Monogatari Second Season Episode 22: Hitagi End, Part Two
After last week’s debacle left us with a hopeless Senjōgahara ready to do anything needed to save her beloved Araragi and in turn hopefully herself, this week’s episode made a drastic 180. While things do still feel a bit hopeless because you have a known con-artist trying to deceive a god, I never expected that Kaiki would end up being so freaking awesome! And just like last week, the story he’s told so far has been just as awesome as he promised it would be.
Warning! The following summary contains spoilers.
I don’t know if it was deliberate, but when Kaiki embarked on his investigation in that brown overcoat with an ever so slightly messy comb over, he was totally giving off a “Sherlock Holmes” kind of feel. Add in how he meticulously explained his thought process every step of the way while catching some really obscure clues and you have to wonder what kind of life he could live if he became a detective instead of a con-artist. That said, I’m sure there’s a reason to all of Kaiki’s decisions because toward the end of the episode I swear I must have called him a genius in my head at least five times.
And by that, I mean how he handled the rather ecstatic Nadeko. Keeping his cool while staring down the eye of a murderous middle school girl and using all the information he gathered from Senjōgahara and Nadeko’s parents to form a plan, it was like watching a beautiful symphony as he basically played Nadeko straight into his hand. Now don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t say she’s stupid but I can’t fathom her not questioning why Kaiki was so calm when dealing with her. Then again, when you’re brilliant enough to leap out at a complete stranger and part god, I suppose it doesn’t really matter who or what comes at you.
Overall, there wasn’t much to say about this episode. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing especially after last week’s bombshell introduction! Because with a slightly slower pacing to really focus on what’s at hand—trying to get Nadeko to play straight into Kaiki’s hands—this episode did a great job of highlighting Kaiki’s amazing skill of deduction and deception. From his interactions with Nadeko’s parents to reluctantly dropping ¥10,000 into an offering box after previously commenting how stupid it is to just throw money away, it’s clear that Kaiki has some kind of game plan and we’ve only seen the tip! And seeing how most of the investigation has been done, all that’s left is for Kaiki to work his magic!