Bakemonogatari – 12
Earlier in the day, before meeting Nadeko and Tsubasa, Koyomi had lunch with Hitagi and had been surprised when she invited him on what would be their first date. When he finally gets to her house that evening though, she drags him into a car where her father is waiting, and he drives the two to their date. This latter fact bothers Koyomi greatly, and it doesn’t help either that Hitagi uses this chance to ask him if he likes her and to get him to start addressing her by her given name. The two also talk about how he did well on an aptitude test, and Hitagi wants him to study at her house every day. On the topic of intelligent people, Koyomi brings up Tsubasa, and Hitagi thinks that Tsubasa is much smarter than them, but under a lot of pressure and stress. They then discuss Suruga’s perverted nature, and Hitagi tries to shake up Koyomi’s judgment on what’s perverted by talking super dirty towards him. She even bites his ear in the process.
The car eventually pulls into a parking lot, and Hitagi gets out first to go make some preparations. That leaves Koyomi in the car with her father, and her father explains how he doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with his daughter because of how much he works. It’s been a long time since he’s seen her this happy though, and he’s grateful for what Koyomi has done for her. He ends by asking Koyomi to take care of her, and Koyomi respectfully refers to him as “father.” Hitagi then returns and takes Koyomi into the nearby woods, but she keeps his head down to prevent him from seeing what she wants to show him. When they reach the spot where she’s laid out a blanket, Hitagi has Koyomi close his eyes and lie down, and when he finally is allowed to open his eyes, he sees a beautiful night sky filled with stars.
Lying beside him, Hitagi points out all the individual stars, and she feels that this marks everything that she has and all that she can offer him. She remembers that there’s also her own body, but because of what happened in her past, she’s afraid to do with Koyomi what that low-life guy tried to do with her. She’s afraid as well that she’ll hate him and that she’ll lose him, and at this point Koyomi takes her hand with his. This leads to Hitagi saying that, even though her life hasn’t been so happy, she’s glad that her unhappiness was able to attract his attention. She used to come to this spot with her parents when she was little, so these stars are her treasure. Finally, Hitagi asks Koyomi if he loves her, and the two talk about what they like about each other. Hitagi then stumbles through an invitation to kiss, and Koyomi notes that this is how it became a day to remember.
For a non-finale, this would have made an amazing final episode. It caught me completely off guard too because I was expecting more Tsubasa, yet this was entirely a Hitagi episode. That didn’t end up being a problem though because, frankly, I loved it. Actually, at first I had been a little disappointed over how there wasn’t a new opening sequence (I had thought that since this was the end of the broadcast run, they might have a new one ready), but that disappointment quickly turned to great amusement as I watched Hitagi verbally torture Koyomi in the presence of her father. She’s so delightfully manipulative, and it’s so easy to love her character because of how awesome she can be (like in the entire scene she talks dirty to Koyomi).
The latter half of the episode was great because it showed the culmination of Koyomi and Hitagi’s relationship, with Hitagi’s father liking Koyomi and with the couple having a very heart-to-heart talk under the stars. The piano music that entire scene was wonderful in setting the mood, and I loved as well how all the star stuff connected with the lyrics of the ending song. For someone like me who always enjoys a good relationship drama, this was perfectly executed. They didn’t even need to show the kiss at the end because all the stuff leading up to it had been so emotionally powerful.
To be honest, I’m not sure they can top this episode in any of the remaining Tsubasa episodes. This was just too good of a final episode, even though it’s not the finale. Regardless, the official site now has the preview for the next web-only episode, and it also notes that there’ll be news in the upcoming days about how they’re going to distribute the final three episodes. It’s definitely something more to look forward to as we move into the new season.
And before anyone asks, the fall preview is almost done and will be posted probably Monday.