The Darkness born from Light

4 amazing episodes packed with strong fanservice, dialogue, and character. That’s what probably Nekomonogatari: Kuro boils down to. I think this has been the only part in the series where they explain Araragi’s relationship with Hanekawa with such detail. Over the course of the entire series of Bakemonogatari, as well as Nisemonogatari, we’ve seen Hanekawa’s interactions with Koyomi. And while some may argue back then that there are hints of romance, I can’t say for sure after seeing these episodes.

Perhaps, Hanekawa did fall in-love with Koyomi, during this arc or perhaps, after. But what appeals to me is Koyomi’s say on the matter. How the entire arc gave Koyomi his answer to the question posed at the start of this series. Did he truly love her? The entire journey that spanned 4 episodes was bitter yet conclusive. It provided answers and most importantly, presented a different angle of the characters we once knew from the earlier series.

Sometimes, flashbacks in anime/media tend to depict a different personality amongst the characters from what was presented over the course of the main series but for some reason, I see the consistency of the characters of Koyomi and Hanekawa from this arc to the succeeding ones. And to be honest, I love how everything connects without much discrepancy with how we came to love them from the Bakemono/Nisemono series up to discovering these sides of them in Nekomono.

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  1. x
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 04:30:28

    There’s very little doubt in my mind that Koyomi is equally attracted to the girls he has encountered :p.

    However, each of the girls end up being pigeon-holed into some kind of role that he feels comfortable with. Hitagi the girlfriend, Mayoi the best friend, Suruga the favourite kouhai, Nadeko the sister’s friend, Tsubasa the perfect iinchou, Karen the “big” imouto, Tsukihi the “small” imouto, and Shinobu the former enemy. All of these are just roles he uses to maintain some sense of “normality” in his life.

    As for romance, Koyomi feels like a slow to mature high school boy :p. He treats the girls like his “nakama” or his playmates, more than like girls he is attracted to, though he is undeniably attracted to each and every one of them. Of course through the course of the story, his relationship with each of the girls changes. Whether there’s deeper romance or not with any particular girl, tend to depend more on the girl than Koyomi ^^;. Tsubasa is definitely in love with Koyomi, but as with almost everything else in her life, she holds herself back.

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  2. baka~
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 01:39:02

    Now that you put it that way, that sounds insanely legit. Every girl that decided to tag along Koyomi indeed has a role to fulfill… To think that he’s actually living a normal life despite an abnormal setup… freaks me out X_X

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