Monogatari Second Season – 11, 12
OP3: 「もうそう♡えくすぷれす」 (Mousou <3 Ekusupuresu) by 千石撫子 CV: 花澤香菜 (Sengoku Nadeko CV: Hanezawa Kana)
「なでこメドゥーサ其ノ壹」 (Nadeko Meduusa So No Ichi)
“Nadeko Medsua Part One”
Quick disclaimer – this is not a double post. Last week’s episode was another recap episode detailing what had already happened to Sengoku and due to a stressful week I decided not to cover it. But seeing how SHAFT still numbers the recap episodes, I thought it would be smart to keep things accurate. More after the jump!
So after the end of Hachikuji’s amazing arc, I wasn’t sure if SHAFT would be able to impress me with whatever offerings it had this week. I mean, when you have both a grown up Hachikuji and sexy full sized Shinobu in the same arc how are you supposed to top that? But somehow, through a colorful combination of an overpowered Medusa inspired Sengoku and tons of Araragi’s blood just spraying everywhere, SHAFT did a great job of grabbing my attention.
I mean, for those of you who remember (or watched the recap episode) what kind of person Sengoku was, you really have to wonder just how screwed up things got to cause a transformation like that. And while I’m willing to bet her jealousy toward everyone around her beloved Senpai is one of the main ones, this first episode highlighted something really interesting. And while this may not be the correct interpretation of it, I saw it as Sengoku not necessarily viewing herself as the victim but rather realizing how she’s always waiting for someone to come save her — almost like a damsel in distress.
And it all started with Ougi. And as creepy as she is, she’s always carrying some sort of useful information whenever she shows up onscreen. And while her short talk with Sengoku didn’t elaborate on much, I can’t help but have this strange feeling that the talk in itself may be the catalyst for what we know is coming. And while that might be a bit of a stretch to believe, you can’t think it’s only a coincidence that Sengoku started seeing snakes only after her talk with Ougi.
With a lot more to see, I can honestly say that I’m really excited for whatever is in store for us down the road. Because seeing how there’s going to be an all out battle between Sengoku and her beloved Araragi-oniichan, I really want to see the series of events that led her down this path. Because even though we’ve seen the countless times where emotions beat out the temptations related to these aberrations, I wonder if this could be the first time that the aberration wins out?
ED2: 「その声を覚えてる」 (So no Koe wo Oboeteru) by 河野マリナ (Kawano Marina)