Ok wow this one was executed beautifully! I enjoyed this arc extremely!
let's start by saying Turn around now if you have yet to watch
Alright so this one really got deeper into the past of Senjougahara and showed so more of her seriously intense ways of being... like wow. ... and Araragi got to further develop too.
When the Arc starts out... ah one thing though people should always be watching the Ops as they change every arc and they are showing a great deal to us the viewer about what is going on and the message the song is giving us too (more so about the person affected or persons.. and their inner feelings or what is going on from their Pov.... and reasonings... all clues there)
When we see Hachikuji conversing together with Arararagiii - sorry i stuutuered.
She asks him about what he shall do now that he has some time to himself... well Midterms coming up soon! damn that time flys right? dealing with all them problems and balancing your own is hell right? So he is going to study with everyones favorite embodiment of all -dere's there... Senjougahara! :D
Without notice we keep seeing someone.. a lithe and athletic looking girl running after them it seems.... and suddenly she appears before Araragi and Hachikuji..
Though seems like Hachikuji is super shy so he's on his own again! ... maybe she don't like other people much.... except him and Hanekawa?
oooo interesting also... but let's save that for later.
Kanbaru Is the one whom appeared ! though she claims for the situation to all been a coincidence... which we know in this world there are No coincidences , She admits after Araragi confronts her about it she has been following him. why? we shall see !
And yet she stands here and tells him she also admires him... after he tells her she knows and she acts all shocked.... lol then asks him about if he has read the world news in the paper.... and want's his perspective about the political situation in Russia.... wtf.
If that is not enough she asks if he was more into India's IT business... but this is all a front for her to speak to him anyway, moving on she is clearly interested in what is he doing today... he is going to study at none other than Senjougahara's place... she already knew that and said it before he could. ... though it was conceited obviously and her intent says otherwise...
Hachikuji goes on to say maybe that girl was in love with him..... the woman in her said so.. ( maybe the loli?)
Anyway next we see Araragi with Senjougahara and they studying and conversing .... with Senjougahara proding at him like she usually does but really she knows Araragi loves it.. .. also at this point i am in love right now further with this series cause we get to see just how serious Senjougahara is about being with Araragi!
She says she wants to pursure whatever he is going to do as far as his career and life.... but since she is further developed academically they may have to be separate in that regard and still live together and have way more time for each other as that ultimately is what she is after is anything else more beautiful than that? no... no there is not.. shes the real deal.
Later that night when Araragi asks about her friend.... (could say former ?) she gets really into interrogating Araragi... he done fucked up... but she asks him why he asked about her... and explains some but then when Araragi say's the wrong name the wrong damn way.. Kanbaru ... she get's serious and almost takes out his eye with her pencil and asks what has he done and anything shameful. .. and as Araragi expresses his devotion and love for her with fire in his eyes she knows he is saying the truth
Turns out it's not Araragi's fault at all now
she's all cool now ( Kanbaru had been stalking him) .. and explains to him about her situation with her... and how everything changed.
She had also become her rival of sorts.. next we see Senjougahara asking for Araragi to give her payment to Oshino .....
One thing i must say is love Senjougahara's wisdom and saying's on life .... Araragi did you know every time you sigh a little bit of happiness escapes.. and not to do it as it is troublesome (though the real reason is she did not wanna hear him doing it every few mins.. :P)
Ok real reason though is that she say's he is troublesome but it is because of love sickness...
and she further cements their relation by saying she has never broken up with guy and would never do that to him.
Aww so cute right ..
What is more cute is after there discussion about a certain someone she says she may have gotten a bit enthusiastic and apologizes .... but says he will be the first she kills and she promises that to him ,
Senjougahara says it will be romantic as she will be the closest to him on his death bed!
Lol even though he wishes for anything but the death she would provide... ( i don't blame him there. but maybe she was being kind about it too so nothing bad about that, though for me i think it is beautiful! )
But being that Senjouhara is so adamant about being the one to help Araragi pass on... ( and what what i feel avenge him! yeah she loves him and thats just how she is.... she knows about true honor!)
She would kill that person who would kill Araragi before her... and asks him does he really hate her that much to do this.
Then we see Araragi speaking to Hanekawa about the history of Senjougahara and Kanbaru.... she tells him all about it and we get to learn they was both once called the Baruhara Combi .... ( Kanbaru invented this term unsurprisingly lol)
And even gets relationship advice for Senjougahara...
(he really needs to be mutually show and give Senjougahara his love and support and give her the space she needs while she is healing i would say... and he needs to be more understanding with her but it's hard because they both this self shield up at all times and are not the most "public" of people. )
And i agree with Hanekawa on that he needs to not peer into her past too quickly and wait... and just be there for her like she is for him. but they will progress in their own process... can't rush these things guys
What Araragi feels also that is driving him on is to give back what Senjougahara lost and what she threw away .
again we see how he is struggling with these feelings and truly does love her... and i know that Senjougahara knows this well and she only sometimes tests him in her own way.
To me i would count on her with my life and being.. on anything!
Anyway later that night as he was walking home and alone with his feelings of Senjougahara... and wondering what he can do more to help her.. and what he wants to help her get back. he suddenly remembers yeah he had forgotten that seriously important thing of Senjougahara's ..... her payment to Oshino! well i am sure he can just wait until tomorrow...
It was not long after he had that thought he sees something strange and knows someone is after him.... is that someone in a damn rain coat Lol jk but it's not damn cringy... this on the other hand is badass and i like the animations and what transpired......
Arragari... he go ROCKED like nah.... you have seen NOTHING like this shit and later yeah he takes a more even serious ass beating that this.... to say he got his "meat beat " would not be enough to say this lol .. that and the fleshy and brittle crackly sounds of him being hit with such force each blow to render any flesh into a pulpy mess and for the bones to shatter like glass.
Anyway as you saw he got fucked the hell up like nobody else could... i have not seen anything like this much other than Aot or damn akame ga kill or Tokyo ghoul... (there are others but yeah you get it) i liked this and enjoyed the scenes but damn he got fucked over. .. he got done wrong people.... don't forget that ..
One other thing i thought was interesting is that he was crossing a damn train track and a train was coming an you all know what the means the stop arms and lights go off. Hell i thought he got hit by that damn train.... he would have much less damage then i my honest opinion.... cause his ass got Taken for that ride!
Then at the end.... who could be before him but Senjougahara! she did it! nahh people need to stop talking about that... she deffo did not do that shit... come on i mean it would have been far worse and in a much drastically different style if she got to his ass.. XD really you people don't know anything about her now? ( sorry i am referencing to what some people was talking about in comments when i watched and they said she did it.. NOPE dudes you all really don't know her by now at-least this much? i never even seen the series before and i could grasp it well.. ok over about talking on that)
She rather calmly gives him the envelope with her payment inside that he forgot.... and tells his ass off good.. really chews it up and i think if she was no impressed enough with his dumb ass she should have chewed his grapes up too. ( though i doubt she would do that since she loved him) though she would not forgive him for this action of forgetting something so important , even the principle of the matter of it not if it was not her item he forgot but someone else's.. ... so she came to give him a good ass kicking but seems like he was already fucked up by a car or something . Forgetting something someone just gave you .. something so important is an action deserving death.. lol yupp it is true. Senjougara NEVER lies
Anyway his bike also has somehow flown the fuck away into a damn power-pole... and then Araragi gives some lame ass explanation that i know Senjougahara is insulted by knowing he would that to her... Honesty is crucial here Araragi... and you ruined it.... she knows damn well your lying to hide it from her and somehow hold this upon yourself all BY YOURSELF AGAIN .... Who do you think she is? she is the most intellectual and deep person that you know other than Hanekawa.... come on shes your friend and more than that shes gonna be your wife someday right?
She is not some basic bitch dude...
Oh well you shall learn bro..
btw she loved you so much she wanted to call an ambulance for you.. and she let you upskirt her.... she did that for you !
Lie there and be happy ... she told you that! you know you fuckin lucky right? and if she had kicked your ass i am sure she would have gave you medical care too..
Ok next day Araragi decided to go on invitation to Kanbaru's home.... and i liked it, it was classy, stylish, also had some traditional Japanese elements that i love so much ....
BUT WTF IS ALL THEM BOOKS! YOU'RE DAMN LESBIAN ROMANCE NOVELS?!
(BTW lolz he had to help her clean her mess up too..... JUST how many volumes does she own!? maybe some of it is Hentai also.... would not doubt it either... )
yeah shes lesbo for sure more so cause shes after Senjougahara which i already felt that before it was revealed. She gonna take that ass!
yeah btw if you did not catch that Kanbaru is into that kind of stuff... as in she wanted to do what straight men would consider gay... or abit strange maybe.. she would i think seriously try to "peg" him down on this stuff....
all i am gonna say if you want to know what she is wanting from him maybe you look it up yourself and decide.... she basically said it all though. ..
( i DO think she also has a thing for Araragi... even though she hates him secretly for stealing Senjougahara and doing the impossible that she has tried all her life and put so much passion into! though much different way then for her waifu Senjougahara Senpai!)
Now so she shows him the arm she has bandaged up to hide her darkest secret.... and it is a "Monkey Paw" even though it is not... and they will find that out soon lol Anyway they meet Oshino and he sets them straight it is a "Rainy Devil" and it once belonged to a mummy... i really want to know where this mummy was and who it was and how her late mother got this mummy hand though.... Any ideas MB12 ?
Well the hand makes her loose control at nightfall so they had to hurry..
Oshino explained the Rainy Devil and how it functioned. it grants wishes but at the cost of your life force and soul... and says it has already started to devour Kanbaru's soul and rooted it's self firmly into place at this point... though in her previous attacks on people she did not notice it attaching in her sleep to do these deeds.
Oshino does give her the option of removing this arm and that it is a fair price for trying to kill someone (NAMELY Araragi!) and she agrees... but Araragi just won't let her and defends her actions as being nothing more than misguided and she never had that intention before.... even the earlier attacked on her classmates ...
To which Oshino retorts and says hell no she did dude... and he is no dummy either.. and she hated Araragi and her classmates.... and she does agree to this... even if it was subconsciously later as she tried to remove the intentions and blame from herself by making up this fantastical story in her mind of it only being a Monkey's paw and it was not following her wishes very well in a unforeseen way...
( i also doubted at the time lol) And he gives him some very much needed advice about the hard truths that he must accept... and that (Kanbaru never just wanted to be with Senjougahara) that is just silly thinking this excuse.
Anyway the other way Oshino says to stop this all is from causing the wish to be un-grantable .... they must make it so he can not be killed.. so Arragi prepares. but Oshino tells him even if he gave Shinobu -chan all his blood he would not be able to manifest more than a 10th of his power he had before when he was a true vampire... though his power is sealed i imagine too from what Oshino did to help him, so he goes with Shinobu-chan ..
Later Oshino is speaking to Araragi before sealing him inside this room to battle the Rainy Devil. and says he can't accept outside powers of they will need to remove her arm, he must do this alone for this to work. ( he could not accept power directly from Shinobu...)
Oshino speaks to Araragi one more time and gives him advice,.... and wants to know what he is doing this though he already knows... and what Araragi says i will forever respect.. hey he is awesome too ! like Oshino
one thing he says is she can't be blamed for looking up to and loving Senjougahara ... and that is a reason alone..
(i suggest to anyone to rewatch this scene too :happy )
So much he has said here with Oshino..
Then the REAL battle begins,.... and i am hyped for this so much when i 1st saw it also! anyway you all know how it goes i don't need to say it all out for everyone..
He should have also thought what if she could use her whole body and not only her left arm anywway he got his arm and hand broken so fast there and this beating is 1,00 worse than any! ... kinda bad and good at the same time he still has that rapid healing regeneration ability to heal from anything quickly
I swear man... gotta give it to him he went through hell for her... and yeah Oshino called Senjougahara and she let's in on Arraragi for doing this shit too.... yeah not happy but still loves him and shows it by supporting his will and wishes to help... and says when she entered...
Having fun without me Araragi? lol i love it when she did that... but her face.... yeah she was not happy but she cared so much.... and he should have told her everything... as she reminded him of their promise when they first started "dating" .. this sequence really shows much feeling and the style of it all is beyond anything to be expected....
No other series has done this before nor could pull it off like Monogatari.... i forever love this series! . The wild neon colors too was a nice touch during this whole fight.... and he got riped the fuck up i mean that kick alone disemboweled him and blasted a damn hole through him that you could see straight through to the other side.
But seriously what Senjougahara... told her Araragi... it was touching... no one else .. could be like that nor be the same couple like them! She knew even if he was not in that body he would subject himself to th same pain and suffering for someone else .. all the same hardships! all the time... but he would be dead from the first major one i imagine,.. then what?
She tells him its never a joke and she means what she says... he better shape up more and make changes! this is what i feel anyway that she wants to help with .
Plus she WOULD have killed kanbaru if she killed him .... that would make her a murderer and she would not like it.... but she still would i know this... cause it's him and she has something of honor code for those she loves like him. or something lol
We love you Senjougahara! <3
I am going to even go back and watch the final scenes again... even for what was said...
And Kanbaru and Senjougahara shared a heartwarming moment... and she really did want to help her in the end.
EVEN accepts and acknowledges Kanbarus love of her! this is huge!
Another thing i have to say to everyone to please watch it again! see what Araragi even says about himself... as he knows why he does these things and even sees that Senjougahara will fight for anything that is precious!
She is no monster guys.... come on she is just unique like us all and has her ways of being.
You know this show got me to feel things i have thought i could from a series.. actually quite incredible MB thanks!
I hope i have expressed for even one small piece of what i feel and what this series brings to me.. thanks for the grand masterpiece Mb12!
Also so much i did not say but i will wait for others to reply and you Mb12! sorry i know it took while but it was worth it to say all this! ( I never half-ass anything that is worthy ! though tbh i never do that anyway and nor would i do something that was not worthy of me doing it. )
Lunis out ,... for now. Enjoyed this thoroughly!
The mind is the first Battlefield ...
Alright, since you have probably watched the episode, I'm not putting this in a spoiler section. I don't think I will do much spoiling anyway.
(In the sixth paragraph you accidentally called Araragi "Hiro",some people may not be able to decipher that.(I will erase this once you fix that) )
First of all, I wan't to say that I to, really like this arc, and all the Senjo X Araragi that happened in it. Although Lunis didn't say it directly, think he was hinting at the fact that this is one of her more yandere moments (being the wonderful bunch of every dere she is), and although she sounds extra violent, it is all our of love you can be sure of that.
I guess another thing I want to comment on would be first fight scene. I honestly don't know why, for a second, anybody would ever think that Senjougahara would be the one to do that (C'mon people, she's not thaaaaaat yandere). We all know that Senjougahara would put Araragi through some sort of pain for certain things, but she is too high and mighty to do a mere beat down on him (especially when it looked like Kanbaru was actually trying to kill him, that should've given it away)
Now I know it wan't in the same episode, but who would give you a look up their skirt right after they just gave you the beat down of you life (JK, he's been through like, 100X worse than that.)
While I'm here, no, I don't know anything about Kanbaru's past, I haven't seen anything of it in the future episodes I've watched (at least that I remember, so don't hold me to those words)
I'm gonna end with this (I know this is fairly short compared to my norm, but I think Lunis summed it up too well for me to go deeper)
I loved the last 2 scenes in the last episode, both really great scenes. I have to say that my favorite part in the whole last scene is Senjougahara's face upon entering, like... "if you don't play your cards right here, I will make you receive far worse pain than you are in right now... darling". I also wanted to say for a while that I reeeeeaaaly love the outro for the Bakemonogatari season. I think the lyrics, as well as the way they drew Senjougahara (as well as everybody else) perfectly suits this shows theme, and general feel to it.
Yeah, that's all I have for now guys, looking forward to you guys catching up on future episodes, and hearing your opinion on those
If I'm online, I'm in a talkative mood :)
Hey yeah sorry about mentioning the wrong name Hiro and Araragi have about absolutely ZERO in common with each other lol.
I have edited the post to make it better to read also i must apologize as when i was editing this,
I was up at a very late hour and had been studying other things so my mind was kind of out of it though i wanted to get everything down i felt about the Arc
Yeah people who have said that she was just gonna attack Araragi for no reason is wrong....
That was never her style to be begin with .
She would not hide herself like that nor was that scene in any way going to be like some "metaphor for Senjougahara" that Araragi may have saw because it was all plot planning by the writers that would play a huge role later.
Yeah guys as you seen it is not
There is no connection to Senjougahara other than Kanbaru getting super upset after learning of Senjougahara being so close and loving Araragi ,
Her mind and heart broke beyond the point she could handle and after years of her own trauma building inside her pain suffering and hate has finally gotten to this point she was pushed far too much ...
Thought seriously i don't blame her for what happened here. She needed help and i do feel she has had some time periods of her life that had deeply changed and affected her like Senjougahara has had.
Maybe even not yet revealed stuff.
Senjougara LOVES Araragi ....None could be so ardent in her passionate driven ways as her! She would do anything even wage war for him , stand by his side for what he had faith in and wanted to do. That is all she ever wanted to be , To be WITH him and paired in all aspects of their being. To know his every thought and feeling. This is for him ! One day she will show even more of herself, They are perfect for eachother as they are more similar than Araragi admits yet... though he is also so stubborn like her and has much the same inner feelings.
Though there could be only one Senjougahara! WE LOVE YOU SENJOUGAHARA!
The mind is the first Battlefield ...