Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 4 – More trouble

Monogatari Hanekawa
Bleh.

Getting deep.
Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 4 Review
Nekomonogatari: Shiro Episode 4 Review
“Tsubasa Tiger, Part Four”
“Tsubasa Taigā Sono Yon”
(つばさタイガー 其ノ四)

The subject of the difference between profundity and pretentiousness is in and of itself profound. After watching this episode, it feels like such a distinction will have to be made sometime in the future. No doubt one day I will tackle it, but for now, I’m afraid I lack the judgment to create convincing arguments. But don’t get me wrong; it’s not as if I find Monogatari pretentious overall, or rather, it’s more accurate to say that I cannot say for certain that Monogatari is pretentious or not at certain points. Some parts can be taken to be pretentious, but when we look at it closer, it may not be quite so simple. The breadth of this review will not be within the realm of such an explanation, and throughout I will undoubtedly raise more questions relevant or not rather than answer concretely because there’s many ways one can look at the situations presented in this episode.

Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 4

Feet.

Feet.

Episodic Black Hanekawa? Bewbies? Profit.

Episodic Black Hanekawa? Bewbies? Profit.

Dem lips. Uh, I don't mind older wo- I'll just stop there.

Dem lips. Uh, I don’t mind older wo- I’ll just stop there.

Araragi mother

They actually SHOWED HER EYES. Revolutionary.

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Koyomi mom head tilt

Wow even she…

Hanekawa Tsubasa

I was actually quite surprised that they would actually show the face of Koyomi’s mother. I’ve seen quite a bit of anime hiding the parents’ faces as if they were too unsightly to be seen. Anyways, this short conversation speaks primarily of family which progresses into the idea of running away. So, what does it mean to be a family? Different people, especially with a cultural difference, will have disparate opinions. Koyomi’s mom makes it clear that Hanekawa will never be part of their family. Since she is a mother who raised her kids from toddlers until now, perhaps the distinction from someone being part of the family is the fact that she’s been part of their lives every step of the way. It could also be just the blood in their veins or the fact that they look alike. It’s quite unfeasible for Hanekawa to be “part of the family” when Koyomi’s mom values her family highly.

Mr. Episode

WHO DA FAK ARE YOU?

Hanekawa Tsubasa

Nah, just a failure as a vampire.

Nah, just a failure as a vampire.

Mr. Episode eh? Well, I didn’t read Kizumonogatari so he’s new to me. But hearing that she had some difficulties with him and nearly being killed is makes this an extremely awkward situation. Her reaction is far too polite towards such a person. What does matter here, however, is the change in Hanekawa’s character. The apparently “dreadful” side to her is… cut off. I’m still not certain what that means. Could it be what Senjougahara talked to her about regarding her accepting everything? Did she become a bit less unpleasant to the vampire’s eyes due to her changed perspective?

Hanekawa Tsubasa

Most dramatic turn ever.

... Aren't you supposed to know everything?

… Aren’t you supposed to know everything?

Gaen Izuko

:D?

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

Neither do you. Nice head tilt though.

Neither do you. Nice head tilt though.

Yeah, yeah.

Yeah, yeah.

Gaen Izuko

OH ALMIGHTY OMNISCIENT BEING. PLS TELL ME WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR PANTIES?

Wow. Now that is ignorance. Her statement is a contrast to what Hanekawa says all the time, “I don’t know everything, I just know what I know.” While that may mean something, I’m more interested in debunking whatever she has to say because that kind of haughty attitude irritates me quite a bit. If she truly knows everything, why does she have to ask if that’s Hanekawa down there when she first meets her? Why is she not certain on the exact time when Hanekawa will face the tiger? All the meanwhile, she goes on to say, “It’s not wisdom to realize one’s ignorance. It’s ignorance.” Indeed, while in the beginning it is ignorance for you do not know or understand and that’s a fact, but once you do, you can pursue an understanding which over time will be wisdom, at least relatively speaking.

Then again, if she’s talking about the grand scheme of things, then of course, all human beings are ignorant, including her even though she seems to (literally) stand above everyone, and pompously say that she knows everything. Well, such a character was bound to show up sooner or later in this type of anime. Since the author is the “God” of his or her world, she could know “everything” not in the sense of the word, but within the context of the story. Though, here, it’s already proven that she doesn’t know “everything.” I could go on, but we should not let her mockery get to me any more than it already has.

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HEHEHE.

HEHEHE.

Senjougahara Hitagi

Gahara.

Hanekawa Tsubasa

Araragi Tsukihi and Karen

Brocons. D:

Hanekawa Tsubasa

Brocons, right?

Jelly.

Jelly.

Everyone gets jelly once in a while. It's delicious after all.

Everyone gets jelly once in a while. It’s delicious after all.

SO NOM NOM NOM HIS PILLOW. Mwahaha...

SO NOM NOM NOM HIS PILLOW. Mwahaha…

Hanekawa Tsubasa hug

Man, dat pillow. Dat bed.

Hanekawa Tsubasa happy

Last wish? Dude, she has to show up again.

Last wish? Dude, she has to show up again.

Since I don’t know much Japanese, it’s useless for me to try and play along with their wordplay and trying to figure out what goes well with “Kako” so I’ll move directly to Hanekawa’s monologue at the end. Firstly, we move back to the notion asserted in the beginning regarding Hanekawa averting her eyes. The fact that averting one’s eyes is not the same as running away is obvious. What’s a bit more intriguing is Hanekawa’s sudden realization at the word “jealousy.” She understands perhaps not for the first time, but for certain that she is jealous. She loves Araragi Koyomi, but she can’t have him. The very fact that she didn’t even truly realize until this point means that she has been “averting her eyes” to a severe extent. She even says that she may not see Araragi again which is probably because of the tough fight with the Tiger that will end this arc next episode. Regardless, she wants to end it all and a letter by herself to her apparition counterpart by the most natural means possible, a letter. She wants to be herself and send it to Sawari Neko and not so Sawari Neko reads into her memories and understands her.

Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 4 Review

Overall, it’s a bit more of a thought-provoking episode than the previous few which in turn may also make it a bit more pretentious as the line between profundity and pretentiousness is very thin. It’s easy to slip into the other side especially with how the scene with Gaen is presented. Pretentiousness is a derogatory term, but is it really all that bad if the writer understands that it is and made it so to make a point?… That will be a topic of worthy concern which will need a lot more analysis and exposure to different sides of the spectrum. Anyways, that aside, it’s great to see some new characters enter the fray as pretty much every character in the Monogatari series has been quite enthralling to watch one way or another. So even if it’s a bit irritating to see that all knowing piece of poop say whatever she has to say, at least it’s getting some reaction from me.

Bakemonogatari Wallpaper Shinobu and Araragi Koyomi

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  • zztop

    Heya entrav, I’ve always enjoyed reading your thoughts and quips on the anime series you cover. Keep up the good(& fun) work! ( ^ _ ^ )

    Just so you know, apparently Free! won’t be airing next week. The Japanese TV networks are covering the 2013 World Aquatics Championships live from Barcelona, and Free ep 5 will resume airing on Aug 7th.

    PS. Will you also be covering/following Gatchaman Crowds? It’s got some very flashy, modern-art style visuals, its OST is club-beat cool(esp. in the fighting sequnces) and its got a pretty interesting take/commentary on traditional Japanese sentai(how Hajime, the heroine, handles things) and modern society’s reliance on social media(the GALAX social app and how its creator Rui intends to ‘change the world/society’ through it.)
    The director is Kenji Nakamura of Tsuritama fame, if that interests you.

    • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

      Thanks a lot for your support!

      O.o I totally did not even know that. Thanks for the information! I couldn’t even find it anywhere. Are you… Japanese or something? Where do you get your info?! :O

      I did watch the first episode of Gatchaman Crowds, but due to fixing the site amongst other things I’ve been really busy. I probably won’t cover it on an episodic basis, but I may do a review on it when it ends. That’s a big may as I will be very busy after September.

      • zztop

        I heard about the info from myanimelist and randomc, actually.
        Well, I’m not Japanese, but I am Asian. Try guess where I’m from. ( ^ _ ^) It’s summer all year round where I’m from.

        • http://www.entravity.com/ Entrav

          Ah okay. I have no idea what countries in Asia are summer all year round, but is it the Philippines?

          • zztop

            Actually between Thailand and Singapore. :)