From the Cutting Room: Nisemonogatari 11 Missing Adaptation Excerpt

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One of the parts of Shaft’s Nisemonogatari adaptation that I was particularly critical of was that it followed the source material too closely. However, when it came to the final episode I had to criticize it for deviating too much from the source – specifically, cutting out the entire first portion of the fight between Araragi and Kagenui, which I thought helped to show how powerful and sadistic woman Kagenui was and how brutal a beating Araragi had to suffer through. So I decided to share it with you all. There is some jargon in there, so I linked to the relevant Wikipedia pages when appropriate. I also highlighted speech from Kagenui and Araragi just to help ease of reading. This picks up right as Ononoki and Shinobu are leaving the room on the 4th floor of Eiko Cram School.

As if having taken a sudden interest in me, Ononoki turned to me and spoke.

“Hey, Devil Boy.”

What is it? I replied.

“What do you think of this world?”

And before I could even answer,

“I think it’d be better for this fake-filled world to be destroyed, Devil Boy… I said with a posed look.”

- she spoke so decisively.

And still without a posed look.

After making such a strong, conclusive statement, Ononoki quickly followed Shinobu out. Like that, the two monsters left the classroom.

“…”

And starting now, those two monsters will definitely engage in combat that would surpass any human’s imagination. I have no doubts about Shinobu’s skills, now that she’s become so close to her original form, but Ononoki is still a wildcard.

Based on seeing her destroy our front gate as well as the top half of Tsukihi’s body, she’s a match for any monster I’ve seen up to now, at least.

In that case, will Shinobu be able to…

“Hey you, is it any time to let your mind wander?”

In the time it took for me to turn my head away from the door that Ononoki closed behind her, Kagenui had come up so close to me that we could feel each other’s breaths.

“Uh…”

“The battle has already started. Or rather, we’re always in battle, from the moment we’re born-”

I didn’t even have time to finish turning my head.

At that moment, Kagenui kicked my knee – or rather, she had already kicked my knee.

No, sorry, sorry.

It’s not adequate to say that she kicked it.

If I put it like that, it sounds like she might have cracked open my kneecap or broken a bone.

That’d be an easy mistake to make.

To put it more accurately, Kagenui kicked my knee with her left heel, and purely from the strength of the kick, she blew off my entire leg from the knee down, as if with a knife.

Like snapping a twig.

Or maybe more like ripping off an insect’s legs.

“Shi…t!”

The feeling of surprise came before the feeling of pain.

I felt astonishment more than pain.

It was just my carelessness that allowed her to get close to me. Taking a hit because I was busy thinking about something unnecessary. That’s something that couldn’t be helped.

But still, how could the blow have been so powerful?

This sort of thing shouldn’t happen from a human kicking another human’s knee. Well, I might say that, but actually my body right now is even a level above that of a human.

My bones and my flesh,

and even my skin. To put it simply, it’s as if they are all surrounded by a protective coat of rubber.

“Did you think I’d try to take advantage of your weaknesses as a vampire? Maybe you thought I’d try to go for your throat? Or maybe your gut? Did you think I’d take out a cross or some holy water? Maybe I’d fire some holy water at you with a water gun?”

Saying that, Kagenui pounded my jaw with her left fist, faster than the eye could see.

Karen had said that she thought Kagenui’s punches could set off a car’s airbags. But I think Karen’s judgment of Kagenui wasn’t quite accurate.

She underestimated her quite a bit.

Forget the airbags.

She could total a normal car outright with this kind of strength.

Like getting hit by the equivalent of a Major League fastball from point blank, my lower jaw disappeared. This wasn’t the kind of hit to the chin that just shakes your brain a bit and gives you a concussion.

My brain wasn’t shaken at all actually; it’s just that my lower jaw cleanly flew off.

“Too bad for you, I’m Japan’s first combat onmyouji. I don’t know much about complex or specialized techniques, though. When it comes to demons, I just beat the hell out of them.”

Up next was a palm strike.

With the palm of her right hand, she hit my own right shoulder with unbelievable force.

Leaving only the very top part of my humerus attached, the rest of my right arm flew right off.

It’s not like it was caught in something or being twisted.

The force of the palm strike alone was enough to send it flying.

Even a Yokozuna wouldn’t have had a palm strike this fierce.

This was merely the result of sheer strength.

Power and skill…

The end result being great destruction.

Destruction by Kagenui Yozuru.

When she had folded me up like a piece of paper in front of our home, I had wondered to myself what kind of submission hold she had used, but that was not the right way of thinking about it. She had flattened my body simply using her monstrous strength. That must have been just warm up for her.

Simple strength.

That simple strength was running rampant now without any limitation.

Is this really the strength of a regular human and not a demon? No, it doesn’t matter what this onmyouji is right now.

Even her non-combat skills have surpassed humanity, after all!

So that’s why Shinobu was so hesitant when describing her; there is no proper way to describe this woman!

“Hah…ugh…Aaah!”

With my remaining right leg, I hopped one step back away from Kagenui.

Kagenui didn’t follow me.

That she didn’t instinctively chase after me made me think even more that she was indeed a pro.

When up against an amateur opponent, a pro doesn’t need to follow at the target’s pace.

So when she has the advantage, she doesn’t just recklessly keep attacking her opponent.

It was as if she making fun of me, just calmly waiting to provide the final blow.

“Ugh… hoo, hooo.”

But I survived. Even though Kagenui’s power was this incredible, I somehow managed to survive.

Even though it hurt so much, it didn’t feel like it hurt at all.

I guess it was so unreal that my mind couldn’t process it.

My brain was refusing to process this damage that transcended the realm of mere pain. But even so, my immortal vampire’s body was automatically healing itself.

My cut off left leg.

My chin that flew off.

My right arm that was torn off.

Everything came back to normal like a system that was reset.

Of course, the healing wasn’t instantaneous like it was back when I was a full vampire. But faster than you might have expected, my entire body was back to normal.

Unlike Shinobu, I couldn’t fix my torn clothes (I don’t have the ability to create materials, so I’m just wearing my normal clothes), so I was dressed kind of like a punk now.

Well, my body may be healed, but having it destroyed so freely meant my pride was still injured.

“Haaa… haaa…haaa.”

Be calm, be cool – you’re burning up.

This is far beyond what I had expected.

Well, I guess it wasn’t intolerable.

If I get to touch my little sisters’ breasts as much as I want starting tomorrow by going through this, it’s a small price to pay.

Anyway, the battle has just been reset.

“Hmph… Hey you.”

My opponent Kagenui looked very happy.

Despite being in battle, her affable attitude hadn’t changed a bit. Actually, given that she had said that we were in battle from the moment we were born, I guess I shouldn’t have been at all surprised.

It’s not that she is always ready for battle.

From the moment she asked me for directions from atop that mailbox, her entire body was already in battle.

“Do you know why I specialize in immortal demons?”

Kagenui opened her mouth wide and licked her lips.

“It’s because I’m so powerful that nothing else is a challenge for me.”

“…”

Those words completely negated whatever feeling of reset I had felt about the battle.

Just what is this person?

They say it’s a wide world out there, but… I never imagined that there could be a human this powerful.

Of course, I came here to fight, but I had expected a closer battle. It’s not like I was skeptical of Karen’s claims about Kagenui’s power, but I had thought that my body being half vampire would be enough to match her at least.

So what’s the deal with her hand-to-hand combat?

Just what is this power?

This Kyoto-accented onmyouji had strength enough to surpass that of a demon.

“Hah, hah, hah, hah-”

Desperately trying to get my heart rate and breathing under control, I started to think.

No, I had to think. I had to think of something.

This is… wait, that’s right.

The original occupant of this room, that foolish aloha-man Oshino Meme was also someone who could have easily fought like Kagenui had just now.

He had just chosen not to.

But he certainly could have.

Even Shinobu in her prime had to respect Oshino. Whether it was her, the snail, the monkey, or the snake, Oshino could have easily dispatched any one of them merely on impulse. Honestly, the only demon Oshino might have had trouble with was that cat in the case of Hanekawa.

That was Oshino.

“Kagenui… What is your relationship with Oshino?”

And what follows is what was shown in the anime as soon as Ononoki left, Kagenui explaining that she, Oshino, and Kaiki are old college buds. The rest of the anime was pretty faithful to the novel. One missing detail was that Koyomi kept track of how many times Kagenui punched him while breaking through the floors to reach Shinobu and Ononoki – almost 500 (I thought the way the anime depicted it was a bit tame). I wish I could’ve put in some illustrations of the fight itself, but I couldn’t find any from my digging around pixiv, so I put in some screenshots of past events from the show when they were referred to.

Usual caveats apply: this is a Japanese to Korean to English translation. Credit goes to Junsoo Hyun for the official Korean translation, which I encourage you to buy if you can read Korean. I also give thanks to canon_rap for giving me help translating what type of combat Kagenui was using. Check out his site Quality Mistranslations for other translations including his on-going project Nekomonogatari White “Tsubasa Tiger,” the 2nd volume of the sequel to Nisemonogatari. He also has a Tumblr page in which he will be posting as he plays through Witch on the Holy Night.

I’ll leave you with a final image I found, just because I thought it was funny:

Hope you enjoyed! (source)

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17 Responses to “From the Cutting Room: Nisemonogatari 11 Missing Adaptation Excerpt”

  1. Kyokai says:

    This was such a treat! This gives me more understanding about Kagenui and how effing powerful she is. I hope she appears in future volumes too. This also reminds me how NisiOisin has made Oshino mysterious. He’s literally like Kiritsugu or in fate/stay or Touko in Mahoyo, the way they have portrayed him.

    Now someone really needs to make a fanart on this missing scene. And thanks for that link, I’m going to be a canonrap stalker now. (′✧ω✧′)

    • I’m going to be a canonrap stalker now. (′✧ω✧′)

      Yay. Join the club.

      his on-going project Nekomonogatari Black

      I think you mean White.

      • lvlln says:

        Ah yes, you’re right, White, not Black. I’ll correct that the next chance I get.

    • lvlln says:

      There’s a discrepancy here with respect to information about Oshino due to the fact that the Kizumonogatari novel is supposed to have been read before Nisemonogatari, but in anime form it’s the other way around due to the movie not coming out yet. Oshino is still a mysterious character, but his role in Kizumonogatari make what Koyomi says here, as well as what Kagenui says about him after (depicted in the anime) make more sense. Or at least make them more obvious.

  2. Overcooled says:

    Thank you so much for this, lvlln! Kagenui is quite a lot more beastly here than in her anime version. I have quite a lot of training to do before I can kick someone hard enough to make the rest of their leg come flying off.

    • BlackBriar says:

      Oh, good lord!! I forgot you’re a black belt (I really must be a masochist if I know that and haven’t kept my distance). More training to cause pain and suffering by severing body parts? As expected from one of Metanorn’s Queen Sadists.

    • lvlln says:

      Yeah, her “beastliness” was something that I felt was missing or toned down in the anime. She is just an absolute monster, and I like seeing her like that. Makes her all the better character as a villain. Her versus Oshino – either Shinobu or Meme – would be something else.

  3. BlackBriar says:

    Wow, Kagenui is a sadistic beast!! I hate to find out a good fight could’ve turned out better and bloodier. With her monsterous strenght, she, herself should be a demon. The picture of her smashing Koyomi’s head against the brick wall was the sweet part. He’s lucky he has vampire characteristics to keep him alive or it would’ve resulted in a quick and painful death.

    I still wish I could’ve seen the fight between Shinobu and Ononoki. I know it would’ve been brutal since Shinobu doesn’t look like the type to hold back.

    • lvlln says:

      Yes, the Ononoki vs. Shinobu fight would’ve been nice to watch. Shinobu was out to get her even before they got to the school, for having called her an old lady. Unfortunately, just like in the anime, it wasn’t depicted at all in the book.

      • skylion says:

        Which just goes to show: Shinobu, no matter what her apparent age may be, is made of win and gold(en hair).

      • BlackBriar says:

        Shinobu must have taken her time beating Ononoki to a pulp if it was to exact revenge. Hahaha, I guess being called an old lady is a serious blow to one’s pride if you’re immortal and walking around eternally young. And vampires always seek to avenge their pride or something valuable that’s been taken from them. They’re a proud race.

  4. skylion says:

    Good gravy, Lvlln. I recall that fight as pretty darn gruesome. And you wanted moar?

    • BlackBriar says:

      LOL. You know sadists and fans of brutal fights always want more.

      • skylion says:

        She freeaking punched a hole in his damn chest! Moar?!

    • lvlln says:

      I feel like something is lost when the over-the-top violence of the written form gets toned down in moving picture form. There’s a brutality that just feels missing. I noticed it for both Nisemonogatari and Kara no Kyoukai, and I’ve heard the same for the Battle Royale book vs. movie.

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