The Karen Bee arc is over, whether you found episode 7 anti-climatic or brilliant. Deishu Kaiki has left the city for now but we can probably expect him back in a later story because of his business at Kanbaru’s house was probably foreshadowing a latter event. Next episode will be the beginning of the Tsukihi Pheonix arc. With only 4 episodes left in the series we can expect this arc to be at a similar pace of what was found in Bakemonogatari, instead of the uncharacteristically long Karen Bee arc.
The Karen bee arc as a whole was a lot longer than I ever expected it to be, 7 episodes in all. The longest arc in Bakemonogatari was the Tsubasa Cat arc, which was five episodes, and the rest of the arcs were ether 2 or 3 episodes. I liked the arc overall but I found others complaining that it was too long and that it had a lackluster ending. Many people thought there should have been a better confrontation between Kaiki, Araragi and Senjogahara. If this had happened I would have found it uncharacteristic of the show. Instead you get very interesting sequence of dialogue between the characters.
For all those people complaining, shut up. Episode 7 gave you such an amazing action sequence between Koyomi Araragi and Karen Araragi. It was on the same level as what was previously done in Bakemonogtari, meaning pure insanity. Kaiki said that Senjogahara has become boring. If she were her old self she would have killed Kaiki immediately. Instead the characters are very mature when speaking to each other and it shows they have grown throughout the series. On a side note it looks like Senjogahara is going to sleep with Araragi… Instead of this just being dirty, it shows that Senjogahara has grown up as a person and is able to love Araragi after everything that has happened in her life.
Overall part 7 of the Karen Bee arc was a great finisher episode to the first part of Nisemonogatari. Kaiki has left the city and the middle school students are finally safe from his fake abilities. Kaiki never gave Karen a poison bee because in the end he was always a fake he had just hypnotized her. Next week we get to look forward too and learn more about Araragi’s younger little sister, Tsukihi, I can’t wait.
Thanks for reading! Thank you for being my editor Lykos!
Sincerely yours Xana