush. Not your peer’s respect. Not your dreams to become the God of Manga. That was a nice touch to it all, and a rare case of a Monogatari pun that I could actually understand and find charming.
With the Nadeko arc ending with Kaiki saying “you have other things to live for”, we now have to turn out attention to the broader question of what the hell is going on in the wider story. Until now I’ve never really given this much thought. I wanted to see what the Ghostbusters did when they were in college, but I hadn’t thought about this menacing dead-eyed, long sleaved girl in a while. Now though, she’s gone and got Kaiki whacked in the head, leaving the entire season of Monogatari on the biggest cliffhanger since the original Code Geass.
Who is Ougi? I seem to vaguely remember someone mentioning she’s a relation of Meme, which will probably have something to do with why Meme has gone mysteriously missing himself. What are her motives? We’ve been slowly learning that Gaen Izuko has taken it upon herself to be a protector of this town for whatever reason. Probably just because Shinobu showed up. That was possibly also what Meme was doing there in the first place back in Bakemonogatari. Meanwhile Kaiki is just the loser of the group who buggered off in a big huff until he was eventually manipulated into going back. There will be a changing of the guard. The ghostbusters will retire with Senjogahara, Araragi, Hanekawa and co. taking on the role of the new ghostbusters.
It’s been really fun to see them grow into characters capable of taking over that roll. I’ve really enjoyed writing about it too, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all my nonsense. I’ll be back for whenever the next season comes out. All we need now is for Nisioisin to finish writing the final volumes and for Shaft to finish animate them. Because historically Shaft have never had issues with getting anime out on time.