The -gatari Series

This post was originally written for my friend’s CyborgCommunist’s blog and published on July 6th, 2012. Since that blog is largely inactive by now, I’ve decided to archive the post here in its entirety. The original post:

With the start of the long-awaited summer holidays for many, let’s learn something about the -gatari series instead of mathematics or literature for a change. In essence we’ll be talking about Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Katanagatari and maybe a bit about the planned Kizumonogatari movie.


Of course you have probably seen at least a couple of episodes and know what all of those series are roughly about, but that won’t be the focus of this post today. We’ll look into their origins, some differences between the originals and their anime adaptations and lastly touch upon the way the works have been handled by their respective animation studios. Continue reading