Monogatari Trivia

In the Monogatari series, Araragi’s vampire companion is named Shinobu, AKA “heart-under-blade”. Today I learned that the kanji for しのぶ (shi.no.bu) is 忍, or a heart 心 under a blade 刃. So what does 忍, mean? Well, there’s two pronunciations. にん (ni.n) means endurance. And Shinobu? It means Fern, specifically this fern. Keep that in mind the next time the dread vampire Heart-Under-Blade Shinobu shows her fangs.

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