Bakemonogatari – 07
Koyomi doesn’t tell Hitagi what really happened and instead claims that he crashed into a telephone pole. Since he needs to stay still for a while to heal himself, Hitagi decides to stand over his face so that she’s exposing herself to him as a train roars past on the nearby tracks. Sometime later, Koyomi visits Suruga’s house and finds her room a mess, so he helps her clean it up. Koyomi is there to confront her about what happened, but she apologizes first and confirms what he suspected. She eventually un-bandages and shows him her arm, and Koyomi immediately realizes that she’s got what looks like a monkey’s paw. In touching it, he can feel that it’s alive, and Suruga tells him that it sometimes moves against her will. Even though she knows that it was she who attacked him last night, she doesn’t really remember it, and Koyomi thinks that she was in a trance. Suruga then surprises him by revealing that she’s a lesbian, and before his imagination can take him too far, she explains that she had an unrequited love for Hitagi.
Suruga had heard, however, that Hitagi had changed after entering high school, and she felt that she had to help her, but Hitagi rejected her. When Suruga later saw Hitagi happily chatting with Koyomi, she became jealous, but through all her emotion, she still wanted to be at Hitagi’s side, so she made a wish with the paw. Given all this, Koyomi decides to take Suruga to see Oshino, but along the way, she offers her body to Koyomi in place of Hitagi’s. After some banter, he ultimately tells her that she can’t replace Hitagi, and the two continue on to Oshino’s place, past a sulking Shinobu on the way up the stairs. After Koyomi introduces Suruga to Oshino, she shows her arm to him, and Oshino asserts that she doesn’t have a monkey’s paw. He’s never heard of one that joined with a person’s arm, so he thinks that this is instead a rainy devil. It can still grant three wishes, but it is in exchange for the person’s soul.
It’s been less than two weeks, but I’ve somehow managed to almost completely forget what happened last episode, so I had to flip through that first to remind myself. In any case, this episode started with a great Hitagi scene (how does she even think of these things…) and had several amusing moments later, like Koyomi’s reaction to Suruga saying that she was a lesbian and then the whole boys love thing. For once I didn’t actually feel that any part of it was slow, but it’s not until the final scene with Oshino that things got really interesting. I guess the monkey’s paw thing was too obvious and overdone, so the author decided to throw in a more original twist with the rainy devil. At least, I’ve never heard of anything by that name in any type of lore, but it does somewhat resemble Faust. I’m curious though as to what actually happens if all three wishes get granted; i.e. what does it mean that a devil gets her soul? I wonder too what clever way will Oshino propose to get rid of it, and fortunately, we only have to wait one week for the next episode to see the conclusion.