Monogatari Second Season Episode 21: Hitagi End, Part One
While I know quite a bit of people who don’t enjoy shows that are heavy on the dialogue and light on the action, I must say that Monogatari is one of those shows that just do it right. Be it the slightly insane characters or the ridiculous situations they’re put in—there’s this lure that takes things that would normally be boring and makes them oddly interesting. With that said, let’s embark on this odd journey with Suzuki and Senshougahara!
Warning! The following summary contains spoilers.
Actually, before I even start talking about the episode, there’s something I just have to ask. Did you notice how Kaiki and Mikisugi from Kill la Kill have the same voice actor? And if you did, did it drive you crazy to think how the nearly shirtless homeroom teacher who’s rather quite cheeky has the same voice actor as our dark and rather sarcastic con-man? All I know is that the moment it hit me that the two share voice actors, everything in the episode instantly became a little more fun to watch.
Getting back on topic though, boy was I happy to learn that somebody was trying to solve the whole Nadeko problem. Because in all honesty, not only would it have been a real shame to watch Araragi and his whole crew lose to a simple snake god but after Hachikuji’s tear-jerking exit I don’t think I could handle losing anyone else. Luckily though, it seems that the writers have covered everything and devoted a whole arc to remedying this problem! Unluckily though, it seems that the only person who’s able/willing to help the pair is the ever-depressing Kaiki. And as we’ve seen since day one, Kaiki is a logical man who’s main goal in life is to come out on top.
That said, I think we can all agree that Kaiki came off in a much better light than when we first met him back during Nisemonogatari. Instead of some creeper who was selling curses to middle school kids for chump change, you could almost say he’s become Oshino’s stand in. He’s someone who has knowledge of supernatural and how to deal with them, so skilled in deception that it doesn’t matter what he’s deceiving because they won’t even know they’re being tricked, and so perfect for the whole situation that it’s almost a bit eerie. But as I said earlier, he’s not Oshino—not someone who’d be willing to help others out of kindness, guilt, or whatever irrational emotion that exists. And when it boils down to it he weighs his options and logically attempts to figure out what’s best for him.
Which is why the scene of Kaiki in the bathroom talking to himself as he tries to weigh all of his options has become one of my favorite scenes throughout the whole series. The whole time that he’s in there, you really get the feeling that he’s really trying to find some reason to help Senjōgahara. While it’s still unknown why he’d want to go out of his way to help the pair, you have to appreciate how he stands firmly behind his beliefs. Because when the idea of forcing someone into prostitution doesn’t even bring out a tiny bit of sympathy, you have to wonder just how important Gaen and Kanbaru are to him for it to sway his resolve!
With a bombshell of a start, I would have to agree that thus far Kaiki is providing the high quality story he promised in the very beginning of the episode. And while I have no idea just where things will go since Kaiki isn’t someone you’d normally let drive, I have no doubt it’ll at least be a fun ride!