I do have to admit that one of the main reasons why I loved this arc was Sengoku was extremely cute. I mean VERY freaking cute, I watched her OP several timesâ€¦Anyways, and there are other reasons why I liked this arc though. There was Sengokuâ€¦.I mean, there were some interesting things going on. First off it is the first time theyâ€™ve really talked much about Araragiâ€™s past, and bringing up a childhood friend of sorts, even with the age difference, was nice to see because they started to focus on more than just the oddity of the arc and o the main characters. Plus this one really seemed to have this state of urgency to it. Sure Kanbaru nearly killing Araragi was urgent, but it wasnâ€™t life threatening of the person suffering from the oddity. Mayoi wasnâ€™t in any super immediate life threatening danger, but here we see Sengoku was and it kind of had me on the edge of my seat.
I do of course have to mention something about the animation and the lack of certain scenes in this episode. Now I had actually read, before watching, that this episode had an issue with scenes missing. Apparently Shaft is very short on animators and is really pushing to get these released in time, hence the lack of certain scenes. I do think that is a shame because Shaft does some of the most creative and original animation Iâ€™ve seen. While this series bring sit to another level of weirdness, stuff theyâ€™ve done for other series like ef has been great. Hopefully this will be fixed in a DVD release or something because as it is now itâ€™s quite obvious something is wrong. Reusing frames when it doesnâ€™t make sense, having conversations and actions happen during still frames or the blank screens. Some blank scenes and are fine, if itâ€™s part of the flow, but during the fight with the snake something was obviously off.