Monogatari Second Season – 08
OP2: 「happy bite」 by 加藤英美里 (Katou Emiri)
「まよいキョンシー 其ノ貳」 (Mayoi Kyonshi/Jiangshi – So no Ni)
“Mayoi Jiangshi – Part Two”
After spending last week belittling the concept of time travel by turning it into a cute magic incantation I was a little floored after our genius protagonist broke the golden rule of time travel — don’t change anything! Because after a generation of cartoons, anime, and movies that all try to explain the nuances behind time travel and its implications, it should be painfully obvious that nothing ever goes well when you try to change the past.
And even though I just commented on the ill effects that usually accompany time travel, if I was placed in the same situation as Araragi I probably would have done the exact same thing. To hell with the repercussions of changing the past — between trying to save Mayoi’s life and messing with a loli version of Hanekawa I can’t fathom how anyone would be able to stop themselves.
Getting back on topic though, I was a little disappointed with how little Mayoi’s arc progressed this week. Besides Araragi preventing her from dying to an unfortunately timed accident and then helping her actually reach her mom’s house, not much else happened! That said, I suppose you could say that SHAFT took this opportunity instead to really develop Shinbou’s character. Just like how she got her donut episode during Nisemonogatari, I was surprised with how much focus she got. This time we got some much needed fan-service instead of donuts and a stark reminder that as cute as Shinobu is, she’s still an aberration that could revert to her previous way of thinking should she regain too much of her powers. Which begs the question — does Shinbou want to revert to her old vampire self? Because from the looks of things, it feels like she’s pretty content with her life with Araragi so long as she gets the occasional donut and piggyback ride.
With the framework for a great arc all ready to go and a giant cliffhanger to propel us into next week’s episode, you can bet that I’m super excited for next week. Not only is there the chance that we’re going to see a matured Mayoi but after hearing the words “the world was destroyed” I really want to find out how much of Araragi’s phrase was hyperbole.
To everyone who starts their semester today (myself included) or have already started, Good Luck with your studies!