"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.”
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?"
“But well, if you want to time travel, I wouldn’t mind assisting you.”- Last lines of chapter 4 of Kabukimonogatari “Mayoi Jiangshi”.
“Don’t you want to return to yesterday?”
And returning her line of sight towards me.
Laughing gruesomely as always.
She said, extremely lightheartedly, with the feel of a game.
"Let’s do it."
I am me.- from Nekomonogatari White “Tsubasa Tiger” chapter 66.
I am Hanekawa Tsubasa.
My cat ears may have already withdrawn, and I may no longer see the Tiger, but I daresay the white hair remaining on half of my head, arranged in a tiger-striped pattern, is proof of that.
Being rather too avant-garde for school, I have to dye it black every morning, but I don’t think of that as a bother or a waste of time.
It is a form of communication with them,
with my heart.
I say it is enjoyable, because I truly feel it inside.
You said it yourself just now, didn’t you? No matter what, in the end, it’s all you. Even if you change, you’ll still be you. So don’t worry. It’s not like I will go easy on you for any weird reasons. If you turn out hateful, I will dislike you. If you do wrong, I will be angry at you. If you are despised, I will stick up for you. And if you aren’t as smart anymore — well, I can teach you.- Araragi Koyomi from Nekomonogatari White Chapter 65.
Oh, but, ‘Mizudori-kun’?- Nekomonogatari White “Tsubasa Tiger” Chapter 59
When I asked, Tsukihi-chan told me this with no attempts at secrecy.
“Mine is Rousokuzawa-kun, by the way.”
“…Huh? Wait, do both of you have boyfriends?”
This truly was the first time I had heard of this.
It was quite a shock.
“I’ve never heard about this from Araragi-kun.”
“Ah, Nii-chan just treats them like they don’t exist.”
I see. That was straightforward and easy to understand.
In fact, it was too easy to understand.
It was just so like Araragi-kun to do something like that — after all, one way or another, he always doted on his two little sisters.
This could be felt from the general tone of his remarks, and was exactly why he became so unimaginably enraged when Kaiki-san had deceived Karen-chan.
Goodness, he truly was a big brother, wasn’t he?
“What are they like, by the way?”
Although digging further on this end would be unlikely to produce anything related to my current problem, as I was merely curious about the boyfriends of the Fire Sisters, I asked them.
However, finding out their answers,
“Someone like Onii-chan.”
made me regret it.
These siblings, were they really…?
But, well, if that was the case, perhaps it could not be helped that Araragi-kun would treat them “like they don’t exist” — otherwise, he would unmistakably be tormented by hatred for his own kind.
Just as it was for certain that Araragi-kun was negative towards the acts of the Fire Sisters due to his unmistakable hatred for his own kind or rather, I daresay, for himself.
He fought, even as he hesitated, even as he regretted.
Growing to feel somewhat mischievous, I started thinking that maybe I should take a picture of myself now and send it to him — despite still not knowing what condition he was in.- Nekomonogatari White “Tsubasa Tiger” Chapter 60.
However, as it might bother him, I did not try to contact him — though now that I actually thought about it, perhaps this was just a polite excuse. If I truly were worried, I would immediately make up my mind to contact him, just like Senjougahara-san had — would that not be the human thing to do?
So, I should be bold. I should send him a picture, as encouragement. The way I was now, I could still help him that much.
I took out the phone from my uniform on the hanger — and stretched my hand out, taking a picture of myself. Being a high school girl, I had been using a cell phone for quite some time now, but this was the first time I had taken a picture of myself.
Despite failing several times, I soon got used to it, and managed to take quite a good picture, if I might say so myself.
Having attached this picture, I sent the message to Araragi-kun without any text — and turned my phone off.
The next time I turned on this phone,
I would no longer be in this world.
So perhaps this was not so much mischief as it was harassment.
It was like sending a funeral portrait.
It was a kind of bullying, coming from the one known for being an honor student.
Cruel, in my own way.
But now, there was no longer any regret left in my heart.
After that, Senjougahara-san and I really did take a shower together — I will simply report now that various embarrassing, awkward things happened, as it was my first time experiencing a shower with anybody else.
As such, the initiative was completely held by Senjougahara-san, who actually did wash me here and there. She seemed very used to it, and they were clearly the skilled hands of someone experienced in the act.
She was used to playing around with girls!
That’s what it made me think.
I couldn’t sit still and do nothing after having that much done to me, though, so I started washing her back here and there.
In the bathroom that was not quite big enough, we were literally, completely open with one another. I’m not sure how I should express it, but I certainly feel like I’ve crossed a line.
If I had been facing a line, I certainly did cross it.
You could also say it was a turning point.
- Nekomonogatari White “Tsubasa Tiger” Chapter 14
Maybe you’ve read some of my translations of excerpts from the Monogatari novels that I found interesting. I have here by far the longest except, one that I thought was too long for a Tumblr post. That’s why I posted it in Metanorn, the blog of which I am a part.
If you thought there was something missing in the fight between Kagenui and Araragi in the Nisemonogatari anime finale, or if you thought the violence was too tame, please go take a read!
“If you say that being fake is evil, I will be that evil. If it is bad to deceive, I will be the bad guy.”
Even if I’m making a hypocritical judgment.
Even if I’m making a hypocritical decision.
Even if his opinion of Araragi Tsukihi is hypocrisy, Araragi Koyomi will gladly be that hypocrite.
I’m not Oshino Meme.
I’m not Kaiki Deishuu.
I’m not Kagenui Yozuru.
Of course, I’m not the Fire Sisters or the Valhalla Combo.
Araragi Koyomi is - Araragi Koyomi.
“I don’t care about being liked. I’m fine with being a horrible human being,”
I said - with a posed look.
- Nisemonogatari Volume 2 “Tsukihi Phoenix” Chapter 12 (emphasis mine)
One of my favorite parts of Nisemonogatari was how the characters would steal each other’s catchphrases. Hitagi did it to Mayoi, too.