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This is exactly as the title states. How do I go about watching Monogatari?

I was reading some news on the CR site from http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/02/15/aniplex-of-america-to-release-nekomonogatari-black-and-monogatari-series-second-season and thought I might watch the series. Then I googled it and came up with Monogatari, Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogotari, and Nekomongotari.

How do I watch this series or where do I even start?? I found http://www.crunchyroll.com/bakemonogatari/videos and http://www.crunchyroll.com/monogatari on Crunchyroll but I don't know which I should be watching first. So many titles, what do I watch first and go from there??? Wikipedia didn't help either.
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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 6/12/16
This is the timeline I believe :

Kizumonogatari -> Nekomonogatari -> Bakemonogatari -> Nisemonogatari -> Monogatari 2nd Season

This is how they were released :

Bakemonogatari -> Nisemonogatari -> Nekomonogatari -> Kizumonogatari -> Monogatari 2nd Season

Essentially Bakemonogatari starts the series.
Kizu and Neko are prequels
Nise and 2nd season are sequels.

I don't remember whether Kizu was released as an anime or not lol, for some reason I think it was.
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I'm pretty sure this is the proper chronological order of story with what has been released so far:

Kizumonogatari (movie, not yet released)

Nekomonogatari Kuro (4 OVA episodes, released)

Bakemonogatari (tv series, 12 episodes are here on CR, the last 3 were released online and can be found elsewhere)

Nisemonogatari (tv series, 11 episodes all here on CR)

Monogatari Season 2 (tv series, 26 episodes all here on CR)

So with what you can watch here on CR, watch the bolded in that order.

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Thank you :''D
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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 2/15/14

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:

Thank you :''D


Don't watch in chronoligical story order,
Watch it in release order.
there is a reason shows like this are released in certain way.
So you can have the enjoyment of realizing stuff for your self

bakemono
nisemono
nekomono
monogatari 2nd

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Ahh, thank you.

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Posted 2/15/14 , edited 2/15/14
I'd have to agree with redcookie. Watch it in the order it was released.

Bakemonogatari

Nisemonogatari

Nekomonogatari

2nd Season

But before watching S2 I would highly recommend reading the LN.
There are somethings you just won't understand if you don't. It was supposed to be release before S2, but Madoka movies got in the way of that.
You won't miss out on a lot if you don't, but you'll thank me if you do.
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After you creamed yourself dry from watching the Monogatari Series look forward to the next upcoming season
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Even after re-watching these (I first watched this series in the order of Bake > Nise > Neko > 2nd), I still don't see much of a difference between watching Nekomonogatari first or Bakemonogatari first. If anything, you're still left in the dark without Kizu about quite a few background details.
You can't go wrong either way is what I'm trying to say I suppose because as I said, it didn't affect my viewing since I started with the same order redcookie suggests.
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Posted 2/16/14
And after all of that, or perhaps before, watch Katanagatari

Animated by a different studio, writtin by the same guy, AND NOTHING TO DO WITH THE REST OF GATARI. The name translates to "Sword Story" and is a 12-episode 1-hour each special OVA series.

It's got cool art, a great story, and you know...Samurai's > School Kids.

Not that school kids or Monogatari as a whole is bad, it's clearly good.

I'm just saying, when the guy wants to write about Samurai, he writes about fucking Samurai, and you should read/watch it.
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Posted 2/16/14 , edited 6/12/16
you watch it with your eyes, of course.
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Posted 2/16/14 , edited 2/16/14
It is actually slightly more complicated than listed above if you're legal because the last 3 episodes of Bakemonogatari have never been legally streamed here with English subtitles. So... either you buy the Bakemonogatari Boxed Set which includes episodes 13-15 or start here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/bakemonogatari/videos
Then watch the start of summary 3 from Monogatari as it details what happens in those 3 episodes, but stop before the part about the Fire Sisters... at 4:10
http://www.crunchyroll.com/monogatari/episode-16-summary-three-646525
Because the part about the Fire Sisters is Nisemonogatari so watch that next:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/nisemonogatari/
Then you have to watch Nekomonogatari Kuro (Black) which Crunchyroll doesn't have so either buy it (see article linked above) or watch it on Daisuki:
https://www.daisuki.net/movies/seriesdetail/n
Or watch summary episode 1 from Monogatari as it details what happens in Neko Black:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/monogatari/episode-6-summary-one-641819
Then watch the rest of Monogatari but skip the summary episodes if you like:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/monogatari
Then... you wait! For Hanamonogatari this year, maybe Kizumonogatari movie some year if ever... and then Monogatari Series Final Season! If Nisioisin ever finishes writing it...
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I believe the order that I was told was:

Bake
Nise
Neko OVA's
Mono SS

But I haven't even started watching (put Bake on hold after episode 1...), so I don't really know what I am talking about.
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iblessall wrote:

I believe the order that I was told was:

Bake
Nise
Neko OVA's
Mono SS

But I haven't even started watching (put Bake on hold after episode 1...), so I don't really know what I am talking about.


What are you doing with your life? Without Monogatari, there is no purpose in living.
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What can I say?

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