A simple collection of various comments, archived here. Most of these are tangential insights into various allusions and references that I didn’t have time to expand on in various blog postings, or thoughts from other authors that I didn’t discover in time for my own postings but found very insightful afterward. Also, an excuse to post fanart.

girlcartoons makes some interesting notes on the aesthetics of the ED.

And that final shot, with a homogenous mass of decision-rooms closing in on a lone yojouhan, mirrors perfectly our protagonist’s apprehension and futile attempts to avoid making commitments or following through with his own decisions.

My take on the OP a few episodes back, which is oddly prophetic in light of episode 10.

Note also the circuit of the camera in the opening – we climb floor after repeated floor, then room after room, then pass through a series of rooms, all with an identical hanging Mochiguman – then a dive through the center Tatami board through more of the same rooms, before returning to the the identical pass.

adaywithoutme makes a comparison of Watashi’s dilemma to Sisyphus. Or more accurately, expands upon ghostlightning’s mention:

There are essentially three options for us to react to this, one of which is deemed the ‘heroic’ option – that of Sisyphus, who forced meaning into his eternal task which itself was designed to be utterly pointless.

Also by girlcartoons, a comparison of Akashi with Bakemonogatari’s Senjougahara, and the commonalities they have.

they seem to exhibit something of a “post-tsundere” archetype – they aren’t so much reluctant to admit their love to themselves as they are reluctant to be reluctant. Senjougahara expresses her feelings for Araragi in explicit, self-aware language, but with a tone so dry that it’s hard to believe she’s sincere.

Mystlord on the “raven-haired” obsession:

In any case, I believe that Watashi’s choice to consistently save Hanuki is an indication of his true obsession with the “raven haired maidens” – their purity. Whenever we’ve seen this maiden, she’s always been featureless. Her face and any skin that’s showing is just a pure white. I believe that this is a signal of Watashi’s obsession with purity. He’s obsessed with both physical and sexual purity. He never puts a personality to that woman; his obsession is mostly superficial. That’s why he repeatedly chases after Hanuki. He can’t stand thinking that her sexual purity will be broken by a “perverted dentist”.

ESSWHY on the “board game of love”

I just feel like pointing out that there are 3 hearts on the board game of love, just as the 3 possible love interests in episodes 6-8(I assume).

The clover, however, is something he is very far away from, so this probably represents Akashi (from Watashi’s perspective). He probably thinks it would just be luck (or accidental fate) if he were ever to reach Akashi.

On the character of Nemo:

Like you noted in your comments on my post, there’s a multiplicity of ways to read the character of Nemo. Previously too, it’s been pointed out that Higuchi is Watashi’s opposite in several different ways – and as such I think they end up embodying both ways that Captain Nemo is read – a bold explorer driven by a thirst for freedom, or a misanthrope who has locked himself away at the bottom of the sea.

Re: Schrodinger’s Cat, in episode 10

The Schrodinger’s Cat allusion is fitting in the context of this episode – the original thought experiment posited by Schrodinger is that if a cat is placed into a sealed box, we have no way of truly confirming the state of that cat until we actually open that box. It’s a very fitting allusion for this episode, as we have Watashi running throughout various “sealed boxes” – other identical 4.5 tatami rooms, all of them his, except in different parallel worlds – and he regrets. The Watashi of episode 10 never opened his box, and never stepped outside, for fear of finally confirming his fate. And then, as he passes through each tatami room, he realizes something – better for him to have stepped out of his 4.5 tatami room and done something – anything would have been better than the limbo he was caught in.

anime|otaku makes some remarks on the colours in episode 10:

the colors the rooms possess certainly give definite impressions that can be recognized with the individual color’s social and cultural significance, whether universal or not.

Like you noted in your comments on my post, there’s a multiplicity of ways to read the character of Nemo. Previously too, it’s been pointed out that Higuchi is Watashi’s opposite in several different ways – and as such I think they end up embodying both ways that Captain Nemo is read – a bold explorer driven by a thirst for freedom, or a misanthrope who has locked himself away at the bottom of the sea.
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