Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episode 11


Relationship advice for the Vampire

The Monogatari series is part of the rare breed of anime genres of having a lot of harem traits and showing the consequences of misleading actions. Araragi being a harem lead has perverted tendencies, but also the decency not to cheat on Senjougahara. Even the girls he does get close to he backs down away from due to this commitment. The show's current arc goes deeper into the symbiotic relationship between Shinobu and her minions and how she needs to take responsibility for her actions. 

The first minion or Samurai as I have been referring to him in these recaps doesn't engage in immediate fisticuffs with Araragi after their meeting in the bookstore. Instead, they go the diplomatic route and exchange their differences with words and a drink. The Samurai doesn't want to hurt Shinobu but does want Araragi to separate from her. Araragi is naturally skeptical over the sudden change of heart. The foot mark left by Ononoki that has been a point of ridicule and humor throughout this arc plays an important role here as it is a mark of a Specialist. Similar to how animals mark their prey, a specialist will mark their oddity so other specialists are unable to harm them. 

Araragi is then saved by Gaen and Episode prompting the Samurai to make his leave. Before departing, he challenges Araragi to a dual at night for Shinobu. To me, Episode appeared to be a new character to the series and is another oddity specialist working with Gaen. Looking into the Wikia for the character, he has appeared before in Tsubasa Tiger. His design is much more shonen than the other males or specialists, carrying a massive red cross as a weapon and hurling it at oddities. Other specialists don't seem to carry weapons unless you count drowning people in exposition. 

Heading back to the temple finally with books, bra, and magazines in hand, Araragi is pulled into a bush by Ononoki as she has been spying on the fight between Kanbaru and Shinobu. The bulk of the second half of the episode is spent between the two girls arguing over Shinobu's actions. The relationship partner metaphor is shown in full light here as Kanbaru is trying to make Shinobu face the Samurai directly instead of having Araragi or Gaen pass on the message. It's the "messy breakup, no closure scenario". Kanbaru wants Shinobu to face up to her actions and end the relationship with the Samurai since she is with Araragi, but Shinobu doesn't want to go through with the anguish of doing so. The layout of the scene is fitting. Shinobu has clearly overpowered Kanbaru and threatens to kill her as Kanbaru speaks the harsh truths. Shinobu's dominant position is her trying to squash all the difficult feelings and thoughts she has for her past minion as represented by Kanbaru. Kanbaru is still able to get to her and slowly grinds her down.

It's the thoughts and feelings that cannot be overcome by physical prowess and only through resolution will Shinobu be able to overcome this burden.

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