Bakemonogatari Episode 15 (Final)

June 29, 2010

It’s taken over a year, but here we are at last! The much-delayed final episode of Bakemonogatari has officially been released. It’s been a particularly long wait considering the cliffhanger of sorts we were left with last time too, with Hanekawa (or rather, the oddity in control of her) professing her love for Araragi.Naturally, Araragi simply refuses to believe that this is true despite the fact that it makes perfect sense, and not for the first time we get a grade A example of our protagonists naivety – Just because Hanekawa told him that she never lied he believed it hook, line and sinker, and it takes quite some convincing from “Black Hanekawa” before he finally begins to realize that yes, Hanekawa had fallen in love with him but simply wasn’t the type to bring it up, even going to the lengths of helping him out in regards to Senjougahara despite her inner pain and stress.

If you’re expecting an episode filled with Araragi agonising over a choice between Hanekawa and Senjougahara, think again; regardless of the scenario facing him, Araragi simply refuses to budge in his love for Senjougahara – Good job she took him on that date, otherwise I would wager the outcome might have been a little different. So, with that out of the question, and with Shinobu missing, how do you go about solving Hanekawa’s oddity problem? “Black Hanekawa” has an answer….

…kill Araragi. Thus, not for the first time in this series, our hero finds himself in mortal danger, although this time there’s nobody around to help him despite all those who he’s helped in the past. Or is that really the case? Just when all hope seems lost, out of the shadows pops one of Araragi’s fan club to save the day in the nick of time, bringing a relative return to normality and allowing us a happy ending with love, friendship and something of a goodbye to the disappearing Oshino.

So it comes to the end, and although I’m glad that we’ve finally been delivered this final episode (better late than never) I still feel oddly sad that the whole endeavor has at last come to its natural conclusion. Certainly, this installment was a fitting end to the series – Lots of sharp dialogue, nice little moments and solid characterization to make for a surprisingly tense end to it all that felt far more unpredictable to the viewer than it actually was. Overall, Bakemonogatari has been a joy to watch in almost every way than an anime series can be a thing of beauty – It’s characters are memorable to the point of being timeless, the dialogue is fabulous, the jokes sharp and repeatedly funny, and the whole thing is backed up with top-notch voice acting, a good soundtrack and a stunningly stylized art style. Sure, it took the Blu-Ray releases to really polish many of the episodes and these delays to the final installments have been frustrating to put it mildly, but boy was it worth it

One comment

  1. Very Nice episode!~ Great Finish!

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