Bakemonogatari – 04
Hitagi, Koyomi, and Mayoi have started to look for the address that Mayoi is trying to reach, and they pass the area that Hitagi used to live. With a little bribe, Koyomi is able to find out from Mayoi that the person living at the address is her relative Tsunade. The problem is that they aren’t able to find the place, and Hitagi keeps realizing that they’ve gone too far. Her phone’s GPS navigation system doesn’t work either, and Mayoi starts to feel that it’s impossible for her to reach her mother. Given this, Koyomi and Hitagi decide to consult with Oshino, and Hitagi gets to go on a bike. Having earlier stated her hatred for young kids, part of the reason Hitagi is the one going is because she doesn’t want to be the one left alone with Mayoi. While Hitagi is away, Koyomi manages to get Mayoi to reveal that the Tsunade person she’s trying to go see isn’t her mother any more and that she got the Hachikuji last name from her father.
When Koyomi then attempts to pet her, she suddenly bites his hand, and Koyomi has to punch her to get her to let go. Hanekawa Tsubasa shows up shortly after Koyomi heals himself, and so he introduces her to Mayoi. Tsubasa lectures both Mayoi and Koyomi on their respective acts of violence a moment ago, and she also finds out that Koyomi was with Hitagi. Before she leaves, Koyomi asks her if she knows of the Tsunade home, but she claims not to. Koyomi’s phone then rings with a call from Oshino using Hitagi’s phone. After hearing about the snail and Mayoi and rambling a bit about Hitagi’s involvement, Oshino tells Koyomi that he’ll inform Hitagi how to deal with this because it won’t require a ceremony like her crab did since it’s more of a ghost than a god. Once that call is over, Mayoi declares to Koyomi that she’s hungry.
New OP and ED this week, though the ending song stayed the same. The OP by Mayoi’s voice actress Katou Emiri is very high energy and cute (as is its accompanying animation), but I didn’t like the song itself much. On the other hand, I still love the ending song, and the new animation that goes with it was neat in a slightly dark way.
The pacing of this episode started to wear on me a bit, particularly towards the end with the Oshino phone scene that made me feel like I was listening to an audio drama CD. As usual, they go off on a lot of tangents inside all that dialogue, like the PTA thing that was an amusing joke and an even more amusing misspelling/typo, and it’s not immediately clear what’s important and what’s not. I’m not even sure if anything in Tsubasa’s appearance is noteworthy (maybe the fact that she knows now that Hitagi and Koyomi are together?), but I do have to say that the more I hear her, the more I love how Horie Yui is voicing her. Speaking of which, Hitagi doesn’t play a huge role this week – though I found it quite interesting that she’s averse to Mayoi – and the episode isn’t quite as fun without her driving Koyomi crazy. Mayoi just isn’t the same.
All this is to say that I didn’t enjoy this episode all that much, but that’s not too surprising since it’s the middle of a three episode arc. My expectations are a little higher for the conclusion next week.