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Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop

Inferno Cop anime series cover art
Inferno Cop

Overview

Inferno Cop (インフェルノコップ) is a short anime series from Trigger, the studio behind hits such as Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia — if you consider that a hit. In fact, Inferno Cop was the very first anime Trigger ever made as a studio, though a good portion of their employees formerly worked at Gainax.

But, Inferno Cop isn’t really anything like what you would expect from Trigger today. Sure, a second season of it is coming relatively soon, but this isn’t the kind of series you would expect Trigger to come out with if you’re familiar with their other works.

There’s basically no animation aside from what I can only assume are royalty-free fire and explosion effects. The character models “move” by being flipped, spun, and bounced — tying back to the lack of animation. And, the dialogue is filled with obscenities.

Inferno Cop shooting criminals from the anime series Inferno Cop
Inferno Cop shooting criminals

It’s hard to really describe what happens in Inferno Cop in any detail without spoiling the series. After all, it’s only 13 episodes long and each episode is three minutes in length. But, to summarize it briefly, it’s about a rogue cop who has a vendetta against a criminal syndicate for killing his family.

But at the same time the series has absolutely nothing to do with that.

Whether this series seems like something you’d be interested in or not, I suggest giving it a try. The entire series only takes 40 minutes to watch, so that’s less than two episodes worth of another show.

The fact that Inferno Cop is so short is actually why I’m reviewing it today. I was planning to review Cop Craft episode 10, but it was delayed by a week so I needed something short to watch to take its place. 

Characters

For a series that’s so short, Inferno Cop has a decent number of recurring characters. In this section I’ll be covering Inferno Cop himself, Mecha Cop, Mr. Judge, Hellfire Boy, and Claudia. There’s also the members of Southern Cross, but surprisingly they aren’t all that important.

Inferno Cop, also known as the Badge from Hell, is your typical skeleton cop with a flaming head and a supernatural ability in his left hand. Despite being a cop, he doesn’t seem to have any real sense of justice aside from revenge — at least after the first episode.

Mecha Cop is Inferno Cop’s evil twin who was created by Southern Cross specifically to take down the Badge from Hell. He’s physically larger than Inferno Cop, has blue fire around his head rather than red, and uses a Gatling gun rather than a revolver.

Inferno Cop (in car form) and Hellfire Boy from the anime series Inferno Cop
Inferno Cop (in car form) and Hellfire Boy

Mr. Judge is one of the antagonists of the series who takes justice way too seriously — unlike Inferno Cop. However, he’s not a normal judge in the same way Inferno Cop is a “normal” cop. He’s more like a super hero who’s persona is a judge.

Hellfire Boy is Inferno Cop’s sidekick. While it’s possible that Hellfire Boy was always his true form, it seems more likely that the boy was turned into Hellfire boy by Inferno Cop. He was bathed in the flames of hell as Inferno Cop returned to the mortal realm.

Finally, we have Claudia. Claudia is a woman who’s obsessed with Inferno Cop. And unfortunately for him, she’s basically a self-aware Haruhi Suzumiya because she can change the universe to match her wants. She turns into an antagonist after being rejected by Inferno Cop.

Chronology (Spoilers Incoming)

So, as I mentioned earlier, there’s going to be a second season of Inferno Cop coming out probably in 2020. Although the season has been announced, no official release date has been, which is why I doubt we’ll be getting it this year.

However, the first season and this upcoming second season aren’t the only Inferno Cop content out there. He also makes an appearance in Space Patrol Luluco and is an acquaintance of Director-General Over Justice. And in that series it’s revealed that he’s a former member of Space Patrol.

My question then is, are the events of Space Patrol Luluco canon for Inferno Cop? And if so, where do they fit in to the Inferno Cop chronology?

Logically thinking, one would assume that Space Patrol Luluco comes after Inferno Cop. After all, it takes place in space and came out four years after. However, Inferno Cop supposedly died in his final fight against Claudia in the original series. This would have meant that Space Patrol Luluco was the prequel.

But, since a second season of Inferno Cop is coming out, does that mean he didn’t die in that final battle after all? And if that’s the case, will Inferno Cop season 2 come before or after Space Patrol Luluco chronologically?

We’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible that season 2 is going to be a prequel — or have nothing to do with season 1 — but that seems unlikely. My guess is that Inferno Cop did actually die, but takes the staircase out of hell once more.

Conclusion

I’d say Inferno Cop is a 7/10. It’s definitely on the lower end of 7, but I don’t think it was quite 6 material. It made me laugh a couple of times, and I’d say that’s enough to justify my rating of it. I do still think Space Patrol Luluco is better, and I don’t see the second season surpassing that either.

Have you seen Inferno Cop? If so, what did you think of it? And are you looking forward to the second season? Let me know in the comments.

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Mysterious Girlfriend X

Mysterious Girlfriend X

Mysterious Girlfriend X anime series cover art
Mysterious Girlfriend X

Overview

Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X / 謎の彼女X) is the most uncomfortable anime I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’ve seen things like Oreimo, Eromanga Sensei, One Room, and even Shoujo Ramune, and somehow Mysterious Girlfriend X was the worst.

At face value it seems like it’s going to be a romance anime set in school with a weird heroine, and indeed it is. However, it’s not wholesome as some (HeavyROMAN) would have me believe. The first hint that something is amiss is that the series is rated R – 17+ for violence and profanity.

Now, I don’t know exactly where the profanity comes in because I don’t remember any of that, but there was certainly violence. And I don’t mean normal anime violence, I mean there was stalking and sexual assault committed by our protagonist, Akira Tsubaki.

There’s definitely something wrong with Tsubaki on a psychological level, but all the the extremely creepy or even illegal things he does are chalked up as him being in love.

Last time I checked keeping strands of a girl’s hair in a capsule so you can sniff them isn’t normal. And repeatedly trying to grab a girl against her will and then pinning her to the floor so she can’t get away also screams assault to me, not love.

I think that’s really what made me the most uncomfortable about this series. It takes behaviors that are clearly signs that someone is dangerous or disturbed and brushes them off as something that everyone does. If you relate to Tsubaki, that’s probably not a good sign.

The other thing about this series which made me uncomfortable was actually the entire premise of the show, which is that people are connected by drool. I don’t have an issue with that as a concept, but as a practice it’s pretty disgusting.

Maybe this is just me splitting hairs, but I have no issue with kissing. I do, however, have an issue with drinking someone else’s saliva or sucking it off their fingers after they slobber all over them. This seems like a very specific fetish, and it’s just not for me. Do something normal like BDSM.

Characters

Akira Tsubaki, as I’ve already said, has some real psychological issues. He’s into drinking girls’ drool and physically assaulting them, but never seems to even consider kissing his girlfriend. It’s almost like that would be too normal or something.

He also willingly, and proudly, admits to extremely creepy acts such as the aforementioned thing about sniffing hair he keeps in capsules. Oh, and he’s very possessive of his girlfriend, to the point that he wants her to look unattractive so that other boys don’t look at her.

Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe from the anime series Mysterious Girlfriend X
Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe

Mikoto Urabe is Tsubaki’s mysterious girlfriend. She’s a weird girl who doesn’t want friends and only seems to hang out with Tsubaki long enough to give him some of her drool every day. Why does she do this? Because he’ll go into drool relapse if she doesn’t, of course.

Urabe’s drool also has special properties which physically connect her and anyone she has a “special” bond with. For example, if she cuts her hand and then has Tsubaki taste her drool, he will develop the same cut on his hand. I wonder how many people had to taste Urabe’s drool before she figured out she had these powers.

Also Urabe carries a pare of scissors in her panties strapped to her thigh.

While there are more characters, the only other one I have anything important to say about is Ayuko Oka. Oka is dating Tsubaki’s best friend, Kouhei Ueno, and also becomes Urabe’s one and only friend (besides Tsubaki I guess). And like Tsubaki, she too shares a “special” bond with Urabe via drool.

The manga of this series does continue on after where the anime ends, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Urabe and Oka get into a more romantic relationship later on. But for now the extent of their relationship is Oka feeding Urabe lunch and occasionally stealing a taste of her drool because that’s just what friends do.

Conclusion

Overall I gave Mysterious Girlfriend X a 4/10, which admittedly is lower than I expected going in. However, I do think my rating of it is justified for a number of reasons on top of the facts that I found it to be a very uncomfortable anime to watch.

Also I’d like to point out that I’m not saying that things which are meant to make you feel uncomfortable are bad. I have a whole blog post dedicated to discussing my thoughts on mature themes in anime such as sexual assault if you’re interested in reading more about that.

But the TL;DR is that it’s not what themes are present in an anime, it’s how they are presented. Goblin Slayer has much more graphic representations of sexual assault, but it’s a series about the horrors of sexual assault. By contrast, Mysterious Girlfriend X is almost normalizing it.

Regardless of the series stance on topics such as this, I still don’t think it was all that good. The plot was pretty lackluster and it essentially amounted to a slice of life series about some kids with a drool fetish. Maybe the series gets better after the anime ended, but it’s not something I would go out of my way to follow up on.

There’s also some ecchi present in the series, but you may notice that the anime isn’t actually tagged as an ecchi. The manga is, however, so I guess there are more ecchi scenes present in that, which makes sense considering creators can get away with more of that in manga than anime.

With that said, this series commits one of the grave sins of ecchi. There’s a scene in which both Urabe and Tsubaki’s middle school crush are naked and rather than doing some dynamic censoring with objects or their hands, most of their bodies are just cast in random shadow.

I don’t care about a series being censored, but at least censor it in a creative way that doesn’t simply use random shadows or beams of light.

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The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou anime cover art featuring the students of Sakura Hall
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Cover Art

Overview

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a high school romantic comedy, however, the big twist here is that the main character doesn’t sit in the back of the classroom by the window. Okay, so the real twist is that one of the main characters is basically a pet because she can’t take care of herself.

I’m all for the innocent characters who don’t understand anything like Violet from Violet Evergarden, so I really enjoyed the first cour of this series when it focused on Mashiro’s daily life in Sakura Hall. However, the second cour quickly went down hill.

The series shifted the focus away from Mashiro and onto the other residents of Sakura Hall. This alone isn’t terrible, except all they do is blame Mashiro for their own misfortunes. You might think that’s fine for a source of conflict, but it happened so repeatedly that it became predictable and boring to watch.

The second cour of the series doesn’t just include some failures of the other residents of Sakura Hall, it completely revolves around their failures. Every single episode they fail at their dreams and blame Mashiro, even to the very end.

Characters

So who is this Mashiro I spoke of? She’s the Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakura Hall) the title refers to, most likely because caring for her is like having a pet that needs 24/7 care. She can’t get dressed or do any other standard things for a high school girl on her own.

However, she does have one talent: she’s a professional artist who has had her paintings shown in international galleries. That said, she’s given up the life of a famous painter to focus on drawing her own manga. While her artwork is still exceptional, her stories have a way to go.

The protagonist of the series is Sorata, a first year (I think) high school student who was sent to live in Sakura Hall because he refused to give up the stray cats he took in (Sakura Hall is where all the problem students are sent to live). Upon Mashiro’s arrival, Sorata was given “Mashiro duty,” meaning it’s his job to care for her.

The high school the characters attend is for various kinds of art students, and as you may have guessed, Mashiro is a standard art student. Sorata, on the other hand, is trying to become a video game designer, although we don’t learn this until possibly the second cour.

Nanami is Sorata’s best friend(?) who moves into Sakura Hall because she can’t afford to live in the regular dorms anymore, not because there’s really anything wrong with her. She’s training to become a voice actress and has a crush on Sorata.

The last Sakura Hall resident in the same grade as these previous three (whether that be first or second year since I can’t remember) is Ryuunosuke. He’s a shut-in who I don’t think we actually see until the second cour of the series.

Ryuunosuke is a pro hacker who accomplishes everything he needs to from the confines of his dorm room. He also developed an AI named Maid-chan who automatically responds to messages for him.

There are two third year students in Sakura Hall, Misaki and Jin. Misaki’s dream is to make anime, and Jin is aspiring to be a writer. Although these two have feelings for each other, they both have very different ways of showing it. Misaki is hyperactive, while Jin is distant.

Misaki was the first current resident in Sakura Hall and seems to have been put there simply because she didn’t fit in anywhere else. Later on, her childhood friend, Jin, was also sent to Sakura Hall, probably due to the fact that he has multiple girlfriends who are all married women.

Mashiro Shiina in a cat kigurumi from the anime The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Mashiro Shiina

Conclusion

If the series continued on like the first cour, I probably would have rated it at a 7, but because of the direction the second cour took, I think it turned out to be a 6/10. It would have been fine to have a mini arc where there was conflict between Mashiro and the other residents, but a whole cour of it was too much.

I found that I was no longer rooting for any of the characters in the second cour in the same way I had been during the first. Mashiro’s screen time decreased, and the rest of the characters (with the possible exception of Misaki) became less and less likeable as they bullied Mashiro.

While Mashiro’s personality may be more like Violet Evergarden‘s, the way she was treated by the other characters reminded me of Nishimiya from A Silent Voice, which doesn’t make the other characters likeable in any way.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable high school romantic comedy, I’d only suggest watching the first half of this series, not because the second half contains conflict, but because the second half is extremely repetitive and predictable as I mentioned earlier.

The first OP of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is available here.

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Wolf Children

Wolf Children

Wolf Children anime movie poster and cover art
Wolf Children Poster

Overview

Wolf Children is a movie about children, who are also wolves. Who would have guessed? It’s actually the story of two werewolf children who are raised by their single mother (a human) after their father (a werewolf) dies.

While I don’t typically like to spoil anime when I review them, it’s hard to actually discuss parts that I liked, didn’t like, or didn’t understand without being fairly specific. With that in mind, yes, this review will contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, but plans to.

My first issue with this movie comes in the first act while we’re watching the relationship between Hana and the Wolf Man develop. I’m generally not a fan of anthropomorphism when it comes to things like wolves. Sure, something like Mickey Mouse is fine, but a wolf or fox man isn’t really my thing.

With that in mind, there’s a scene in Wolf Children which leads to the eventual birth of Hana and the Wolf Man’s first child Yuki. If the Wolf Man is usually in human form, and can change form as he wishes, why was he a wolf during the sex scene instead of a human?

Maybe Hana is into that sort of thing, I don’t know, but you’d think that his human form would be the go-to in that situation. It wasn’t even like they were using his wolf form to imply that he has a savage or animalistic nature when they made this scene.

I have other things to say about the Wolf Man, but I’ll hold off on that for now and save those criticisms for the characters section.

The second act of the movie was by far the best part and takes up the most time of the film. In this part, Hana and her children move out to the countryside to start their new lives with some privacy.

I like to call this section of the movie “Farming 101” because we see a lot of Hana and the kids learning how to farm. This is also the section of the movie where we see the kids just being kids. Yuki is exploring her new world in the country and Ame, being the younger sibling, is typically stays by his mother’s side.

I particularly like the scenes of Yuki collecting sticks, leaves, and dead animals (as pictured in the gif farther down the page).

The third and final act of the movie was supposed to be the climax, but it fell short. The major conflict for this act was the storm that was passing through, but it didn’t really amount to much and took up more time of the movie than it should have for its lack of substance.

During this point, all that really happens is it’s confirmed that the Yuki’s classmate knew she was a werewolf, and Ame decides to live as a wolf on the mountain. These may seem like major developments, but anyone paying attention throughout the movie knew these were going to happen anyway.

Really, all the final act did was confirm what the audience already expected to happen, but in a way that didn’t really introduce any new conflict. Sure, there was a storm, but did it actually affect any of the choices made by the characters? Not really.


Characters

The first character I want to mention is the Wolf Man since he’s only in the first part of the movie. Notice how he doesn’t have an actual name, but is simply referred to as the “Wolf Man,” that will be important in a bit.

He’s generally a loner, but has a gentle side despite how he outwardly tries to distance himself from Hana at the beginning of the movie. It’s this side of him which seems to have initially attracted Hana’s attention.

I think we’re supposed to start liking him as a character through seeing how he interacts with Hana. However, since he doesn’t actually have a name, we as the audience never really connect with him in the same way we do with Hana even though we understand him.

This brings me to the scene of the Wolf Man’s death. Now, some people I’ve talked to about this have told me that they became emotional during this scene, but it didn’t even phase me. He was a no-name character who lasted 19 and a half minutes (I checked), why would I care about him?

Aside from the fact that I didn’t care about him yet at the time of his death, his death itself didn’t make any sense to me either. Based on the scene of his death, as well as a scene of Ame drowning later on in the movie, it appears to be implied that the Wolf Man died by drowning.

However, the water his body was discovered in was just four inches deep at most. It wasn’t even deep enough for his face to be completely submerged and the people disposing of his body are easily able to walk right through the water. So how did he die?

I will say that there was one thing I liked about the scene. After removing his body from the water, the sanitation workers proceed to put him in a trash bag and throw him into the back of a garbage truck.

Maybe that’s how they deal with dead dogs in Japan, but that was pretty cold-blooded considering even though they didn’t know he was a werewolf, they still should have thought he was Hana’s dog based on her response. Yet, they still threw him out right in front of her.

While I liked Hana as a character much more than the Wolf Man, I don’t really feel like there’s too much to say about her. After the death of her husband(?) she continues to raise their two young children alone despite not knowing how to raise wolf children.

This causes multiple problems when she doesn’t know who to turn to when she needs help. An example of this is when Yuki eats some chemicals and gets sick. Hana isn’t sure if she should take her to the hospital or the vet. In the end she chooses neither because she’s afraid someone will find out her secret.

Throughout the entire movie, Hana simply wants what’s best for her children. This means she wants to keep their true nature as werewolves a secret because she’s afraid of what will happen to them if anyone finds out, but it also means she wants them to be themselves.

Hana wants her children to be able to choose whether they want to live as wolves or as humans.

Yuki and Ame are two sides of the same coin and so I feel it’s only natural for me to talk about them both simultaneously. Yuki was always the one who seemed to like exploring and meeting new people, while Ame tended to be shy and like to stick to what he knows.

While their natures don’t change throughout the story, their outlooks on life do. Originally Yuki was the one who acted like a wolf more than a human, while Ame was afraid of acting on his animal instincts and instead preferred to be more human.

However, as the children grow up, their positions switch. When Yuki enters first grade, she begins to make friends and learns that she needs to fit in if she wants to be accepted by her peers. Because of this she gives up on collecting dead animals because “girls don’t do that” and eventually chooses life as a human over that of a wolf.

Yuki with a box full of dead animals from the anime movie Wolf Children
Yuki with a box full of dead animals

Ame, on the other hand, eventually decides to live his life as a wolf instead of a human. This makes sense for his character because he never really made any friends at school and seemed to prefer nature. It appears that after seeing the caged wolf at the wildlife sanctuary, he started to think of school as a similar kind of prison.

Since Yuki is the narrator of the story, even from the start we can assume that she survives to the end, and is probably living a good life since she’s telling her tale to someone (us). However, Ame’s end is unknown for most of the story since we don’t get his perspective.

There was one scene involving Ame in particular that seemed to foreshadow future events, but they never came to pass. As a young child, Ame enjoyed reading fairly tales involving wolves, however, he was upset that the wolves were always the bad guys and died in the end.

It’s true that his father, the Wolf Man, had died, but as far as we know there was nobody who hated him and no foul play suspected in his death. This leaves the viewer to believe Ame’s concern is foreshadowing something that will happen, or might happen, to him in the future.

While I never expected him to die in the story, his continuing movement towards being a wolf rather than a human made me suspect even more that he would eventually have an unfriendly run-in with the local villagers.

I assumed Yuki or Hana would end up coming to his rescue and convincing the villagers he was harmless, while possibly revealing his secret. This would have been a fairly standard third act conflict resulting in the villagers learning that they shouldn’t judge someone by the way the look or some predictable outcome like that.

Although predictable, this is a tried and true plot device. Since it didn’t end up happening, I can’t say for sure if I would have liked it more or less than the ending we actually got, but I like to think it would have been better than the ending with no meaningful conflict.

Conclusion

Wolf Children is a 6/10 and nothing anyone says is going to change my mind. It’s a cute movie for the most part, but there’s very little meaningful conflict and the main source of “sadness” fell flat when they failed to make me care about the Wolf Man.

The ending of the movie wasn’t very ambiguous, we know that Yuki went off to live at the dorms at school, Ame lives as the guardian wolf on the mountain, and Hana lives alone in the house where she raised her kids. But even knowing all this, I didn’t ever feel like the story ended.

Without that final bit of conflict, I can’t be satisfied with the ending of the movie. It didn’t have to be the Ame vs. the villagers final conflict I was expecting, but the Ame vs. Yuki conflict about which of them chose the right path and the Hana vs. the rain conflict(?) didn’t amount to anything.

We always knew that even if Ame and Yuki didn’t agree on whether to be a wolf or a human, Hana was going to accept their choices either way so there was never any real suspense there. Hana may have died in the storm at the end, but her children already didn’t need her support anymore so, while it would have been sad, it wouldn’t have changed anything either.

Finally, keep in mind that a 6/10 is not a bad rating. I enjoyed the movie, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to watch again just like Summer Wars and Akira.

The English trailer for Wolf Children is available here.

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Nekomonogatari

Nekomonogatari

Nekomonogatari Black anime cover art featuring Tsubasa Hanekawa
Nekomonogatari Black Cover Art

Overview

Nekomonogatari is split into two parts, Black and White. Nekomonogatari Black is part of what is considered the “first season” of the Monogatari series along with Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari (and technically Kizumonogatari).

However, Nekomonogatari White is part of what is collectively called the Monogatari Series Second Season along with Kabukimonogatari, Otorimonogatari, Onimonogatari, and Koimonogatari. Hanamonogatari is also part of the second season of the Monogatari series, but is not part of the collective known as the Monogatari Series Second Season.

Since all of this can get a bit confusing, I decided to make it a bit easier by just reviewing both parts of Nekomonogatari together rather than reviewing White with the Monogatari Series Second Season. Black and White are related to each other and act as the bridge between the two seasons.

Nekomonogatari Black is the final arc of the first season and Nekomonogatari White is the first arc of the second season.


Nekomonogatari Black

Nekomonogatari Black only includes one arc, Tsubasa Family and chronologically comes just before the events of Bakemonogatari.

This arc is about Tsubasa Hanekawa who we’ve known since the beginning of the series. I think she’s actually the first character introduced to us other than the protagonist, Koyomi.

As I may have mentioned before, Hanekawa is possibly my least favorite character in the series so I don’t actually like this arc as much as most others. Also, because it chronologically comes so early in the series, Koyomi and Shinobu don’t quite get along yet.

In this arc, Hanekawa is taken over by a cursed cat apparition resulting from stress. The main source of Hanekawa’s stress is her family. At home she sleeps in the hallway, without a room of her own, and is generally excluded from being a part of a family with her adoptive parents.

Each night, the cursed cat takes over Hanekawa’s body and goes on a rampage, attacking people mostly at random in an attempt to relieve stress. In the end, Koyomi and Shinobu are able to temporarily subdue the apparition and Hanekawa is left with no memories of the events.

The OP song for Nekomonogatari Black is “Perfect Slumbers.”

"Black" Hanekawa and Tsubasa Hanekawa from the anime Nekomonogatari
“Black” Hanekawa and Tsubasa Hanekawa

Nekomonogatari White

Like Nekomonogatari Black, Nekomonogatari White also follows Hanekawa. However, while in Black, Koyomi was still the protagonist, this time Hanekawa is the protagonist which doesn’t make it any better.

Nekomonogatari White also only covers one arc, Tsubasa Tiger.

The Tsubasa Tiger arc picks up where the Tsubasa Family arc left off in that it continues the story of Hanekawa and her family. This time, Hanekawa comes across a tiger apparition instead of a cursed cat.

The tiger apparition first causes Hanekawa’s house to burn down, then starts burning down everywhere else she happened to spend the night afterwards starting with the cram school Meme Oshino once used as a hideout.

After the abandoned cram school, however, Hanekawa had spent the night at Senjougahara’s house and then the Araragi house. Because of this, Hanekawa decides she needs to confront and defeat the tiger apparition to save her friends’ houses from being destroyed.

While the cursed cat appeared because of Hanekawa’s stress from home, the tiger appears because of her jealousy of the families and homes of others. In the end, both the apparitions Hanekawa was afflicted with are similar to the weight crab which once afflicted Senjougahara.

All Hanekawa really has to do is accept her own feelings, but in the end, Koyomi comes to the rescue and once again suppresses the apparitions within Hanekawa.

The OP song for Nekomonogatari White is “Chocolate Insomnia.”

Conclusion

While I think the Monogatari series overall is a 10, if I had to rate just the Nekomonogatari parts I would give them a 9/10. Specifically Nekomonogatari Black is a 9, I think that White is worse, but we’ll stick with 9 as the rating for them both combined.

The fact that these arcs are focused on my least favorite character doesn’t help their rating, and on top of that, Nekomonogatari White is from the perspective of my least favorite character. Despite this, however, I still love the series and so can’t really give it a bad rating.

The next review will cover the Monogatari Series Second Season (excluding Nekomonogatari White since that was covered here). Hanamonogatari will also be excluded from that review and will be featured in its own afterwards.

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