The backpack is a metaphor. The saying goes that a "snail has its home on its back." Hachikuji originally is searching for her home, the irony being that no matter how far she walks, she'll never find it because it's right behind her.
Corn husk. Lots of 'em. Hachikuji is a master thief who travels Japan, pilfering corn husks whenever she finds them. Now you're probably thinking, "What value is their in corn husks?" Well they actually contain an abnormal about of spirit energy. For this reason they're useful in occult rituals and the sort. Mayoi is trying to collect 1000 to summon Belphegor into the plane of man.
It can be both of these things. That actually just deepens the symbolism since that's literally her carrying around her "home" stuff.
There is only one kind of vehicle in Bakemonogatari.
"Snail" was 70s Detroit street drive for "drug mule". The point was the Detroit Metropolitan Police Department would slow down and detain drug traffickers for the express purpose of bribing Jamaican kingpins. Because they had to jump through this hop, traffickers where "slow as snails."
"SNAILS" is also a term that law students use to refer to other students who study in the law library during exam season. It means "Students not actually in law school." So basically Hachikuji is a drug trafficking college student searching for a quiet place to study.
If hachikuji is a snail then why is her backpack a face of a bird?
Bakemontogatari is wasted on people like you. It's the literary pinnacle of anime and you need to actually understand the world around you to understand the depth of this show. Read a few books on the social history of the west from the late 80s to the death of DFW and you might be able to begin to understand the profound truths the show exposes. If you think you can't do that, go back to your pulpy 2deep "serial experiment lain" Neuromanceresque pulp genre fiction crap.
reminds me of this
She may carry her sleepover stuff, but what is in Ononoki's hat?
Dude, while Bakemonogatari is a great show, and I also love reading serious literature, you sound like a huge dick.
David Foster-Wallace is good, if that style of writing is your thing. Personally I prefer the less verbose and description-heavy "gut writer" style of prose, but I certainly appreciate DFW.
However, this is /a/. You really sound like a pretentious douche coming on here spouting shit like that to try to belittle someone else. While I do in fact appreciate your ideas and connections, (coincidentally I'm a law student,) your approach and your butthurt, condescending tone leave much to be desired.
This is not /lit/.
Fuck yeah. Bukowski rules. Superior taste in literature on MY /a/?
I like /lit/ sometimes, but there are an awful lot of tryhards on there who read stuff like DFW and the Russians and heavy Joyce stuff just so they can condescend to others. Most of the time they don't even understand it, (some of them anyway. I've had some great anonymous conversations with some really intelligent and unpretentious people there as well.)
it's clear she was firmly rejected in SS(and probably the first and only time) if you saw how she bawled in that scene
You can't eat literary enlightenment. Unless there have been recent developments in human photosynthesis that I'm as yet unaware of.
Are we Sidonia nao?
Also Snake and Snail best girls. Anyone who disagrees is a gigantic faggot.
This is how you debate serious opinions on /a/