It is called “flower story,” after all.
Previously, on Owarimonogatari, the Sodachi Lost narrative arc provided Tsubasa Hanekawa with a perfect opportunity – the opportunity to show just how much she’s changed both over the course of the series and her most chronologically-recent appearance in Tsubasa Tiger. She delivers a crucial line of dialogue at exactly the right time in such a forceful way that it immediately unifies her with the despairing Sodachi Oikura. They travel the same path, but are at dramatically different points on that path, and Hanekawa’s words help guide Oikura out of her powerful self-loathing spiral.
This week, in Shinobu Mail, it was Suruga Kanbaru’s turn to shine.
Before I knew it
Even my nonsensical dreams
Passed me by
And my feelings were tangled.
It’s the one thing I can always do.
– From “Ambivalent World,” opening to Bakemonogatari episodes 6-8
I don’t know when running began to mean something to me.