Questions tagged [monogatari-series]

Use this tag for questions about the "Monogatari" series of light novels by Nisio Isin, as well as the anime adaptations produced by SHAFT (including Bakemonogatari ("Ghostory"), Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari: Kuro, Monogatari Second Season, Hanamonogatari, and Tsukimonogatari).

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What do the black and red scenes mean?

In Bakemonogatari, it often happens that suddenly, a red screen with "Red Scene (Aka)" or a black screen with "Black Scene (Kuro)" appears for a short time. (At least these are written in my sub.) ...
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What is up with the pattern on the fence?

In the episode 12 of the first Bakemonogatari season, there's a fence with an interesting pattern which seemingly has the word "KAWAK" in it: In the first episode of the second Monogatari season we ...
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What is the in-universe chronological order of the Monogatari Series?

I have Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, and learned that Monogatari Series Second Season is being streamed by Aniplex, which means that Nekomonogatari would have been streamed at some point and that ...
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Why does Mayoi get embarrassed about this tongue twister?

In Bakemonogatari, Mayoi says a tongue-twister that goes 「生ムミ、生モメ、生ママモ」 ("namamumi, namamome, namamamamo") then gets embarrassed because they sound like another word. What's the reference they're ...
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How did Araragi hide yoto “Kokoro-Watari” inside his body?

In the Nekomonogatari-Black anime, yōtō "Kokoro-Watari" (妖刀「心渡」, sometimes translated as demon sword "Heartspan") is shown with different lengths, but it always appears to be bigger than Araragi. The ...
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Who are all the girls fawning over Araragi?

In the latest Monogatari - Tsukimonogatari there is a cut to an image with many young girls surrounding the protagonist. The girls in the purple uniforms are from SHAFT's other show Puella Magi ...
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Who is Araragi supposed to look like in this scene?

I'm watching one of the Monogatari episodes - Mayoi Jiangshi 2 (Second Season episode 8). In this scene the style Araragi is drawn with changes radically, as does his hairstyle. The fact that the ...
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What is the original text of Black Hanekawa's tongue twister?

Bakemonogatari episode 14 has a fairly famous tongue-twister in it, which Black Hanekawa recites with her cat voice. It was translated as: "Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining ...
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What is the production order of the Monogatari series?

It's rather confusing how the story is serialized not in the order of its events. I'd like to know the order in which the animated versions were produced. Turns out the creators of the series are ...
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What's up with this Araragi and Nadeko scene in Tsubasa Cat, Part 1 (episode 11)?

In episode 11 of Bakemonogatari (Tsubasa Cat, Part 1), after exchanging Kanbaru's washed swimsuit, making some Nobita jokes and talking about Shinobu, Araragi suddenly tries to, from the looks of it, ...
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Is there any meaning to the rail lines in Bakemonogatari's “Tsubasa Cat” OP?

The (NSFW, be warned) broadcast opening for the Tsubasa Cat arc of Bakemonogatari ("Sugar Sweet Nightmare") features various artistic nudes with what appear to be rail tracks stretching out along the ...
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What do the parenthesized numbers in the [color] Scenes mean?

As you can see at the top of this answer, the [color] Scenes (Black Scene, Red Scene, etc.) in the Monogatari series all include a parenthesized number beneath the romanized form of the name of the ...
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Why do people keep seeing Hachikuji?

After stopping not wanting to go home, Araragi Koyomi and Hanekawa Tsubasa keep seeing Hachikuji on the streets. Why does this still keep happening? I thought Hachikuji can only be seen by a person ...
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Are all apparitions on Monogatari based on actual stories?

In the Monogatari Series, there are a lot apparitions. The ones that can easily recognized as corresponding to actual stories in real life are the phoenix (Araragi Tsuhiki) and vampire (Araragi Koyomi,...
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What is this place from episode 9 of Monogatari Second Season?

In episode 9 of Monogatari Second Season, Shinobu says the following (around the 17:20 mark): 具体的には、この街中の人間を、 日本中の人間を、 世界中の人間を 吸血鬼化したのじゃろう。 Translated, To be more specific, I turned the people of ...
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What's the deal with Shinobu's hat?

Shinobu originally didn't have a hat, but in Nekomonogatari Black, Shinobu ask Oshino to buy her that hat, he gave it to her as a reward since she was the one who resolved the problem with Black ...
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Why did they air all four Tsukimonogatari episodes in one day?

The most recent story of the Monogatari series, Tsukimonogatari, has just aired and has all of its four episodes aired on one day. The same thing happened with Hanamonogatari which aired on August 6, ...
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In Monogatari, why is the boy with the reverse jagirinawa still alive?

When Nadeko had the curse on her, she was almost going to be killed by it and it had only been a short time since she received the curse. Since the curse was removed, reversed, and was given to the ...
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In what year(s) does the Monogatari series take place?

Looking from the perspective of the recent movie (which occurs at or near the chronological beginning of the series): Koyomi has what appears to be a slide-phone with a keyboard, and Hanekawa puts ...
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Who is the uniformed guy in this Owarimonogatari end card?

This is the end card for episode 11 of Owarimonogatari. (Click for larger image.) Who is the guy left of Shinobu, in some sort of uniform? I tried searching, but the most information I got was from ...
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Why does Bakemonogatari exclusively use katakana?

I noticed that in all of the typography (except for the episode titles), the anime Bakemonogatari exclusively uses kanji and katakana, instead of the usual combination of kanji and hiragana. For ...
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What is up with Tsukihi and Karen's boyfriends' names?

In Tsubasa Family and Tsubasa Tiger, it was mentioned in a conversation between the Fire Sisters and Tsubasa that both Karen and Tsukihi have boyfriends[1][2]. Karen's boyfriend is named Mizudori (瑞鳥【...
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Why wasn't there an OP for Shinobu Time?

Each of the arcs of the Monogatari series through the end of Second Season (Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, ..., Hitagi End) has had an OP theme sung by the arc's heroine1, save for Shinobu Time (i.e. ...
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Who is Oshino Ougi?

This question contains spoilers for the second season of the Monogatari series. Oshino Ougi refers to herself as the niece of Oshino Meme. But Kaiki mentions in Koimonogatari/Hitagi End that Meme has ...
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What's with this up-tilted head posture?

In Bakemonogatari, we see Araragi (and possibly some other characters) at quite a number of times in the series with his head tilted upwards, in what would in real life be a somewhat uncomfortable ...
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Was it formerly common practice to credit voice actors in opening credits?

The final OP for Monogatari Series Second Season (the Koimonogatari OP) is sort of an 80s-throwback sort of deal, with all the hallmarks of old anime styling - funky "lens flares", those old-school ...
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How are people supposed to read and understand these part-second text frame scenes?

It's (relatively, still) easy for me on a computer to pause in time and read the text in every frame scene, but the show is supposed to be viewed on live TV channel. I bet that's impossible to do this ...
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What's inside Hachikuji's bag?

In the anime, Hachikuji always carries a large backpack everywhere. What's in the bag? And why she always carrying it? Did she also carry it in the LN? (I only watched until episode 5 in Monogatari ...
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What do Karen and Tsukihi see Ononoki as?

They told Araragi he would never grow up since he was still talking to a doll (Ononoki) at his age in Tsukimonogatari episode 4, 31 minutes in. It's always hard to tell how different people perceive ...
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What is the Evangelion reference Araragi was talking about?

At the beginning of Nisemonogatari before the opening, we see Araragi chained and handcuffed in the cram school with Senjōgahara being the perpetrator. At one point, Araragi said that he would be ...
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Why the title “Second Season”?

So, the Monogatari series has four season, and soon will be five, and if we look at the production order, based on this question, and this Wikipedia page it will be: Bakemonogatari (2009–2010) ...
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What chemical compound is shown in episode 17 of Monogatari Second Season?

In episode 17 of Monogatari Second Season (the first episode of Onimonogatari), when Koyomi and Mayoi see the strange "darkness", an image of the structure of a chemical compound is displayed, ...
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What is the dance in the third Nisemonogatari OP?

What is the dance that Tsukihi does in the third opening of Nisemonogatari ("Platinum Disco")? It's the one where she does all of the hand movements.
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In the Tsubasa Cat arc, when did Hachikuji meet Shinobu?

In the Tsubasa Cat arc, I remember Hachikuji saying that she saw Shinobu at Mister Donuts and she ran away. When did Hachikuji meet Shinobu? As far as I remember, Hachikuji never met her, except in ...
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What is the meaning behind Tsukihi's pose 17 minutes into in episode 1 of Tsukimonogatari?

When Tsukihi is taking a bath together with Koyomi, she played with the foam and struck a pose while saying [都条例]【とじょうれい】 (or so I think, based on the translation). Koyomi said it was scary and ...
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What book was Hanekawa reading while Araragi tries to find where Tsunade lives?

On episode 8 of Monogatari Series: Second Season, when Araragi tries to find where Tsunade (Hachikuji's mother) live. He met Lolikawa - young Hanekawa, and she was reading a book What book is it?
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Are the visualizations in the anime from the Light Novels?

During Karen Bee in Nisemonogatari I've noticed some weird scenery, one is after Kanbaru and Araragi clean up Kanbaru's room we see there are books stacked outside in small structures. Another is ...
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Is this Monogatari opening a take on another artists' style?

During the opening song 'Kogarashi Sentiment' (The fourth opening in Monogatari Season 2), the video continually switches from one art style (the normal Monogatari type art), to another one (which ...
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What's the basis for the gender of Black Hanekawa as reported on the wikia?

The wikia for the Monogatari states that Black Hanekawa is Male (Physically Female) After seeing a blogger describe their experience of seeing this and concluding that Hanekawa is nonbinary (a ...
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Why does Hanekawa know about Black Hanekawa?

In the end of Nekomonogatari (Kuro), Araragi states that Hanekawa doesn't remember any of the events of Golden Week. (This is also shown in the corresponding recap episode in Monogatari Series Second ...
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How did Shinobu know where Araragi is when he was attacked by Tsubasa?

In the other timeline where Shinobu destroys the world, Araragi was killed by Tsubasa. Why didn't she help him in that timeline? In both timelines, he didn't find her so what was the difference?
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Who are the sibling groups in this picture? [closed]

The picture: It looks like fanart, but I'm pretty sure the characters are all from something and not original characters, since I recognize Lelouch and Nunnally Lamperouge on the far left, and the ...
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Why didn't Hanekawa want to go home during Mayoi Snail?

During the Mayoi Snail arc in Bakemonogatari we eventually learn that Senjōgahara couldn't see Hachikuji while Araragi could, because only those who didn't want to return home would be able to see her....
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When will the Kizumonogatari movie air?

From what I have read, Kizumonogatari is a prequel for Bakemonogatari, and the movie is reported to be scheduled for fall 2013. However, Monogatari Series: Second Season was just released this summer ...
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What powers does Araragi have after he was cured?

In the first episode of Bakmonogatari, Araragi revealed to Senjogahara that he was once a vampire and that he retained the regeneration ability after being cured. In Episode 3 Mayoi Maimai - Part 1, ...
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What is Ougi reading on her phone when she meets Araragi at the steps to the shrine?

When Araragi and Yotsugi land at the base of the steps to the shrine in episode 3 of Tsukimonogatari, we see that Ougi is waiting there, reading something on her phone. What's she reading? Is it plot-...
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Is this supposed to be a reference to Chinese socialist posters?

In the first episode of Nekomonogatari (Black), we see this drawing of Araragi during his conversation with his sister at the beginning. The text here states, according to the subtitles (and reading ...
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In Zoku Owarimonogatari, why mirrored Sodachi's respected mathematician is Gauss?

In Zoku Owarimonogatari, Koyomi meets with mirrored Sodachi Oikura, then Araragi asked if her most respected mathematician is Euler (real Sodachi respected Euler), but the mirrored Sodachi answers ...
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What's Kyocera to do with an anime adaptation of Koyomi's life?

In chapter 009 of Kizumonogatari, Oshino jokes about adapting Araragi's daily life into anime. Araragi objects, but then Oshino mentions that Araragi's cellphone was made by "Kyocera". What's that got ...
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When did Shinobu enter Araragi's shadow in Tsubasa Cat?

At the beginning of Tsubasa Cat in Bakemonogatari, Mayoi tells Araragi that she saw Shinobu at Mister Doughnut. Araragi doesn't seem to be all that worried though, as Shinobu can't be too far away ...