And so the monotony is over. Everything is revealed about what the tiger is and how it’s defeated. And it also wraps up the internal conflict Hanekawa has suffered through time and time again.
So we finally get the details on what that letter to Black Hanekawa was about, along with what caused the envy that gave birth to the Kako Tiger. It all started when one day she noticed both of her parents were actually trying to get along as a family, while consistently treating their daughter like garbage. So much like how Black Hanekawa represents her stress, the tiger represents all of her envy toward a broken family that tries to reform without her.
But more importantly, this brings up a basic explanation that explains the exact reason why such oddities happen to Hanekawa. Everyone she’s around often describes her as the ideal woman. She doesn’t dislike anything, responds in a courteous manner, and is in a sense “pure white”. That’s because she casts out anything that may make people hate her as separate entities, which in her case tend to become violent oddities. It’s a strange metaphor, but it still strikes a cord with how people think of public impressions.
What happens after is a face-off involving Black Hanekawa preventing Kako Tiger from burning down Senjougahara’s apartment. Of course, a cat can’t defeat a tiger and ends up being thrown to the railroads severely burned. But just when she’s about to be defeated, SURPRISE! IT’S ARARAGI!
After such a long absence, he appears out of nowhere and stabs the tiger with Shinobu’s golden sword. This is the first time Araragi actually won a fight without him being beaten senselessly by his opponent, and it’s great to have him back. Now that it’s defeated, Hanekawa still faces the fact that unless she accepts this dark side as part of herself, the oddities will continue to appear.
But what ultimately makes her accept both oddities is when Araragi states that he will still care dearly for her, even if she stops being the ideal woman. After a rejected confession, she finally accepts all her emotions with a loud cry. Now she has striped hair that resembles the tiger, but I have to say it looks quite nice. And as for this arc? It was great! Yes it slowed down in the middle, but it had one hell of a finish. Monogatari S2 is off to a good start.