This post may contain copious amounts of Senjogahara Fascination. You have been warned.
However it will not contain any Mayoi Fascination because that segment was shit. It’s almost a thing now with Nisemonogatari. Skip the boring conversation segment and talk about The Good Bits.
I love Senjogahara. The way she twists words and phrases she says so you start to wonder how much she truly believes what she says is fantastic. Random example would be her occasional dropped comments of how she bows down to Tsubasa. A large part of that is an act, and an act she uses specifically to mess with Arararagi. However Senjogahara doesn’t ever lie either. She manipulates the truth, exaggerating it for her own amusement. There’s definitely a certain degree of respect yet fear she has towards Tsubasa, a reason we don’t know, but you can’t quite tell what that reasoning is because she masks it behind this dry delivery.
This may be a strange comparison, but it’s rather similar to Glados in the first Portal game. Glados always lies, but the trick is figuring out why she’s lying and what truths she’s hiding through that lie and how she delivers it. Senjogahara always tells the truth, but it’s a modified version of the truth, so you have to extrapolate both what the exact truth is and why it is she says it the way she does. It’s a microcosm of the main strength of the -monogatari series. The way the plot is weaved between these meandering dialogues between Arararagi and whoever he’s talking to. It doesn’t do it perfectly, and I get the complaints many people have directed towards this series, but there’s nothing else that does what the -monogatari series does that I’m willing to roll with the missteps.
Like pencils. Why pencils Shaft? No really, why pencils? You’ve completely lost me in that regard. It’s like Shinbo was reading the source material given to him by Nision and scanned it for some directions for what Senjogahara’s room looked like, but only found the reference to her sharpening a pencil. So Shinbo, in all his wisdom and glory, decided “fuck it, let’s make it all pencils!”. Oh whatever Shaft. At least you gave us a wide variety of angles to look at Senjogahara from.
It’s not even like she’s dressed particularly provocatively or the camera is on perv mode, in usual Shinbo fashion. They just like to let you hang onto the edge of her every word. Which is probably why there’s so close ups of her mouth. At least it makes more sense than all the fucking pencils. Maybe they’re meant to be phallic imagery or something.
This is probably the perviest image in the episode. Far cry from naked loli titties baths stripping pedoshinbo of old.
Yeah don’t mind me. I’m just indulging in some Senjogahara Fascination.