Ask @ZephyrRz:

what happens to Sodachi after/besides the things we saw in the Owari anime -- like in Orokamonogatari / Sodachi Fiasco and in Zokuowari)?

That's like super major spoil alert and saying what happens here would anger a lot of people who would see it, but to give a half answer, nothing "ultimately" happens to Sodachi because Koyomi reverses it all in Zoku. The fact remains that he did wear her underwear, but well - I won't spoil all of that fun. Zoku doesn't really -center- on Sodachi though, although her very existence in it is a mild slap to the face for Koyomi.
in Sodachi Fiasco, Sodachi gets kicked around in a trash can, probably in Osaka, and loses all of her (fake) friends she kind of didn't make, but is a cooler person for it. She continues to have an bit of a twisted obsession with Koyomi.

View more

Hey, I hear Renko is your favorite Touhou character (mine too, by the way). What is your opinion on Sumireko then? How do you like her in general (as a character and as a plot device)? And have you read the newest Kourindou chapter about her? If so, what do you think about it?

I like her, but I reserve full judgement until I can read my stack of fan novels I have about her that I've been meaning to get to.

View more

"she gives up trying to attain "happiness" and just do enough damage control to not be "at the absolute worst" " this is me, this is literally me, same, except "give up" is the wrong word, it's more like..."become unable to try anymore"

Time sometimes fixes things. Finding something to work on where you can see results and progress sometimes fixes things. Accepting some failures as stumbling forward rather than stumbling backward sometimes helps things.
There's not trying for fear of failing, and then there's not trying out of sheer exhaustion, which is a tricky thing. Sometimes it's a matter of forcing yourself to get up in the morning and sometimes it's more about taking some vitamins, getting some rest and making sure that you are physically well. Sometimes it's watching something that makes you laugh.
I'll be rooting for you, anyway.

View more

uhm, how would you recommend I go about learning Japanese with like, a goal of reading the *monogatari novels (I know hiragana and some katakana but not really anything else)?

http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/ is always the best place to start.
(It's the same place I started learning 10 years or so ago.)
Slowly tackling the vocabulary and kanji from the JLPT lists is also good to form a simple foundation you can learn more from.
http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/
You can look at song lyrics and try to piece together what something says once you know enough grammar, or look for some manga to slowly work through first.
http;//jisho.org has a simple mostly reliable E-J dictionary, which also has great tools for looking up kanji, and there are other resources such as http://ejje.weblio.jp that are more in depth.
It's good that you know hiragana already because trying to learn Japanese based on romaji is usually a terrible idea. You've already taken the first step.
If there's ever anything you don't understand feel free to pester me.

View more

anyway here i am on a sunday night weeping i don't have an older brother/boyfriend like koyomi and sad that i don't know Japanese so i cant even read the monogatari light novels. i'm no good

Being able to read books like the monogatari series is worth the trouble to learn Japanese (which isn't the simplest language to learn), but at least SHAFT has pledged to animate all of the series, and as it's bringing them lots of money I don't see them abandoning that pledge.
I also think that that's no reason to feel like you're "no good". We have these stories to throw us on an emotional rollercoaster and have us see ourselves. Whatever you're going through I'm sure I can't know, but I'm just as sure that it's important.

View more

i uhm. my experience growing up was...similar to what is shown of Sodachi's in Owarimonogatari so far and uhm. i also did the thing of trying to invite someone over with some academic thing as a pretext in the hope they'd...notice what was up with my abusive parents and it didnt work

That's very unfortunate.
I mean in the book it's easy to point at Sodachi and say that she should have done more, or she shouldn't have left the Araragi household in the first place but of course it isn't that simple and it's just a build up of all those slight errors, ones you really can't blame her for, that makes Sodachi's story so tragic.
Especially in the case of Sodachi's relationship with Koyomi, it's really easy for someone to overestimate, or mis-estimate what someone else will do.
The key to the Monty Hall problem is realizing that whatever action you are taking or have taken may be, or probably is to some degree wrong, and if something's not working you have to quickly adapt. Sodachi fails to do this time and time again, to the point where she gives up trying to attain "happiness" and just do enough damage control to not be "at the absolute worst" even if it means never aiming for something better.
I am very fortunate in many ways and cannot begin to fathom how someone must feel in your circumstances, but if it makes you feel any better, Sodachi gets her turn to be something of a hero.

View more

Karen and Tsukihi from what i have seen in the anime seem...sorta brocon? how are they in the books? what is their relationship with koyomi? (spoilers are ok) Also how should i learn enough Japanese to be able to read the monogatari light novels untranslated?

They are very brocon. Even with all of the brother sister banter, they both trust and respect Koyomi in a way, and both emulate him in different ways (to the point where Karen fascinates Koyomi enough to where he sometimes wishes he was like her - at least the boy inside him thinks that.)
However, you could also say that Karen emulates her vision of Koyomi, and Tsukihi is just emulating Karen more than she is Koyomi.
They both really want to meet Senjougahara (as she's Koyomi's girlfriend) but he hasn't let them yet. Tsukihi is much more open to criticizing Koyomi than Karen, who's a bit more blind. Koyomi has said multiple times (usually in a half-joking manner) that he wishes Karen wasn't his sister because he's attracted to her (but has never said that about Tsukihi).
I'm about to read a new Tsukihi/Yotsugi chapter, so maybe something new will come up.
You should really aspire to learn enough Japanese to read the *monogatari novels. They are quite a bit longer than your ordinary "light novel" and are mostly back and forth banter with a lot of cultural references, so it is a little bit of a hurdle. SHAFT has done very very very very well with the anime, but no matter how well they do it, they have to make some cuts somewhere.
Other than Koyomimonogatari (it's a bit of a chore), all the books are pretty good, with Koimonogatari and Nekomonogatari White being -exceptionally- good.
It might interest you more to start from Kizumonogatari, but Bakemonogatari is easier because it's arcs are particularly long.

View more

is there a reason why 僕 is used so much in songs? Like in idol songs, for example in Love Live they always use 僕 even though (I think) they're singing about themselves. And even female singers use it. It's more poetic?

It's less feminine. It's sort of boyish, and when a girl says it it's like they're being more independent, but it depends heavily on the context. It's usually the most masculine pronoun for a girl, but at the same time it's sort of "feminine" or "childish" for a guy nowadays. (Again, depending heavily on the context.)
Bokukko is a term used for girls that regularly refer to themselves as boku, but if it's in a song it's probably to sort of emphasize themselves as the "main character" of the song - if that makes any sense.
Nowadays all of these terms are a lot less gender specific, but it's still super rare for a girl to say "ore" unless there's a very specific reason.

View more

Next