Monday, 20 October 2014

Kanbaru Time! (Hanamonogatari review)

Opening Songs
OP 1 - Hanaato -Shirushi- (Marina Kawano)

Ending Songs
ED 1 - The Last Day Of My Adolscene (Miyuki Sawashiro)

Genre: Action, Drama, Supernatural

Episodes: 1

So its that time of the year again for another "Monogatari" story to be released. "Monogatari" has become so ridiculously popular that it needs to be released yearly now, yes, no doubt about that. Of course, I won't complain, because I too love the "Monogatari" series (how unfortunate that the light novels are coming to an end). "Hanamonogatari" is an entire arc all about Kanbaru, and like most arcs before it, I'll say this: "Hanamonogatari" is one of the best arcs yet, showing us an unforeseen side to a character that we honestly don't see too much of, as well as a captivating little side story about a new, likable character and her interaction with Kanbaru (which I must say, is one of the most well written combination of scripted events in an anime). There is no doubt about it, as long as you're a fan of the series, you're in for another good ride, probably the best one there is out there, in my opinion.

Meh, at least one of them is happy.

In typical "Monogatari" fashion, we have a new opening song for Kanbaru's new arc. "Hanaato -Shirushi" by Marina Kawano is the opening song, and sure as hell, its energetic to no end, as expected as a song used for Kanbaru's arc. The ending theme however, is the one that I enjoy more here. Its "The Last Day Of My Adolescene" by Miyuki Sawashiro, the seiyuu of Kanbaru. Its just so full of....adolescene, and the ending animations showing Kanbaru's past with Numachi really hits the spot.

Rating: 8.5/10

To me, this was the most well done "Monogatari" arc so far, hands down. More so than any other previous girl, Kanbaru was so well fleshed out in her arc, and she really felt like a true protagonist during our time spent with her (the only other arcs that managed to do so without feeling too out of place were Kaiki's arc and Hanekawa's arc during "Nekomonogatari"). She really grew during this short span of time, and I felt that she had a lot more "focus" than many of the other characters when they had their time as protagonists. Also, SHE SOLVED HER PROBLEMS BY HERSELF, unlike when Hanekawa was saved by Aragagi during the conclusion of "Nekomonogatari". It really made Kanbaru look like one hell of a badass, and her interactions with the new character, Roka Numachi, were just too interesting to let up. It was just an amazing experience overall.

So can we confirm that Kanbaru is bisexual?

Of course, since this is her story, you all know that "Hanamonogatari" is going to be starring Kanbaru as the main character. Its the new year, and you know what that means. Koyomi and Hitagi have already graduated, along with Hanekawa. Kanbaru is now a senior, but even though her beloved senpai have all gone on with their lives, she diligently continues on as a high school student in her final year. However, this was not going to simply be just another year, as Kanbaru hears about rumors of a devil lord that grants the wishes of others through Ougi, a junior who seems to know a little too much. Fearing that her old arm might be acting up again, she thinks that she might actually be this devil lord. She decides to investigate through Karen, Aragagi's sister, whom she has been keeping contact with, and she eventually runs into the devil lord, a girl by the name of Roka Kumachi....who is also Kanbaru's old basketball rival. Things are going to get sticky for Kanbaru...

"Hanamonogatari" probably goes in depth into Kanbaru's character more than any arc tries to do so for their representing characters. There's a wealth of entertainment in "Hanamonogatari" for a "Monogatari" fan, be it reprising characters, the interesting dialogue, and the magnificent character progression. With this one being so badass, I can only hope that future arcs improve, so that we can all be impressed even further.