LN Review: Mayoi Room (Monogatari Short Stories)

BAKEMONOGATARI ANIME COMPLETE GUIDEBOOK 27 October 2010

That’s right! This week we’re covering a story about the loli that Araragi refuses not to lewd!… well one of them I suppose. It’s everyone’s favorite Hachikuji!

Now there’s two reasons I really appreciate this story. The first is of course the classic wordplay between Hachikuji and Araragi that actually helps improve my own Japanese. The second, and most important, reason though is that we get some small additional details about the Monogatari story that’s not covered in the anime, nor the LNs from what I’ve heard — Why did Hachikuji leave her backpack in Araragi’s room? I’m sure several people had some theories that wouldn’t be allowed in this Christian server, but we learn that the truth is shockingly innocent, if not a little sad. I mean did Araragi abduct Hachikuji? Well yeah… But we also learn that she has been wandering the streets since she died without a real chance to rest.

Short story shorter, Araragi allows her to sleep in her bed, and she finally gets to sleep in a real bed for the first time in over 10 years.

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I’ve always thought Hachikuji was one of the better written characters in the Monogatari universe, but it never ceases to amaze me how much depth can still be explored with her. I wish they would have given Nadeko half this level of thought, as it won’t be long before we cover her. But until then,

じゃあね!

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