>>119895984 There is no final boss in Monogatari, the closest thing to an antagonist when it's not just the characters disagreeing with each other and then making up later is probably just the Darkness, which is just the universe itself saying "quit doing this stupid shit".
If you treat Ougi as the final boss though, it does result in the somewhat entertaining notion that the final boss of the series is ultimately just Koyomi's own self loathing.
>>119896122 You'd be right to be suspicious given it's Nisio. Though arguably speaking, since Hana is Chronologically last, Numachi would be the "Final Boss" but obviously not in the cool way but in the most literal sense of the term.
Though that does make Kanbaru sound a lot more badass. "Kanbaru solo'd the final boss"
As for the explanation >>119896162 beat me to the punch. I was just going to type. "It's Araragi's worries and shit like that" but they explained it way more eloquently than I could.
She is an oddity created by Araragi's self-criticism (plus other stuff, like spiritual essence from Rainy Devil, which was originally a similar oddity created by Tooe Gaen, and vampire powers).
Learning about the Darkness and how it acted like a law of the universe to enforce rules against Hachikuji was one of the factors that led to her creation. Araragi constantly has doubts about whether the things he does are okay. If the universe wouldn't let Hachikuji get away with what she did, wouldn't it judge him too? It's that kind of thinking that led to Ougi coming into existence as an adversary by which he would be judged and punished, and not let him get away with things he feels that maybe he shouldn't be allowed to or deserve to get away with.
>>119896216 If I had to pick an evil mastermind it would be Gaen but she's alright still since she eventually acquiesced to switching to a contingency plan so that Koyomi could save Hachikuji.
Yeah Ougi is an oddity born from Araragi that does the things that he refuses to do out of attachment to the people around him. It's his wish for someone to criticize him and to take away certain responsibilities. Ougi knows everything Koyomi knows, and seems to know more because it knows things Koyomi subconsciously ignores. When he learns the truth about Ougi and confronts her about it, the Darkness comes for Ougi (up until this point Ougi had basically pretended to be the Darkness by correcting everything Koyomi didn't want corrected but subconsciously thought he didn't deserve) and Koyomi still tries to protect her until Meme gets brought back by Hanekawa and Gaen and accepts Ougi so that the Darkness is satisfied.
>>119896585 And Gaen is helping them and humanity by walking them to the door and showing them the way home. It can't be her fault that sometimes a certain oddity might flip the fuck out and try to choke a bitch.
>>119895984 Ougi is a result of deal Oshino made to keep the backlashes of curses he broke from his past.You know when break a contract you have to relinquish something, Well Oshino gave up bits of his soul for each paranormal fix. Now that Oshino is gone, Ougi is making shit happen just like a enjoy himself off the misfortune of others. That why Gaien is gone too she was consumed by backlashes of curse breaking.
>>119896484 >If I had to pick an evil mastermind it would be Gaen but she's alright still since she eventually acquiesced to switching to a contingency plan so that Koyomi could save Hachikuji. She didn't "eventually acquiesce". On the spur of the Araragi dragged Hachikuji back from the underworld, and when Gaen saw that he had she basically congratulated him and it was her proposal that they save Hachikuji by making her the local god.
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