The only show this season which I was looking forward to with great anticipation was Nisemonogatari. It hasn’t disappointed so far, revisiting old friends and hooking us with wonderful wordplay and dialogue, not to mention the amazing direction and music.
But while watching episode 2, I became very uncomfortable for obvious reasons – it was so ecchi. I didn’t remember Bakemonogatari containing so much sexual charge, though I know it certainly had more than most shows I’ve seen. As I looked through others’ posts, I realized that this particular episode was heavy in this content (here, here, here, here, and here, among other places). I will say that it really wasn’t so fanservice in nature, as Akiyuki Shinbo was resourceful in using eroticism as part of the story.
I have a feeling this episode was especially intended to be heavy in ecchi content and possibly (hopefully – at least for me) the high point of it in the series. But really, besides being bothered by the innuendos and skin (which I avoid, honestly, because I find it appealing – I want to avoid it for my relationship with my wife and with God), the other thought which came to my mind was this – Araragi is far stronger than most real life males. He finds himself in several tempting situations with attractive girls, but besides some playful words (and glances?) he stays completely and utterly faithful to Senjogahara.
But real life ain’t so easy. As Araragi walked to Sengoku’s house, and even as he prepared to do so in the previous episode, I kept telling him telepathically (and across 2D/3D lines), “Don’t do it.” The situation is just full of…possibilities.
I remember in college striking up conversation with a pretty classmate. She invited me to her house and I was ready and eager for what I thought could happen. Nothing did (girls are always thinking something different than guys, am I right?), but I felt that feeling in the air – the one that would make me drop my appointments, plans, and even my values for the possibility of what was to come. I wasn’t in a relationship at the time, but knowing me, even that may have been sacrificed.
The thing is, though, when you’re in a relationship, you need to sacrifice in the opposite way. If that relationship is important to you, you need to avoid circumstances where even a bit of weakness can open a door into an unforgiving situation. This answer is obvious, spiritual, and rational, but in itself can be a sacrifice, because if you avoid these kinds of meetings, you may lose special moments, the development of friendships, and, well, fun. But if you love your significant other, take some biblical advice: flee from temptation.
Because truth be told, we can’t all be as strong as Ararararagi.