"I wonder if that’s really the case? Hm? Even when you say nothing, doesn’t everyone act kindly toward you? Even when you say nothing, doesn’t everyone think that you are smart? Even when you say nothing, doesn’t everyone believe that you are kind? Don’t they smile at you? Even when you stay silent, don’t things you hate go away on their own? Even when you do the exact same thing as someone else, isn’t everyone more impressed by your work? Even when you say the exact same thing as someone else, isn’t everyone moved more by your words? Even when you fail, aren’t you not reprimanded? Even when you lie, aren’t you forgiven?”- Oshino Shinobu, from Otorimonogatari “Nadeko Medusa” Chapter 14 (emphasis mine).
"B-but Nadeko can’t just take Koyomi-onii-chan’s bed for herself…"- final lines of chapter 13 of Otorimonogatari “Nadeko Medusa” (emphasis mine).
“No, no, it’s fine.”
Koyomi-onii-chan smiled softly at Nadeko as if this weren’t a problem at all.
“That bed is big enough for two people.”
If you took away my family, Koyomi Onii-chan and Tsukihi-chan, [Kaiki] would be the one who’d made the biggest impression in my life — it was because of him that Nadeko’s life began to come apart, after all.- from Otorimonogatari “Nadeko Medusa”, translated by Canonrap on Quality Mistranslations.
He unhinged my life. It fell apart.
Oh, is it words like these that make me sound like a victim?
I really shouldn’t, let me try again.
Only the things around Nadeko came apart.
All the unhinging, and the falling apart,
it was all in the surrounding, not in Nadeko.
Looking straight into her golden eyes,- from Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi” Chapter 23
“You and I are one in body and soul.”
I told her.
“Anything I did, you did with me, and anything you did, I did with you.
Even if you might make me angry sometimes, I will never throw you away.
I love Senjougahara the most and respect Hanekawa more than anyone. And there’s nothing I enjoy more than shooting the breeze with Hachikuji. But if I had to choose someone to die with, I would want to die with you.”
"Hey, my servant from another route."- final lines of chapter 29 of Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi”
I was called by Kiss-Shot.
“This isn’t for compensation or a trade. I’m just asking you for a favor: would thou pat me on the head?”
I answered immediately and put my hand on her head.
Running my hands through her pleasant golden locks even as her body melted like clay,
With that, her pained expression finally turned to one of contentedness.
Even as her neck was bitten by Shinobu, that expression on her face didn’t change.
That is how our summer adventure came to a close.
I think it was a lot more educational than any summer homework could be.
“To turn you into spiritual energy - as in, you are asking me to drink your blood.”- from Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi” chapter 29
“Needless to say, yes.”
“Needless to say, you will die.”
“Needless to say, I’m pretty much dead already.”
“Is that right.”
That was all.
That was all Shinobu and Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade said to each other.
In the end, they’re different people from different worlds. Strangers.
They couldn’t be expected to know or to understand each other.
Still, even so,
They didn’t need to say needless words to each other.
“So, are you happy that you became a ghost?”- from Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi” Chapter 30
“Becoming a ghost was a sad thing. But I am happy that I got to meet you, Araragi-san.”
“I’m not sure why, but they seem to dislike rice. We can at least get them to run away with a rice shower like that.”- from Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi” Chapter 26
They’re precious, so help me pick them back up later, she said.
I didn’t know how to respond.
She was a tall woman. Her long black hair that reached down to her waist was tied in a ponytail at around her neck, as if to make it easier for her to move. Her clear eyes and long eyelashes, her smooth skin and delicate lips looked healthy.
She had no trace of makeup on whatsoever.
Wearing cargo pants and a tank top shirt that constricted the breasts, she had a sturdy looking military jacket over her shoulders.
Her shoes were sneakers so boring that they looked unfitting on a woman, but they definitely looked sturdy and easy to move around in.
Well, this fashion was the result of prioritizing maneuverability, I guess.
Her backpack, too, was the type with a frame so that it wouldn’t stick too close to the body.
Did she use it to carry the two 10Kg bags of rice here?
“So,” she said.
When I looked carefully, she was holding a military knife in her right hand. Not as if she were suspicious of me, but rather as if it was just part of normal everyday manners.
With the blade facing downward rather than toward us, she said,
“Are you the ones who set off those fireworks a moment ago?"