Monogatari is certainly one of the weirdest and most beloved anime series out there. Produced by Shaft, the studio also behind Puella Magi Madoka Magica , the anime is based on a series of light novels by Nisio Isin that follow a former vampire and the many mythical entities he encounters. The story gradually expands, and more characters, myths, and dangers are introduced, the show becomes an intense mix of supernatural mystery, drama and romance. What makes Monogatari stand out is that the anime flows more like a novel than a typical anime. The anime is heavily driven by dialogue, and the weight of the narrative is placed on the lives of its cast. Each arc focuses on the personal story of one character, as seen through the eyes of the protagonist and narrator, Koyomi Araragi. Luckily, the cast of Monogatari is one of the most fascinating and well-developed that anime has to offer. Every main character, from the fan-favorite vampire Shinobu, to the wildly unpredictable Nadeko, is able to hold up an entire plotline of their own while flaunting vastly distinct personalities, designs and desires. Their interactions with Koyomi and the mythical entities that surround them push the narration forward and keep readers on edge. Most importantly, Koyomi rarely their knight in shining armor who comes to save the day.
The Monogatari Japanese anime television series is based on the light novel series of the same name, written by Nisio Isin with illustrations by Vofan. The series debuted with Bakemonogatari and aired 12 episodes between July 3 and September 25, , on the Tokyo MX television station. Three additional original net animation episodes were distributed on the anime's official website between November 3, , and June 25, A sequel titled Nisemonogatari aired 11 episodes between January 7 and March 17, Six further sequels were later adapted under the common moniker of Monogatari Series Second Season : Nekomonogatari White , Kabukimonogatari , Otorimonogatari , Onimonogatari , and Koimonogatari aired between July 6 and December 28, , [Note 2]  whereas Hanamonogatari , which was originally meant to air with the others in , was postponed and eventually broadcast separately on August 16,
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It centers around Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who survives a vampire attack and finds himself helping girls involved with a variety of apparitions, deities, ghosts, beasts, spirits, and other supernatural phenomena. Shaft has animated the Monogatari series multiple times since The first season of the anime adaptation consists of 30 episodes, which were broadcast in Japan between July and December The second season consists of 28 episodes broadcast between July and December , and the third and final season consists of 42 episodes broadcast between December and June A prequel anime film trilogy, Kizumonogatari , was released in and A manga series illustrated by Oh! The Monogatari series revolves around Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has almost restored his humanity after briefly becoming a vampire during spring break. To his surprise, he discovers that Hitagi weighs almost nothing, in defiance of physics. Despite being threatened to keep away, Koyomi offers his help and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an abandoned cram school who helped reverse his vampirism. Once Koyomi helps solve Hitagi's problem, she decides to become his girlfriend.