「こよみティー」 (Koyomi Tī)
I know many of you will be disappointed with this week’s Koyomimonogatari. After last week’s breastacular breastathon courtesy of Araragi Karen, her
twin sister takes the stage this week and… nothing! Not even a wardrobe malfunction! And then Kanbaru is sortied as reinforcements and… still nothing! She has only a few minutes of screentime, but remains fully clothed for its entirety! Are we watching the right show? What would anime be if its characters do not strut around for our crude amusement? It’s madness, I tell you.
I suppose if we’re not getting the sex we’ll have to settle for violence instead to satisfy the base entertainment quota, but Tsukihi makes a very poor Senjougahara. First Sodachi, now Tsukihi. Everybody wants a piece of the heroine’s turf. But stationary based combat is not so easily mastered. With so many women out to murder Araragi, Tsukihi is at best a second-class yandere. The fact that there’s a competition in the first place, though, says a lot about he cast.
As for the ‘theme’ of this episode, as each short story of Koyomimonogatari likes to have, Koyomi Tea follows on from Koyomi Tree in appropriately rhyming ways. Once again there’s something of a ghost hysteria spreading, and the question is asked why people believe in such ‘irrational’ things. But ghost stories, and conspiracy theories in general, are not strictly irrational. Rather, they are unfalsifiable. That is, they cannot be proven to be untrue, and such hypotheses are discounted by the scientific method because they are not useful. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be believed. Scientific rigour is not the same as rationality (though we can argue the pedagogy, of course).
In the Koyomi Tea example, there’s all manner of rational reasons why Tsukihi’s tea club would believe in a ghost story. Consider a simple chain of logic: I prefer my life to be interesting, the existence of an ‘eighth man‘ is interesting, therefore I will believe in the ghost story. ‘Rational’ is an extremely low threshold. And so it is with the lie Araragi Koyomi tells his sister. It’s not really based on any evidence. But Tsukihi chooses to believe it anyway, because it will allow her to make internal peace with her friends. That’s a completely rational choice to make.
Sure, it’s easy to scoff at a person’s belief in ghosts, or UFOs, or even their religion. But there are all manner of reasons for believing whatever, and it’s not so easy to call them invalid.