In case you’re reading this long past its release date, there’s no Monogatari Series episode 6 post because that was a recap. Good old Shaft hitting their usual high standards of a complete inability to plan their time efficiently. But at least this time we won’t be waiting over 6 months for the final 3 episodes like we were with Bakemonogatari. Although it was awfully nice of you to tease Kizumonogatari yet again without actually animating the full thing. You’d think that by this stage they have enough Kizumonogatari through teasing what happens in the story to animate at least half of the movie.
Who is this dead-eyed girl? Some new girl to add to the roster when people like to argue about Best Girl, in which you are contractually obliged to include Meme in because he’s better than all the girls anyway with the exception of Senjogahara. Her big spiel didn’t do much for me. As Arararagi said, at the end of the day it was just her sharing a piece of information about all the lights at a crossroad being red at some point. The rest of her speech was a load of nonsense attempting to sound deep. Which I guess is what many people would call all of the Monogatari series, but let’s not listen to those people because they probably smell funny.
Dead-Eyes Girl seems like she could be an interesting character if we got to know her a bit better and understand where she’s coming from, and I assume we will. I don’t know why else they would have her appear at the start of this arc. Then again, I still don’t know why they decided to start Bakemonogatari with a shot of Hanekawa’s underwear, asides from to prepare you for all the ass and tits and toothbrushing that was in store for the rest of the series. “Hey dude, we started with a long and detailed shot of a pair of sexy underwear, don’t pretend you were ever under any impression this show was anything else”. On that note, doesn’t Dead-Eyes Girl seems surprisingly unattractive by Monogatari standards? Unless Dead-Eyes is a fetish now. Or at least it will become one by the end of her arc. I didn’t have a toothbrushing fetish once upon a time. Times change.
The episode in general didn’t do much for me, and I think it might be because we’re back to Arararagi again. I know I said Hanekawa was boring a lot in the last arc, but that was mostly me trying to rile her fans up because I’m lovable like that. It was a great way to present the same Monogatari style content in an exciting and interesting new way, giving us different takes on the characters. After teasing the lack of Arararagi and building him up as this Mysterious Gentlement then finally re-appearing as Arararagi: Master of the Universe in the last arc, having him turn back to harem lead Arararagi who just wants to help people and makes stupid unfunny Doraemon references is kind of boring.
Now we have a time-travel story, which came out of absolutely nowhere. I do love that the only reason they haven’t time-travelled before is because Arararagi never thought to ask. I also rather liked how completely blasé Shinobu is about creating time paradoxes. Arararagi should just go visit his own house and see if he’s there to establish what rules of time travel we’re operating under. If it happens to be the kind of time travel that having two of the same person meeting each other results in the space-time continium being ripped open and the entire universe collapsing in on itself, then oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained.
As for predictions on how they get out of this, doesn’t Arararagi’s body not age? He will stay a teenager forever, which will be rather awkward for Senjogahara once they’re in their 20’s and she looks like she has her own boy-toy. That would mean that if Arararagi simply waited out the next 15 years, he would still look like the same character except his clothes would look a big ragged and he might be a more experienced fighter. You see what I’m getting at here?