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Koyomimonogatari – 02

「こよみフラワー」 (Koyomi Furawā)
“Koyomi Flower”

So it seems that Koyomimonogatari really is going to do the ‘recycle one OP a week’ thing, and this week it’s staple stable. While I’m rather fond of this OP, rerun or not (it was the first one!) you’ll have to excuse me if I skip over it in its 2016 edition. It’s the same thing! In an inferior resolution! Yeah, I know stapler sex never gets old, but I’m also very lazy. It’s about a balance of interest here.

The use of staple stable is, however, a welcome signal of the return of Senjougahara Hitagi, the First Lady of the Monogatari series. Sure, Koyomi flower isn’t actually really about her (just as Koyomi Stone wasn’t really about Hanekawa) but at least it involves her, which serves well enough as the once-per-season reminder that Senjougahara is actually a main character. I can’t really fault her lack of use too harshly (just slightly harshly, I guess); it’s difficult to work her in. She is, in effect, already a ‘completed’ character, having resolved her personal conflict very early, having aggressively secured a relationship with the protagonist, and being generally content with life. Also, in a cast of supernatural characters who often tackle supernatural problems, Senjougahara stands out as the sole normal. As she says as much in this episode, Senjougahara treats her run-in with an oddity as just an illness. She didn’t get a superpowered cat-form, didn’t inherit a monkey-demon arm, and didn’t gain any god powers. She snagged an Araragi, and that’s about it. I think I prefer it this way, though. Her very existence offers a balance to Araragi’s character, representing the human part of his life (just as Shinobu represents his vampire half). Most of her very normal life will have to stay off-screen, but the implication that she lives a normal life (worrying about things like debt instead of, say, undead revenants out for blood) is comforting. And then, whenever she gets involved, the very event has impact, like an old veteran coming out of retirement, armed with nothing but stationary. It’s what the gesture implies as much as anything else.

And on the subject of implications, there’s this week’s mystery, which is once again something mundane made to look mysterious by circumstance, as it was in Koyomi Stone. Specifically, it’s about lies. The very best lies—and here I’d like to remind you that Passerby’s greatest virtue is honesty and will never like to you—are actually incomplete truths, with gaps that invite the victim to fill them in with their own incorrect assumptions. Humans are often stubborn and contrary, and hard to convince directly—but we can convince ourselves of almost anything. So a sign that just says ‘stay off the roof’ is not going to be very convincing, but if you just leave a bouquet up there, it implies that someone died up there, and a story of a poor student falling to their deaths that we assume for ourselves is much more resonant. And it’s also, I suppose, a testament to the power of stories, and a reminder that all fiction are, in a tautological sense, lies. But nobody really pretends they’re true either, do they? Of a story is told well, it has the taste of truth, and we just settle into it. And that’s suspension of disbelief; a complicit deception.

That’s a rather sour way to always think about things though; if we always second guess ourselves, we’ll never enjoy anything in life. Slightly tall tales makes our world slightly more interesting. So let’s, like Senjougahara, resolve to just forget about all this. Believe whatever harmless fiction you please. Truth is a very malleable thing.

January 17, 2016 at 11:18 am
15 comments »
  • January 17, 2016 at 2:57 pmMistic

    Well, one story was a lie (a well-intentioned lie, but a lie), but Araragi managed to give birth to another tale: the story of this idiot student who climbed up and forced the school to spend a lot of money in remodeling XD

    Two episodes, two stories with a mundane twist behind it and Koyomi doing something he’s not proud of. I wonder if it will become a trend.

  • January 17, 2016 at 4:00 pmSamu

    • January 19, 2016 at 5:46 amkaiba_CEO

      she is the main wife. the rest are concubines and mistresses.

  • January 17, 2016 at 4:30 pmAzsurance

    I don’t know about the rest but I really enjoy the seemingly mundane short stories behind each episode, kinda reminds me of the old days of Bakemonogatari when an episode has not reached the peak of it’s arc yet; slice of life style.

    Conversations, puns, random poses, head tilts, anime references etc; couldn’t have asked for less.

    I’m also guessing, based on the ED, every girl in Araragi’s harem will show up one by one. That means some Hachikuji next week probably.

    • January 17, 2016 at 5:43 pmTechim

      Hmm, let’s see, Bakemonogatari planned for 12 episodes…

      Let’s see..vampire, crab, snail, monkey, snake, cat/tiger, corpse, berserker, 2 sisters, know-it-all onee-san and a certain character who’s almost like Araragi’s shadow (knowing everything he does).

      Ah, damn. Exactly 12 characters.
      I wonder if mathematics-girl might show up again, but that would make her the 13th girl.

      I wanted a Kaiki episode though.

      • January 17, 2016 at 5:44 pmTechim

        *edit* I meant Koyomimonogatari for 12 episodes

  • January 18, 2016 at 1:25 amSK

    If you want someone to reach a certain conclusion, try to lead them to it rather than flat out telling them. A lot of people are very resistant to being told what (not) to do, but are satisfied if they think they reached a conclusion on their own.

    Kinda curious about how Shinobu got the helmet/goggles, since she didn’t have them last episode, which was about a month in-series.

    • January 18, 2016 at 5:48 pmPasserby

      Do the goggles bug you? They bug me. I don’t know how she got them. And then I don’t know how she loses them. If they never get explained I will go mad. Madder.

  • January 18, 2016 at 4:39 amJeffers

    http://randomc.net/image/Monogatari/Koyomimonogatari%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    that head turn… wew… SHAFT always keeps on reminding us that they made this anime

  • January 18, 2016 at 1:54 pmazalea23

    i know we don’t ask for download info here, EVER.

    but i had serious trouble finding koyomimonogatari. i’ll just leave my e-mail here for any kind soul willing to help out.

    thenewhorde@gmail.com

    • January 19, 2016 at 9:01 amRandom Orc

      lok’tar ogar

      • January 19, 2016 at 9:48 amazalea23

        lok’tar brothers, your aid is much appreciated.

  • January 19, 2016 at 8:04 pmsealouse

    Man the episode was less than 15 minutes. Surely you can spare a minute and half to watch these old openings. There’s actually a few I’m looking forward to.

    • January 19, 2016 at 8:43 pmPasserby

      It’s more screencapping them, mate. If you want pictures, they’ve been done before in previous series, all covered here on RandomC.

      • January 21, 2016 at 8:08 pmsealouse

        Oh I didn’t know you meant screencapping. Yeah you don’t have to do that.