2013 is the year of Monogatari shows, it seems

2:00 PM on 01.02.2013

Josh Tolentino

Managing Editor

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I'll admit it: I love me some Bakemonogatari and can't get enough of it. But really now, SHAFT and Aniplex seem dead set on testing my dedication this year, having just announced a bumper crop of -Monogatari-franchise anime adaptations.

Seriously, a short, surprisingly tense-sounding trailer located here advertises the coming of the "Second Season" of the Monogatari series. 

In case you were thinking that Nisemonogatari was the second season of that, it seems what they refer to by "Second Season" is the next story arc in the series, namely a Nisioisin's Nekomonogatari (White), Kabukimonogatari, Hanamonogatari, Otorimonogatari, Onimonogatari, and Koimonogatari. Apparently, Nekomonogatari (Black), which aired in a four-episode blast over New Year's, was merely the last story in the "First Season", completing that half of the franchise. 

And what of Kizumonogatari, the movie adaptation of Koyomi's origin story? Not a peep was heard regarding what is effectively the Monogatari equivalent to Tolkien's The Hobbit. One can only assume it'll happen eventually, but from the looks of things SHAFT have all these new series on their minds instead.

Can there be too much of a good thing? Yes, though I'm hoping that SHAFT and co. plan to prove their work an exception to that possibility.

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