Thank you, Hanekawa (‘s breasts).
I’m so glad that Araragi is a pervert.
I mean, putting aside the fact that Hanekawa is clearly the better girl in any scenario, I had a feeling that something really, really bad would happen if he decided to have Ougi accompany him. I’m actually terrified of her at times, most of all because Araragi himself doesn’t seem to be aware of how unnaturally creepy she is. I’m not sure why Hanekawa is saying that there’s nothing more dangerous than Ougi, but I agree with her in that she’s right to be scared. And that she’s right to expect her to be tailing them.
Ougi does weird things to Araragi, and I don’t mean that in a perverted context at all. All throughout the series, Araragi is usually a confident speaker – he’s witty, says clever things, and is generally able to keep up the banter with heavy hitters like Shinobu or Senjougahara. He drives conversations forward. He’s the main character. But with Ougi, all he does is just sit there and listen – it’s so weird watching someone else walk all over him. And on top of that, it’s like he’s in a trance with Ougi – she makes up random promises for them to meet after appearing out of nowhere, to the point where Araragi himself is really starting to doubt it. But even then, she manages to wheedle him into doing something along her terms. It’s creepy. Most of all, Araragi doesn’t seem to be aware of the influence she has over him – he tells Hanekawa that he was the one who remembered everything about How Much-chan, and Ougi just tagged along. Which isn’t it at all, because Ougi was the one who coaxed him into the locked room, and made his memories resurface.
So I think Hanekawa is definitely along the right lines, in that Araragi needs to be protected from something. I was so happy when she came to rescue him and started a verbal showdown with Ougi. Ougi really limited herself in transferring into the school as a kouhai – she may have thought Araragi would be all weak to her as he is with Kanbaru at times, but it means she has to play by the rules of social hierarchy, and that puts her at a disadvantage compared to Hanekawa. I’m now operating on the assumption that she definitely isn’t what she says she is – I doubt she’s even human, let alone Oshino’s niece. A ‘spirit possessing him’? I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually was. And she’s rapidly filling up the list of things she knows even though she shouldn’t, and Hanekawa has her ‘how does this bitch know that?’ face on – how does she know Gahara-san’s house is further away than Oikura’s? And even before that, how does she know they were going to visit her at all? What is this spooky girl’s endgame? Is she even a girl?
Bad, bad things would have happened if Araragi had grasped those comfy sleeves. Thank god Hanekawa has boobs. Bless her. Now we can safely continue on to the Oikura pyjama party!