Post Reply What is -MONOGATARI, and why is there so many of them?
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I watched 5 minutes of owarimonogatari and was like uhhhhhhhh what and stopped, what is the appeal of this series, are they all connected? Fill me in
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Watch Bakemonogatari first. I don't know why they don't just have them all in the same place listed in order
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Here is watch order:

https://m.reddit.com/r/araragi/comments/253p64/the_orders_to_monogatari_condensed_version/

It is essentially one big supernatural story that tells it by jumping around on the time line at certain points.

The subs go by very quickly at times and it is a show that requires your full attention when watching it. It is a hard anime to follow at times so don't worry if you can't get it.
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Still don't have those last three episodes of Bake on CR, huh?

Gonna want to watch them in that airing order, yeah.
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To answer the initial question:

The Monogatari series is a conversation-heavy show that is part mystery, part horror, part romance, part comedy, part ecchi harem, and part supernatural thriller.

The center of the show is Araragi Koyomi; before the first show starts, he is turned into a vampire and then turned back, although with some lingering "side effects". At first, the show is about Araragi helping other people (mostly girls) to solve their supernatural problems. In the first season (called Bakemonogatari, as mentioned), you have a classmate who is weightless, a kouhei with a gorilla's arm, a lost young girl, and a class rep who is possessed by a cat demon. Starting with Monogatari: Second Season, the show branches out a bit, and you start having plot arcs that don't really involve Araragi at all, which involve the ever-increasing cast helping each other solve their problems.

It has a very distinct and interesting art style, and a lot of witty dialogue. At its best, it is clever and interesting, and uses the supernatural elements as proxies for real, serious problems. In those times, it's brilliant and a sheer pleasure to watch. That being said, it's sometimes slow (verging on boring), sometimes it takes its perverted sense of humor into "just plain uncomfortable" territory, and it is often-times just plain weird.
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Monogatari is one of those weird shows that look like they're a very niche thing, but actually sell like hot cakes.
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Xmas_Hat wrote:

I watched 5 minutes of owarimonogatari and was like uhhhhhhhh what and stopped, what is the appeal of this series, are they all connected? Fill me in


I've moved this the the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum. If you want some sense of the parts of the story that have been told so far then do watch through the other seasons, but to be honest I'm not sure it's strictly necessary, since even doing that the story is presented in a patchwork sort of way.

For me the appeal is largely the heavily stylized visual design including a kind of staccato presentation in the visuals and in the conversation--but I think that style is a big part of what can initially make people go "uhhhhhh what" if they aren't (or maybe even if they are) entranced by it as an art experience. So I'm happy to get sucked in by the artsy look and feel, and care less about having a solid grasp of the story--just absorbing that somewhat impressionistically. To others I guess it can just look like game-playing pretentiousness--and it might be.
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From a language viewpoint, "Monogatari" simply means "story." Therefore you will find a lot of unrelated series also including the word "Monogatari."
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