Owarimonogatari delivers hard with their two part season opener “Ougi Formula”. Shaft studio brings back the classic Monogatari staples; head tilts, quick text screen transitions, and an amazing audiovisual experience.
“During the month of October of his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino by his underclassman Kanbaru Suruga.
Ougi tells Koyomi that she has something she wishes to consult with him. When she draws the map of Naoestu High School, she finds something peculiar on the map of Naoetsu High School she draws.
This discovery reveals a tale that wasn’t meant to be told, and this makes Koyomi’s high school life totally different.
This is the story that brings to light “what” makes Koyomi Araragi.
This is the story that reveals the “beginning” of everything.”
Right off the bat we’re reunited with a few of our favorite Monogatari girls. This arc seems to shift focus onto Oshino Ougi, the mysterious first year student and supposed niece of Araragi’s former mentor, Oshino Meme. In addition to Ougi, we get a few quick glimpses of Kanbaru Suruga, Hanekawa Tsubasa, and Hitagi Senjougahara.
The episode leads off with Araragi and Ougi trapped in a classroom, unable to leave until they solve a mystery from an incident from Araragi’s first year– giving us insight to some of his past and introducing us to the former class president, Sodachi Oikura. Oikura seems to be a main player in this season; sporting twintails, a potentially tsundere attitude, and following this episode’s resolution, leaves the viewer in anticipation of the upcoming arc.
As expected of the Monogatari series, the art direction was solid; vivid and colorful environments, great use of the text transitions, and the music really set the tone to bring out the creepiness and darkness in Ougi’s character. Once again, Shaft has brought out all the guns and used all of their strengths of visual storytelling and animation to bring us this final installment of the Monogatari series. I, for one, can’t wait to see more. If you’re agree, leave a comment below!