「なでこメドゥーサ其ノ貳」 (Nadeko Meduusa So no Ni)
“Nadeko Medusa Part Two”
Continuing from last week’s awesome start, it seems like the story is going to take the time to slow down and really wrap itself around us. Because if this week’s events are any indication of how this arc is going to go, it looks like it’s going to be a long time until we reach the epic battle to the death between Sengoku and Araragi.
With the whole Medusa/Snake theme being pushed on us throughout the entire episode, I’m kind of confused with where the story is trying to go. We have this snake deity who’s trying to find his physical body and instead of going to someone who’s competent at finding such things chooses our lovely and unreliable Sengoku. And instead of forcing her to do his bidding (because I’m sure even in a “low power” state that aberrations have the ability to easily control humans) he’s simply using the power of guilt to persuade her into helping him. Then on Sengoku’s side, I can’t logically figure out why she would choose to help a powerless aberration especially when she has a half-vampire demon-slaying senpai who’s ready to come to her aid at a moments notice.
All of which really bothers me since it seems like this whole situation probably wouldn’t even need to occur if everyone involved exercised just a little bit more common sense. But seeing how I watch anime to enjoy myself, the whole situation becomes a lot clearer when you throw logic out the window. How I see things so far, which is based off of the notion that everything that’s been stated is true, is that Sengoku is trying really hard to change herself. Instead of being the cute damsel in distress who’s can’t help herself, she’s trying to take charge and do things herself. The only problem is that I think Sengoku knows what she’s doing is wrong and wants someone (most likely Araragi) to recognize that and punish her for it. Which would in turn finally liberate her from being that type of person — except no one is doing so. From her teacher to Araragi himself, everyone is plainly viewing her as a cute helpless girl. While I can’t blame them when she’s cute a cutie, I loved it when Shinobu decided to take things into her own hands. Using her well known style of belittling someone and then not giving a care in the world how you take it, I loved watching her really get into the nitty-gritty of things as she called out all of Sengoku’s insecurities. But if I were to apply it to everything else we’ve seen, it’s a shame that this awesome rant is probably going to push her down the wrong direction.
That said, besides an in-depth look at Sengoku’s character and some juicy fan-service shots for the loli lover in all of us, there wasn’t much else that happened this week! We still don’t know what that snake’s overall objective is nor do we know if Araragi is going to do anything about it. That said, I think I’m starting to like the slower pacing that SHAFT is giving us. Not only will it hopefully give the ending to this arc a bit more impact but I also really like the in-depth look we’re getting at Sengoku’s personality. I don’t know about you but I don’t remember he being this dark of a person!