"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.
“Oi, Heart Under Blade, let’s fight.”
Without a hint of hesitation.
Facing the vampire of legend, she had no intention of backing down.
This specialist of the immortal.
To put it simply, a demon hunter - Kagenui Yozuru.
- Nisemonogatari Volume 2 “Tsukihi Phoenix” Chapter 12
“Where are you going? In order to do what?”
“To them. In order to fight.”
“For my little sisters.”
“What do you gain from that?”
“I gain nothing. I just lose a bit of my time.”
“If your choice is to fight, I guess it can’t be helped - if you were to die, I would end up dying along with you. In order to protect myself, I can’t not fight alongside you.”
“…are you saying you’re going to help me?”
“Don’t get the wrong idea; I don’t want to do this - I really really don’t want to do this. I couldn’t care less what happens to your tiny little sister. I can’t help but help you in order to protect myself.”
“Your tsundere act is getting a bit tiresome.”
I said - and started laughing.
“Hmm- didn’t you want to die? Weren’t you a suicidal vampire?”
“Hmph, I’ve already forgotten about that early phase of my character. And I won’t be so reserved like the middle phase either. Right now, I’m just a donut-loving mascot character.”
- Nisemonogatari Volume 2 “Tsukihi Phoenix” Chapter 11