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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!

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August 26, 2013 at 10:36 am
  • August 26, 2013 at 10:42 amtom

    Can someone tell me where this is from, it looks so familiar >.<

    • August 26, 2013 at 10:45 amAzuyo

      Mugen from Samurai Champlo imo

    • August 26, 2013 at 10:46 amtom

      Seriously wish there was a edit button -_-, but anywho, Loved how Shinobu turned into a loli lover when she saw little Araragi, really didnt think she was like her master to that degree.

      • August 26, 2013 at 10:53 amTakaii


      • August 27, 2013 at 4:30 amc2710

        shota lover you mean

    • August 26, 2013 at 12:45 pmdaikama

      Reminds me of Tatemiya Saiji from Toaru Majutsu no Index.

  • August 26, 2013 at 10:48 amn30nl16ht

    LOLI HANEKAWA!!! O_0 *restrain* -_-

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:03 amVip

    Araragi might end up in prison with so many lolis around.

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:09 amtom

    • August 27, 2013 at 7:24 amXecuter

      Leg lock! Best lock!

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:32 amturin

    Didn’t think I would ever laugh at the sight of a 17 year old boy chasing a terrified little girl.

    Damn you, japanese anime.

    • August 26, 2013 at 11:35 amKoji

      I second this… I normally abhor any sort of loli pandering, but it was god awfully cute. It helps that despite Araragi being “creepy”, we know it wasn’t from a perverse place.

      The question is, was the world destroyed by saving Mayoi? Or by playing airplane with an unwilling Hanekawa?

      • August 26, 2013 at 11:50 amturin

        The answer is in the 13 episode of Bakemonogatari.

        Without Mayoi’s help Araragi Show Spoiler ▼

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:34 amP Ko

    • August 26, 2013 at 12:43 pmArakan7

      *looks at the first* hnn, standard gif material…

      *looks at second link* … o.o

      *looks at third link* … Araragi couldn’t resist the flood of lolis and succumbed?

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:43 amShii

    See, at first I thought, ‘How did he change jackets?’

    Then I realised.. Its just inside out

    Or is it?

  • August 26, 2013 at 11:52 amewok40k

    lolis, lolis everywhere!
    (travelling 11 years back in time does that to your classmates… and yourself too!)
    other than that, I wonder how much the world was destroyed (apocalypse how?), and why?
    Mayoi lives, grows up, starts a doomsday cult, steals a nuke and starts WW3? Or what?

  • August 26, 2013 at 12:41 pmdaikama

    This may be Mayoi’s arc, but for me Shinobu is stealing the show at this point. So cute!

    Am I the only one who thinks “middle-school” Shinobu looks a lot like Hanekawa (except for hair color of course)? Subliminal mental suggestion from Araragi, or is Shinobu trying to entice him on her own? She has shown signs of jealously/wanting more attention lately.

    Takaii is entirely correct about the “golden rule of time travel”. Reminds me of a classic Simpsons episode (Homer,after traveling back in time (like to the Jurassic Period), accidentally steps on a bug and says “What could possibly happen?” Return to the present and of course ridiculously massive changes LOL). Still, is there a bigger cliff hanger than “The world was destroyed”?

    I expected this to be a great arc, and so far, Monogatari has fully met my expectations. Can’t wait for the next episode.

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:39 pmLogeres

      Araragi explicitly says that Shinobu dresses up as Hanekawa. He doesn’t say why, though I imagine it’s because when you think of a upstanding, honest student, you’re thinking of Hanekawa.

    • August 26, 2013 at 7:00 pminanis

      i think is a common occurrence with most the monogatari novels: the character is it supposed to be about is not really the one the story will center on. (supporting protagonist)

      This arc will focus a lot on Shinobu and Araragi .. and the effect they have in each other (specially Araragi on Shinobu) even if all this comes from Mayoi’s story.

      PS: lol knowing what i know about the things to come.. i found ironic the comment Shinobu did about it being good she didnt have most her powers.. or she “could betray you” … heh dont remember that bit from the novels.

    • August 27, 2013 at 5:39 amBear

      Omg, they could do a spinoff: Little Monogatari’s! All the girls when they were in grade school!

    • August 27, 2013 at 6:18 pmBear

      I’ve got an older Ray Bradbury story that is one of the classics A Sound of Thunder

  • August 26, 2013 at 12:48 pmRX-78NT-1

    DAT LOLI HANEKAWA!! Jokes aside i’m really looking forward to what happens next episode.

  • August 26, 2013 at 1:21 pmAnanas

    They are cutting way too much Shinobu goodness.

  • August 26, 2013 at 1:33 pmJ_the_Man

    Oy… How can something so terrible be so entertaining?

  • August 26, 2013 at 1:41 pmLaughingMan

    I love Shinobu so goddamn much…

    • August 26, 2013 at 2:59 pmAnanas

      Read the LN.

  • August 26, 2013 at 1:57 pmPlummage

    Araragi and Shinobu centered episodes are always golden. 10/10

    Araragi’s fro-face is gonna be my new avy. xD

  • August 26, 2013 at 2:12 pmJel

    Little Araragi and Hanekawa were so cute!! I thought that scene with Araragi’s freak out was hilarious. Guess that’s what happens when you see the younger version of someone you lust for.

    Just want to add to the “golden rule” of timetraveling- merely going to the past will change things. The existence of a high school Araragi was not present 11 years ago so it was changed the moment he landed on the ground there.

    • August 27, 2013 at 4:48 amc2710

      I was screaming FLAT IS JUSTICE in my mind

  • August 26, 2013 at 2:49 pmGetchman

    was that Mamaragi at the police station?

    • August 26, 2013 at 7:01 pmechykr

      Not sure why you’re receiving a downvote for simply asking an innocent inquiry.

      Anyway, the lady officer sounded a bit different, but as she’s not credited in the cast credits, it’s difficult to ascertain whether it’s the same VA, Orikasa Fumiko, as Mamaragi.

      After rewatching episode 4, Mamaragi there sounded a bit more mature, maybe Orikasa was using a younger-sounding voice in this episode?

      (And surely Araragi would have recognized his mom, no matter the time period. Maybe the hat concealed her features? )

      • August 26, 2013 at 7:30 pmGetchman

        maybe he did recognize her and that’s why he had that awkward expression as she was drawing him a map

  • August 26, 2013 at 2:58 pmEliteF22

    This would have been even better if it was adult version of Shinobu perving out over young Araragi.

  • August 26, 2013 at 5:02 pmArakan7

    Shinbou has *clearly* been affected by her master’s lolicon tendencies and has developed her own Shotararagi fetish. And all is right in the world.

  • August 26, 2013 at 6:10 pmMgMaster

    Dat epic rape face!Hanekawa will be marked for life!

  • August 26, 2013 at 6:56 pmK2013

    there are some fansubs subbing this anime
    Which one do you recommend me?

    • August 26, 2013 at 9:05 pmLawrence Leong

      commie sub…They are elite subbers..

      • August 27, 2013 at 6:18 amWanderer

        NO. Never watch Commie subs if you can help it. While they tend to release quickly, they are one of the least accurate and least trustworthy sub groups around.

      • August 27, 2013 at 10:47 pmThe Greatest Anon

        Yeah. Elite subbers.
        Their translators are not even familiar with Monogatari settings and developments, so much for their elite-ness.

  • August 26, 2013 at 6:56 pmechykr

    Oh Araragi, you are a hopelessly irredeemable lolicon. :3

    It’s so bad that:

    - you’ve even infected Shinobu with your pervertedness, causing your past shota self to be nearly molested by her as a result.

    - cried tears of blood at being forced to refrain from harassing loli Hanekawa any further. LMAO

    - unable to resist doing a Saten-san on Mayoi, nearly causing her eventual untimely demise.

    Good thing loli Hanekawa is smart enough to direct you to the nearest police outpost. LOL (But is that his mom working there, her VA sounded different from before)

    Loli Hanekawa <33
    Middle school uniform Shinobu <333

  • August 26, 2013 at 7:45 pmDualash

    I thought it was pretty funny that Shinobu’s middle school disguise basically makes her look like Hanekawa. XD

  • August 26, 2013 at 8:48 pmSeishowmeu

    This show is so next level it leaves me speechless.

  • August 26, 2013 at 10:00 pmserventarcher

    young Hanekawa….I must be in heaven

  • August 27, 2013 at 12:18 amgawrshness

    I can’t help but think of Flash Point Paradox when I watched this episode then again as you mentioned too many animes/movies/cartoons have touched on the subject of messing around with the past. In this case I would like to paraphrase the Reverse Flash! “TIME BOOM!”

  • August 27, 2013 at 1:13 amSenjougahara Hitagi

    Changing stuff that happened in the past – brings about positive results if you’re as mad as Hououin Kyouma (did I spell it wrong?). Sonuvabetch.

    With regards to the episode, loved every bit of Shinobu here, loved the glimpse of her mature self. Also, Araragi blaming fate after flipping up Mayoi’s skirt was epic.

  • August 27, 2013 at 2:10 ammiaou5

    That moment with Hanekawa was adorable, ahhh <3

  • August 27, 2013 at 4:15 amWiddershins

    Hey guys, you forgot a picture: http://i.imgur.com/qE4Msmy.jpg

  • August 27, 2013 at 4:29 amRaso

    Man why didn’t Middle school Shinobu actually stick around for more than just 5 seconds….

    And as for what is going to happen next I am at the point where I really really wanna know damnit.

  • August 27, 2013 at 4:52 amc2710

    El Psy Congoroo.



    I’m so cool. Sunavabitch.

    Enough said

    • August 27, 2013 at 7:42 amewok40k

      He didnt check the divergence number…

      • August 27, 2013 at 8:56 amc2710

        I think it’s 1.103395 when they got back

  • August 28, 2013 at 9:58 amGinobi666

    Araragi is a true man. Only true men can understand the charms of flatness

  • August 28, 2013 at 1:47 pmDomo-kun

    “The world was detroyed”
    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • August 28, 2013 at 7:22 pmdarkkodiak

    You know what would be really funny? After that time traveling and dealing with whatever destroyed the world, Araragi never finish his summer homework like he originally planned XD.

    • August 29, 2013 at 2:56 amPasserby

      That’s how Endless Eight happens.

      • August 29, 2013 at 3:09 amSenjougahara Hitagi

        And then that Endless Eight will be the preparation for the movie, The Disappearance Story