Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 5 – Just beautiful

Hanekawa Tsubasa monogatari

Best episode this season so far.
Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 5 Review
Nekomonogatari: Shiro Episode 5 Review
“Tsubasa Tiger, Part Five”
“Tsubasa Taigā Sono Go”
(つばさタイガー 其ノ伍)

While this season is not as strong as I thought it would be, this episode of the Monogatari Series undoubtedly the best episode of the season so far. A few episodes prior to this may have questionable profundity that stepped over the line to pretentiousness, but this episode clearly does not. It combines the various hints we’ve received throughout this arc and knits them all together to create profound character growth. And that’s not even taking into account Araragi’s magnificent appearance.

Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 5 Impressions

First time.

Reaching out to not Araragi or any other individual, she reaches within herself to Sawari Neko. As we progress throughout the episode, the apparitions that are manifested are as a result of Hanekawa’s own internal struggles. Starting with her original conflict within her family, we are given the information that made all of this happen. A supposedly simple meal between family members is turned on its head with the complicated situation surrounding Hanekawa’s family. After all, being treated in such a way in the family and having to struggle by herself with her parents almost as strangers, it feels unfair to her that her father and mother are so close when she is so far. “Hasn’t she suffered already? Why won’t they suffer? How dare they return to being a family after all of this?!” That’s probably what she’s thinking, and that’s all that was needed for “Kako” to materialize. It is her envy, but above all else it is herself.

But now Hanekawa understands; she realizes now that this will not change if she will not carry the burden as well. She has to not avert her eyes to the side and ignore the situation, but she should look forward and deal with it firsthand. The most important fact is her acceptance of Sawari Neko and Kako back to being with her. Before, these apparitions were entities that were abnormal, and most of all, inhuman. However, the gap, at least between Hanekawa and Sawari Neko, has been growing less and less distant since episode 1. Also, Sawari Neko can be seen to be a strange apparition, as mentioned several times before, for helping her “master” and for even calling her “master” in the first place.

Black Hanekawa meow


Tsubasa Tiger

Nekomonogatari Shiro



Perhaps, it’s even possible to say that what Sawari Neko is saying about her being just “a pet cat” and not part of the family is Hanekawa’s true feelings about her own family. But the apparition at hand separated from its “sisters” is the tiger. A manifestation of envy, and of other negative emotions, it’s wild as it is out of Hanekawa’s direct influence and most importantly, it’s part of Hanekawa. Why is it not only envy? Certainly, it’s not uncommon for one to possess more than one negative emotion when one appears. Accompanied with envy there may be hatred, disgust, and so on. Much like how Sawari Neko got rid of Hanekawa’s stress by taking over her body, Kako separates- Or, maybe it’s more appropriate to say Hanekawas separates Kako so she is cleansed of her own negative emotions.

Black Hanekawa


Ah, so now we see exactly what is meant by the words “white lies of ignorance.” White, symbolizing a color untainted by anything is what Hanekawa is and is seen by Araragi among other people. Without faults, without all the negativity, the stress, the envy, the anger, the hatred, and the wide array of emotions that a normal person possesses. Yes, she remains pure by cutting herself off from these negative elements to remain pure… to remain pure for Araragi, the person she loves most. But Hanekawa realizes that this won’t work anymore. She can’t stay like an angel anymore separated from the rest of humanity. She wants to live her life as a human being and to do that, she will first of all accept all the faults she has casted away. Only then, will she be more whole and represent a picture that is not full of ignorance, but a picture that is herself, a picture that is Hanekawa.

Sawari Neko


Hanekawa Tsubasa



Araragi Koyomi


It’s been too long.

Araragi Kokoro watari

Damn. Araragi badassery.

FA-BU-LOUS. What could be more amazing than appearing with ripped up clothes and a demon sword entering from above the clouds to finish a wild beast? Just at his appearance, Hanekawa’s heart melts and that’s all the confirmation we need for her love for him. The words are just meant to portray that meaning to him, but we already know. Araragi’s appearance and his short replies only reminds me of how understanding he is. A question of “It’s all me” that would evoke a sea of questions to all of us had we not watched the episode from her perspective is taken in a few seconds by Araragi’s calm “I see.” No other words need to be said.

Hanekawa Tsubasa head rub



Damn… with marriage in mind. What a boss.

SENJOUGAHARAAA… Though, with this episode Hanekawa has caught up considerably in my books.

Monogatari series hanekawa tsubasa crying

Cry, cry and grow as a human being.

Araragi Koyomi and Tsubasa


She should have kept it.




What could be one of the most beautiful and adorable moments of this anime, and by this anime I mean to include the prequels, is swiftly replaced by a very bold confession as if spurred on by the passionate head-rubbing. It’s time for the canvas to be painted with all kinds of different colors that will make Hanekawa who she is. The first mark drawn on the blank canvas by an inexperienced artist may be not what she wanted, but with time, patience, and effort, even such a stroke can be used to create something brilliant. The rest of the strokes can complement the first and with time, something that seemed to be filled with sadness and agony can become one filled with life and joy. The most important thing is that the artist took the brush and drew the first stroke for otherwise, there would be nothing. Even if it’s no masterpiece, it’s the artist’s feelings, emotions, and soul which represent a human pursuit that could be equally beautiful to some. The canvas will remain the canvas whether it be the past, present or future only that there will be shades of different colors that the artist herself paints.

Monogatari Series: Second Season Episode 5 Review

If you couldn’t tell from my departure in my normal way of writing to perhaps a more creative one, I do love this episode. What tells me that an episode is truly profound or not is when I can explore freely the various themes and not be stuck only on what’s happened in the anime itself. The growth of Hanekawa as a character is already astounding enough, but it goes even further than that. One of the other ideas it reminded me of at least is for us to understand our sadness, anger, happiness, and embrace them all the same while stretching out arms out and painting our own image on our individual canvases. To take action and not be timid. To try or to regret forever. At least, that’s what I got from how it’s portrayed. Of course, I got a bit emotional from Hanekawa finally being able to say the words she’s always been meaning to say and her accepting what sorrow came her way to change herself. But I have to say that just the way she changes and steps into a new world with all the hints from previous episodes is superb. What an extremely well executed episode. Man, if all the end of the arcs are going to be like this, it looks like this anime may be at least a nominee for Anime of the Year.

Monogatari Series Wallpaper Araragi Koyomi



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  • Disky-Chan

    …uuuuuugyu.. I really need to watch the beggining to fully understand this. That’s it I’m starting at Bakemonogatari to fully understand everything.

    • Entrav

      WHAT. You read my review and you didn’t watch Bakemonogatari even?! Man, you shouldn’t spoil yourself with a show like this. And what are you doing having not watched Bakemonogatari anyways?! Go watch it now >:(

      • Disky-Chan

        Well that’s not completely true, I know the basic premise of Monogatari series. I have watched the first few episode, but honestly I got tired because I needed the prequel to all of this to explain why Aragagi exactly has his powers. So I know of the series and I kinda know what happens, I just wasn’t able to see the rest of the anime because I could not find it. But is the Monogatari series good, because I’ve talked to a few people regarding that show and they… just look uncomfortable.

        All in all what I REALLY want to see is the Vampire Lady’s story because she’s so fucking interesting.

        • Entrav

          Yeah, I have to agree with you there. Acerola Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is amazing. You should still watch it before you read my reviews though, I don’t want anyone spoiled because of it >.> If you can legally stream it, by all means, otherwise, you can *COUGH*torrent it on BakaBT or something*COUGH*.

          Kizumonogatari, which is the prequel to all of this should be out later this year. Not absolutely sure though as it’s tentative.

  • Jacob

    Hey what’s the best way to watch this whole series? I watches bakemonogatari but I just got stalled at nisemonogatari and dropped it. How should I watch this series now considering nekemonogatari and monogatiri season two are out and I never finished nisemonogatri?

    • The Atomic Dwarf

      Finish watching nisemonogatari. Though neko is basically a prequel you need to watch both nise and neko to understand the initial status quo of the characters in the 2nd season. And most of all you need to see that toothbrush scene in nise!

      • Entrav

        Yep, totally agree. Well, be careful of the toothbrush scene would be my advice though.

  • The Atomic Dwarf

    Never expected him to have such a badass entrance! Where’s the goofy Araragi we used to know and love?

    U’re right about this episode being one of the best written and executed in the series so far. And the changes Hanekawa goes through. Looks like this season will be a coming-of-age story for all our favorite characters. One would never expect Hanekawa to act like she did in the end finally realeasing all those pent-up feelings and accepting the sorrow and change that comes with them.

    • Entrav

      Yeah, if this is episode indicates anything its that every arc is going to be damn awesome especially when it ends. Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Sammy Lee

    I heard this show was quite confusing and slow to start, knowing that i have been hesitant when it comes to actually watching it. So, do you think I should, is it well worth it? I didn’t read this review, or any previous one. But I just saw your twwet saying this is a great episode, so I was interested. Thanks for reading.

    • Entrav

      Yes, it’s worth it. You should watch this show for it sets some sort of standard that you may refer to in your own reviews. At the very least you should watch it just because it’s pretty great and unique compared to the other anime out there. It’s run on dialogue and an interesting way of portrayal not to mention it can get deep at times.

      • Sammy Lee

        I heard there was a series before this, am I suppose to watch that first,does it matter? Is this completley diffrent? oh and here! :)

        • Entrav

          Watch Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari: Kuro, and Monogatari Series: Season 2. That’s the order they aired it at and I think it’s fine to watch it in that order even though Nekomonogatari:Kuro is before Bakemonogatari.

          Nice production values again. I don’t watch Shippuden, but it’s definitely an improvement from your SnK one and a bit more like the Free one even though I think the Free one is still the most funny. Looking forward to seeing more!

  • omgITSorange

    DAMN. DAT BADASS ENTRY! I love this show.

    • Entrav

      Can’t get enough ARARARARARAGI.

  • Slap-a-mole

    Romance in Anime has always been kind of the highest level of story effect in terms of plot routes. Monogatari comes out as the most over the top reaction to romance and I think a clear example of this is Hanekawa’s creation, and how it affected everything around her directly. This is a great advance and honestly it comes out as the most intense character development ever. I can’t wait for the upcoming episodes. It gets better.

    • Entrav

      I understand what you’re saying, but when most people associate romance and the idea of being “over the top” it usually has a negative connotation of being melodramatic or something along those lines. Obviously, that’s not what you’re saying as you’re praising how it’s executed. To me, it’s less about being over the top and more about a more subtle approach to growth that all comes together at the end to actually change someone and create a profound impact on viewers as well as the characters in the anime.

      I heard the upcoming arcs are really good as well so I’ll be waiting for them as well!

      • Slap-a-mole

        Honestly, considering how things take place in Monogatari I’ll have to agree with you. Normally, the scenes depicted in these series would be categorized as abnormal, but given how easily the viewer gets used to the events and their usual connotations, it sometimes could be translated as figurative interpretations of what’s really happening (which in said series doesn’t happen, because everything “literally” happens.) So yeah, subtle is more of the way to go.