The penultimate episode of Nisemonogatari takes Koyomi on a simple fact finding mission to a trip back home that would change the way he looks at how he viewed the world. He takes Shinobu on a trip to the Mister Donuts shop that she loves so much in exchange for getting information on Kagenui and Ononoki. Conveniently, Kaiki is also there which allows him to learn that Kagenui is an onmyouji. He returns home to find the 2 of them camped outside oh his home waiting for a surprise target.
First of all, Koyomi is a pervert. We’re talking the Lionel Messi of incestous perversion here. It just happens to be relevant to the plot this time. He notices something just a little bit off with Tsukihi and he strikes. Off comes the yukata and within seconds he’s on top of her inspecting her minimally clothed body. So she had no scars on her, which raises some questions and he probably could have stopped there. Yet, he just decides to grab one of her breasts simply because he could. So much for lasting memories.
Then there is the contrivance of two of the conversations. The episode opens with Shinobu informing Koyomi of the 100 yen sale at Mister Donuts. So that provides the excuse to go to the restaurant, but wouldn’t Koyomi have known that already? Regardless, it provides an opportunity for him to talk to Oshino’s de facto replacement. Oh, and the man he chased out of town also happens to be at the very same restaurant. What a coincidence.
I suppose I can’t really criticize it too much, since I just praised Pirates for combining plot and fanservice in one scene. I just think it could have been done better and not as drawn out as Shinobu drooling over the selection of donuts because that’s what is supposed to be appealing to her. At the end of the episode when she takes command of the situation, that is what she should be.
Finally, at the end of the episode we get the first action sequence in the entire season. Kagenui and Ononoki show up at Koyomi’s house, he isn’t really the target, Ononoki vaporizes most of Tsukihi’s body when she answers. Koyomi goes into an extreme rage, but is restrained by Kagenui. He then discovers that Tsukihi is actually immortal as her body has regenerated. Because of Shinobu’s obvious bluff, Kagenui agrees to give him time to think things over before they finish the job on Tsukihi.
This is where some of Koyomi’s earlier statements come back to haunt him. Being right doesn’t matter without strength, so he can’t really continue to fight against a vastly superior opponent like Kagenui. However, we all know he’s going to try anyway, because Koyomi is a hypocrite.
Koyomi is a hypocrite willing to defy his own beliefs to protect those close to him, that’s why he has his harem after all. He went through the effort of eliminating the fake that is Kaiki to having to fight against people who are also eliminating fakes because they see it as the right thing to do. Koyomi’s getting a lesson on the world not being as black and white as he thought it was.
Tsukihi’s new obsession of others growing up and leaving her behind also has an explanation. She’s immortal and probably wants to keep relationships where they are at without moving on. That’s why she gets upset when other people change, because she can’t grow up. Ironically, she expresses her greatest frustration at the person who may also be immortal.
So one episode to wrap this up. Hitagi has to make a reappearance; probably at the end of the next episode, as well as a few conversations. Maybe it just ends up being Kagenui convinced that nothing wrong is happening so they should go away and let them live their own lives. Or maybe this gets pushed out to more online episodes like Bakemonogatari.