In what order should I watch Monogatari anime?

August 20, 2017: This post is currently up-to-date.
Please let me know if you find mistakes or inaccuracies.


I took it upon myself to settle the simple question posed in the title of this post: “In what order should I watch Monogatari anime?” Just to be sure, by Monogatari anime I mean the several series of various lengths adapted from Nisio Isin’s (a palindrome and a pen name) light novels by studio SHAFT under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbō. For those unable to bear the suspense, my short answer is “In the order in which either the anime or the novels came out or chronologically.” For a longer and more detailed rebuttal read on. Continue reading

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