Please be noted that I will now review Monogatari series as a whole, including Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Tsukimonogatari, Nekomonogatari Hanamonogatari, Owarimonogatari, Kizumonogatari, and also Koyomimonogatari. I decided to review them all as one because they are all connected and I can’t just do the review one by one without spoiling things, so I think that it’s better this way.
Monogatari series are originally pretty popular books with a lot of anime adaptation. I started to watch them accidentally after I saw Bakemonogatari on myAnimeList, and now these series have become one of my favorite anime ever. I have no doubt that I will watch them all over again one day.
The story revolves around Araragi Koyomi, a high school student with a unique point of view, especially towards his relationship with other people. It all begins when he helped a vampire during the spring break. After that, his life changed where he met apparitions around him. No matter how hard and life-threatening it is, Araragi always tries to help others in trouble, and this is his story.
At the beginning, when I watched Bakemonogatari, I have a rather skeptical opinion toward the anime because it is a bit confusing with a lot of plot hole. However, I tried to finish them all and I’m glad that I did. The story is amazing, with all the surprises and the twists. That is enough for me to explain why you should watch Monogatari series. But, the story is not the only thing that make the series go to my top list.
Each characters have their own trait that make them unique. Even though there are a lot of characters in the series, I can recall every one of them quite easily. So, basically, with that much of episodes, every characters are explained well in the right portion. I can’t even choose just one favorite character because I like most of them. Though if I really have to choose then I will choose either Shinobu or Koyomi.
Apart from the story, I really like the artwork. Character designs might not be the strongest part, yet the artwork on the background is beautiful. It is not consistent, because sometimes the background can be really simple and in a static mode, while the other times, the background can be very detail. However, this kind of style is very unique and it just works. Somehow, the changing style in the background really supports the story and the flow of the anime.
Next is the music. For me, actually the music is not the best compared to other anime out there. But, the important thing is that the music also supports the story. Also, the opening and ending are various. Some are very catchy like “Platinum Disco”, while some are very pleasing like “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”. Some of them go through my playlist, but I can’t say that I enjoy every opening and ending song from Monogatari series.
Overall, if I have to review in detail, then you will find some minus points like the character design and the music. But, of course in the end I watch them as a whole package, and I can say that Monogatari series are must watch. For some of you who haven’t watched it, there are two options of how to watch the series now that the anime are completed. First is to watch them in based on when the anime is released, or to watch them based on the timeline of the story.
If you want to watch it the first way, which I preferred, then go through this order: Bakemonogatari – Nisemonogatari – Nekomonogatari (Black) – Monogatari Series Second Season – Hanamonogatari – Tsukimonogatari – Owarimonogatari – Koyomimonogatari – Kizumonogatari – Owarimonogatari second season.
The second way, based on the timeline of the story, they are: Kizumonogatari – Nekomonogatari (Black) – Bakemonogatari – Nisemonogatari – Monogatari Series second season – Tsukimonogatari – Owarimonogatari – Koyomimonogatari – Owarimonogatari second season – Hanamonogatari.
Some also said that there are still some anime included in the series that are still in the making or to be announced later. Of course I will wait pleasantly, but if you want to start watching, then I don’t think that you need to really wait until all of the anime are out.
P.S.: there might be a mistake about the order. If so, please kindly tell me via comment.
Personal overall rating: 9.80