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Happy Birthday, Senjougahara Hitagi-San! (July 7th)Happy Birthday, Senjougahara Hitagi-San! (July 7th)Diary

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Happy Birthday, Senjougahara Hitagi!

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Hello all. Today is one of my favorite character's birthdays, and I figured, "why not write a small article about it?" It's a bit of a character analysis at times, but I intend for it to commemorate Hitagi-San, the Crab! (AKA welcome to my weeb serenade to a fictional girl! Huzzah...)

Hitagi Senjougahara is an important, nostalgic, and favorite character of mine, from the Monogatari (lit. "Story") series, which has multiple installments in MAL's Top Anime list, including Owarimonogatari Season Two at #16. Hitagi herself is ranked as #24 in terms of character popularity, the fourth most popular girl on the site. Monogatari is a masterwork of a character-driven tale.

Needless to say, Gahara is a beloved sensation. One whose birthday, fictional as it is, deserves to be celebrated!

What's so great about Hitagi?


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Hitagi is a stoic, serious woman, but has creepiness, deadly calmness, charisma around those she cares for, a more relaxed, tranquil kind of smugness, and sweet playfulness. That's just to name a few moe features of her, that humanize her more than they make her appealing even, or rather, make her so appealing on their own merits, and humanize her when together. A very multi-faceted character, in terms of personality, development, mentality, and frankly, so much more. A subversive, trope-conquering waifu with knowledge of otaku culture.

Mentioned in the light novels, which I didn't realize before, Hitagi is a frequent reader, who will read anything from comics to massive novels, which wasn't carried over to the anime. Highly intelligent, witty, and a wisecracker, she has great grades with little to no studying, and seems to be good with kanji and their radicals. Humorous in a mellow and subtle way, or a brash and jarring one, her quality quips fueled by intellect and the Japanese language give character and resilience to her usual silence.

Without batting an eye, with no fear or reservations, she is straightforward and blunt. The directness of her ensures that she's genuine at any given moment. Threatening your life? Giving you cute nicknames? That's all her, baby! She's a grounded-in-reality free spirit, one who does not have whimsy and high energy, with her instead following her heart, despite if it is socially unacceptable. You can root for such a confident girl.

Few characters care so deeply as Hitagi does. Hardly any are all tsundere, yandere, and kuudere in the fashion that a real person would be. Barely any have the resolve to look at things as black and white, should the world call for it. Whereas some people would have sympathy, Hitagi hates kids and cute brats. A bit crabby and grumpy, but a relatable trait. Willing to use violence to protect her secret and herself, she has resolve and self-preservation, depicted in a neutral light, VS the usual bad one that would be used in a series other than Monogatari. Hitagi is nuanced and has realism, be it in the big picture or fine details of herself.

When watching or reading the series, a smile doesn't have to be happiness, friendliness, or anything positive with Hitagi. Rather, before it has any positive label, it is just Hitagi, who can escape having to be anything. Be it that she is cute, beautiful, emotional on the inside, making the smile characteristic, or emotionless, making it uncharacteristic, the heroine is more herself when freely smiling for the smile itself and not the motive. Writing gives every character and scene motive, however, but my point is how natural and mysterious Senjougahara is.

Down-to-earth and merciless, the polar opposite of her cheerfulness (to Koyomi) and compassion (towards Kanbaru and Hanekawa), both are in Hitagi's heart of hearts.

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It's touching to me to see her development, not only because she is a likable/attractive "best girl," but because she is a well-written character in an equally well-written series. Forget well-written, it goes beyond that, which is truly what makes Hitagi enthralling. The fabric of Hitagi-san is strength, versatility in who she is, determination, and fascination, in my eyes. 戦場ヶ原蕩れ!

If the fact that her confession is in well-pronounced English, part of a grander scheme of wordplay spanning three episodes, and ends in her beginning a relationship with MC Araragi by Episode 5 in a harem-ish series isn't enough to impress one, than I'm not sure what is.

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Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari.

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Badass! Hitagi hands down consequences, taking control and reciprocating violence to put Oikura in her place, wearing a blank expression. Cool-headed and hot-headed at once.


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She can find the strength to cry in front of her con artist, knowing it not to be weakness. Her gratitude and hate for Kaiki are equal, and shown on her sleeve.

Warning: NSFW
View spoilerHide spoilerThe little detailing of the crabs on her underwear; so cute.
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Bonus Points:
1. Is depicted with hair of varying purple shades, a bright pastel blue, and black-brown in color scheme changes. Short and long hair.
2. Used to have talent as an excellent runner.
3. Animated by Studio Shaft and illustrated by VOFAN.
4. Black thigh-highs, wears a tie instead of a ribbon with her uniform.
5. Uses stationary for weapons.
6. Knows constellations.
7. JoJo Poses.
8. "My voice actress is excellent." www.youtube.com...
9. "Yay!" www.youtube.com...
10. Met her love by slipping on a banana peel.
11. Her last name is a battlefield of the Gods.
12. Won't put on a towel in her own home so as not to feel poor, while in deep debt and with a house that's falling apart. (But tastefully decorated!)
13. "Did you know every time you sigh, a little bit of happiness escapes?"
14. Has devoted herself so well to her relationship with Koyomi that it has become good enough to drop "aishiteru," thanks to her efforts and his.
15. Amazing vocals for opening themes.


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I relate a lot to Hitagi, and her character has helped me get through this life. She means a lot to me as a character. I will never fully accept myself, but she let me accept that I may be introverted, I may be too outspoken and cynical, but that is, in general, OK. thank you, Nisioisin (her author) and Hitagi!

All in all, Hitagi is timeless, and happy birthday to such a great character! I really wish I had a figure or merchandise of her, but I still wanted to make an article for one of my all-time favorite characters.

(By the way, making jokes about stapling peoples' mouths shut does not work in real life. Believe me, I tried. Dark anime humor is not for the general populace, lmao.)

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I started reading the light novel (in Japanese), I would say your description of her is very accurate.
I like her style of conversation witty and very interesting.
Great article you have there and

戦場ヶ原さん お誕生日おめでとうございます。
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DogStar26 dagar sedan#80126750I am a big fan of the monogatari series so I was a little surprised to see a detailed post on Senjougahara.
During past visits to jp I was able to visit and photograph all the real locations featured in the Hitagi story arc OP.

That's very cool, visiting those locations. I now hope to do that one day, haha. Thanks for the comment.
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LittlePisces26 dagar sedan#80125990"My voice actress is excellent."
Huh, Saitō voices your best girl and she voices my best girl. She is excellent!
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Happy birthday Hitagi! ♡

Homura is definitely the best girl of Madoka Magica; such a fascinating and tragic character, on top of her silent, mysterious and determined personality. Thanks for the comment!
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galablue26 dagar sedan#80125956Great post for your best girl. My favorite girl in the show is Nadeko, I related to her a lot. I love Senjou, but what I love even more is her friendship with Hanekawa ;~)
Nadeko is a unique character, and I really like her on that merit. I'm not a fan of her as a person before Nadeko Medusa, but afterwards, with her changing and accepting herself, I greatly enjoy her. Thanks for the comment!
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cute26 dagar sedan#80125487happy birthday hitagi!! ♡ i'm not a fan of monogatari but i really enjoyed her character and i love reading posts like this :) seeing people's passion for their fave characters makes me feel all warm and fuzzy lmao i'd love to do something like this for rena ryuuguu's upcoming bday!
I too like seeing peoples' passion for characters, so you should make an article for that character's birthday. :)
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BlazeDazzleDusk26 dagar sedan#80125265Happy birthday to Senjougahara! Great article and your descriptions of her and the specific gifs you've chose show how much you know about her as a character and the passion that you have for her.
Thank you.
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I am a big fan of the monogatari series so I was a little surprised to see a detailed post on Senjougahara.

During past visits to jp I was able to visit and photograph all the real locations featured in the Hitagi story arc OP.
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"My voice actress is excellent."

Huh, Saitō voices your best girl and she voices my best girl. She is excellent!
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Happy birthday Hitagi! ♡
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Great post for your best girl. My favorite girl in the show is Nadeko, I related to her a lot. I love Senjou, but what I love even more is her friendship with Hanekawa ;~)
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Came for Monogatari :)
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