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Monogatari Second Season Episodes #21-#22 Anime Review

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Monogatari Second Season, Episodes #21-#22
Monogatari Second Season, Episodes #21-#22

You know that Nadeko’s going to be trouble when Senjougahara turns for help in dealing with her…

What They Say:
The bee apparition is now gone, and summer vacation where the phoenix apparition averted harm is over– Around Koyomi Araragi and the girls who started a new trimester, apparitions, or perhaps threats even worse, were creeping in ever closer.

Tsubasa Hanekawa, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Shinobu Oshino, and Hitagi Senjyogahara. Their soliloquies, confessions – and farewells. 6 new are starting now.

The Review:
Kaiki’s back in town, and telling the tale of Senjougahara’s and Araragi’s love story. He can’t vouch for its accuracy, but can vouch for its quality. And whether you believe him or not it up to you. From him point of view, it all began with a phonecall, offering him a job that he just couldn’t refuse. There’s someone she wants him to deceive – but while there’s no human on the planet that he’s not capable of deceiving, a newly-birthed goddess with a burning desire to kill Araragi may be a little beyond him…

Senjougahara’s well aware that they’re no match for Nadeko now, so she’s taking steps to get her off the scene before graduation day – the day Nadeko’s planning to kill them both. Young love doesn’t stand much of a chance if both of them are dead, after all. But how does one go about deceiving a god? And why would he try to save Senjougahara and Araragi in the first place..? He has his reasons, so after accepting Senjougahara’s job, Kaiki heads off to Nadeko’s shrine to see what he’s dealing with…

At this stage in the game, I’ll admit I’m beginning to struggle with what to write about Monogatari from one week to the next, as it has its own clear way of doing things and doesn’t really vary – you know you’re going to get plenty of talking, the only variables are a) do you like the characters that are being focussed on in a particular episode, and b) does their banter flow well (in which case it’ll be entertaining), or not?

This pair of episodes scores highly on point a) – between Senjougahara and Nadeko, you’ve got two of the best girls in the series (to my mind anyway – and Nadeko’s transormation to ever-so-slightly unhinged goddess has only improved her), while Kaiki’s clear bemusement at what he’s found himself drawn into is highly amusing in its own right.

As for the wordplay… a lot of both episodes is done by way of Kaiki telling the tale in monologue, which given his attitude to the job (essentially “Why me!?”) isn;t the most exciting. Put him together with others, though – Senjougahara in episode 21, Nadeko in episode 22 – and the conversation gets far more interesting, particularly when he visits Nadeko’s shrine and starts trying to get to the bottom of why she’s gone off the rails in the way that she has.

What you won’t get, though, is much in the way of surprises. We’re familiar with these characters now, we know how they think and react to most things, and so far at least the story isn’t pushing anyone away from being their usual selves. It’s entertaining, and the character interactions will keep most fans of the series happy, but it’s not exciting or surprising.

In Summary:
Part of me wishes that it was – but with the arc still having some way to go, who knows what’ll happen before the end. That said, with both these episodes, looking down at the progress bar after what felt like 5 minutes showed just 2 minutes left to go – and that can only be a good thing. Entertaining stuff.

Content Grade: A-

Streamed By: Daisuki

Review Equipment: 27” Apple iMac, 2.9GHz Core i5, 32GB RAM, Mac OS X 10.9