Owarimonogatari – Episode 7

Shinobu Mail started off pretty inauspiciously this week, with an episode that was half consumed by tired old Araragi-Kanbaru banter, half underserved by late-era Monogatari’s “minimalist” animation. The fight between Kanbaru and Shinobu’s old partner actually could have been pretty sweet, but the show just couldn’t back it up. And everything the two said in the episode’s first half was a retread of past conversations, which came off as particularly disappointing in the wake of the superb Suruga Devil. But it seems like this arc’s actual meat will be about Araragi and Shinobu’s relationship, and that’s one of the most interesting dynamics in the series, so I’m not too worried about one messy episode.

You can check out my full writeup over at ANN, or my notes below!


Shinobu Mail

“Before we reach the end, one story remains.” So, the story of Shinobu’s original partner?

Ougi: “I’m the nemesis of lies and screw-ups”

She mentions Kaiki’s “end”

“I don’t know anything. It’s what you know, Araragi.” Support for her being linked to Araragi

This takes place two months before Ougi transfers into their school

“His life” that had continued… finally ended. Yep, almost certainly about the first partner

Araragi meets Kanbaru at the old cram school. Wordplay wordplay wordplay, sex banter sex banter sex banter

This is a really visually conservative episode so far. Really leaning on that one distance shot of Araragi and Kanbaru in profile. But I guess there’s no emotional content here, so there’s nothing to focus on

Kanbaru harassing Araragi is okay, but kind of par at this point

A weird CG set of armor appears. Kanbaru punches it, and it collapses

The samurai drains Kanbaru’s energy – like a vampire

Nice effect for the flashback

So this happens during Tsubasa Tiger, since this is when the building burns down

“The partner I’d want to die with… there’s only one.” Shinobu

He wants to survive because she’s not there to die with him. He and Shinobu are codependent

3 thoughts on “Owarimonogatari – Episode 7

  1. We haven’t gotten any extended sakuga for such a long time that I was especially sad to see this opportunity go to waste. Maybe next episode. Or maybe they are saving it for the arc finale or something.

  2. The nice thing about this arc is that it reminds me of a question that bugged me back at the conclusion of Tsubasa Tiger – why the hell was Araragi dressed up like a hobo?

    I dunno if it’s the Japanese in me, but I kinda enjoy the Koyomi-Suruga antics. It’s refreshing to hear Miyuki Sawashiro go wild with her lines.

  3. One last comment on your review, I kind got confused by the line “In the now-burned shell of the old cram school, Araragi called a meeting with Kanbaru…” because the building hadn’t burned down yet, unless what you meant to say was that it is burned down NOW since the framed-story is looking at it as a past event.

    Otherwise, I agree with the unhealthy part of Koyomi and Shinobu’s relationship. I was expecting him to say he’d rather die together with Senjougahara, but he brings up Shinobu instead. Something wrong there.

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