「つばさタイガ – 其ノ貳」 (Tsubasa Taiga – So no Ni)
“Tsubasa Tiger – Part Two”
Even though there was a distinct lack of Araragi in this second episode, I have to hand it to SHAFT for never letting my focus stray. Because even before I started to watch, I was afraid I’d be bombarded with a bunch of dialogue with nothing fancy to back it up. But boy, who would have thought that an episode that focused mostly on Senjougahara and Hanekawa talking with each other could get so interesting? Sure a good chunk of it really focused on just how creative our imaginations could get but when the hard hitting topics started rolling, it really got me to rethink how I look at both characters.
Starting with the star of this arc, Hanekawa, I completely lost that “perfect” ideal I had of her. I suppose the monologue at the beginning of the first episode could be considered really good foreshadowing about what was going to happen but really experiencing it makes all the difference. I mean, when you’re the type of person who doesn’t have distinct dislikes or likes, how can you differentiate between what you believe and what you choose to believe? And even less than that, how can you truly know what you do or don’t have feelings for? But then to watch Senjougahara drive the point home by drilling her about how this could effect her feelings for Araragi really blew me away. Sure Senjougahara may not harbor any ill will toward Hanekawa about her innate feelings for him but I’m sure she’d take on a completely different stance if she was harboring fake feelings for her boyfriend. But after watching how her tone and body language started to quickly shift as things got tenser, could you imagine the old Senjougahara coming back out? The one who would stop for nothing and nobody to achieve what she wants?
Besides all the girl-talk that went out throughout this episode, I loved how there was almost no focus on the overarching problem. Besides watching Black Hanekawa and the Tiger somewhat talk things out, I loved how SHAFT left figuring everything out up to us. If I were to make a guess, I’d assume that the Tiger is just a bigger version of the Cursed Cat. In that it causes extreme misfortune to those who cross it’s path (kind of like a giant
black white cat!). Then again, you’d have to wonder why the Tiger kept saying that things are already in motion when Hanekawa’s house had already burned down.
And with that, we all have to wait another week until we get some answers. Hopefully by then though, Araragi will be riding down on his trusty bike ready to take on whatever aberration is wreaking havoc on our two main ladies. But if that doesn’t happen, I’d totally be fine with another toothbrush-esque scene!