Monogatari is a critically-acclaimed anime series based on the bestselling urban fantasy novels by NISIOISIN. It tells the tale of Koyomi Araragi, a high school senior who helps the girls in his life deal with their inner (and outer) demons. Known for its experimental visuals, witty dialogue, and unforgettable cast, this genre-defying series has astounded, delighted, and enchanted fans all over the world for over a decade.
If you’re a newcomer, here are some things to look out for:
- Static frames. Flashes of text and color are used to set the mood, establish the setting, or describe a character’s thoughts. Some of these feature excerpts from the novels.
- External references. The animators often pay tribute to other anime, American cartoons, Hollywood movies, Renaissance paintings, and more.
- Japanese wordplay. Per the author’s proclivities, the script is filled with puns galore; anything that could have a double meaning, probably does.
- Mature content. The series addresses heavy topics like child abuse, depression, and sexual assault. There’s also plenty of blood, gore, and fanservice.
- Achronological storytelling. Events are purposely shown out of order. For help piecing together the narrative, see the Timeline.
Now, how exactly should you watch the 91 episodes, 12 shorts, and 3 films that make up the series? Below is my recommended order, with links to official streams.
01-04. Yotsugi Doll
01. Koyomi Stone
02. Koyomi Flower
03. Koyomi Sand
04. Koyomi Water
05. Koyomi Wind
06. Koyomi Tree
07. Koyomi Tea
08. Koyomi Mountain
09. Koyomi Torus
10. Koyomi Seed
11. Koyomi Nothing
12. Koyomi Dead
01-02. Ogi Formula
03-04. Sodachi Riddle
05-07. Sodachi Lost
08-13. Shinobu Mail
14-15. Mayoi Hell
16-17. Hitagi Rendezvous
18-20. Ogi Dark
01-06. Koyomi Reverse
Only on Blu-ray.
- This is the order in which the Japanese novels were published. The anime was not released this way due to unforeseen production delays.
- Episodes 13-15 of Bakemonogatari premiered online months after episode 12 had aired on TV. Most streaming services only have episodes from the initial TV run.
- The “Summaries” in Monogatari Second Season are recaps of the First Season.
- Episodes 14-20 of Owarimonogatari are sometimes labeled as Owarimonogatari Season 2 because they were released two years after the first thirteen.
- Two seasons of novels have yet to be animated.
- Off Season: Orokamonogatari, Wazamonogatari, Nademonogatari, Musubimonogatari
- Monster Season: Shinobumonogatari, Yoimonogatari, Amarimonogatari, Ogimonogatari, Shinomonogatari
|Canon Date||Story Arc||Episodes|
|Mar 25 – Apr 08||Koyomi Vamp||Kizu 01-03|
|Apr 11 – Apr 12||Koyomi Stone||Koyomi 01|
|Apr 29 – May 08||Tsubasa Family||Neko Black 01-04|
|May 08 – May 09||Hitagi Crab||Bake 01-02|
|May 09 – May 10||Koyomi Flower||Koyomi 02|
|May 14 – May 15||Mayoi Maimai||Bake 03-05|
|May 22 – May 28||Suruga Monkey||Bake 06-08|
|Jun 11 – Jun 13||Nadeko Snake||Bake 09-10|
|Jun 13 – Jun 15||Tsubasa Cat||Bake 11-15|
|Mid Jun||Koyomi Sand||Koyomi 03|
|Jul||Koyomi Water||Koyomi 04|
|Jul 29 – Jul 31||Karen Bee||Nise 01-07|
|Early Aug||Koyomi Wind||Koyomi 05|
|Aug 14 – Aug 15||Tsukihi Phoenix||Nise 08-11|
|Aug 20 – Aug 21||Mayoi Jiangshi||Second Season 07-10|
|Aug 21 – Aug 25||Tsubasa Tiger||Second Season 01-05|
|Aug 21 – Aug 23||Shinobu Time||Second Season 17-20|
|Aug 23 – Aug 24||Shinobu Mail||Owari 08-13|
|Late Sep||Koyomi Tree||Koyomi 06|
|Oct||Koyomi Tea||Koyomi 07|
|Oct 24 – Oct 25||Ogi Formula||Owari 01-02|
|Oct 25 – Oct 26||Sodachi Riddle||Owari 03-04|
|Oct 27 – Oct 28||Sodachi Lost||Owari 05-07|
|Oct 31 – Nov 02||Nadeko Medusa||Second Season 12-15|
|Nov 01 – Nov 02||Koyomi Mountain||Koyomi 08|
|Dec||Koyomi Torus||Koyomi 09|
|Jan 01 – Feb 01||Hitagi End||Second Season 21-26|
|Mid Jan||Koyomi Seed||Koyomi 10|
|Feb 13 – Feb 14||Yotsugi Doll||Tsuki 01-04|
|Late Feb – Mar 13||Koyomi Nothing||Koyomi 11|
|Mar 13||Koyomi Dead||Koyomi 12|
|Mar 13||Mayoi Hell||Owari 14-15|
|Mar 13 – Mar 14||Hitagi Rendezvous||Owari 16-17|
|Mar 14 – Mar 15||Ogi Dark||Owari 18-20|
|Mar 16 – Mar 18||Koyomi Reverse||Zoku Owari 01-06|
|Apr 09 – Apr 21||Suruga Devil||Hana 01-05|