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Bakemonogatari Episode 13: Tsubasa Cat, Part Three

つばさキャット 其ノ參, Japan, 03 November 2009, Raymond Santos Estrella

Araragi is so ecstatic about scoring Senjōgahara as his girlfriend and having her body that he’s raping lolis on the street in broad daylight! Someone stop this deranged pervert! Sukebe! Hentai!

Warning! The following summary contains spoilers.

Story

My thoughts go out to Hachikuji. You can bite off some more of his fingers while you’re at it; he’ll heal up really quick anyway. Araragi was going straight for the chest area too. Ghost or not, he’s still a lolicon by the look of it! First off, I should mention that I’m filling in for Omni here since he’s been swamped with projects as of late. He asked if I could help cover some of his shows this week so that he can catch up, hence why I’m writing about the first web episode of Bakemonogatari. With this being a streamed episode, you’ll probably notice the lower quality screen captures right away. Luckily, the animation itself was good, which you should expect (demand?) given how much time SHAFT’s had to work on this (delay and all). As such, I would’ve liked to see less black bars super widescreening the episode, often hiding character mouths. While this may be Shinbou Akiyuki’s intention and the minimized work is just an added benefit, one could make the argument that it’s his means to that end.

Anyway, things pick up from Araragi and Senjōgahara’s super date under the starlight of the Summer Triangle. After running into Hachikuji and groping her for a while, Araragi hears about how she spotted Shinobu alone in front of a donuts shop the other day. He later runs into Senjōgahara, who lets him go off and do his “humanitarian aid” work and says she’ll cover for him during attendance call with her touted Saitou Chiwa seiyuu abilities. However, Araragi is both disappointed and outraged by her imitation of his voice, plus gets tricked into indirectly admitting that he loves her, so he runs off to meet Hanekawa as planned.

At the now infamous park of the series, Araragi is quickly infatuated with Hanekawa’s huge breasts bursting out of her pajamas, but is unsuccessful in getting her to take off her coat to showcase them better. The two then discuss her headaches and cat oddity during Golden Week, which she wants to see Oshino about. Before taking her to him, Araragi decides to ask some questions to get a better idea of what might be happening. Aside from a previous headache incident in front of a bookstore, their discussion quickly drifts to Hanekawa’s questions about letters sent in to a radio show, which Araragi doesn’t understand why he’s answering earnestly about. Back on track, he asks Hanekawa to remove her hat, even if she’ll hate him for it, revealing the cat ears still on her head. With Araragi having seen enough, they head towards Oshino’s and talk about how his vampire powers might be charming all the girls around him.

When they arrive, Oshino’s willing to help the Hanekawa despite how busy he is. In the process, he continually shrugs off Araragi’s presence and gets on his nerves. Inside the building, Oshino explains that Hanekawa is being affected by a cat spirit, a Sawari Neko 「障り猫」, and knocks her out soon after, claiming things will be faster talking to “her”.

Not a terrible lot ever seems to happen with each Bakemonogatari episode, but time and time again it’s entertaining as hell. For me, it’s the character interactions and conversations about random topics that are the driving factors. In the first third of the episode, we just had Araragi and Hachikuji going at it for the most part, but that alone made my day. Sure, she brought up something about Shinobu which should come into play later on (if we ever get that far with this adaptation), but there was a whole lot of enjoyable, meaningless ramble leading up to that.

Conclusion

While it was nice to see Hachikuji, I would’ve liked to see more of Senjōgahara this time around, but I guess this is better than nothing. I don’t think it’ll ever get old listening to her tease Araragi, but having her use her own seiyuu as means to do so was totally unexpected. That said, I have to say I really like her sleeveless summer uniform. As for Hanekawa, I don’t know why she was only in pajamas, but that works for me. She was surprisingly cute in a troubled sort of way, and even started giving signs that she likes Araragi as well. Because of that, I can’t believe he was about to burst out laughing at her cat ears, but it reassured the idea that Senjōgahara is the only one that can keep him in check.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the next episode since Hanekawa just transformed, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have a scheduled airing date yet. I guess that’s SHAFT for you.

The ending sequence has changed more than I realized. While the middle part is the same, the first 15 secs and last 30 or so are completely new.

* I decided to use last names in the writeup since almost all the characters addresses each other as such.

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Comments (44)

  • Jdw67

    Jdw67

    03 November 2009 at 19:51 |

    YES! the return of bakemonogatari!

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  • SirMuffin

    SirMuffin

    03 November 2009 at 19:53 |

    I thought Raymond was covering this show? No matter… No matter :D

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  • Jay

    Jay

    03 November 2009 at 19:55 |

    dem titties.

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  • nagi

    nagi

    03 November 2009 at 19:59 |

    :) yay ! Bakemonogatari ! :P

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  • sean

    sean

    03 November 2009 at 20:02 |

    theres no way in hell theyre gonna beat ep 12 but im still watching

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  • Exia

    Exia

    03 November 2009 at 20:18 |

    Hanekawa has some monstrous boobs. NICE

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  • Ragna

    Ragna

    03 November 2009 at 20:21 |

    Wut. Senjougahara dye her hair black now? Not that I mind, but the purple was nice :(

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  • pierce

    pierce

    03 November 2009 at 20:30 |

    I will never address Hitagi as Senjougahara after what happened in ep 12. XD

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  • divine

    divine

    03 November 2009 at 20:33 |

    Yeah, I didn’t really want to either, but I didn’t want to call Araragi “Koyomi” and have everything inconsistent. D:

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  • eld

    eld

    03 November 2009 at 20:45 |

    “Araragi is so ecstatic about scoring Senjougahara as his girlfriend and having her body that he’s raping lolis on the street! Someone stop this deranged pervert! Sukebe! Hentai!”

    Saying that to someone new to this series a very big WTF

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  • divine

    divine

    03 November 2009 at 20:48 |

    Hook, line, and sinker! If it gets them to read the post, then maybe they’ll check out the previous ones too. =)

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  • Moocow

    Moocow

    03 November 2009 at 21:17 |

    @Ragna: actually that’s a very good point, her hair color never changed in the novel.

    @Divine: they actually explained why she’s in PJs in the novel, but it’s only in Koyomi’s thought (guess they couldn’t animate that here)

    Also, for the commercials during the episode, all the lines are from Nisemonogatari.

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  • Moocow

    Moocow

    03 November 2009 at 21:18 |

    Oh I forgot, you didn’t mention how awesome Karen’s seiyuu is at the end!!!

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  • m

    m

    03 November 2009 at 21:33 |

    I think they’ve foreshadowed Hanekawa’s interest in Araragi throughout the show, they just beat us over the head with it on the bike ride. Whenever Hanekawa has referred to Araragi’s insensitivity to Senjougahara’s perspective, I have taken it as possessing a dual meaning. The reference to the vampire’s gaze (which she probably saw over Golden Week) and her clutching onto him are just finishing pieces in the puzzle. Araragi could take this opportunity to upgrade to the high-end model, but alas, he’ll stick with the psychopath and meet his other needs by molesting loli spirits.

    The funniest bit for me was when Hanekawa kept talking about a radio program to avoid answering Araragi’s question. Of all of the banter between the characters of the show that had to be the most plausible.

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  • Megas

    Megas

    03 November 2009 at 22:05 |

    I think they made it plain by now that all the girls involved in this like Koyomi in one way or another. Some just may not make it as clear as others. Hanekawa even goes as far as to explain it away as a power he never even got a chance to use. Whatever the case, this episode was righteous. But I had to watch the other 3 parts first because its been so long that I remembered more of how it was portrayed in the novel than the anime.

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  • Avalanche

    Avalanche

    03 November 2009 at 22:08 |

    Aw, nothing mentioning the new animation in the ED?

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  • Coyote

    Coyote

    03 November 2009 at 22:09 |

    @Ragna & Moocow: Her hair color didn’t change, they just warmed the colors of the ambiance, see the color of Senjougahara’s uniform, looks almost orange. They did the same in ep6 when Hanekawa is talking with Araragi.

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  • Liberta

    Liberta

    03 November 2009 at 22:23 |

    I knew that Hanekawa was already pretty and cute but that PJ outfit blew my mind away O_O

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  • Island esper

    Island esper

    03 November 2009 at 22:46 |

    Where is the merchandise I’m so buying this in blue ray!!! I have a feeling after Hanekawwa “confession/gaze power” Araragi is going to spin into a “do they really love me or is my power?”. Which will trash the great love of chapter 12…. please say ain’t so!
    This series should be 4 seasons long

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  • Bluance

    Bluance

    03 November 2009 at 22:47 |

    The commercials also gave away the OP song for Sawari Neko arc it sounded very nice too.

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  • Marisa

    Marisa

    04 November 2009 at 02:14 |

    The ED IS different from the usual, and not just the beginning part. It’s surprising that in a world or internet Nazis nobody else had pointed that out.

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  • divine

    divine

    04 November 2009 at 02:29 |

    Hmm, that it is. I’ll fix it.

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  • Exia

    Exia

    04 November 2009 at 03:34 |

    why senjogahara hair is black? thought it was purple.

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  • divine

    divine

    04 November 2009 at 03:40 |

    Oi oi, you’re not trolling are you Exia? Coyote just answered that above. :P

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  • minami

    minami

    04 November 2009 at 05:12 |

    senjougahara got deformed.

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  • Trillian

    Trillian

    04 November 2009 at 06:26 |

    I’d argue Araragi was running away (on his bike) from Senjougahara not out of disappointment, but embarrassment for being forced to… pre-confess his undying love ; P

    At least he does intend to do it someday. Sweet scene.

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  • Ant

    Ant

    04 November 2009 at 07:55 |

    can’t believe I almost forgot about this show after three weeks without. made it all that more enjoyable now though.

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  • Tenkou

    Tenkou

    04 November 2009 at 08:58 |

    Wow where do you guys go to read the novel? Sounds interesting to me haha. It would really rock to read such an interesting story in detail.

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  • Cyprinious

    Cyprinious

    04 November 2009 at 09:06 |

    You guys seriously think Hanekawa is “better” than Senjougahara? Did you not watch ep12??? Say it isn’t so!

    Sure, Hanekawa is the embodiment of all that is “moe”… glasses+twin tails+braids+smart+nice+damsel in distress+keeps her distance but obviously interested+always there when you need someone to talk to+neko mimi+naughty side (cat variation)+OPAI+… and so on and so on…

    But Senjougahara is, well… Senjougahara!!!… she wins!

    What the? LOL How did I become so biased????

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  • Lero

    Lero

    04 November 2009 at 11:05 |

    And I thought that Yuuki Rito was retarded…XD he is a pervert that must die.

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  • divine

    divine

    04 November 2009 at 13:44 |

    Trillian:
    I was skimping on details so my summary portion didn’t get longer than it already is. >_>

    Speaking of which, will you have time to blog again anytime soon?

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  • Ayle

    Ayle

    04 November 2009 at 15:40 |

    I’ve always thought that Hanekawa had something for Araragi since the anime started, and she was just hiding it behind her quiet/snarky nature.

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  • divine

    divine

    04 November 2009 at 16:00 |

    Same, much like “m” said above. This is the first time I’ve seen her give Araragi any indication of that though.

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  • tenchu1990

    tenchu1990

    05 November 2009 at 08:23 |

    nice

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  • So Very Odd

    So Very Odd

    07 November 2009 at 15:29 |

    Hanekawa? Senjougahara? We’re not asking the real question here, which is: What was the name of that anime in the commercial at the end of the stream? It looked pretty interesting.

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  • divine

    divine

    11 November 2009 at 02:35 |

    It’s an anime adaptation of a light novel titled http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%88%80%E8%AA%9E">Katanagatari (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=10765">Katana Story).

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  • stk frdm

    stk frdm

    12 November 2009 at 16:42 |

    ahhhh crap. oh i love the episode btw buuuuut… annoyingly i walked right into a spoiler Show Spoiler ▼

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  • Nina

    Nina

    08 December 2009 at 11:50 |

    I’m so glad I got to pre-order bakemonogatari’s nendo now, after watching this last episode I can’t wait for my neko-mimi tsubasa <3

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  • ahelo

    ahelo

    30 December 2009 at 04:58 |

    uhhh when will the next episode come out?!!?!!?

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  • Havoc.

    Havoc.

    03 January 2010 at 03:04 |

    Omg, when is episode 14 coming out?
    fuckkk
    I want it so bad xD

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  • infinite

    infinite

    05 October 2010 at 08:33 |
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    infinite

    05 October 2010 at 08:36 |
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    infinite

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