「Nadeko Meduusa So no Yon」 (なでこメドゥーサ其ノ肆)
“Nadeko Medusa Part Four”
So after four episodes, what do we get? Besides a wacky story with a just as wacky ending, I’d have to say that this might be one of the strangest arcs that Monogatari has had. Then again, now that I think about it Sengoku’s original arc was pretty wonky as well! I mean, it wasn’t like Araragi succeeded in exorcising the curse — if anything Sengoku and Araragi were worse off before they started. And staying true to form, this arc’s ending was definitely felt like another one of those herp-derp moments.
Because who would have ever thought that the damsel in distress, our cute Sengoku, would end up being a complete lunatic? I almost chalked it up to idiocy when she decided to eat and merge with some omnipotent snake deity but boy was I wrong. Not only did she fabricate an intricate lie that managed to transcend barriers of luck and chance but I couldn’t believe my ears when it was revealed that Kuchinawa, the white snake, was a complete figment of her imagination. A twisted personification of her desire to maintain what she believed should be the status quo, it’s a little disgusting how she managed to use him as a crutch to hide her intentions and instead rely on him to give her the confidence to follow through with her plan. A plan let me remind you, was created because she found out Araragi had a girlfriend. Which eventually leads to the extremely odd ending to this arc — a ridiculously overpowered Sengoku out to murder every girl that stands in her way of maintaining her unrequited feelings for her beloved senpai.
Seeing how the end of this week’s episode was a rather abrupt “to be continued” instead of the usual eyecatch, I’m really hoping that we get a real answer next week. Since as things currently stand not only is Sengoku somehow overpowering the omnipotent “plot-armor” that Araragi should have but seeing every single girl including Shinobu either dead or dying makes you wonder just what the hell is this show trying to do? Besides leaving no room for the story to continue I’m confident that if every girl were to die (especially to the hands of a homicidal Sengoku) it would alienate a majority of the fan base for the show. That and, why does it feel like Ougi is so evil!?
Luckily though, in the world of Monogatari anything can and will happen so who knows what’ll pop up next week? All I know for sure is that there is more source material to cover which hopefully means something fun is in store for us!