Monogatari Second Season Episode 23: Hitagi End, Part Three
Let it be known that I want to formally retract any negative things I may have said or thought about Kaiki. Because after this week’s episode and watching his rather blunt way of traversing whatever obstacles he encounters I can say that the once lackluster con-artist who never shows any emotions has somehow deceived his way into my heart.
Warning! The following summary contains spoilers.
Kaiki’s amazingly interesting escapades aside, there were a couple other things that this episode just did right. And one of those things was giving Senjōgahara the attention she’s deserved since the season began. Seeing how she’s the main character’s girlfriend, you’d expect she’d be given a larger role than just a girlfriend we rarely saw or heard from. And after so many depressing arcs which focused on different girls that could have easily replace her, I wasn’t sure what to Senjōgahara could do with her sudden return. Amazingly, in spite of all the other things I’ve already seen, barely a quarter into this week’s episode I was hit with a wave of emotions that I never saw coming. I mean, who would have thought that inside a crappy doughnut place is where Senjōgahara would release a wave of emotion we haven’t seen since her introduction? And in front of Kaiki no less! Maybe I’m making a big deal out of a tiny situation but to see such a strong person breakdown and then swallow their pride to thank someone who once ruined their life is something that cannot be described with words but actions and SHAFT beautifully brought that situation to life. Something that I too am deeply grateful for.
The other thing that this week brought to my attention is that Ononoki can be awfully cute when there aren’t other girls that try to outshine her. Those yellow rain boots and googly-eye hat really accentuate her deadpan humor are nice and all but when she drops the deadpan is when things get real interesting. Be it because she’s impersonating someone or trying to be a little more hip, I can’t believe I never noticed just how awesome of a character she is.
All in all, another great episode narrated by the ever so enthusiastic Kaiki. With his awfully descriptive style of storytelling that sometimes tricks us into thinking he would completely abandon a Senjōgahara that actually cried in front of him for the right around of money, he’s doing a great job of keeping us on our toes. Throw in that horrible cliffhanger he gave us just as the camera was going to show us what was in Nadeko’s closet and you can bet I’ll be eagerly waiting for next week’s episode. Now, where’d I put my doughnuts…