Since the Monogatari series is my favorite anime and the name given to a series of light Japanese novels written by the novelist Nisio Isin. The novels were illustrated by Vofan, a Taiwanese illustrator.
I know there are other posts regarding the same as this but this one is a bit special you will know when you read it. The order in which the show is released can be confusing, So I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the three main watch orders for the series. The one is Release Order (Recommended) and the other is the Chronological Order.
If you’re wondering what is release order and chronological order I’ll give you a hint, In release order the series is not in story order it’s in a prequel and sequel are a bit tangled a bit and some people won’t even know what’s happening in the series. In chronological order, the show follows the series in a continuous way where everything will be in order.
Monogatari series is a big world with many characters, it all ties in with a common theme and feel that pulls it all together to create a complete and rounded novel series.
This guide is specifically for the anime, so if you’re looking for a reading guide, this may not be helpful for you.
The Monogatari series revolves around Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has almost restored his humanity after briefly becoming a vampire during spring break. One day, a classmate of his, the reclusive Hitagi Senjōgahara, falls down a flight of stairs at school into Koyomi’s arms. To his surprise, he discovers that Hitagi weighs almost nothing, in defiance of physics. Despite being threatened to keep away, Koyomi offers his help and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an abandoned cram school who helped reverse his vampirism. Once Koyomi helps solve Hitagi’s problem, she decides to become his girlfriend.
As the series progresses, Koyomi finds himself involved with other girls afflicted by “oddities” (怪異, kaii, “strangeness”): the ghost of a child named Mayoi Hachikuji; his underclassman Suruga Kanbaru; Nadeko Sengoku, a friend of his sisters; his classmate Tsubasa Hanekawa; and his own younger sisters Karen and Tsukihi. To deal with the apparitions, which feed on human emotions and often take forms symbolically represented by animals, Koyomi relies on supernatural guidance from Oshino and, later, from Shinobu, the once-powerful blonde vampire who attacked him and later assumed the appearance of an eight-year-old girl.
Most heroines have an item that symbolizes their specters, such as Hitagi’s stapler (the claw of a crab), Mayoi’s backpack (the shell of a snail), Suruga’s arm (the arm of a monkey), Nadeko’s hat and jacket (the head and skin of a snake), and Karen’s black and yellow tracksuit (the colors of a bee). Although it incorporates elements of fantasy, horror, and action, the series primarily focuses on relationships and conversations between its characters, which make heavy use of Nisio Isin’s signature wordplay and metahumor.
Monogatari Series Watch Order 2020
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RECOMMENDED MONOGATARI WATCH ORDER
I have divided three Monogatari series recommended order, depending on your knowledge of the series and how you would prefer to experience it. There is an order for thous who are watching it first time, for those who are loyal to the novels and then the guys who read the novels and want to watch the Monogatari series in chronological order.
Release Monogatari Watch Order
It may be intimidating for many first-time viewers who are scrolling through hundreds of websites to understand on how to enter this beautiful world Nisioisin sculpted over the years, due to its ferocious nature of nonlinear storytelling and innumerable easter-egg references to parallel plotlines, foreshadowing, however the best way to entirely experience this spine enticing essence, is by watching it in its original release order, while this may turn off many fans, but the sense of fulfillment and joy during this anime, as u progress through this bizarre world, is truly magnificent. It will make the viewing experience, seamless, as you will come to embrace each character and relate to them as if you were the protagonist of the story.
1. Bakemonogatari (2009)
This is also the order, the author wants the viewers to watch, as Bakemonogatari, cements the foundation of the whole universe, by introducing the 6 main heroines who are going to shape the next few months of our protagonist”s life, who by the way suffers from Messiah complex.
2. Nisemonogatari (2012)
Nise-means “fake” in Japanese. We are fully thrown in the lives of the koyomi sister, as the series starts to slowly bloom while giving occasional pangs of good old fanservice, but with a very rational and dark manner, and by the end, we see just a glimpse of the enormous universe, we are going to experience in the coming years.
3. Nekomonogatari Kuro (2012)
With the start of a big revelation we see the consequences of the actions, of one of the most beloved heroines, also we get to see how the story telling starts to slightly deviate and we get to peek at the parallel storylines, which makes the watch, just a tad bit more interesting.
1. Monogatari Series Second Season (2013)
One of the most crucial seasons , for the series as we see a huge character development and unexpected events, with the onset of layers and layers of chilled mystery lurking around.
2. Hanamonogatari (2014)
As we are forcefully time skipped to a future, we get to see one of the heroine and how she is dealing with the aftermath of an event, which hasn’t been officially released as we move onto the final season.
1. Tsukimonogatari (2014)
“The beginning of the end”, The first season of the final series, starts with a bang, as we get to see a tumultuous change in the personalities and outlook of different characters towards each other, with the strings of fate finally intertwining as one of the primary antagonists makes their appearance.
2. Owarimonogatari (2015)
Certainly, one of the most important season, which shows a part of the upcoming tragedies, as we see different timelines connecting in a spectacular fashion, for the upcoming second half, which will unravel the “mystery of ODDITIES” in the peaceful town of MONOGATARI.
3. Koyomimonogatari (2016)
A season of 12 short stories, which, while maybe irrelevant to the main order except for the last two episodes which provide a substance to the ending of Owarimonogatari, but the gravity of each episode and the concerned story leaves a deep impact on the viewers, as they try to satiate a sudden “CURIOSITY” from the start of the year, till the end.
4. Owarimnonogatari (Part 2) (2017)
The second cour finally deals with the anticipated LAST BOSS, while our protagonist is desperately racing against time to heal an injury, which may affect the lives of everyone on the planet.
5. Zoku Owarimonogatari (2018)
While this season represents the end of the final season but knowing the genius of the author, we get to see an ending that was unexpected in every way possible.
1. Orokamonogatari (2017)
Currently, under production, Orokamonogatari deals with a sudden set of thrills that were never meant to exist as we see different heroines going about their lives while facing deep-seated challenges, they thought, they had tamed.
2. Wazamonogatari (2017)
The readers are thrown back in time, in a 600 yr old world, where a princess is getting ready to start a journey of pain and happiness. We finally get to see how one of our most crucial and central characters, become who they are today.
3. Nademonogatari (2017)
Story of an oddity who once achieved the pinnacle of humanity, while touching the doors to heaven, and now she has to come in terms, with her actions as we understand, the multiple reflections a human can project in the tenure of their life.
4. Musubimonogatari (2017)
Musubi refers to a bond/connection or an offer of Marriage, The final edition to the Offseason mysteries, as we get to see our heroes dealing with life in the midst of love, career, and a certain untouched mystery of their past selves.
1. Shinobumonogatari (2017)
The serial Killing investigation, ethereal entities, and college students, while these three things may not blend in a natural situation, NisioIsin assures us that in the first edition of his new series, he will surely make it logical enough to incorporate these into his already peculiar city of oddities.
2. Yoimonogatari (2017)
The world is changing, and so are the lives of our protagonist, who is now a university student, but as destiny transcends, a spooky murder, starts the advent of an innocent mixture, of horror and love while we get to see the much-awaited past of how one of our anti-heroes came into existence.
3. Amarimonogatari (2017)
We get to see the master at work, as the author tries to flesh out an entrancing story of reality through the eyes of a corpse.
4. Ougimonogatari (TBA)
5. Shimonogatari (TBA)
Chronological Watch Order
3. Nekomonogatari (Black)
8. Owarimonogatari Vol. 2
9. Nekomonogatari (White)
10. Owarimonogatari Vol. 1
16. Owarminogatari Vol. 3
17. Zoku Owarimonogatari
21. Orokamonogatari (Suruga Bonehead)
22. Orokamonogatari (Tsukihi Undo)
Nisio Isin Order
The intended order in which the author himself guides the millions of avid fans and devoted readers, on the most appropriate way to consume his work, such that, the words written by him may resonate within you and instead of confusing it becomes a mesmerizing experience with which you can fully appreciate this beautiful piece of literature.
1. Bakemonogatari (2006)
2. Kizumonogatari (2008)
3. Nisemonogatari (2008-2009)
4. Nekomonogatari Black (2010)
1. Nekomonogatari White (2010)
2. Kabukimonogatari (2010)
3. Hanamonogatari (2011)
4. Otorimonogatari (2011)
5. Onimonogatari (2011)
6. Koimonogatari (2011)
1. Tsukimonogatari (2012)
2. Koyomimonogatari (2013)
3. Owarimonogatari (2013-2014)
4. Zoku Owarimonogatari (2014)
1. Orokamonogatari (2015)
2. Wazamonogatari (2016)
3. Nademonogatari (2016)
4. Musubimonogatari (2017)
1. Shinobumonogatari (2017)
2. Yoimonogatari (2018)
3. Amarimonogatari (TBA)
4. Ougimonogatari (TBA)
5. Shinomonogatari (TBA)
KIZUMONOGATARI THE STORY WHERE EVERYTHING BEGIN
Kizumonogatari is the beginning of everything, the prequel where the whole story starts. There really is no proper order on when this series of stories should be watched, So I made a few orders for you to choose from. Kizumonogatari can be watched from anywhere actually cause it’s the beginning as i said before. So it just depends on what makes sense for you.
THE MONOGATARI SERIES
The Monogatari series was actually created for the Mephisto magazine as a series of short stories. Monogatari series tends to introduce one new character in every new story, focusing on the story around them.