This review is more pedantic than ever. Oh right, best episode ever.
There should be some action this episode, or just some very heated dialogue. Either’s cool.
On-going Thoughts: Episode
Koyomi finds Karen; he commands her to go home. She brushes off his concern and reaffirms her decision, she reminds him that she dislikes Kaiki greatly. He refutes that by repeating his intentions to deal with him, so she wouldn’t need to. She states that she never asked for his help. Basically, Koyomi is being an older brother so she doesn’t get hurt (also adding the fact that Karen’s suffering from a pretty bad fever), but, she doesn’t want to be treated like a kid. She readies a stance, with the intentions of taking on her older brother in a fight. Koyomi discourages her seemingly asinine action by stating that he’s never actually going “all out” against her, he also reminds her that she’s sick. She accepts that her body’s afflicted with considerable mental and physical fatigue, but, she insists that her state only readies her “best condition”. Koyomi recognizes the cool audacity, sarcastically noting that he’s probably fall for her if she wasn’t his sister. Karen, unaffected by his remark retorts by stating that their genetic roots inhibits her to hold back against him.
Remarkably, the inner shounen power inside Karen awakens, and allows her boldly seismic toss Koyomi onto the pavement, she offers him her regards by offering to call an ambulance. Violence and playful banter follow. Shinobu, encapsulated inside Koyomi, reminds him of their synchronous relationship, she offers him aid, he orders her not to. Shinobu informs him on his insanity. Karen begins to feel pain from using Koyomi as an offenseless punching bag, physical pain of course.
She fixes that problem by switching her medium of offense from her fists to her feet.
The thing with Nisemonogatari’s art style is that you can’t really tell how much damage is actually being done. The animation says highways are being decimated by the sheer force of her kicks, while physics on the other hand say “What the fuck?”.
Koyomi reaffirms that she can’t beat him; Karen ironically retorts by stating that Justice never loses. Being a protective,caring older brother essentially accentuates being “good”, albeit not exactly fair. Through the extensive use of intelligent reasoning, she decides that by winning, she, the epitome of justice, would be ultimately “right”. He scolds her foolish thinking. calling it dangerous; he believes that her notion of justice is far from what it actually is.
She questions his credibility, could he actually be right? However, her reasoning becomes suppressed under the presence of anger. She furiously posits how he always assumes that he’s right in his reasoning. She and Tsuhiki are “right” but they lack the brawn to enforce it. His belief that justice never loses drove them to aspire for victory, never feigning the inevitable defeat. He admits that they may be “right”, and that they may have “physical strength”, but that’s futile without a strong mind.
Koyomi: “You say you’ll never forgive Kaiki. How much of those feelings are yours alone? You two always act for the sake of others. But if you act for another’s sake, no part of your actions are part of your own will!
Karen: “That’s not it! We’re doing what we think is right! The others are just the reason why!
Koyomi: “Don’t make me laugh! How can you call it justice if you need others to give you a reason? You’re using others! What makes you think that’s okay?
From what I got from it, it appears that he’s scolding them to ultimately protecting them. They aren’t acting for their own sake, they aren’t acting on their sole beliefs, they’re just playing a dangerous game of hero. In other words, don’t get killed for someone else; getting caught in the tides of inherent obligation is dangerous and foolish.
“What’s wrong with acting for others? What’s wrong with sacrificing myself? What’s wrong… What’s wrong with us being imposters?! Did we ever cause you trouble, or what?! “
“You caused me a lot of trouble, all the time. But I never said you were wrong.”
Really felt that the Nisemonogatari did a great job of characterizing the build-up to this scene. From the first few episodes, the innate similarities between Koyomi and his sisters was stressed, subtly and blatantly. Even if he scolds them incessant for their naivette; he knows that he’s basically the same.
“Let me tell you that even if I hate you too, I’m always proud of you. You said it bothers you, didn’t you, Karen? But y’know, it bothers me even more.”
Essentially just a worried brother who doesn’t want to see his sisters get hurt. Koyomi’s been characterized intelligently as the person who protects his friends. Knowing that he has enhanced vitality and fortitude, he siphoned some of the curse away from his sister, effectively alleviating some pain. In Bakemonogatari, he incessantly took blows from everybody, he didn’t strike back, that’s prominent in this episode too, but it’s still intelligent. He has the capability of withstanding damage, so he does it. Much more intelligent than a much less intelligent punching bag in a series revolving around a certain bibliogirl. Anyhow, he warns her to not fall for his cool splendor, a seemingly impossible task (that would make Nisemonogatari into a “incestory”); she leaves Kaiki to him.
He and Senjougahara encounter Kaiki, he assumes his motive is revenge for his sister’s affliction. He notes how Araragi is not your generic fucking shounen lead; however, he also incessantly notes that Senjougahara is apparently just an ordinary girl now. He appeared to have called defeat, he plans to stop the distribution of
drugs charms to middle school kids. He also manages to predict both of their intentions for coming; he informs Araragi that his sister, Karen should make a speedy recovery within a couple of days, and her formally apologizes for Senjougahara’s mom and dad, he intends to repay them as soon as possible. Basically, he managed to predict their intentions pretty accurately, in his mind, he satiated them. But, if conflict does arise, Kaiki isn’t the type of man to act linearly, he’ll have a back-up plan.
She’s surprised by his reaction, he isn’t that type of guy. But, she notes that he doesn’t seem to be swayed by his own words, they’re blank, and probably meaningless. He apathetically apologizes to them for his behavior. Senjougahara reaffirms his non-reflective words, he questions if all his words are lies. He confirms the possibility of so. Senjougahara warns him to not anger her, she’s already holding back. He notes that her new-found self restraint is what makes her now ordinary. She states that monetary reparations are futile in repairing her family scars, Kaiki rejoices at not having to give away free money. Senjougahara, surprisingly tells him to leave town. He moves on to Koyomi, he questions his face, why isn’t his anger more prominent even though he endangered his sisters? He states that his sister paid for her naivette, she shouldn’t have messed with someone like Kaiki.
After more words galvanizing the concept of justice, Senjougahara reaffirms her believe that he’s just another imposter. He takes the accusation, however, he states that she’s just another girl; they’re nothing spectacular. However, he can’t say the same for Araragi. He parallels being an actor, or being someone out of the norm, with being extraordinary. He notes that his intentions are quite noble, he doesn’t do it for money. Araragi questions Kaiki on whether or not he knows what the supernatural is, he admits that he’s not too familiar with it, although he has acquaintances who are. The subject then shifts to the Flame-Wreath Bee.
The Bee was never tangibly documented. It was mentioned, but there wasn’t any concrete proof of it’s actual existence from the past. The entire curse was a sham, the bee never happened. There’s no such thing as the supernatural, therefore there’s no such thing as victims of the supernatural. If you think it’s true, then your mind will adapt to it, like a placebo. He warns them to not drag them into their delusions of the supernatural. Koyomi narrates that he is in fact, an impostor.
Now, there’s an obvious supernatural behind it. He contradicts his monologue by stating that Koyomi siphoned half the curse away. This is probably a metaphor for something much larger, but reviewing things after the first hour and a half kind of kills your reasoning. From a hunch, I’m assuming that “impostor” in this case refers to someone driven without a purpose; he’s driven by avarice, while heroes are driven by justice.
Senjougahara posits that victims are partially, at fault on their own. You can’t really aid the victims, you’ll just continue to fool them.
Basically, she was once the victim of Kaiki. Once someone acknowledges them being superior to their victim, the victim doesn’t really have a say. Kaiki can essentially speak purely in lies towards her, it’s futile to change otherwise. (You’re not genuinely sorry towards your victim, you’re “apologizing” to either make yourself feel better, or as a required necessity in this case. Therefore, by giving fake apologies to the former victim that you probably lied to, you repeat the vicious cycle of lies.)
“You really grew into a boring woman, Senjougahara. You were amazing before, even if you weren’t fit for the theatre. Now, you’re just plain boring. You are all flabby and heavy now.”
“Shut up. I don’t care what you say about who I was. But don’t you dare insult me as I am now. Araragi said he loves me the way I am now. So, I like who I’ve become. I won’t let you get away with trying to deny who I am.”
Senjougahara’s confessions are inherently awesome on their own. Doesn’t matter if they lean towards being cheesy, it’s fanboyism all the way.
Kaiki intends to leave town without offering reparations, he doesn’t believe in beating a dead horse.
“Oh right, Senjougahara. I’ve got a great story for you.”
“I’m not interested.”
“It’s about the man who almost raped you, way back when. He was hit by a car and died, in a place with no connection to you, in an event with no connection to you. Without any drama. That’s the quality of the past you love so much to dwell on. It’s not even worth bidding farewell too. That’s the lesson for you here. You shouldn’t expect your life to be like the theatre.”
First things first, best story ever. Was out of the blue, and an awesome story to tell, just sayin’. Secondly, he basically states that she didn’t have the chance to formally end her past, her rapist was killed, with nothing done on her part. Basically, your past is insignificant, it’s ordinary.
She questions the legitimacy of his story, he said that he didn’t know her from their earlier encounter. He questions her on the possible intentions of lying, Senjougahara relates this back to her monologue.
“Whether it’s a lie or not, there’s no truth in the world to begin with. Don’t worry. You just had a crush on me. I wouldn’t count that as an affair. Presumably, you’re honest about your feelings to your boyfriend, so it would be troublesome if you still held a grudge. Let me repeat. The past is just the past. There’s no inherent value in getting over it or catching up to it. Don’t get caught up in such pointless thoughts for such a long time. Just be happy with this guy. Farewell.
Assuming he’s not being sarcastic, and actually sentimental, this would basically result in a transition from Senjougahara’s past to her future. The past and its misery is redundant once you take into affect the joy and prosperity of how she is now. She’s “happy”, there isn’t a point in reminiscing on the past, ignoring the past, or acknowledging the past. It’s all pointless, focus on the now, and the future, not what happened, you can’t really change it.
“…You had a crush on him?”
“What was that? Did you just try to confirm that your girlfriend was pure? Not a chance. It’s impossible. He merely misunderstood something. His arrogance in absurd. Creepy, even. But back then if anyone helped me, no matter what sort of person they were, I treated them like they were my prince on a white horse. I can’t deny that he appeared sympathetic. And he was the first one too. We’ve talked about this before, so I’d rather not go over it again. But if it was someone else who saved me instead of you, I might’ve fallen in love with them instead. When I think about it that way, I’m disgusted with myself. So I’m glad it was you who saved me, Araragi.”
One of the best characters ever still. It’s been a concern that her love towards him was sort of “obligatory” for aiding her, she bluntly confirms the possibility. But, she’s still glad it was him who found her.
Before they head back, he questions her on her request. She wants to be praised for getting over her past.
Now, two things. First of all, why couldn’t they be more blatantly obvious on whether or not this happened, seriously, it kills curiosity. Secondly, ridiculously impressed by how they managed to link this to the first fucking season. She stated that she didn’t want to get physically intimate with Araragi because it might remind her of the past. If it reminds her of the past, then she might not love Araragi anymore, and, she really doesn’t want that. Now, this fucking episode right, she effectively left the fucking past. She managed to move on, leaving behind those terrible memories, effectively eliminating the reason for not doing it. So fucking good, holy shit. I’d turn my fanboying off, but that isn’t even worth it.
This is the fucking climax of the fucking series; it’s the stargazing episode of Nisemonogatari. Expecting the climax to be a showdown between Kaiki and them? What the fuck? That’s like watching Bleach for storyline, or
Hentai Zero no Tsukaima for meaningful romance. I would do an entire entry on a full on analysis on why this episode was fucking spectacular, but then I’d have to rewatch some of Bakemonogatari, and I want to hold off on that until I have the time to fully enjoy the rewatch.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
“Best fucking episode ever”
-Last 7 episodes
Also, hoping the blu-ray release is a bit more explicit on what happened. Explicit as in more obvious, although the latter wouldn’t hurt…
Oh right, I’ve been writing Aragagi instead of Araragi. I feel like an idiot. Well shit, two and a half hours of typing this while watching. Guess I’ll blow the rest of the night playing through Mass Effect 2.