I wasn’t originally going to watch this show because I skipped Hanamonogatari (I don’t really like Kanbaru as a character), but I figured that these shows don’t really need to be watched in order, so there’s no harm jumping in here. I was mostly lured by the math themes in the first half of the series. Given that the second half was mostly intended to fill in some gaps in time from Monogatari S2, I don’t think it should be too surprising that I heavily favored the first half. The mysteries were just so much more interesting because we, as the audience, were forced to question the key assumption in a series, that we can trust the protagonist. Granted, I’ve always thought the Monty Hall problem is overplayed in media, but this was a decent rendition. The locked room episode was a very cool take on a very common mystery scenario, though. It was fun to watch.
There’s also the theme of competition between Tsubasa and Ougi throughout the first half. I personally was continually questioning what about Ougi was so threatening in Tsubasa’s eyes and it was strange to see her so desperately wanting to reduce Ougi’s influence on Koyomi.
On the other hand, the second half, while highly gif-able, didn’t seem to be at quite the same level as a story. Don’t get me wrong, there were some pretty solid moments in the arc, like Hitagi’s phone conversation with Koyomi and Kanbaru’s argument with Shinobu, but overall, I wasn’t too caught by the main themes. All in all, the series was probably one of the better ones in this season despite the fact that I didn’t make any posts on it, so I’m rectifying that now. I get that this was supposed to be the final one, but was there ever supposed to be any confirmation about who Ougi is? I’ve already seen some spoilers from the light novel about Ougi’s true identity, but I’d be interested to see how that plays out in the story.