The Suruga Monkey arc is brought to a close as the many questions surrounding Kanbaru are answered. The truth behind the ‘monkey paw’ and ‘Rainy Devil’ is revealed; it is a demon that preys on negative feelings such as jealousy. The origin of the ‘paw’ was something that her mother owned, and she used it to wish for all sorts of things, starting with the desire to run fast so that she would stop being bullied at school. Of course, she became too reliant on the paw in the end, and thus it took over her. Although she wished to deny the fact that she had wanted the paw to attack people, it turns out that it was her wish all along. Naturally this includes her attacking of Koyomi.
Oshino tells them that the two main ways to get the demon out of her is to either fulfil the wish by killing Koyomi, or by cutting the am off. Koyomi doesn’t want either of these and so they go for a third choice, aiming to cancel out the wish in a method involving a ‘showdown’ of sorts between Koyomi and Kanbaru. Before this a little more is learnt about the vampire Shinobu; and how her drinking Koyomi’s blood can in turn make him stronger.
This episode was a pretty dramatic one, to say the least, and brought things to a decent enough close. The ending was expected, yet it was still interesting to see exactly how Oshino and Hitagi planned to ‘trick’ the monkey paw into being unable to grant Kanbaru’s wish. And speaking of Hitagi; she hardly appeared in this episode at all except for at the end; again, she takes a back-seat during an arc’s climax. So there’s none of her humorous dialogue – actually, there’s none with Kanbaru either. One of the things that stood out about this episode was exactly how not funny it was, not that it was trying to be. If anything, this episode was rather frightening – the fight scene with Kanbaru is particularly unnerving. And yet as insanely violent as it is- filled with rage, jealousy, and a frightening animal barbarity (I honestly flinched at Koyomi’s wrist being broken and flopping around)- it’s also rendered in a very interesting, almost ‘pop art’ fashion (candy pink blood, anyone?). The effect is that it’s a scene that is artistically impressive whilst also being incredibly unnerving.
What excited me most about this episode was of course seeing more of Shinobu. I’ve been saying since the show started that I’ve been wanting to know more about her – but it looks like the storyline is only going to throw us little tidbits now and then. It seems that in each arc, we learn a little bit more about Oshino, Koyomi and Shinobu….and I hope this trend continues.
I know that it’s because he’s too kind, but I’m starting to get just a little bit tired of Koyomi failing so majestically in combat. Come on Koyomi, you beat up a loli before, didn’t you?
I liked this episode well enough; it had a completely different atmosphere to the end of the previous arc, which is promising. Out of 5,