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Color Theory in Shinobu Mail and the Monogatari Series

The Monogatari anime adaptation has always paid close attention to color. Although SHAFT can — and has been, rightfully so in my opinion — criticized for their lack of animation at times while drawing the Monogatari series into its animated form, there’s no denying its purposeful style or cinematography, which changes from narrative arc to narrative arc

Along with other stylish visual choices that set the adaptation firmly apart from its source material, color creates an ancillary emotional narrative, or helps direct the viewer’s attention to a specific character, even if that character is offscreen.


[Six] Hanekawa Asks For Help

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“I have no choice but to rely on you. I have only you to rely on. So I’m saying this to someone for the first time. Help. Please, help.”

-Tsubasa Hanekawa, Nekomonogatari: Shiro, Episode 5