When we first meet Hitagi Senjougahara In Bakemonogatari she is an abrasive and untrusting teenager. Despite what it may seem like at first, these are only masks used to hide her true vulnerability.
Having lost all trust in others due to her traumatic experience with her mother and the cult with she resided Senjou completely cut herself off from others. She became defensive and aggressive towards others not letting others in to see who she truly was. Not only that but she felt at fault for her parents divorce (which wasn’t her fault). With of all of this on her shoulders the crab apparition appeared taking away her weight. This represents the change in her personality to be more domineering with a thick shell that hides her sensitive inside just like a crab. At the same time losing her weight is akin to the fact that she couldn’t handle all the emotions she was feeling. So in turn her literal weight disappears.
Making Araragi marks the point when everything starts to change. Araragi having saved her twice (from the fall and her crab apparition) cause her to fall in love with him. Maybe not entirely because of Araragi himself but because of his actions of kindness towards her which she hadn’t received from anyone else. Being saved by him helped her learn to put trust into people again. Though Araragi’s actions helped her open her eyes she doesn’t change right away. Throughout the Monogatari series we see her gradually leave her tough shell. Her kidnapping of Araragi to protect him is an act of love but also shows how she is still holding onto her aggressive side. Instead of straight up murdering Kaiki alone, she instead brings Araragi along and confronts him with a dialogue. Another leap of progression happening in Koimonogatari when she reluctantly asks Kaiki for help. Something her tough and stubborn personality wouldn’t have allowed her to do before. Not only that but once Kaiki tells her he can save Araragi she seems to be more happy and childlike at that point. Almost like an actual teenager rather than the facade she was putting on before. She comes to terms with her past, her true self and can move without the crabs shell for once.
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