「つばさタイガ – 其ノ伍」 (Tsubasa Taiga – So no Go)
“Tsubasa Tiger – Part Five”
After four episodes of Hanekawa and watching her twiddle her thumbs, I think this was probably the best outcome we could have asked for. While I’m not entirely sure what to make of all that information that was thrown at us, I do have to admit that some of those scenes during her inner-monologue were absolutely stunning.
But the real star, at least until the very end, was definitely Black Hanekawa. After watching her transform from this simple aberration that had the misfortune to become Hanekawa’s stress keeper into this integral character can stand toe-to-toe with some of the best, I was loving every second we got to see of her. Sure she says that her actions are dictated by the passion she has for Hanekawa but after watching things unfold, I’m willing to bet that this entire time she knew about the true feelings Hanekawa had for her. I mean, why would an aberration sacrifice so much for the sake of a human unless there was something driving that passion?
On the other hand, you have the other camp who watched this episode and felt that Hanekawa got what she deserved — a smack in the face from reality for not facing her problems and creating problems for her loved ones. While I didn’t see this point of view until I started writing, I can honestly see how someone could feel this way. Not only was Hanekawa living an unhealthy life to begin with but going as far as to reject all of her negative emotions and in turn create aberrations to handle these emotions is completely her own fault. But then to pretend that nothing’s going on while attempting to be a “pure” person just makes her seem downright selfish! And let’s not forget that during this whole ordeal she’s been channeling all these emotions straight to the aberrations she created, fueling their passion to express these feelings!
But in the end, as rushed as it felt, I was a sucker for how Hanekawa was able to realize all of these things and attempt to repent for it. Between her inner monologue and finally accepting that these aberrations were just as much her and she was, I was getting all giddy waiting for some sort of spectacular finish to really wrap things up. Which is why I squealed in joy when Araragi appeared in the nick of time to save Hanekawa from herself. Because, if trying to fix your problems only to fail and then getting rescued by your knight in shining armor isn’t every girl’s dream, I don’t know what is.
Boy, what a way to end an arc! Between all the sexy scenes and a really deep look into what makes up Hanekawa as a person, I don’t think there was more you could ask for. And not only does everyone get a somewhat happy ending but there was so much foreshadowing throughout this arc that I have no idea where the story is going from here. From Oshino’s senpai to figuring out how Araragi became so epic, I don’t think there’s a way for SHAFT to shaft us out of a good show.