「しのぶタイム其ノ肆」 (Shinobu Taimu So no Shi)
“Shinobu Time Part Four”
Please excuse me while I wipe the tears off of my face. Not only was I already stressed when this episode started because I thought Shionbu might be facing certain death, but to watch one of my favorite characters get completely written off in a single episode just made me lose it.
But before I even start this post, to all the haters out there who can’t fathom a high school student and a elementary student making out, can we all agree that it was an amazingly cute gesture to really sum up all of Hachikuji’s feelings for Araragi? Thank you to everyone in the comments for being awesome and agreeing with me <3. Opinions aside, I don’t think anyone can disagree that it out of everyone, Mayoi has probably left with the biggest bang thus far.
But even with that super cute ending move taking up most of my imagination, it still can’t quell the amount of disgust/anger I have toward Gaen. I couldn’t care less about her clairvoyance and I don’t think a power like that empowers someone to be so damn snarky. Not only was every other sentence that came out of her mouth disgustingly condescending but to wait until the very end of her explanation to say that it was Hachikuji and not Shinobu who was in danger in order to get Araragi to play along with her plan made me want to spite her very existence. Actually, I don’t think spite is a strong enough word to describe how disgusting her actions were — feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.
That said, I will give some credit where credit is due. And by that I mean giving Gaen a smidge of it when she actually gave us some facts behind the black blob of death’s purpose. Because while a broken blob that can do whatever it wants sounds a tad overpowered, it makes a lot more sense that it’s some sort of higher-existence whose sole job is to rid the world of broken aberrations. I mean, aberrations already operate beyond logic and reason so it makes sense that the systems in place to control them have to be whatever is beyond that!
Unfortunately, this is the part of the post where I’ll probably start to fall apart again. But before that happens let’s try to type this all out! Out of all the episodes so far, I don’t think there’s been one that’s got me as emotionally riled up as this week’s. Listening to how Hachikuji has been doing the complete opposite of what’s she’s supposed to be doing — guiding others instead of leading them astray — really swayed my feelings. Add in how she tried to push Araragi away because she sincerely cared about his well-being and knew that he wouldn’t let go without a fight and I couldn’t help but start to shed a few years. And just when I thought I’d able to hold it all in, Hachikuji just had to lose her composure which was just enough to get the waterworks flowing.
All-in-all, as much as I hate to admit that Hachikuji won’t be showing up anymore, I have to commend SHAFT for doing such a great job with this episode and the arc as a whole. Not only did they give both Shinobu and Hachikuji some amazing episodes but if I were to pick between the two, Hachikuji would win in a heartbeat. From the fanservice to the way they subtly added in one of Hachikuji and Araragi’s famous gag lines only to surprise us with a kiss are all little things that just made everything that much better. While I have no idea what’s in store for us in the coming weeks, I know for sure that a little something will definitely be missing without our favorite little snail.
P.S. Fuck Ougi.
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