At the beginning of Tsubasa Cat in Bakemonogatari, Mayoi tells Araragi that she saw Shinobu at Mister Doughnut. Araragi doesn't seem to be all that worried though, as Shinobu can't be too far away from him.

When Black Hanekawa is about to kill Araragi, he calls Shinobu for help, where she appears from his shadow and attacks Black Hanekawa. At the end of the last episode, when Araragi is riding on the bike with Senjōgahara, he notes that Shinobu now lives in his shadow.

Between when Mayoi told Araragi where she saw Shinobu and when Shinobu attacked Black Hanekawa, Araragi didn't see Shinobu or even came across her. I am wondering: When did she start to live in his shadow? From the way things played out, she must have been living there the entire time while he was looking for her.


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Araragi did go check out Mister Doughnut store Mayoi was talking about, about five minutes into Tsubasa Cat Part 4.

Mister Donuts sign Araragi in front of the store

He didn't find her, but this seems like the most plausible time for her to sneak into his shadow without him knowing.

In case of the alternate timeline, Araragi didn't know about that Mister Doughnut, didn't go there and didn't get Shinobu into his shadow.

  • This is how you save the world. Just drop by at Mister Donuts.
    – LameLoura
    Dec 16, 2021 at 10:04

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