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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, Year 0) and one month after his graduation (April, Year +1). Note that it is the general trend; the stories may refer to events before the time period above. One ...


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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 used today - not just for loanwords (note, though, that even today, katakana has other uses). In the same vein, the show's typography exclusively uses pre-...


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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、いやらしいですっ!」 「そのいやらしさは、僕にはわからないが……」 Mayoi: So, say "namamumi namamome namamamamo" three times Araragi: You can't even say it properly1 Mayoi: Namamome is ...


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Koyomi's thought processes are elucidated upon in the light novel.1 The events of this scene are ordered slightly differently in the light novel versus the anime. What happens in the light novel is that immediately after Nadeko hands Kanbaru's swimsuit to Koyomi (08:09 on the BD), their conversation comes to a halt. Then, the events you're talking about ...


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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 that as of 2013, there was no such explanation even in Japanese, discussed below. According to the Japanese Wikipedia page on the Monogatari series, very little ...


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Well, it turns out that Maaya Sakamoto doesn't like mixing her career as a singer with her career as a voice actress, as she pointed out in an interview with director Masaaki Oosumi1: Sakamoto: [laughter] [...] I'm old-fashioned - I don't want my work as a voice actress to get mixed up with my singing. —What exactly do you mean by that? Sakamoto: To me, my ...


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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's answer.) iqdb led me to this page that lists all the series and characters in this picture. The far left pair is Lelouch and Nunnally Lamperouge from Code ...


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I'm pretty sure this is just supposed to be Tsukihi's schtick from her OP in Nisemonogatari (Platinum Disco).


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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 series aren't quite based on real-life stories. Broadly, one point in favor of this position is that other people on the internet (in Japan) have also tried to ...


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Preface: I am unaware of any "official position" about how to read the split-second text screens that occur in the Monogatari Series. I would be surprised if such a thing existed. It isn't always possible to read all of the text while the anime is rolling by at 24 frames per second. Sometimes, sure, you can pull it off because there isn't very much text, ...


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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 that head-patting is some kind of intimate act of subservience between a vampire servant and master. Koyomi thinks this is a little weird, but goes along with it....


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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 that this is probably the content of the "reference", as Araragi makes the comment about wanting "no unnecessary Evangelion references" right after this line. ...


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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 , Nisekoi. Anime director of Shaft since 2004, Akiyui Shinbo is responsible for this studio trait. knowyourmeme - Shaft Head Tilt The tilt is merely ...


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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 (which is the usual practice), but rather based on the fact that the anime adapts the content from the Second Season of the Monogatari Series, which consists of 6 ...


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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 major revision in 2010 that substantially expanded its scope. In particular, it required publishers located in Tokyo Metropolis to self-regulate and prevent ...


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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 references to anything; I think they're just generic middle school girls from Koyomi's hometown. Look at the two girls on the right: They seem to be wearing the same ...


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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 Chapter 7, after Koyomi travels back in time 11 years, he notes that the money is different and has Natsume Souseki on it. These would have been the series D bills ...


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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 March 2012. Light novel: Monogatari Series: First Season volume 4 to 5. Nekomonogatari: Kuro - 猫物語(黒) On the 31st of December 2012. Light novel: Monogatari ...


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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 Akiyuki Shinbo, the director of The Soul Taker, also worked on the Monogatari series, which made me think of this. (Source.)


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Yes, she also has the backpack in the Light Novel. When she decided to visit her mom after a long time, she put memories in there to make her mother happy. Here's a quote from the Mayoi Snail Arc in the LN (BakaTsuki translation): She neatly bound her own hair and filled her favorite backpack full of old memories hoping to delight her mother with them. ...


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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 late nineteenth century. It describes the family's move to Minnesota, where they live in a dugout until a new house is built and face misfortunes caused by ...


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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 the scene These are railway lines in Osaka: The 1st upper-leg is Osaka Loop Line: Taisho, Shin-Imamiya The 1st lower-leg is [? Line]: [? Station] The 1st ...


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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' What Araragi is saying is that all the things he has been putting off have come back looking for resolution at the same time.


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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 eat yakisoba and scoop goldfish and watch fireworks are O-bon festivals. Here is a video that shows some people doing bon-odori. The video description offers ...


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There aren't any substantive connections between the two series, in terms of content. From a production perspective, though, there is a lot of overlap between them. First, as you noted, they're both produced by Shaft, which means they share a lot of staff, most notable among them director SHINBO Akiyuki, whose directorial flourishes are easily seen in both ...


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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 contact lens. Her hair was actually cut by Araragi when she went out with him to karaoke in the short story Tsubasa Song2, which takes place some time after ...


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[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 Araragi, since I needed something to jog my memory.] Through-out the series, we see a couple different traits that were presumably acquired as a result of ...


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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 bearable for viewers and helps break up long sections in the same room. I'm not up to date with the light novels, but I have reached Kanbaru's story. Here's a ...


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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 Mother's Day, fought with [his] sister, and didn't want to go home Moreover, past 14 minutes into the episode: The condition for encountering a lost cow is ...


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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 emblem is specific to Waseda University, Kosaku Shima's alma mater. The public Twitter for the series even made a tweet about the end card: https://twitter....


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