The conclusion to the First Season of NISIOISIN's Monogatari begins with NEKOMONOGATARI (BLACK). In this two volume collection NISIOISIN turns his focus onto Araragi's close friend Tsubasa Hanekawa, revealing a new side to her that is more in tune with the world of MONOGATARI. A prequel to BAKEMONOGATARI here we see just what Hanekawa has become.
There are few authors in Japan who have reached the heights of
success as NisiOisin. Born in 1981, Nisio dropped out of
Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, to pursue a career in
story-telling. Initially he had ambitions to be a comic artist, but
when he realized his art was not up to snuff, he began to focus on
his writing, eventually winning the 23rd Mephisto Prize, for
Decapitation(Vertical) recognizing his talents as a mystery writer,
at the age of 20. Since his debut in 2002 Nisio has penned more
than 50 novels and a number of comics. And he has quickly become
one of Japan's top selling author's in recent memory with more than
5 million units sold since 2009. In 2014, as in 2012, he was the
top selling author in Japan (outselling Haruki Murakami by more
than half a million units).
Nishio's works often cover themes of youth, but are framed in genres that are familiar to the masses. His works tend to mix mystery with comedy and touches or romance and/or the supernatural. He is a modern author in every sense, sometimes even experiementing with the Japanese language itself. Many of his works have been adapted into animated television series and films. His best known works are the Monogatari series and Katanagatari.