One morning, Suruga Kanbaru meets Ougi Oshino, who calls himself a nephew of Meme Oshino. He tells Suruga about a rumor of "the Lord Devil" that grants any wish. Suruga is worried that the identity of the Lord Devil is none other than herself because she made a wish on "the Monkey's Paw." The item was left behind by her mother, and turned Suruga into a Rainy Devil and made her try to kill Koyomi Araragi. In order to find out the identity of the Lord Devil, Suruga decides to meet the Lord Devil, but who she sees at the meeting spot is the most unexpected person - Rouka Numachi, Suruga's old archrival...
I watched this fresh off of watching Second Season, which I thought was great all around. Whenever this happens, I lower my standards for the sequel so I don't ruin it with high expectations. In this case, I still didn't like it. This whole series has a lot of dialogue, but it's actually interesting and develops the story somehow. Hanamonogatari has a lot of dialogue, but in this case I thought that they talked too much and I wanted them to just get on with the story. It seemed more like a side story than anything, with Suruga having a final character development at the end. I had a lot of questions after Second Season, and I was disappointed when Hanamonogatari gave me more questions. Mainly what's the deal with Ougi and Kaiki. I looked up the light novel series and found that there are a good amount of entries left to adapt, so many plot points aren't going to be resolved right away. Bakemonogatari was more self-contained, but these continuing seasons have a larger plot arc connecting them all. I don't like Koyomi with long hair. But that's just me. Hanamonogatari seems to serve the purpose of showing what finally happens with Suruga and her monkey paw, but the story that gets it there is not that interesting and stretched out too long. Ougi and Kaiki were interesting, but they didn't stay long. It's not really bad or anything, but if I'm looking at the series as a whole this would not be one of my favorite entries.
To watch this anime, someone has probably watched all the previous series and therefore already likes it, to have gone that far. It pretty much resembles the rest of the series in style and storyline. Story: This monogatari starts after Araragi has left for college and follows Kanbaru through a story of reunion with a former enemy. There are revelations about herself, as she goes through her choices and mindset. Once more, you get a thought provoking, moving and somehow twisted story. Animation: The animation is more symbolic rather than representative of the actual scenery, following the general style of the Monogatari series. It seems that it's a hate it or love it fairly modern way, which combines abstraction and excruciating detail. Sound: Some tracks are amazing and others just ok; in general the soundtrack is really fitting and catches the viewers' attention at the right times. Characters: There are only two main characters and only one whose point of view we assume, but their actions and ways are challenged in depth. Secondary characters mainly appear as means for the story to continue, but they are crucial and with little exception interesting in themselves.
These stories are just getting darker and darker. This time Suruga Kanbaru is the focus of the story. Suruga Kanbaru is still trying to figure out how to deal with her left arm and when the other youngsters around her start gossiping about somebody who can solve problems Suruga Kanbaru is struggling with and she takes the opportunity to check it out. She meets the person is question who is non other then an old rival of hers who portraits herself as a collector of misery and devilish oddities. Again, good character development with excellent dialogue.
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