Published on October 28th, 2013 | by exo2
Monogatari Series: Second Season – 17 [Shinobu Arc START]
I give up on trying to understand where Araragi’s romantic interests lie. After the most recent Tsubasa arc, I thought, “Okay, so he really does love Senjougahara enough that he is willing to forsake his ultimate ideal girl” and yet in this episode, he still goes out of his way to harass Hachikuji, and get mixed up with Shinobu. I mean really, three kisses with three different girls in one episode? He’d be a dead man if Senjougahara found out.
The first kiss with Hachikuji (I’m not sure if frantically making out with someone’s back can be considered a kiss) was just a matter of Hachikuji’s innocence and the intensity of the situation they were in. Araragi took advantage of the confusion to satisfy his somewhat disturbing loli tendencies. But, I’m not so sure if this can be considered an act of love so much as an act of pure lust.
Ononoki’s kiss was mostly an obvious shot at Shinobu to get her back for beating her in a fight last season. But I get the feeling that she has some sort of an attraction for Araragi.
Lastly was the kiss with Shinobu, the confusing one of the bunch. Did he kiss her purely out of necessity for the situation? Or was there also something more meaningful mixed in there? Personally, I think that Araragi realizes that he will be bound together with Shinobu for all eternity, and while Senjougahara will be his lover for the extent of her lifetime, Shinobu will be his lover forever. This idea had been touched on a bit in season two during the bathtub scene, but has been kept shelved since then.
It’s a really, really weird relationship triangle between the three of them, and I would love to see Senjougahara and Shinobu interact with each other just once to see what they think of each other. But I’m guessing they are deliberately avoiding each other out of an unspoken, but mutual understanding and respect.