The final episode of Nisemonogatari features Koyomi confirming his own feelings before, during and after a final showdown with Kagenui and Ononoki. That said, he does it in typical Araragi fashion. He ultimately convinces Kagenui to move on and is thus able to keep his life the same, only without the threat to his sisters anymore.
Koyomi just continued to be Koyomi to the brutal end here. The episode starts with his obviously perverted ways of determining how he felt about Tsukihi, by kissing her when she was asleep. He got launched into the air like he deserved, but it really meant nothing to him. A rare sign of maturity, though the methodology to get there was painfully flawed.
Then there was the fight itself, conducted in typical fashion for him. After letting Shinobu feed off him, he fought against the vastly superior Kagenui and employed his usual tactic of boring his opponent to death until they decide they have better things to do. That did not prevent him from pandering to the audience with the line about how great it is to have a sister who is not really a sister. He still did lose several gallons of blood though that was more of a stylistic thing to someone who can heal almost instantly.
Away from Koyomi’s struggles were some points of interest. The supernatural creatures in the series that seem to be attacking exclusively troubled youth actually do hit adults. Koyomi’s mother happened to give birth to the immortal monster that is Tsukihi. Which segues into Kagenui’s and Kaiki’s debate over real and fake later in the episode. I think Kaiki definitively wins the argument here. The real child that would have been born would be vastly inferior to Tsukihi on every level. She may be fake, but she’s better than real.
Also, by the end of the episode we learn that the self described hero Kagenui actually lives based on her own personal rulebook, which is so loaded with exceptions as to be meaningless. What was the point of that revelation anyway other than to fill 5 seconds?
Surprisingly we have a mature character in Koyomi at the end of the episode. It is as though only this episode had shook him out of the perpetual state of perversion. Staring at Tsukihi sleeping was probably the wrong idea, but it was the most efficient way he could tell her his feelings and act like something resembling a socially upstanding older brother. He also finally revealed that he had a girlfriend to her, which I guess solves the whole mystery of how he really felt about Hitagi even if it was obvious in his actions.
The episode ends with a “to be continued” message as well as an epilogue scene of Koyomi walking up to a new look Hitagi on a beach somewhere. Will this be the last we see of these characters? Probably not. Nisiosin’s writing will continue to make an appearance next season for better or more likely worse.
As far as blogging this series, I think I probably had a bit of misfortune. Immediately after finishing this episode I just felt disappointed. It feels like Nisemonogatari was that third part of a trilogy that let’s the audience down. There weren’t any moments that felt like the 12th episode of Bakemonogatari here, it just felt like any other sequel made by Shaft; indulgent and poorly executed. That said, I’m sure this will end up as one of the more popular series this year for fans. It ticked enough boxes, but it feels wrong.
Any thoughts on how I’ve blogged this series are welcome. It’s the first time I’ve written on 3 new shows simultaneously, so feedback is appreciated. Suggestions on what I should write on in the spring are welcome as well. I don’t know if I’m up for another spring preview though.