I guess I have to make one as well as leader. (heavy sigh)
In this forum, I'm just going to give my opinion on what this episode is, what it represents, and what it means to me. Also, I don't want to try and sort through my thoughts and find out what's a spoiler and whats not, so just watch the arc and then read below for what I thought of it.
Anywho, I'll start by saying that this arc hit fairly hard with my experiencing some of the same things Araragi experienced. Although I have never left home to avoid my mother on mothers day, I do know how he feels being the middle child in a family of 9 all cramp into one house. It can get very crowded, and sometimes it feels as though your existence is beginning to go unnoticed. I know this isn't exactly what Araragi is feeling, but I have the feeling it's close.
I also want to talk about Hanekawa. Although it may have seemed small to you, the fact that she could also see Hachikuji shows how much emotional trauma is actually going on in her life. As you know, the only ones who can see Hachikuji are people who don't want to return home, and the only way to get rid of her is to just go home. So the fact that Hanekawa could see her even though it wasn't even her curse is beyond me, but it does give us a big hint at the fact that something is going on with Hanekawa that she isn't letting onto. (I know what it is, but I won't spoil that for you)
Now I'm just going to talk about Hachikuji herself. As you know, she was once a human, but after getting into a fatal accident, she never makes it to her "home" with her mom. So, unconsciously, she continues living as a oddity in order to stop others from trying to go home to suffer the same fate. This continues on until she is finally brought back to where her home was, and she finally accepts what happened as a mere accident, and that not everybody suffers the same parent-child relationship she had with her mother. finally coming to terms with this, she becomes "un-lost" and she finally goes "home". The reason I put it in quotes is because she was never actually going home, but rather, she was just accepting her mother back into her life as one of her "homes", that is, a place to go to when you need somebody.
And now I will talk about the biggest part about this arc. Although it only took about a minute to happen, Senjougahara's confession of love was something that I just couldn't help smiling about. I loved the way that she basically just claimed that they were going to date, and no matter what he said, she loved him, and that he was the only one for her. Although it sounded like Araragi just accepted it, I feel that in his heart of hearts, he would have done the same eventually, but Senjougahara's assertive attitude towards everything beat him to it. I'm just going to say that these two are definitely one of anime's best couples. I really how much they actually care for each other, that not only do they like the idea of being with someone in a romantic relationship, but that it has to be each other, or it wouldn't be worth it.
Again, this is just my opinion. Please respond with your opinions as well.
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Whoa dude yeah! Same thoughts on that too.. and if anyone may accidentally see what i say before watching i will cover it..
Oh man hey MB12 your in a family of 9? and the middle child that is hard.... really it puts alot of perspective on what you share here too and your personal feelings/thoughts . Hanekawa seeing Hachikuji was something noticed and held onto in my mind... i don't let anything become too "small" or invalid.... (well even if it is explicitly implied it's not... there STILL is always meaning behind things) So thanks for writing all this down , and it's another well thought out post. Glad to see you doing this one to start us off!
Hachikuji truly at heart is a good soul and i love her alot... she only needed some help too and i really wanted to see more of her!
( I also feel she is going to play a more active role in helping Araragi with his personal family life and dynamic... she will do this )
in truth Araragi needs someone like Hachikuji to balance out his life and what he has been through... and serve as a guide to help in what he feels against his family.
He is going to need more support later as the series goes on too... i may add.
And i really want to see Hanekawa get the help she needs too...(she should really get help and know Araragi would help her with anything and probably Senjougahara too..
(Though she may feel she would burden him too much... as he has had his own serious problems and she knows this well... and maybe she is not as comfortable with Senjougahara yet
as they have only just met and if they have known each other before rather only in passing or more serious then
i don't see either way her talking only to Senjougahara about her personal deeply held issues and traumas.. Just my POV to be honest just that alone and anyone can decide for themselves based on what they saw and deduced from the info and ties therein. )
]Whew that one was kind of getting long winded too..(or worded) lol
For me what you said about Senjougahara having every single type of -dre out there is true... lol and i love her fro her being who she is...! ( and no i don't mean no Doc DRE
She is another that hold her own in my heart .... You Go TEAM Senjougahara and Araragi When she was leading up to this the past eps .... and Araragi was kind of holding out i think too , there was a moment when she was asking if he wanted a girlfriends... i was like omfggg Araragi you better get all over that and say it! but they was kind of testing out the waters and teasing abit to start out but i know Senjougahara was very serious and she wanted Araragi from the start... i knew it! and when finally she expressed her love (through Dominance and conquering his heart Dominatrix? she said it was his bad luck he got chosen by a lateblooming wild crazy Virgin like her just for being himself... lol that is his punishment i think... lol but nah he scored! big time! Helladope soap onnna rope on a boat.... yeahhhzzzzz bruzzz
So yeah this Arc and the past one had everything going in it for me! and to quote you Mb12... (yeah what you said was that damn good for me warrant separately reiterating and quoting :sweatingbullets:) so thank you for all this hard work and love you put into this post , this series and group!
. Although it sounded like Araragi just accepted it, I feel that in his heart of hearts, he would have done the same eventually, but Senjougahara's assertive attitude towards everything beat him to it. I'm just going to say that these two are definitely one of anime's best couples. I really how much they actually care for each other, that not only do they like the idea of being with someone in a romantic relationship, but that it has to be each other, or it wouldn't be worth it.
This... is what people should look at and read when someone is describing a love/romance couple that deserve such recognition and respect like this... you said it like no other. you wrote what i felt iinside too.. thanks for that i don't think i could have said it like that Mb12.
Lunis out for now..
Going to start the Next Arc after the Monkey one ( yeah i finished it too )
Edit... sorry i tried to make this all covered but i think the way i typed it out, its not going to... so everyone should NOT be reading the forum posts... not the ones for the Arcs you have not already seen yet to avoid this kind of spoiling from happening... sorry. ;)
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