First Impressions: Monogatari Second Season

Monogatari Second Season First Impressions

Alternate titles: Nekomonogatari White, Jel goes HHHNNNGGG
Light Novel Adaptation by Shaft
Simulcast on Daisuki

Premise: Hanekawa encounters a massive, supernatural tiger on her way to school and later on sees her house burning down. With Araragi away, she teams up with Senjougahara to find out what happened, and thus a new batch of Monogatari stories begins.

Your new heroine

Jel’s Verdict: Ladies’ Night

After about 30 episodes of Monogatari you should have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting yourself into here. This episode is yet another helping of NisioIsin’s elaborate, weirdly insightful dialogue framed by Akiyuki Shinbo’s artistically lascivious directing. What’s really different here though is Nekomonogatari White (I guess they are going to keep changing the title?) is told entirely through Hanekawa’s perspective, giving us an interesting change of pace as we jump back into the series. I was really loving the interaction between her and Senjougahara as we’ve never really seen the girls together without Araragi around. I can’t wait to see how they solve the Tiger incident despite their weird, tense relationship, and hopefully the rest of this arc will pan out like some kind of awesome supernatural buddy cop show. Needless to say, Monogatari is back and if you’re a fan of the series it’s time to jump back in.

One of these pictures does not belong

Lifesong’s Verdict: Interesting Perspective

It’s neat seeing how Hitagi interacts with and deals with Hanekawa. The two are a dangerous combo. It’s interesting to see how much Hitagi is both more emotionally mature and the more logical of the two girls. Hanekawa just isn’t… right. Seeing this all from her perspective is interesting. I wonder how they will deal with the tiger and what exactly it represents.

Kneel before your queen

Marlin’s Verdict: Well Rounded Cast

Sorry, someone had to do one of those jokes. It’s good to see Monogatari back in form, wordiness and skeeviness well intact. While I’ll miss Araragi’s brand of bullet-talk, having some time to connect with our heroines is always a good thing. Hanekawa is on the low end of my personal favorites, but thankfully Hitagi is also in the mix to act as her foil. It seems like the focus this episode is in how people treat white lies, as that was a focus of the Tiger’s few words as he talked to her. With the obvious aside glance as she talked about her housefire, I’d be incredibly surprised to find out she isn’t the culprit herself.

One thought on “First Impressions: Monogatari Second Season

  1. What I loved about this episode was the short and effective montage of Hanekawa’s life in her house. The desperation of living in such a loveless environment, though the cause of her stress in Nekomonogatari Kuro, was never conveyed as disturbingly as this opening salvo.

    I don’t think I could have lasted a day, let along an entire childhood in such a place.

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