Hajime Ueda’s art is always so gorgeous. Loved his style ever since discovering it in the FLCL manga adaptation.
"And I kept saying out loud that I wanted to kill Koyomi-onii-chan and his girlfriend and his slave."- last lines of chapter 35 of Koimonogatari “Hitagi End” (emphasis mine).
“That’s right. That’s why-.”
I speak with drama in my voice.
To send those simple, those deceitful words to Nadeko.
“-that’s why that wish will not come true. Because you kept saying that wish out loud, you can’t obtain that wish.”
“… What do you mean?”
“I have to tell you something today. It’s something I must tell you. That Araragi Koyomi who you said you wanted to kill, along with Senjougahara Hitagi and also Oshino Shinobu, got into a traffic accident last night and died.”
Sengoku Nadeko, squinting her eyes as if surprised,
along with her hair, each of the over 100,000 white snakes also squinting in unison,
“So Mr. Kaiki is trying to deceive me as well.”
she said, smiling blissfully.
"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.