Review of Nekomonogatari White

Reevothemusefan

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The awaited <em>Monogatari</em> Season 2 is now upon us and to start us off is the continuation of Tsubasa Hanekawa story in <em>Nekomonogatari White.</em> This arc yet again shows what the series does best and is well worth your time.<br>\r\n\r\nIt is the end of the summer holiday and a new school term is about to start. Tsubasa gets ready to walk to school but a large White Tiger suddenly appears in front of her for a moment&nbsp;then disappears. Worried about what just happened, she looks for Araragi but finds that he isn't around, so she discusses it with Hitagi Senjougahara.&nbsp;However, not long&nbsp;after they start talking, her house&nbsp;catches fire.<br>\r\n\r\nHanekawa doesn't wish to cause her foster parents trouble so she decides to say that she is living at a friend's house. However she ends up in the old school building where Meme used to live, but Senjougahara fully disagrees with that and invites her to stay with her for a few days. During this time, though, her other personality begins to awaken once again.<br>\r\n\r\nOne of the most new&nbsp;and refreshing things about this arc is that Araragi isn't the main character; instead we look at everything&nbsp;from Tsubasa's perspective, even down to the narration which leads to some new character interaction. This is shown with the many conversations with Hitagi&nbsp;which all feel natural.<br>\r\n\r\nWhile I really like the witty and funny dialogue in <em>Nekomonogatari White</em>, it's also used once again to figure out Hanekawa's weaknesses and how she will grow as a character, with her troubles explored in <em>Nekomonogatari Black</em>, it's really satisfying to see her develop throughout all this arc.<br>\r\n\r\nAs mentioned, Hitagi Senjougahara is present in most of this arc and we see another side to her. While showing a<em> tsundere</em> attitude to Araragi most of the time, she is a lot more childish and fun when with Hanekawa and&nbsp;she is another reason why I really&nbsp;enjoyed these episodes.<br>\r\n\r\nHanekawa's character development is what makes this box-set&nbsp;for me; it's well-paced and full of memorable moments in my view. Some may question what happens in the final episode but I liked the resolution. It's worth noting once more that the arc is only five episodes long.<br>\r\n\r\nSHAFT seem to&nbsp;improve their animation in every new <em>Monogatari</em> series and&nbsp;<em>Nekomonogatari White</em> is another example of this. I really liked the use of background colour in the Tiger scenes; at times&nbsp;it was visually striking.<br>\r\n\r\nExtras include an <em>omake </em>on Tsubasa Hanekawa's story which includes scenes from <em>Bakemonogatari</em>&nbsp;and <em>Nekomonogatari Black</em>, pretty good if you want to catch up on what's happened to her throughout <em>Monogatar</em>i. Other extras include TV spots, Trailers and Textless Openings&nbsp;and Endings.<br>\r\n\r\nIn Summary<br>\r\n\r\nI can't really find many faults in&nbsp;<em>Nekomonogatari White;</em> it makes a fantastic start to the&nbsp;<em>Monogatari </em>Season 2 releases and is recommended.<br>\r\n
<b>Final score: 9 out of 10</b>

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