Nekomonogatari (猫物語), comprised of two volumes, is the fourth part of the Monogatari series. The sixth and seventh books overall, they contain the stories Tsubasa Family (つばさファミリー) and Tsubasa Tiger (つばさタイガー). Black (黒Kuro) is the last book in the first season of the series. White (白 Shiro) is the first book in the second season of the series.
The title is portmanteau of neko, "cat", and monogatari, "story".
The flawless class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa. The girl whom Koyomi Araragi owes his life to was charmed by a cat during Golden Week. This is the story of a... human who plays a forbidden game towards becoming a monster. Those "nightmarish nine days", once sealed off and hidden, is now finally revealed!
"I don't know everything, but I know a lot about you, Araragi-kun."
The flawless class president Tsubasa Hanekawa's first day of the second semester is closely watched by a monstrous tiger. Amidst the lifeless monologue is an unreachable confession...
The story is set during Golden Week, where Koyomi Araragi is trying to return to his normal human life after being turned into a vampire during an encounter with Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade in Kizumonogatari. He reveals that he has harbored some feelings towards a girl named Tsubasa Hanekawa, and is trying to sort out if this feeling is in fact, love. However, during the next few days, he discovers a different facet of Tsubasa Hanekawa's life, one which she was trying to hide from everyone else. Meanwhile, he tackles another oddity-related case, this time involving Hanekawa herself.
White is written in Hanekawa's perspective. It is the first story in the series that's told in different perspective than Araragi. It takes place many months after Black after the events of Nisemonogatari, and starts near the end of Kabukimonogatari. It occurs concurrently with Onimonogatari and Owarimonogatari Vol 2 respectively, ending with a scene that takes place after Owarimonogatari Vol 2.
After months since her last time turning into Black Hanekawa, Hanekawa finds a new oddity problem in the form of a white tiger that burns down buildings she had slept in the night before. The tiger is an oddity Hanekawa accidentally produced herself after years of domestic abuse that kept her from having her own room.
By the end, she finally learns to admit her problems vocally instead letting them bottle up. Araragi suddenly appears and kills the tiger with kokorowatari. After finally confessing to him and getting rejected, Hanekawa absorbs the tiger, causing permanent white stripes to appear in her hair. Afterwards, it's revealed she finally got her own room in her home. From then on, she dyes her hair every morning to hide the white stripes.
The two volumes of Nekomonogatari were adapted into anime separately. Black received it's own adaptation as a four episode TV series that aired all episodes on the same day, while White was grouped with the Monogatari Series Second Season cour as the first arc told. White, like all other second season arcs, was released separately in the western Blu-ray release.
|First Season||1. Bakemonogatari (One) • 2. Bakemonogatari (Two) • 3. Kizumonogatari • 4. Nisemonogatari (One) • 5. Nisemonogatari (Two) • 6. Nekomonogatari (Black)|
|Second Season||7. Nekomonogatari (White) • 8. Kabukimonogatari • 9. Hanamonogatari • 10. Otorimonogatari • 11. Onimonogatari • 12. Koimonogatari|
|Final Season||13. Tsukimonogatari • 14. Koyomimonogatari • 15. Owarimonogatari (One) • 16. Owarimonogatari (Two) • 17. Owarimonogatari (Three) • 18. Zokuowarimonogatari|
|Off Season||19. Orokamonogatari • 20. Wazamonogatari • 21. Nademonogatari • 22. Musubimonogatari • Tsugimonogatari|
|Monster Season||23. Shinobumonogatari|