Monogatari Second Season – 06, 07
「総集篇I – つばさファミリー」 (Sousyuuhen – Tsubasa Famirii)
“Recap I – Tsubasa Family”
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「まよいキョンシ ー 其ノ壹」 (Mayoi Kyonshi/Jiangshi – So no Ichi)
“Mayoi Jiangshi – Part One”
Seeing how this post is already super late, let’s not waste time and get into the thick of things shall we? Starting with episode six, I had a hilarious post written in my head but due to a lack of time and energy, let’s just say that was probably one of the best recap episodes I’ve seen in a long time. Not only was it warranted since all the material that was shown aired ages ago but you know you’re doing things right when you choose the scenes that everyone actually wants to watch! Basically, if for some reason you’ve jumped into Monogatari’s second season without watching Bakemonogatari and were confused for the past two months, this episode works quite well as a filler to bring you up to speed.
Hopping over to episode seven, I have to come clean that I accidentally semi-spoiled myself by reading about the ending to this arc. While I don’t know the exact specifics of what’s about to happen, you can picture the horrific face I made when the realization hit me. But with that put to rest, let’s get into the actual post!
Going back to its roots, this episode was intensely dialogue heavy — something I’d normally make a fuss about but after Hanekawa’s drawn-out arc it was a nice change of pace. Because if there’s something that Monogatari is good at, it’s its social commentary. That said, I couldn’t remember for the life of me who Ougi was — and things still didn’t click even after figuring out she’s Oshino’s supposed niece. But judging from how she behaved and spoke it’s not hard to see where her eccentricity comes from. Because for someone to take something as far out as the logistics behind how traffic signals work and to creatively compare that to how society behaves as a whole takes a special type of logic. If only all the teachers in the world could become as creative as that!
And following that theme about life or rather living a fulfilling life, Araragi’s talk with Ononoki was just as interesting. While it wasn’t as difficult to comprehend or awe inspiring as Ougi’s, I was fascinated by Ononoki’s view on life. Never once had it occurred to me that most of these aberrations aren’t actually alive. Which in itself doesn’t hold much weight! But when you give that lifeless aberration a face and a personality, the realization behind how sad things really are hits you like a ton of bricks. Be it becoming quasi-immortal the moment you died, wandering the earth as a lost ghost, or getting reincarnated there’s one thing that stays the same, they’ve all lost the right to something everything and everyone gets the moment they are born — the right to die and possibly to a lesser extent the ability to be happy. The most specific example that comes to mind is back during Nisemonogatari when Shinobu explained to Araragi how long after everyone he loves is dead they’ll still be alive together, like it or not.
Then again, you have to wonder if Mayoi’s situation is different because she’s technically still dead yet chooses to stay around even after fulfilling her needs. Whatever the case may be, I’m super excited to see how things will play out. Because not only is Mayoi going to be the next heroine (<3) but it looks like some of the lighter humor that Araragi brings to the show is finally coming back. Between watching him make his trademark stupid comments or listening to Shinobu completely belittle the whole concept of time travel only to get caught up in her own smug attitude, what more could you ask for?