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What is the in-universe chronological order of the Monogatari Series?

Overview and date convention The first three seasons1 of Monogatari series generally takes place in the one-year period between the start of the third year of high school of Araragi Koyomi (March, ...
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Why does Bakemonogatari exclusively use katakana?

I strongly suspect the use of katakana here is just to give an archaic flavor to the typography. Historically (pre-WW2 or thereabouts), katakana was actually used in many contexts where hiragana is ...
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Why does Mayoi get embarrassed about this tongue twister?

Caution: the answer might be NSFW since it contains vulgar words. Here is the full dialogue by Araragi and Mayoi: 「では、生むみ生もめ生ままもと三回言ってください」 「お前が言えてないじゃん」 「生もめだなんて、いやらしいですっ!」 「言ったのはお前だからな」 「生ままもだなんて、...
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What is up with Tsukihi and Karen's boyfriends' names?

From official source I tried to find some comments from the author on the Japanese internet, but came up empty-handed due to my lack of knowledge of Japanese. I do have some very tenuous evidence ...
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Who are the sibling groups in this picture?

I answered my own question partway through writing it with a visit to http://iqdb.com. Rather than delete the question, I made it a shill for iqdb (brought to my attention by Logan M. in this question'...
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What dance is Araragi dancing?

I'm pretty sure this is just supposed to be Tsukihi's schtick from her OP in Nisemonogatari (Platinum Disco).
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Are all apparitions on Monogatari based on actual stories?

While it's difficult to prove a negative, and there's no telling where Nisio Isin got his inspiration from, I would be willing to claim that that most of the apparitions appearing in the Monogatari ...
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What's the deal with Shinobu's hat?

This is off the top of my head, so I could be barking mad, but this is how I remember it. Spoilers for Kizumonogatari, Nekomonogatari Black, and Nisemonogatari ahead. Shinobu, in Kizu, tells Koyomi ...
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What is the Evangelion reference Araragi was talking about?

Adding onto the other answer, the exact thing that gets interpreted as an EVA reference is Senjougahara's line: You won't die. [Short break.] You won't die. Because I'll protect you. It is clear ...
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Why the title "Second Season"?

Second Season refers to the light novel series, not the anime The word Second in the anime title Monogatari Series: Second Season is not based on the number of times the series has been animated (...
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What's with this up-tilted head posture?

It's known as the 'Shaft head tilt' as the animation studio "Shaft" are well known for including it in their shows: Above are other shaft shows; Puella Magi Madoka Magica ,Arakawa Under the Bridge ...
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What is the meaning behind Tsukihi's pose 17 minutes into in episode 1 of Tsukimonogatari?

Yeah, what Tsukihi said was 都条例 tojourei, which is the short name of the "Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths" (also called "Bill 156"). This ordinance underwent a ...
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Who are all the girls fawning over Araragi?

This answer is going to be a huge disappointment, in all sorts of ways. I genuinely hope that someone comes along and proves this answer wrong somehow. I don't think the other four girls are ...
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In what year(s) does the Monogatari series take place?

I don't recall an exact year, but there's evidence that the series takes place in the modern day, between 2007 and 2018. The strongest piece of evidence comes from the novels. In Kabukimonogatari ...
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What is the production order of the Monogatari series?

Anime Bakemonogatari - 化物語 From the 3rd of July 2009 to the 25th of June 2010. Light novel: Monogatari Series: First Season volume 1 to 2. Nisemonogatari - 偽物語 From the 8th of January to the 18th of ...
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Who is Araragi supposed to look like in this scene?

This could possibly be a reference to the very obscure series The Soul Taker. The main character, Kyousuke Date, cried blood in few episodes. Here's a picture of him: It's not an exact match, but ...
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What book was Hanekawa reading while Araragi tries to find where Tsunade lives?

She was reading "On the Banks of Plum Creek". It is a children's book written in 1937 by Laura Ingalls Wilder The book is based on Laura's childhood at Plum Creek near Walnut Grove, Minnesota in the ...
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Is there any meaning to the rail lines in Bakemonogatari's "Tsubasa Cat" OP?

Legs 大正-(新今宮)       平野-八尾-志紀--▽--尺土-浮孔-坊城-飛鳥-吉野口-緞野/吉野         >(道王寺)<         道明寺     (?池)       布忍---高鷲---△--貴志-川西-天見-橋本-極樂橋      1     X      2      Y             3 ( )= Full name not shown on ...
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What's the meaning of "collection of unpaid tabs" in Tsukimonogatari episode 3?

At a bar, you can put something 'on your tab', which is a way of saying you'll pay it later (usually next time you come to the bar) which when you do pay later, can be known as 'collecting a tab' ...
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What is the dance in the third Nisemonogatari OP?

It's based on bon odori, the dancing at O-bon festivals. O-bon is a holiday in Japan that takes place towards the end of summer. All the "summer festivals" in anime where people dress in yukata and go ...
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Who are the other two girls whose hair Araragi has cut?

One of the two girls is Hanekawa Tsubasa. Remember that during the events in Karen Bee1, she underwent an image change where her usual braided hair was replaced by bob cut, and her glasses replaced by ...
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What powers does Araragi have after he was cured?

[Potentially incomplete answer. I have only watched the anime and read "Tsubasa Song", and I suspect that there would be more information in the light novels. Some referencing from the Wikia entry for ...
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Are the visualizations in the anime from the Light Novels?

I can't speak for those situations in particular I think this is probably an artistic choice by SHAFT. Having interesting things going on in the background makes the long dialogue sections more ...
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Why didn't Hanekawa want to go home during Mayoi Snail?

In the middle of the last episode of the "Mayoi Snail" arc, we are told that Araragi is being led astray by Hachikuji after he didn't want to go home, because he was: feeling awkward because it's ...
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Who is the uniformed guy in this Owarimonogatari end card?

This is a reference to a college-aged Kosaku Shima, the titular character of Kenshi Hirokane's Student Kosaku Shima series. College students in the Showa era wore uniforms like this. This uniform and ...
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What about Araragi's weight?

I have watched all of the Monogatari series until the one before Owarimonogatari. I can tell you that Araragi's weight difference in episode 2 was never mentioned again. Throughout the entire series, ...
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What's the basis for the gender of Black Hanekawa as reported on the wikia?

Hope answers from the light novels are okay. I remember the anime following the LN very closely on this point, so it shouldn't affect the outcome. Black Hanekawa's biological sex is female. Its body ...
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What is the meaning behind Tsukihi's pose 17 minutes into in episode 1 of Tsukimonogatari?

I don't understand Japanese and relevant part of light novel is not translated, so I'm assuming that the anime translations is correct. Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development ...
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What is Ougi reading on her phone when she meets Araragi at the steps to the shrine?

Ougi is reading Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis (in the original German, Die Verwandlung; in Japanese, 「変身」). She's at the very end of the story. The portion displayed on screen is the equivalent of ...
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Why did they air all four Tsukimonogatari episodes in one day?

The reason why Hanamonogatari was all aired on one day was because it kept being delayed because of production issues, it was supposed to come out the Spring season but ended up airing at the very end ...
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