「ひたぎエンド其ノ伍」 (Hitagi Endo So no Go)
“Hitagi End Part Five”
I apologize for the late post —
Christmas the Holidays are upon us and with them come an over abundance of work and family responsibilities. With my short apology out of the way, let’s jump straight into all the nonsense that happened with Kaiki this week!
While I would have loved for Hanekawa (and Horie Yui respectively) to get a bit more screen time, what we got out of her really shook up the foundation of the story we’ve heard so far. I mean, after listening to her describe Nadeko and her completely closed off world, you have to wonder just how much time Hanekawa has spent analyzing her — especially after she went as far back to describe Nadeko’s encounter with Oshino! Honestly though, it was quite something listening to her provide a completely different look on something that we’ve spent nearly two arcs analyzing. But what completely flew over my head was the way she nonchalantly mentioned Nadeko may not actually be in love with Araragi but trying to make up her own fantasy of sorts — something which if I had paid more attention to maybe would have prepared me for that abrupt surprise waiting for us at the end of the episode.
But before getting into that almost scary cliffhanger, I can’t help but feel that someone or something is working behind the scenes to ensure Kaiki fails his goal of deceiving Nadeko. Not only have countless characters mentioned the possibility of him failing even though they say his chance of failure is less than 1%, but something about the way Ononko was behaving this week really gave off a strange vibe. Almost seeming out-of-character, it felt like she was desperately trying to force Kaiki’s hand. Taking any avenue available and attacking wherever she could, it almost felt like she was trying to stop him out of the goodness of her heart (if she has one?). And after a while, I was almost sure that her whining was going to wear down his conviction. That is, until she revealed something about Kaiki’s past that I never saw coming. And while I wouldn’t go as far and say he’s “the hero we needed but didn’t deserve”, he’s definitely a closet tsundere with that tough-exterior of his. However, I believe he deserves a lot of credit for quietly trying to fix Senjougahara’s messed up family situation. And even though his actions may have not led to the outcome he wanted, it’s clear as day that he continues to move forward with Senjougahara’s request not necessarily out of pity but out of respect for her growth as a human being.
And with that, comes a huge and unexpected cliffhanger. Courtesy of SHAFT and their never ending tricks, I don’t think any of us expected Nadeko to look Kaiki dead in the face and call out his lie. Because if there’s something scarier than a little girl that has the power to kill you with the snap of her fingers, it’s a little girl with all of those things that knows you straight up lied to her. HOWEVER, seeing how Kaiki is the narrator of the story and is telling it somewhat in the past tense, it must mean he survives this ordeal. Right?