「まよいキョンシー其ノ參」 (Mayoi Kyonshi/Jiangshi – So no San)
“Mayoi Jiangshi – Part Three”
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this emotionally attached to anything related to the Monogatari series. Besides the touching scene between Araragi and Senjougahara on their first date (with Supercell providing a spectacular backtrack for the whole thing) nothing else comes to mind when I try to put the words “Monogatari” and “Touching” together — except maybe that toothbrush scene but I think I may be using the word “Touching” in the wrong way…
Jumping straight into the thick of it, it would seem that our genius protagonist may actually understand the basic concept of time travel! While it’s hard to say whether or not I feel bad for him for belittling the power of the Butterfly Effect, I will give it to him that the scale of the changes definitely makes things a bit tougher to swallow. I mean with the world’s population replaced with zombie-esque creatures sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But what probably was even harder to believe was just how scary the old Shinbou could be! Or rather, just how attached she’s become to Araragi. And while I want to be careful about how I phrase this since I have no idea what actually happened during their fateful encounter (Until Kizumonogatari comes out over here!), it would seem that two deeply care for one another to the point that I might even say they love each other. Because after Shinobu’s quick refresher behind their awkward pairing together, it became pretty apparent that both of them have perfectly objective reasons to kill the other. But instead of acting on those intents, it seems that the two are happy enough just being together — which in my book definitely sounds like love to me!
At this point, it feels like Mayoi’s name in the arc was a typo for Shinbou. Besides seeing her officially ONCE throughout this whole thing it’s really starting to feel like that this arc was designed entirely for Shinobu! But as I was typing this last paragraph, I started actually watching (ie: paying attention) the ending sequence. And if I’m not mistaken, it looks like the whole thing is an abstract representation of what’s going to happen throughout this arc! And if it really is foreshadowing, it looks like that there may actually some kind of connection between Shinbou and Mayoi! Meaning maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally get to see her next week!