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Monogatari Series

Discussion in 'Anime Discussion' started by Wazurau, July 28, 2015.

  1. Ok. So, I don't know how many of you have watched part of this series or the entire series. But, every single part of this series has left me feeling almost empty. It leaves me wanting more. It confuses me. I feel like somehow I gain new knowledge and wisdom from every part but at the same time, at the end of every part I feel like it somehow takes something away from me. I get absorbed into it as I watch it. It makes me feel like my brain is going to explode. Don't get me wrong. These are all good things. I absolutely love this series.

    Here is a description of the entire series along with the order they were released and the chronological order in which the events happen within the show. Originally posted here by "awpaca"

    "What is the Monogatari Series?

    Monogatari is the general name for a series of light novels written by Nisio Isin. It was picked up by Studio SHAFT and green lit to be entirely animated. There are 18 light novel titles in total, with 17 published as of now. Each novel contains a story or multiple short stories, usually centering around a single character.

    Animated Series:

    The anime adaptation by SHAFT of Bakemonogatari aired 12 episodes between July and September 2009, and released 3 more episodes online between November 2009 and June 2010. The sequel, and second part of the first season, Nisemonogatari, aired 11 episodes from January to March 2012. An anime of the prequel story, and third installment of the first season, Nekomonogatari:Kuro, aired 4 episodes on December 31, 2012. Most recently there is Monogatari Series Second Season. It began airing on July 6, 2013 and ended December 28, 2013. There is a prequel movie, Kizumonogatari, that was set to be released before Nisemonogatari, but it's current status is unknown.

    Now I will break down the orders of the series. There are three different orders to the series: The order you should watch it in, the order you should know about, and the order of the light novels.

    Airing Order: The Order You Should Watch It In

    The airing order of the show is also the recommended watch order of the show. If you intend to watch the show, watch it in this order. I also suggest you do not read past this point, as there are some very minor spoilers ahead in the chronological explanation.

    1. Bakemonogatari (Monstory, Ghostory) is the first part of the first season and covers the first two novels, Bakemonogatari volume 1 and volume 2. It contains the the stories Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, Suruga Monkey, Nadeko Snake and Tsubasa Cat. It is 15 episodes long and contains 5 arcs.
    2. Nisemonogatari (Fake Story, Impostory) is the second part of the first season and covers the fourth and fifth novels named Nisemonogatari volume 1 and volume 2. Nisemonogatari contains the stories Karen Bee and Tsukihi Phoenix. It is 11 episodes long with 2 arcs.
    3. Nekomonogatari:Kuro (Cat Story: Black) is the sixth novel in the series, and is volume 1 of Nekomonogatari. It contains the prequel story Tsubasa Family. It is part of the first season and was a 4 episode special. It is only one arc.
    4. Monogatari Series Second Season, is the second season of the show. It covers novels seven through twelve, excluding Hanamonogatari, the ninth novel. It is 26 episodes long with 5 arcs and 3 recap episodes. The novels that are covered are (in order of appearance):
      1. Nekomonogatari:Shiro (Cat Story: White), the second volume of Nekomonogatari, containing the story Tsubasa Tiger. Novel 7
      2. Kabukimonogatari (Slope Story) containing the story Mayoi Jiangshi. Novel 8.
      3. Otorimonogatari (Decoy Story) containing the story Nadeko Medusa. Novel 10.
      4. Onimonogatari (Demon Story) containing the story Shinobu Time. Novel 11.
      5. Koimonogatari (Love Story) containing the story Hitagi End. Novel 12.
    5. Hanamonogatari (Flower Story) is a portion of the second season of the show, Monogatari Series Second Season. It contains novel 9, with the story Suruga Devil. It is 5 episodes long and contains 1 arc.
    6. Tsukimonogatari (Possession Story) is the start of the third season of the show which is called (as a whole) Monogatari Series Final Season. It is the 13th novel, with the story Yotsugi Doll. It is 4 episodes long and contains 1 arc.

    To Be Released:

    1. Kizumonogatari (Scar Story, Damaged Goods Story), is a yet to be released movie and the third released novel. It contains the prequel story Koyomi Vamp. It is unknown when the movie is set to be released, though it was originally intended to be released before Nisemonogatari. It is considered as a part of the first season.

    Chronological Order: The Order You Should Know About

    I will very briefly explain the plot of each novel, avoiding spoilers as much as possible. A bit of information: The animated version of the show aired in the order that the novels were originally released, excluding Hanamonogatari and Kizumonogatari. The order in which the novels were published and the order in which the show was animated in are not the chronological order, but the intended order.

    NOTE: I'll be including Kizumonogatari.

    1. Kizumonogatari, though it is the 3rd light novel that was published and still remains unanimated, it is actually the first event of the entire Monogatari timeline. It follows the events leading up to how Araragi Koyomi became a vampire. These events occur during Spring Break, March 25th - April 8th. They are referred to often throughout the series.
    2. Nekomonogatari:Kuro the 6th novel in the series, is the second event to happen in the Monogatari timeline. It follows the events surrounding Hanekawa Tsubasa which occurred during Golden Week. These events occur April 29th - May 8th, approximately 3 weeks after Kizumonogatari. It's also referenced often in Bakemonogatari .
    3. Bakemonogatari, the 1st and 2nd novels in the series. They happen immediately after Nekomonogatari:Kuro, starting May 8th and ending June 14th. It follows Koyomi as he finds himself mixed up with more apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits. All of the arcs in this part occur continuously.
    4. Nisemonogatari, the 4th and 5th novels, happen approximately a month after the events in Bakemonogatari. They occur between July 29th and August 14th. This story centers more around Koyomi's sisters and follows Koyomi as he deals with them. Both of the arcs in this part occur continuously.
    5. Monogatari Series Second Season. The 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th novels occur approximately one week after Nisemonogatari. All of these arcs DO NOT occur continuously.

      Starting August 20th, The chronology for these is as follows:
      1. Kabukimonogatari; 8th novel; Mayoi Jiangshi. Occurs August 20th - 21st. Koyomi goes back in time to do his homework.
      2. Onimonogatari; 11th novel; Shinobu Time. August 21st to August 23rd, just after Kabukimonogatari and during Nekomonogatari:Shiro. Follows Koyomi through the events that lead him to be absent throughout the majority of Tsubasa Tiger.
      3. Nekomonogatari:Shiro; 7th novel; Tsubasa Tiger. Occurs August 21st - 24th. Follows Tsubasa as she deals with a new oddity. The story is told by Tsubasa.
      4. Otorimonogatari; 10th novel; Nadeko Medusa. October 31st - November 2nd. The story follows Nadeko and a troublesome snake apparition. The story is told from her point of view.
      5. Koimonogatari; 12th novel; Hitagi End. Occurs January 1st - February 1st. Continuation of the events in Nadeko Medusa.
    6. Tsukimonogatari; 13th novel; Yotsugi Doll. Occurs February 13th - 14th. The story follows Koyomi again, as he discovers a mysterious change happening to his body. This story is the first story from Monogatari Series Final Season.
    7. Hanamonogatari; 9th novel; Suruga Devil. Occurs April 10th - 21st. The story is told by Kanbaru in her 3rd year of high school. It takes place after Koyomi has graduated high school. This is part of Second Season, but is the final event chronologically.

    The entire Monogatari timeline occurs over the span of approximately 1 year starting March 5th and ending on April 21st of the following year.


    Nekomonogatari:Shiro and Onimonogatari occur concurrently to one another. The events spoken about in Shinobu Time and the event that takes place in Tsubasa Tiger happen at approximately the same time, with Shinobu Time ending before Tsubasa Tiger.

    Arcs separated by commas happen continuously in the same book or books.

    Light Novels: The Order of the Light Novels

    Straight to the point, the order of all published light novels with month/year of publication and number of pages:

    1. Bakemonogatari Volume 1 - Nov. 2006 - 446 pages
    2. Bakemonogatari Volume 2 - Dec. 2006 - 401 pages
    3. Kizumonogatari - May 2008 - 358 pages - 1 arc
    4. Nisemonogatari Volume 1 - Sept. 2008 - 322 pages - 1 arc
    5. Nisemonogatari Volume 2 - June 2009 - 324 pages - 1 arc
    6. Nekomonogatari Kuro - July 2010 - 308 pages - 1 arc
    7. Nekomonogatari Shiro - Oct. 2010 - 292 pages - 1 arc
    8. Kabukimonogatari - Dec. 2010 - 342 pages - 1 arc
    9. Hanamonogatari - March 2011 - 272 pages - 1 arc
    10. Otorimonogatari - June. 2011 - 284 pages - 1 arc
    11. Onimonogatari - Sept. 2011 - 276 pages - 1 arc
    12. Koimonogatari - Dec. 2011 - 280 pages - 1 arc
    13. Tsukimonogatari - Sept. 2012 - 280 pages - 1 arc
    14. Koyomimonogatari - May 2013 - 448 pages - 12 arcs
    15. Owarimonogatari Volume 1 - Oct. 2013 - 386 pages - 3 arcs
    16. Owarimonogatari Volume 2 - Jan. 2014 - 328 pages - 1 arc
    17. Owarimonogatari Volume 3 - April 2014 - 386 pages - 3 arcs
    18. Zokuowarimonogatari - Sept. 2014 - 288 pages


    * - denotes unanimated


    Koyomimonogatari (Koyomi Story), novel 14, contains 12 short stories that occur each month beginning from when he first became a vampire to the end of university exams . This story is yet to be animated."
  2. Can't wait for Owarimonogatari this fall
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  3. One of my fav series
  4. I want to watch the series but looks like I'm so late to catch up with all of it But I really like to watch what the story really Is and its interesting to watch.Thank you for the Airing Order @Wazurau