I’d be a con man too. Nice monogatari bro. Don’t fool yourselves. It’s smut.
Now that’s out of the way. It isn’t merely smut.
It’s a sweet, tender moment of fraternal relations. If Bakemonogatari was all about love and friendship, this sequel is now also about family. You hear it all over this episode, as if on queue. To Tsubasa, Koyomi says “our families are different.” To Koyomi, Tsukihi says “why don’t you have any friends?” Koyomi says he has five now, and now he’s working on being a good brother as well.
It’s also a pretty cool essay on trade and currency. What do you give up for what you value? What price do you put on things? Kaiki Deishu is a delightful character.
The fun about this sequel is how every new episode invites a conclusive reading on the series (or even franchise) as a whole. This time, it’s all about conning the viewer, and taking all their money. GOOD JOB SHAFT X SHINBO X NISIOISIN. Best episode yet.
Let me put into english their manifesto as I read it from everything I’ve seen and especially this episode:
We want to be heroes of the craft, of the industry; to put out a superbly crafted work of animation. We want to tell a story that reaches the hearts of viewers, lighting a fire under whatever goodness they have to share to the world.
To get their attention, we give them pornography; of such quality and provocativeness heretofore unseen. We give them all kinds. No taboos un-teased. The show we put out wil be self-aware. Everyone is in on the joke.
We do this for money. We dichotomize Oshino and Kaiki, and even throw the Araragis into the mix.
All of the above exist within our monogatari, it’s our monogatari. It’s all of our behaviors. We are perverts and geniuses. We fuck you over, we give you what you want, you love it, we love it.
To casualfags we are Oshino Meme.
To the Koyomis who buy our Blu-Rays we are Kaiki Deishu.
To the unsaved masses who download illegal fansubs we are Araragi Koyomi.
We are all of these. Love us just the same.
We own our own smuttiness and pandering to your perversions. Go ahead, blame us. We’ll suck the supernatural poison from the anime industry as a whole and take it upon ourselves. Because we’re not about being right, we’d rather be strong…
All the way to the bank, baby.
Maybe I am a con man too!