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Bakemonogatari Episode 9: Nadeko Snake, Part One

なでこスネイク 其ノ壹, Japan, 04 September 2009, Raymond Santos Estrella

On their way up the steps to a shrine, Koyomi and Suruga pass by a girl who Koyomi doesn’t recognize, and although she recognizes him, she doesn’t say anything. Koyomi is here because Oshino had given him a task to do—place a charm at the shrine—and he’s brought Suruga along. Hitagi didn’t come, but she knows about this and wanted Suruga to report back if anything happened. And since she’s not around, Koyomi takes the chance to start to plan what he should do for her upcoming birthday. He and Suruga also talk about her left arm and how Oshino told her that it’ll return to normal by the time she turns 20. The two eventually reach the old shrine, and Koyomi notices that Suruga is acting a little weird, but she claims she’s just tired. While Koyomi places the charm, she goes to look for somewhere to set up a picnic, but once Koyomi’s done, he finds Suruga staring at a sacred tree. She directs his attention to the chopped up and bloody pieces of a snake that have been stuck to the tree, and Koyomi suddenly realizes that the girl they passed earlier was Sengoku Nadeko, someone he knew a long time ago.

Warning! The following summary contains spoilers.

Story

The next day, Koyomi goes with Tsubasa to the book store to look for reference books because he’s becoming more serious about what he’s going to do after high school. His talk with Hitagi about it has motivated him to want to go to the same university as her. He also tells Tsubasa about how he and Suruga buried the snake corpse at the shrine, but they found more chopped up snakes in the area. Koyomi thinks that it was part of some ritual, and Tsubasa happens to know that the shrine was devoted to a snake god. She’s also concerned about how Koyomi was out with Suruga and how they were walking arm in arm. Koyomi tries to defend his actions by citing how Hitagi didn’t want him to be rude to Suruga, but to prove her point, Tsubasa almost kisses him, and he’s too shocked to push her away. Tsubasa thinks that Hitagi doesn’t want him to be too friendly with Suruga, and she warns Koyomi that being kind to everyone is irresponsible.

On their way out, Koyomi asks Tsubasa about her own plans and is surprised to find out that she intends to travel the world for two years instead of going to a university right away. She then gets a headache and runs off by herself, leaving Koyomi alone in the bookstore to notice that Nadeko is there as well. Nadeko leaves before he can talk to her, but he realizes that the book she was looking at was about snake curses. Based on that, he decides to call Suruga out again to the shrine, and he explains how Nadeko was a friend of Tsukihi’s. At the shrine, the two find Nadeko about to stab another snake, and Koyomi stops her just in time. He takes the girls back to his home, and once there, Nadeko takes off her clothes and reveals that her body has streaks of snake scales all over it. She doesn’t want her body to be this way, and she asks for Koyomi’s help.

Conclusion

For a setup episode, this was pretty good. It started out a little confusingly because I didn’t understand why Koyomi appeared to be going out with Suruga instead of Hitagi, and I’m still not entirely sure why Hitagi just didn’t go with him, but mainly I thought that the pacing was fine and that they’re developing a lot of interesting things with the characters. At least, I feel like I’m at the point now where I know enough of the story and how SHAFT highlights hints to be able to tell what’s noteworthy about how the characters acted. For example, I’m pretty sure that both Suruga acting weird at the shrine and Tsubasa’s headache will be factors in the near future. It also appears that, based on the book she was looking at, Nadeko is the victim of some snake curse, and that’s probably why she was killing them. Her taking her clothes off like that was a surprise though (I’m sure SHAFT had a lot of fun animating that scene), and I found this shot pretty amusing since it’s a reference to the reaction guys. Maybe they had too much fun with that scene though because, as it was pointed out to me, SHAFT wasn’t very consistent when animating Suruga’s bandaged left hand; several shots of it showed no bandage at all.

In any case, I enjoyed this episode despite the relative lack of Hitagi. I do hope though that she shows up more later or in the final arc. Suruga’s not a bad character, but it feels weird having her around so much when Hitagi is supposed to be Koyomi’s girlfriend.

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  • sabin

    sabin

    05 September 2009 at 19:43 |

    Suruga is lesbian (or bisexual?),so Koyomi treats her like a male friend…
    The last minutes were funny as hell… I’m sure that if, instead of Suruga, it was Hitagi in his room, those scenes wouldn’t be so funny…

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  • Pachi

    Pachi

    05 September 2009 at 19:56 |

    ooh que bien ya tiene rato que no veo esta serie grax por el resumen ray

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  • Ravage

    Ravage

    05 September 2009 at 19:58 |

    Mmmmmmmm, delicious half-naked Hanazawa Kana-voiced character.
    *drool*

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  • Exia

    Exia

    05 September 2009 at 20:07 |

    Bloomers are delicious.

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  • bigfire

    bigfire

    05 September 2009 at 20:24 |

    art work seemed a bit off this week. we finally saw a let off in terms of consistency.

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  • Willy

    Willy

    05 September 2009 at 20:26 |

    Man: So how do you like your eggs in the morning?
    Me: Unfertilized.

    despite that remark i aint no lolicon
    ephebophilia is the word i think

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  • lost

    lost

    05 September 2009 at 20:31 |

    prety good setup episode. this is turning out to be one of my top 5 summer shows. also why no spice and wolf reviews.

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  • SomethingLeft

    SomethingLeft

    05 September 2009 at 20:40 |

    Lol, very nice episode, especially the reaction part/ the part where they were discussing Rararagi’s (ah i stuttered) fetishes. What do you think it was anyway? 0.o

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  • lolifox

    lolifox

    05 September 2009 at 20:42 |

    Rofl, thats pretty cool you made the connection with reaction guys. I would have never known about that if I didn’t read it from you. Great episode though I just finished it and can’t wait for next weeks. I really hope this anime will be 2 seasons or something else like that.

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  • Mearex

    Mearex

    05 September 2009 at 20:42 |

    hum i think “willy” should retype this again, it’s d other way.

    Women: how do you like my eggs today
    Me: Unfertilized please.

    i think that’s how it should be

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  • Megas

    Megas

    05 September 2009 at 20:43 |

    I just watched it, yeah I know I’m late :P First time in I while that I didn’t stream an episode. The chemistry between Koyomi & Sugura is somewhere between casual male friends & ex’s, I think I made it wide enough.

    For a setup episode it answered one of the main question in the beginning which sucks but left plenty of questions up in the air. The second half of this was almost too funny, so funny that I have no words for Nadeko.

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  • Bluance

    Bluance

    05 September 2009 at 20:44 |

    http://randomc.net/image/Bakemonogatari/Bakemonogatari%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2032.jpg">
    Gaijin yonkoma! That animation made this episode so much better.

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  • Islandesper

    Islandesper

    05 September 2009 at 20:47 |
  • sean

    sean

    05 September 2009 at 21:47 |

    a lot of funny scenes this episode my fav was when araragi freaks out at kanbaru because nadeko starts crying looking forward to the next ep =D

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  • Hiwatari

    Hiwatari

    05 September 2009 at 21:50 |

    The art seemed off probably due to the scenery, the bamboo and shrine area seemed alittle out of place in regards to what it looks like; with the stark contrasts and all.

    Funny how Koyomi admitted to having some kind of secret stash.

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    05 September 2009 at 21:57 |

    Also an inconsistency as to whether Hanekawa is wearing her summer or winter uniform. Oh well, SHAFT will probably fix it up for the DVD/BR releases. They have a good track record on that, and the number of preorders is fairly insane.

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  • Moocow

    Moocow

    05 September 2009 at 22:05 |

    I would KILL to be able to read the Novels, the number of cliffhangers are killing me (despite knowing it’s going to be an intro episode).

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  • Bliss

    Bliss

    05 September 2009 at 22:14 |

    Except for the last 5 minutes, this episode totally bored me. Tsubasa is such a plain character that any scene with her is automatically dull.

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  • TJ

    TJ

    05 September 2009 at 22:35 |

    More pedo-bait lol.

    I feel sorry for Araragi. Everyone makes fun of him, especially the people he has helped.

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  • zeropi

    zeropi

    06 September 2009 at 00:22 |

    i liked this episode as well, it felt random and to the point at the same time

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  • Kincaid

    Kincaid

    06 September 2009 at 02:53 |

    It’s got the style but where’s the substance? Oh well.

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  • HellorHeaven

    HellorHeaven

    06 September 2009 at 04:50 |

    Loli…hmmmm…my favourite XD XD

    Is the art quality reduced? I dont sure about that…maybe i am paying attention to the characters and content lol

    But there is one scene b4 http://randomc.net/image/Bakemonogatari/Bakemonogatari%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2020.jpg"> http://randomc.net/image/Bakemonogatari/Bakemonogatari%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2020.jpg

    where Suruga’s left arm doesn’t have bandage when she doing a warm up, and others i dont really notice haha.

    One question is where the hell Sengoku get her hands on that many snakes, and all of them are same colors lol!!

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  • the story you don’t know

    the story you don’t know

    06 September 2009 at 05:46 |

    it was suruga’s right hand that was supposed to be bandaged…

    nice episode though… the art quality reduced too. we need more Senjougahara(spelling?) scenes now… do we? :D

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  • the burnt shadow

    the burnt shadow

    06 September 2009 at 08:06 |

    0.o… ZOMG, I completely ignored the bloomers and half naked parts, cause my mind was just concentrated on that masacred snake…

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  • S_1

    S_1

    06 September 2009 at 09:57 |

    Now what would a normal girl rather risk death to avoid that Kanbaru could do casually?

    Discuss. XD

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  • Grant

    Grant

    06 September 2009 at 11:13 |

    When Tsubasa leaves the bookstore Araragi asks if she’s going home, to which she replies ‘no’. From all of the scenes of her wandering about and her ability to see Mayoi I wonder if she’s a run-away.

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  • Siege

    Siege

    06 September 2009 at 12:02 |

    Actually I noticed that part of Suruga’s hand was back to normal when it was bandaged at the beginning of the episode. Probably her hand was already back to normal before Koyomi called for her near the shrine. She wasn’t even wairing the bandages there either.

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  • stk frdm

    stk frdm

    06 September 2009 at 15:13 |

    lets look for porn mags!!lol i also agree about that it wierd having suruga hanging out with koyomi when hes dating hitagi….

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  • flow

    flow

    06 September 2009 at 18:15 |

    Concerning consistency, at Koyomi’s room, the bandages appeared and reappeared a few times on Suruga’s left hand, you can even see in the screens posted above that Hanekawa’s sleeve length changed a bunch of times as well.

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  • Holding

    Holding

    08 September 2009 at 12:41 |

    Man,I sure like the preview…

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  • brianleung8912

    brianleung8912

    08 September 2009 at 23:40 |

    feels like tsubasa knows that suruga doesnt feel well the day before, and seems like she knows the reason, and did the fake kiss scene on purpose…. but then, its only feels like.

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  • Kaliayev

    Kaliayev

    09 September 2009 at 14:36 |

    What is up with that massive banana? Seriously, it’s the only item he used to decorate his room.

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  • suvarna

    suvarna

    03 February 2010 at 04:24 |

    For a setup episode it answered one of the main question in the beginning which sucks but left plenty of questions up in the air. The second half of this was almost too funny, so funny that I have no words for Nadeko.

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