3 comments on “Nekomonogatari: Kuro, and fighting back against a grim reality

  1. What you need to bear in mind is that there are good, productive ways to fight fate and bad counterproductive ways to fight fate. I recently read a few chapters in a manga in which the main characters fate was to die at 20. He refused to accept it and since he happened to have a book that predicted the deaths of other people he decided to save them to prove the book wrong and thus give him the courage to fight his own fate. That is a productive way of fighting fate. Even if you fail you have still achieved great things and lifted your spirits.

    Hanekawa decided to fight her fate by becoming a monster and attacking people indiscriminately. I don’t see how this helps fight her fate. She nearly killed the boy she claims to love and I don’t see how seriously injuring or even killing her foster parents would have made them love her or made her situation better. Basically, when faced with a difficult situation Hanekawa threw one hell of a tantrum and ran and tried to make people think that someone else was responsible for the mess she was making. Were it not for Araragi who knows how bad she would have ruined not only her life but the lives of everyone around her.

    I still love her but, ironically despite what everyone thinks, she most certainly is not perfect and when it comes to her own problems not that smart.

    • Yes, yes, the way in which Hanekawa fought back against that which was making her miserable probably wasn’t the best way she could have gone about it, but we can’t look down on her for that. When suffering from prolonged stress, our cognitive reasoning is markedly inhibited, and you must remember that Hanekawa had been under a considerable amount of stress for years, so I don’t at all blame her for making a poor decision in that regard, and what she did certainly doesn’t stop me from admiring her spirit! She could have just as easily have given up and resigned herself to a life of neglect and/or abuse, and there’s nothing at all admirable about that!

  2. A story about someone trying to save their friend from their own crisis and despair. nekomonogatari screwed that entire concept up with just one thing: oversexualizing the victim in despair, hanekawa. Nekomonogatari desperately tries to tackle the theme of despair, but makes it hard to take it seriously when it unnecessary sexualizes the victim to be a innocent sex object for horny guys to drool over.

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