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Monogatari Series: Second Season episode 3 – Feng Shui aficionado’s wet dream

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I believe the look Senjogahara is going for here was this “aha I got you” moment. A sort of mixture between self-satisfaction, evil grin and that keikakudoori moment. I don’t think she really pulled it off though. It looks more like she’s just stubbed her toe and the feeling of pain is moving swiftly up her body and has just managed to reach her lower face but hasn’t reached her brain yet, so the rest of her body is tensing up with the pain but the brain hasn’t quite caught on yet to let the face know what’s up, although the face has already started moving in that direction in anticipation.

Why yes, I am an expert in explaining cartoon ladies facial expressions.

vlcsnap-2013-07-22-17h47m09s72I’ve always really liked the background art to the Monogatari series. They completely ignore the concept of space and distance between objects and mess with the idea of what an enclosed space even means. It’s like a Feng Shui aficionado’s wet dream with the ladders stacked in these precarious delicate poses and the shelves ignoring the concept of gravity to make aesthetically pleasing shapes. With the risk of being pretentious, it’s rather post-modern in its approach to setting. In the mind of the Monogatari series, everything outside of what the characters are saying is basically pointless, so they mess with the idea of space and time. Characters speak while contorting their body into unachievable poses. Conversations take place in grand cathedrals with cubes floating in mid-air.

I particularly love that Senjogahara’s room is basically a studio set. There are no walls, only supports holding the building up, yet Hanekawa still knocks and enters through the door. Pani Poni Dash did the same thing, but there it was to make fourth wall breaking humour. With Monogatari, it’s done solely because that space doesn’t matter, so they do whatever they want with it. You could probably stretch the cheesecake shots as being part of the general “what the characters are doing with their bodies doesn’t actually matter most of the time” but I think there the analogy might be a little bit strained.

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I particularly like how, outside of the characters who are speaking, nobody else exists in the world. When Kanbaru tracked down Hanekawa in the school, it was presented as being in the middle of a school day and had Kanbaru running down a wide hall past several classrooms speaking way too loudly, and yet nobody else was in sight. Streets are completely empty no matter where the characters are. Also while I do enjoy the familiarity of seeing familiar rooms again, like Arararagi’s banana recliner, I would like to see some new environments Shaft. Let’s mess around with the formula a bit more visually. I know a lot of people were down on Nise, and while I do agree that the show wasn’t as strong in the narrative department as Bake, it did mess around with the visual style in plenty of new and interesting ways. I don’t think just using the gimmick of not having Arararagi narrating will hold up for the full season.

vlcsnap-2013-07-22-17h44m18s150I’m probably repeating a lot of the things I said while blogging Nise here. Sorry to the folks who are reading me say all the same stuff, but firstly not everyone reading this post read my Nise posts. Secondly, and more relevantly, I don’t really have much interest in this arc. It’s literally about Hanekawa trying to work out why she is such a boring person. The dialogue felt a little placid too, mostly just covering one point and getting a little lazy with its jokes, which is unusual for this series. I’ve still been enjoying it because Senjogahara is around and every word that comes out of her mouth is pure gold, but I hope the next arc provides an interesting story this time around. Or at least a more interesting villain than a giant tiger.

vlcsnap-2013-07-22-17h46m57s215Don’t mind me. Just upholding my duty as a loyal follower of the Church of Senjogahara Fascination.

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14 Comments

  1. Posted July 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I remember Min saying on the latest FAPcast that Senjougahara would be disappearing soon, so either Shaft is going at a difference pace than the novel or this episode is literally the last we’ll see of her for this arc.

    • Posted July 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

      Hopefully that will stop Scamp from watching this ‘pointless talk’ anime.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    While going over to a friend I’m definetly going to something like: ‘what a coincidence meeting you here.’ While I’m there for them. Senjougahara’s lines are golden indeed.

    I also really liked how she talked Karen into taking our stray Hanekawa in. But if she hadn’t and if Hanakawa had only stayed in the old cram-school, she would have gotten involved in whatever the hell Araragi’s doing.

    Well whatever Raragi-san is doing with Kanbaru en Mayoi I sure hope it’s legal.

  3. Nazaren
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    As far as Monogatari dialogues go, this episode actually bored me. It was just a rehash of the same ideas from last episode. But as you pointed out, it’s episodes like this that make me realize I’ve been taking the visuals for granted. That said, I did enjoy Senjougahara vs. Karen.

    Have to say that the cram school burning down made me a bit sad. I grew quite attached to the place after reading through Kizu.

    Hanekawa is the worst girl! Barely edged out by Nadeko because of Ren’ai Circulation.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      Actually Nadeko is worse. I just felt like being incendiary

    • YOLOSLL
      Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      Ren’ai Circulation is garbage… It’s only good when you hear yanagi sing it

      • ANON
        Posted July 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        have you even heard the rie kugimiya version?

  4. TienesMilanesas
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Hanekawa has some level of issues and depth. She contrasts nicely with the rest of the monogataris and the whole character concept is interesting.

    That should be good enough to top Nadeko, who only has KanaHana going at her favor.

    This whole thing of having no people in the streets is shaft being geniouses. They save a lot of budget and make it special in the process. It’s a win-win.

    ¿Have you seen Cossete? It is basically shinbo being shinbo and shitting weird takes and symbolism all over the place.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      Been meaning to see Cossete, but still haven’t. Always sounded interesting, but I’ve only really started liking Shaft since the turn of the decade. I don’t get on with Shinbo’s older stuff so much

      • TienesMilanesas
        Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

        I do not think you would actually like it. It has a ridiculous amount of directing thingys and quirks to the point were the main plot becomes really hard to understand.

  5. Someone Else
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    “Tag: Hanekawa is the worst girl” NOOOOOOOOOO she is my favorite, you have made an enemy out of me Scamp!

    *Scamp mentions Pani Poni Dash* We can be best friends Scamp!

    On a serious note, I do like Hanekawa for plenty of personal reasons but the dialogues indeed was boring. Maybe I just got too used to witty dialogues that I always wait for new ones. Definitely a case of overexpectation effect, which seems to be the same for everyone

  6. ANON
    Posted July 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    ONE MORE WORD ABOUT HOW HANEKAWA IS THE WORST GIRL AND YOU’LL GET ONE LESS READER SCAMP.

    I’ve kinda gotten used to the pointless talk that’s become a trademark of the monogatari series.

    I survived watching mouryou no hako, I even waited months for the subs to finish, so I guess boring dialogue doesn’t really matter for me.

  7. Chipp
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    If you like Senjougahara that much you should try Grisaia too.
    http://diarynote.jp/data/blogs/l/20111214/93236_201112141754491480_1.jpg

  8. Raymondjram
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Spoilers ahead!

    I just saw Episode 4, which has the return of a Kizemonogatari character, Episode the half-vampire (he is funny!), and a new character that will appear in other stories, Izuko Gaen. She is cute with long dark hair (covers with a sideways baseball cap) and big brown eyes, just like Kanbaru (but smaller eyebrows). Hanekawa meets Koyomi’s mother (same eyes and hair curl as Koyomi), and begins to realize her situation, while talking with Hitagi on the phone and playing cars with the Fire Sisters. She ends the day by marking her scent on Koyomi’s bed and pillow, dressing up in Koyomi’s clothes, takes a picture and send it to him, and finally writes a letter to her other self, Black Hanekawa. All of this is in chapters 52 to 61 of the novel.

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