「そだちロスト 其ノ壹」 (Sodachi Rosuto Sono Ichi)
“Sodachi Lost Part One”
Y’know, I don’t think I can actually tell when Araragi is being mentally manipulated by Ougi, and when he is just being thick. I can imagine him talked into treating free sushi to one with less subliminal hypnotic powers than Ougi. Araragi simply doesn’t have it in him to be critical of people, or at least women. Not when they’re trying to murder him, and not when they’re trying to mooch a meal of him, and not when they’re trying to, from the looks of it, seduce his mind and devour his soul.
So it’s evident that Araragi isn’t going to bail himself out of this one, so it’s a good thing that Hanekawa still has the good sense to be apprehensive about Ougi (though of all the women in Araragi’s life who should notice that Araragi’s being played it would be Shinobu, who seems to go into hiding whenever Ougi’s around). Or rather, it seems that Hanekawa’s the only one who’s ever sensible at all (repressed cat demon thing aside), in a cast that is invariably weird and/or crazy. That said, we haven’t really seen much interaction between Ougi and anyone but Araragi; most of her other manipulative shenanigans are implied off-screen. I’ve never seen (non-feline) Hanekawa look so hostile before; is she the only one who doesn’t buy Ougi’s act? Or is Araragi just particularly susceptible to suggestion? Ougi did try to get into Hanekawa’s head as well, but that’s more a demoralising villain monologue than the outright memory tampering she does with Araragi. Still, it seems that Hanekawa, the girl who seems to know everything, is at a disadvantage against Ougi, who probably does know everything. But that’s not the real matchup, though. The real matchup is Ougi vs the might of Hanekawa’s breasts.
No prizes for guessing who wins that one.
Were these not the breasts that launched a thousand ships? The same that doomed Napoleon at Waterloo? Is it not said that we went to the moon not because it was easy, but because of Hanekawa’s breasts? Gaze upon these breasts ye mighty, and despair! Araragi’s true weakness is not Hanekawa to whom he owes a life debt, but the prospect of contact with her mammaries. Say what you want about being able to tell that something was weird, Araragi, no one’s going to believe you even if you had Ougi’s hypnoeyes. Oh, I bet you sensed a disturbance in the force. Sensed it hard.
…I feel like I just wasted a lot of my life there. Mine and yours.
Looking ahead ~ Pajama party at the Oikura’s
So, after an entire episode, we’ve finally made it from the school gates to Oikura Sodachi’s place, as was first intended. I suppose if you view it as the apocalyptic first showdown between Ougi and Hanekawa, fought with Japanese politeness judo, then it was time spent well enough. It was refreshing to see someone stand up to Ougi for once instead of being twisted around her/his/its little finger. It still makes one wonder what Ougi’s intentions are, as he/she/it does seem a lot more obstructive this episode than the previous. Why must she come along with Araragi to visit Oikura Sodachi? Hopefully with Hanekawa’s involvement more will be revealed about Ougi—she’ll keep up with Kaiki well enough in the future—since Araragi himself seems blanked from forming any useful thought about Ougi other than tautologies.
Well, Sodachi first. Number 444 must be an awfully unlucky place to live in Japan, what with ‘four’ being a homophone for ‘death’ in Japanese. How ominous.