「つばさタイガ – 其ノ肆」 (Tsubasa Taiga – So no Yon)
“Tsubasa Tiger – Part Four”
What did we learn this week? Hanekawa has the prettiest size 23.5cm feet ever.
Compared to everything else that’s happened up to this point, I must say that I was a little surprised to see the story take such a serious turn. Then again after three episodes of watching Hanekawa go back and forth between attempting to solve her problems and stripping down for our pleasure, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.
On the other hand, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t surprised when the episode introduced us to Araragi’s mom. Besides being the stark opposite of how I pictured her, it really surprised me to hear her bluntly address Hanekawa’s current predicament. Because compared to how all her children handle things, you’d expect her to be this doting and understanding figure, right? That being said I couldn’t help but smile when she let a little bit of her motherly love come out right at the end.
Now that I got that little blurb out of me, let me get back on track. Seeing how this episode was chock full of dialogue and clues, I think I’ll give it another go and try to play detective again. Because after putting together some of the clues that stuck out to me, I think I’ve come up with a fairly solid explanation behind Hanekawa’s tiger problem and maybe even what it’s related to. Building off of what I came up with last week and adding in what Gaen said while taunting Hanekawa, I think it’s safe to say that the tiger may actually be a part of Hanekawa — or more specifically a part of her that she’s thrust away. Throw in how everyone keeps mentioning that it’s a problem only she can see or solve and it just solidifies the notion that she’s the one who’s created it. And just like how Black Hanekawa is a manifestation of her stress, what if this tiger is a manifestation of some other emotion she’s tried to cast away? From there once you factor in the latter half of the episode, it makes a bit more sense. What if, just what if, that white tiger is the feeling of love or rather the suppressed feelings of love she has for Araragi? In turn this unrequited love could turn into envy for all the people who share her feelings! And just as Hanekawa explained toward the end, it would make sense that one of the newest and strongest aberrations could be derived from one of the strongest emotions a person can have! And like I said last week — whenever anyone tries to cast away a part of them, nothing good comes from it!
Whew, what a doozy. While it doesn’t explain why Hanekawa’s house or the abandoned school burned down since I wouldn’t consider them directly related to Araragi, I think it’s a pretty decent attempt at trying to explain what’s going on right now — and no, I don’t think Senjougahara is correct either. But what I still haven’t wrapped my head around is the ending to the episode! Not only did it feel like Hanekawa was raising her own death flag by acting so out of character but what’s she planning on doing once she’s finished writing that letter?
While only time will tell (as in waiting ANOTHER week) what will happen, there were so many other things foreshadowed that I don’t even know what to expect anymore. Between Oshino’s senpai randomly appearing and some random half vampire who I assume is from the Kizumonogatari arc, I’m torn between wanting to find out what’s going to happen to Hanekawa and wishing for the next arc to start. ARARAGI-KUN WHERE ARE YOU?