Once again, I’ve stolen this topic from MAL, because I’ve decided that’s what I’m going to do now whenever I just want to write about whatever and listen to music. Also because it’s fun.
For me, there was actually no delay in what scene I thought of.
Typically these sorts of questions make me pause for a moment, but this time, I had one ready, even if I’d never consciously established my favourite snow scene before this.
I haven’t gotten to it yet in my Monogatari Series posts, but I will eventually, as my favourite snow scene is actually the conclusion to Monogatari Series: Second Season. Which also means that I will be spoiling the conclusion to Monogatari Series: Second Season in this post.
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For those unaware and who don’t mind the spoiler, the conclusion of Monogatari Series: Second Season is not the climax, but the aftermath of the climax.
To sum the situation up, a con-artist and man with a past, Deishuu Kaiki, is called to town by Hitagi Senjougahara to deceive Nadeko Sengoku. Nadeko, due to certain circumstances, had become the god of the local shrine, and was threatening to kill Hitagi and anime protagonist Koyomi Araragi. Kaiki’s job was to deceive Nadeko into believing that Hitagi and Koyomi had died in a car accident.
Long story short, Kaiki fails in his con, but before Nadeko kills him, he does something he had never done before – he tells the truth. And with the truth, he is able to give Nadeko hope, and convince her to give up on being a god, and give up on petty revenge. By doing this, Kaiki not only broke character, but he also redeemed himself for a past failure of his regarding Hitagi.
However, just as the anime is ending, Kaiki is walking through the snow, thinking about the what he had just done, what had unfolded. And then, he is stabbed and killed by one of his previous con victims, a middle schooler.
His final thoughts, via narration, are this:
They say money talks even in hell.
Since I don’t have any money saved up,
I felt really glad from the bottom of my heart.
And that’s my favourite snow scene, partly because it’s unexpected, and partly because gives us an interesting message regarding one’s past and how even if you have changed, your past crimes can still catch up to you. While Kaiki was able to redeem himself in the end from what he considered to be his biggest failure, he wasn’t able to escape the weight of all his other crimes, deceptions, and so on.
The death is so sudden, and in the cold, white snow, he dies.
It’s a very memorable scene, Kaiki walking through the snow like that, and his fate.
Which is why it came to mind so suddenly, I guess!
And that’s it for this one, not much else to say!
What’s your most memorable snow scene?
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.