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Monogatari Series Second Season episode 26 (finale) – Nadeko to be the next Tezuka

Monogatari Second Season - 26 - Large 09Considering 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.

Monogatari Second Season - 26 - Large 05What 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.

Monogatari Second Season - 26 - Large 34With 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.

Right?

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14 Comments

  1. Shinsei
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Kaiki’s death(?) actually made me cry.
    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Arararagi’s short exchange with Kaiki, though I guess it’s understandable that you didn’t want to talk about the worst girl.

    • Pusswookie
      Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      I cried like a bitch on the inside.
      I can’t believe that Scamp hardly mentioned in passing that Kaiki is fucking dead. You can’t properly see how frustrated I am by this without italics but I imagine it’s a sentiment shared by all anyways.

      By the way, why did Kaiki choose to be nice to only Senjougahara when she was young but screwed over all the other kids like normal? What it obvious how great she was even then or what?

      • Scamp
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

        He’s not dead though…right? That was just a fake out…right? Right? RIGHT?????

      • Nazaren
        Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

        Kaiki is the cart driver.

        If not that, then a pretty serious cold come next season. I’d be okay with that.

      • Scamp
        Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

        …oh shit, you’re right

  2. Rait
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    I really did enjoy reading your nons…Monogatari posts. As a Monogatari fan (the only one amongst my anime fan friends)at least here I can read some positive feedback to the series. For some reason many people can’t stand the Monogatari series. I guess it’s because of dialoque heaviness.

    Or perhaps because of toothbrush.

    • Posted January 2, 2014 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      Yeah, shows with lots of dialogue and fanservice do tend to be looked down upon by Western anime fans. The otaku core in Japan can’t get enough of this show though.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      It’s been slowly dying in popularity. Probably because following the timeline is so fucking difficult if you haven’t been with it from the start. It’s not exactly open to newbies

  3. Shikamaru
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    We don’t know anything about Ougi but I already have a good reason to hate her. It’s her fault that Kaiki is dead. I was reading other blogs and forums and people seem to really like Mayoi’s arc because it was so touching/heartbreaking. It was a nice goodbye scene but other than that her story arc sucked ass. So know I understand you a little bit better Scamp. Just because there is girl crying at the end doesn’t mean that it’s the best story arc.

  4. Jaysus
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    They’ve been heavily hinting that Ougi is the personification of the darkness that went after Bat and Snail. We even got Kaiki telling Cat that Meme had no family. Someone else (I forget who) suggested that Bat wasn’t the reason why all of the oddities started showing up in the two, and that Bat was actually attracted to it just like every other oddity was.

    tl;dr… Ougi = final boss.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Ougi is the reason everything exists. We must all bow to Ougi

  5. cano
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Kaiki for best girl. Seriously though, Sengoku lashing out at him for trying to help her irritated me more than him being fake(?)-murdered for something he was actually responsible for. I wonder if anyone aside from Senjougahara has ever thanked the guy.

  6. Nagisa33
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I really liked Kaiki’s discussion about people being weak or strong with others. I found it funny that he said he wasn’t lying for “those five minutes”. He may be a cold calculated swindler but he too feels something. At first I saw him as evil incarnate but now he’s shown multiple layers. Ahhh, what a great character. I can’t wait for the next season.

  7. Shadow
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Well, Ougi did hint that she may be the Darkness that consumes apparitions that stray from their path and even Gods in the previous Arc.

    But for now, we hope Shaft animates the missing Kanbaru Arc, and wait for Nisio Ishin to publish the next volumes of the series.

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