Pretty much sums up this entire arc for me.
Haha, okay, let’s be more serious then. Frankly, Nekomonogatari: Kuro really surprised me quite a bit with how Hanekawa’s character got portrayed. Let’s just say my impression of her got reversed 180 degrees after this arc. In a way, I agree with Oshino’s viewpoint that Hanekawa is too “correct”, but the “void” that is Hanekawa is will only be truly shown in Nekomonogatari: White I suppose. Let’s just say, Hanekawa is the second scariest girl in the series after Ascended Nadeko.
Still, it was great to know what actually happened in those “golden-hued nine days” that was hinted in Tsubasa Cat, although I must say whatever that appeared in Bakemonogatari is totally off now lol. Ah, well SHAFT sure knows how to emulate Nisio in that regard I suppose.
Of course, I have to thank SHAFT for actually delivering on this. Initially, I was really sceptical when it was announced so abruptly, plus having only four episodes made me suspicious even more. Thankfully, they delivered and truly made last New Year’s Eve one of the best I’ve had w. Well, okay, ushering in 2013 with a boner is not exactly something to brag about, but having two Monogatari anime in a year sure is.
Looking forward further, SHAFT is promising to animate the “second” season of the Monogatari Novels, going from Nekomonogatari: White till Koimonogatari. Of course, there’s still the Kizumonogatari movie that was announced but still delayed until now. I doubt that we’ll be seeing anything in the first half of 2013, but the second half of 2013 will hopefully play host to Nekomonogatari: White at the least.