Monogatari Second Season – 16, 17
「しのぶタイム其ノ壹」 (Shinobu Taimu So no Ichi)
“Shinobu Time Part One”
After watching Sengoku turn into a completely out of control snake-aberration that apparently wiped out everyone in this show, this week’s episode was a pleasant reminder that SHAFT really knows how to reel us back in after traumatizing us. And I while I can’t speak for everyone watching, I know that I’ll gladly take any opportunity for more Shinobu-time. So as I slowly recover from all the amazing shots of her that we were graced with this week, let me try to form complete sentences as I finish this post from a stuffy airplane with people looking at me funny for watching anime.
First off, I thought that this week’s episode was absolutely outstanding. If I were to compare everything else we’ve seen thus far, I’d have to say that SHAFT really outdid themselves this week. Sure that previous statement might be a little biased since all of my favorite characters got a ton of screen time and the arc just happens to be Shinobu’s, but I doubt you’ll find a soul out there who wouldn’t want a little more of everything that we got. From the brilliant and crisp quality in every single shot to some of the best jokes Monogatari has ever used, this week’s episode was a welcome reminder of just how amazing this show can be. Because, I mean come on, when was the last time you saw Araragi actually make out with two girls?
But even if you don’t like any of the main characters or didn’t find jokes about twin-tails falling off funny, the other great part of this week’s episode had to be the villain. Literally described as darkness that’s given form by those who acknowledge its existence with the power to purge the entire city into darkness, it normally would sound stupidly overpowered but in this case it’s awesomely perfect for Shinbou’s arc. Because with the way I see it, it sounds like this thing is deeply intertwined with Shinobu’s past which means there’s either gonna be a lot of cool fighting scenes or a lot of emotionally moving scenes. Both of which make me that much more excited for next week’s episode!
Quick disclaimer — this is not a double post! Last week’s episode was a quick recap of the events that occurred in Nisemonogatari. But in terms of keeping things numbered correctly, I include both episode numbers since that’s the official count provided by SHAFT.
Also, I want to give a huge shout out Zephyr for taking the time to screencap this episode for me. I was in Wisconsin over the weekend and he took time out of his busy schedule to help me out — and I really appreciate it. So if you have a moment, don’t forget to thank him in the comments for being awesome!