Best Monogatari Series Anime Watch Orders

Monogatari Series Anime

What do you think is the best anime series ever? In addition to lots of classic masterpieces that were born decades ago, more and more high-quality anime are created in Japan and distributed all over the world. Monogatari Series, which is also known as the first part’s title Bakemonogatari, is one of the greatest anime series of all time.

Based on the light novel series written by Nisio Isin (Nisioisin) since 2006, the renowned anime studio Shaft has made its anime adaptation since 2009. There are three major parts in the anime of Monogatari Series so far: First, Second and Final Season. They constitute 14 titles from Bakemonogatari to Zoku Owarimonogatari airing between 2009 and 2019.

Despite high popularity, Monogatari Series is also known as the most difficult anime to understand its watching order for the number of titles. Today, I’d like to introduce the best Monogatari Series watching order for both beginners and experiences audience who want to binge-watch in the right order. This Monogatari Series watch order guide also includes the other orders for the second and subsequent times.

Just understand how to watch Monogatari Series and fully enjoy the fantastic entire story!

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Anime Aired Order: Best for Beginners

Monogatari Series Watch Order

There are some popular ways to enjoy watching Monogatari series including an anime broadcast order, a light novel published order and a chronological order. To get straight to the point, the anime ordered order, made by the studio Shaft, is the best order to watch Monogatari Series.

The anime order is perfect especially for first timers, which help them to know correlations between the tales in the whole series. It’s not chronologically ordered but easy to get the storyline of Monogatari Series.

Let’s see detailed parts in the best anime watch order!

1. Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari (化物語), the first title of Monogatari Series, comprises five parts that have 15 episodes. Each of the Bakemonogatari parts follows each of the titular heroines in a respectful way: Hitagi Senjogahara, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku and Tsubasa Hanekawa. It also introduces other key characters such as Shinobu Oshino and Meme Oshino.

The second part Mayoi Maimai is also well known as Mayoi Snail in English, but I call Mayoi Maimai, the original title, for the avoidance of confusion since there is the title Mayoi Snail in Monster Season, which has not been adapted into the anime series.

Enjoy the first and most important part of the series in the beginning!

Aired: 2009

Season: First Season

Episodes: Hitagi Crab/Mayoi Maimai/Suruga Monkey/Nadeko Snake/Tsubasa Cat

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2. Nisemonogatari

Nisemonogatari

Nisemonogatari (偽物語) hit the air as the second title in the Monogatari Series first season, composed of 11 episodes. It focuses on the protagonist Koyomi’s little sisters Karen and Tsukihi, who are also known as the Fire Sisters. Nisemonogatari also introduces some apparition specialist characters Deishu Kaiki, Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki.

Aired: 2012

Season: First Season

Episodes: Karen Bee/Tsukihi Phoenix

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3. Nekomonogatari (Black)

Nekomonogatari (Black)

Nekomonogatari: Black (猫物語 黒) is the final part of the first season but takes before Bakemonogatari, centering on the incomparable heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa. These four Tsubasa Family episodes are set in Golden Week, series of four Japanese holidays from the end of April. That is to say, Nekomonogatari: Black is the earliest part in the first season but you can understand the story after watching Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari to get to know Tsubasa Hanekawa and what apparitions are like.

Aired: 2012

Season: First Season

Episodes: Tsubasa Family

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4. Nekomonogatari (White)

Nekomonogatari (White)

The second season of Monogatari Series starts with Nekomonogatari: White (猫物語 白), which has five episodes. Representing a serious personal problem of Tsubasa Hanekawa, it is set in the beginning of the second semester while the first season focuses on the first semester of Koyomi’s (and other same aged characters’) third year in the high school. Izuko Gaen, the leader of the apparition specialists, makes her first appearance in Nekomonogatari: White.

Aired: 2013

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Tsubasa Tiger

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5. Kabukimonogatari

Kabukimonogatari

As the four-episode second title of the second season, Kabukimonogatari (傾物語) presents a sci-fi story of Koyomi and Shinobu featuring the lost child Mayoi Hachikuji. It is set in the end of the final summer vacation. Koyomi and his partner vampire girl Shinobu goes back in time to the past with her supernatural power and try to change the history to save someone.

Aired: 2013

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Mayoi Jiangshi

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6. Otorimonogatari

Otorimonogatari

Following Nadeko Snake in Bakemonogatari, Otorimonogatari (囮物語) is the second title that concentrates on Nadeko Sengoku. It consists of four important episodes where she faces a new apparition problem. The story is intimately connected to Koimonogatari, one of the other Second Season titles.

Aired: 2013

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Nadeko Medusa

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7. Onimonogatari

Onimonogatari

Onimonogatari (鬼物語) is the four-episode fourth title of the second season. It is set in the same day as Nekomonogatari: White putting an emphasis on the side of Koyomi, Shinobu, Mayoi and Totsugi. Koyomi and Mayoi encounter a mysterious void like a small black hole and are pursued for unexplained reasons. And, Shinobu tells her past story when she was called Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade 400 years ago.

Aired: 2013

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Shinobu Time

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8. Koimonogatari

Koimonogatari

Composed of six episodes, Koimonogatari (恋物語) is the fifth title of the second season. Set in New Year’s Day, it revolves around an odd combination with Hitagi Senjogahara and Deishu Kaiki as the sequel to Otorimonogatari. The winter story play a critical role in the whole Monogatari Series though any other episodes are also indispensable.

Aired: 2013

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Hitagi End

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9. Hanamonogatari

Hanamonogatari

Monogatari Series Second Season ends with its sixth title Hanamonogatari (花物語), which is an almost independent episode that takes place the latest in the anime series. It emphasizes the third year of Suruga Kanbaru, when Koyomi graduates from the high school and enters a university. It is not a spin-off but touches some main issues including her monkey’s paw and lost mother Tooe Gaen.

Aired: 2014

Season: Second Season

Episodes: Suruga Devil

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10. Tsukimonogatari

Tsukimonogatari

Monogatari Series Final Season kicks off with its first title Tsukimonogatari (憑物語), which is composed of four episodes. It also plays a role as the penultimate episode, next to the last title Owarimonogatari Part 3. In Tsukimonogatari, Koyomi finds out there is something wrong with his half-vampire body and try to figure out what happens to him with the help of the specialists Yozuru Kagenui and Yotsugi Ononoki. The final apparition specialist Tadatsuru Teori first appears in the series.

Aired: 2014

Season: Final Season

Episodes: Yotsugi Doll

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11. Owarimonogatari Part 1 and 2

Owarimonogatari Part 1 and 2

Owarimonogatari Part 1 and 2 (終物語 上・中) comprises 12 episodes that are divided into two major parts. The past of Koyomi is being revealed by Ougi Formula, Sodachi Riddle and Sodachi Lost, where Sodachi Oikura, an important character for Koyomi, makes her first appearance in the series. They take place just before Otorimonogatari according to the neat chronological order. On the other hand, Shinobu Mail is key episodes for Shinobu and Koyomi, who have a showdown with Shinobu’s first relative Seishirou Shishirui. It is the sequel to Onimonogatari in the second season.

Aired: 2015

Season: Final Season

Episodes: Ougi Formula/Sodachi Riddle/Sodachi Lost/Shinobu Mail

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12. Koyomimonogatari

Koyomimonogatari

Koyomimonogatari (暦物語) centers on the titular protagonist Koyomi Araragi, which consist 12 spin-off short stories that are related to the main story. Each episode focuses on Koyomi and each of other main characters, which bridges a gap between the previous scattered stories.

Aired: 2016

Season: Final Season

Episodes: Koyomi Stone/Koyomi Flower/Koyomi Sand/Koyomi Water/Koyomi Wind/Koyomi Tree/Koyomi Tea/Koyomi Mountain/Koyomi Torus/Koyomi Seed/Koyomi Nothing/Koyomi Dead

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13. Kizumonogatari

Kizumonogatari

At the final stage, Kizumonogatari (傷物語) was released as a movie trilogy (Tekketsu, Nekketsu and Reiketsu). It is the very first story of Monogatari Series, presenting how Koyomi met Shinobu Oshino and was transformed into a half-vampire. You might like to watch this earlier as the original light novel of Kizumonogatari was published as the second title next to Bakemonogatari. In addition to the earliest main characters Koyomi, Shinobu (known as Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade at that time) and Meme, there are three vampire hunters Dramaturgy, Episode and Guillotine Cutter in the anime movies.

Aired: 2016

Season: First Season

Episodes: Koyomi Vamp

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14. Owarimonogatari Part 3

Owarimonogatari Part 3

The main story of Monogatari Series is completed once with Owarimonogatari Part 3 (終物語 下). There are three parts constituting seven episodes in Owarimonogatari Part 3. The final story begins with Mayoi Hell. It presents a question of what to do about the ghost girl Mayoi Hachikuji, who should not exist in the real world. Koyomi and Hitagi dominates Hitagi Rendezvous, which is set after koyomi finishes the university entrance exam. Finally, Ougi Dark depicts who on earth is Ougi Oshino and what happens to her. Binge-watch the series until the climax of Koyomi and Shinobu.

Aired: 2017

Season: Final Season

Episodes: Mayoi Hell/Hitagi Rendezvous/Ougi Dark

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15. Zoku Owarimonogatari

Zoku Owarimonogatari

The completed final season is followed by the sequel title Zoku Owarimonogatari (続・終物語). It tells a spin-off story after all incidents are concluded in the pst titles. Koyomi is transported to a strange world. He finds there are his familiar friends and sisters in the world but something is not quite right with them.

Aired: 2018 (Movie)/2019 (Television series)

Season: Final Season

Episodes: Koyomi Reverse

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2. Chronological Order: Best for Second-timers

Anime Monogatari Series Chronological Order

A chronological order is one of the most popular ways to watch Monogatari Series since lots of episodes go back and forth in time. For your information, here is the list of all anime episodes in the chronological order and when each episode takes place.

Source: https://www.monogatari-series.com/chronology.html

-Koyomi Vamp (Kizumonogatari): March 25

-Tsubasa Family (Nekomonogatari: Black): April 29

-Hitagi Crab (Bakemonogatari): May 8

-Mayoi Maimai (Bakemonogatari): May 14

-Suruga Monkey (Bakemonogatari): May 22

-Nadeko Snake (Bakemonogatari): Jume 11

-Tsubasa Cat (Bakemonogatari): June 13

-Karen Bee (Nisemonogatari): July 29

-Tsukihi Phoenix (Nisemonogatari): August 14

-Mayoi Jiangshi (Kabukimonogatari): August 20

-Shinobu Time (Onimonogatari): August 21

-Tsubasa Tiger (Nekomonogatari: White): August 21

-Shinobu Mail (Owarimonogatari Part 1&2): August 23

-Ougi Formula (Owarimonogatari Part 1&2): October 24

-Sodachi Riddle (Owarimonogatari Part 1&2): October 24

-Sodachi Lost (Owarimonogatari Part 1&2): October 24

-Nadeko Medusa (Otorimonogatari): October 31

-Hitagi End (Koimonogatari): January 1

-Yotsugi Doll (Tsukimonogatari): February 13

-Mayoi Hell (Owarimonogatari Part 3): March 13

-Hitagi Rendezvous (Owarimonogatari Part 3): March 14

-Ougi Dark (Owarimonogatari Part 3): March 14

-Koyomi Reverse (Zoku Owarimonogatari):March 16

-Suruga Devil (Hanamonogatari): April 9-21

*The spin-off title Koyomimonogatari could make you all confused. It’s recommended to watch the 12 episodes at once just before watching Mayoi Hell of Owarimonogatari Part 3. This is the timeline of Koyomimonogatari:

-Koyomi Stone (Koyomimonogatari): April 11

-Koyomi Flower (Koyomimonogatari): May 9

-Koyomi Sand (Koyomimonogatari): Sometime in June

-Koyomi Water (Koyomimonogatari): Sometime in July

-Koyomi Wind (Koyomimonogatari): Early August

-Koyomi Tree (Koyomimonogatari): Late September

-Koyomi Tea (Koyomimonogatari): Sometime in October

-Koyomi Mountain (Koyomimonogatari): November 1

-Koyomi Torus (Koyomimonogatari): Sometime in December

-Koyomi Seed (Koyomimonogatari): Mid January

-Koyomi Nothing (Koyomimonogatari): Late February

-Koyomi Dead (Koyomimonogatari): March 13

3. Light Novel Published Order

After completing Monogatari Series in the anime aired order or the chronological order like above, it’s interesting to try this Light Novel Published Order formed by the author Nisio Isin (Nisioisin).

This article suggests why you should binge-read the Monogatari Series light novel in the light novel published order!

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  1. Kizumonogatari
  2. Nisemonogatari
  3. Nekomonogatari (Black)
  4. Nekomonogatari (White)
  5. Kabukimonogatari
  6. Hanamonogatari
  7. Otorimonogatari
  8. Onimonogatari
  9. Koimonogatari
  10. Tsukimonogatari
  11. Koyomimonogatari
  12. Owarimonogatari (1)
  13. Owarimonogatari (2)
  14. Owarimonogatari (3)
  15. Zoku Owarimonogatari
  16. Orokamonogatari
  17. Wazamonogatari
  18. Nademonogatari
  19. Musubimonogatari
  20. Shinobumonogatari
  21. Yoimonogatari
  22. Amarimonogatari
  23. Ougimonogatari
  24. Shinomonogatari

Conclusion: Best Order to Watch Monogatari Series

For Monogatari Series first-timers, it’s highly recommended to enjoy it in the anime aired order listed above. It is not impossible to order by episode instead of title, but the complicated order list may confuse you. Just simply enjoy Monogatari Series by title!

And, I suggest there are other ways to enjoy the renowned anime series. It is worth repeating watching some times!

▽To enjoy the following story after the anime series, check where the Monogatari Series anime ends in light novels!▽

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