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Review: Kizumonogatari

I don't think I could ever think of the Monogatari series without Shaft's trademark animation and visuals. It would be like eating PB and J sandwiches all my life and then discovering peanut butter could exist on starch without its conserve...

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Let's break down the Kizumonogatari movie trailers

It's a very interesting time for English literate Monogatari fans. With the first officially translated Monogatari light novel coinciding with the often delayed and heavily anticipated Kizumonogatari movie set to release later thi...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episode 12

The Monogatari series can be sometimes hard to follow. Lots of characters interact in the background, a substantial amount of lore and exposition is dumped on the watcher every two episodes, and if you're a subtitle reader you'll spend the ...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episode 11

The Monogatari series is part of the rare breed of anime genres of having a lot of harem traits and showing the consequences of misleading actions. Araragi being a harem lead has perverted tendencies, but also the decency not to cheat ...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episodes 9-10

Monogatari fans that love reading will really enjoy these next two episodes. Monogatari fans that like Izuko Gaen and think that she isn't in the show enough will really like these episodes. Monogatari fans that also like Monogatari would a...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episode 8

From reading posts by anime fans whenever a show has a selection of female characters (often attractive) one of them will be selected as best. This is an entirely opinionated but I think the most common favourite in the Monogatari ...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari episode 7

Today marks the start of the last of arc in Owarimonogatari; Shinobu Mail. This arc will last half the season and clocks in at 6 episodes. It has only just dawned on me after this episode that I've found the entire season incredibly difficu...

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Annotated Anime: Owarimonogatari Episodes 2-6

Since I've been behind on recapping Owarimonogatari, I was planning on writing a recap every time an arc had finished. This plan would've been perfect as it gave me more time in between each write up to catch up on other stuff like real lif...

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First Impressions: Owarimonogatari

Like Christmas, Halloween, and other holidays that I like to celebrate maybe once or twice a year and the same holds true for the release schedule of the Monogatari series. Last year's holiday season brought the four-part epic Tsukimon...

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Shaft mash up art exhibit Madogatari looks incredible!

Shaft has to be one of my favourite anime studios just because they made the Monogatari Series. I love that anime to pieces; from the extremely witty dialogue to the contrasting colour art style. The studio is coming up to its 40th annivers...

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Nise and Nekomonogatari Kuro Blu-ray set announced

A limited box set containing the Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black Blu-rays has been announced. New cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe was released recently featuring Araragi and his vampire counterpart Shinobu re...

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More toothbrushes featured in Monogatari short stories

The Anime Monogatari Series Heroine line of books is something I desperately want translated. Each one focusses on a heroine from the anime Monogatari and includes interviews from voice actors, production staff, and most...

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The Dose: Luna Haruna

You know the holidays are really upon us when you start seeing snow in your favorite music videos! This week we're kicking off the dose with the painfully adorable, Luna Haruna. The Gothic Lolita superstar seems to have made the transition...

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Short PV for Koimonogatari storyline

Briefly: here's a fresh PV for Koimonogatari, the last story arc of Monogatari's second season. There's not a ton here, but if you're breathlessly awaiting each episode, this is a good way to tide yourself over. I haven't been paying close...

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Kotobukiya releases all new Monogatari figures

Is it just me, or does it seem that I'm like, the biggest Monogatari fangirl here? Anyways, ahhhh! An entire new series of figures for the anime are going to be released by Kotobukiya in 2014! I'm mainly focused on how cute Shinobu loo...

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Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts coming soon

Looks like the third Puella Magi Madoka Magica film in Japan will get something extra! SHAFT has announced they'll be releasing four Madoka Magica x Monogatari shorts that will air prior to the movie encouraging courtesy and proper behavior...

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See the next chapter of the Monogatari Series

I have to say, it feels almost weird to be posting this trailer. Not that this new trailer for the next part of Monogatari Series Second Season is at all "weird", but that the show is still going. I usually expect Shaft-animated shows...

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Brush your Teeth! Daisuki.net to simulcast Monogatari S2

This is going to make me into a big target, but I could never get into the Monogatari series. However, I will admit I did enjoy the relationship between Araragi and Hitagi, along with the fact that Karen made a reference to Dekamaster from ...

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Toothbrush time! Aniplex licenses Monogatari S2, Nekokuro

Rejoice, fans of licensing acquisitions, for another one of those has happened! In a move that's sure to delight fans of the Monogatari franchise, Aniplex of America has announced their pickup of the latest two Monogatari propert...


2013 is the year of Monogatari shows, it seems

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...


Purr in excitement at the Nekomonogatari (Black) trailer

Rejoice -monogatari series fans, for your catgirl goddess has arrived! Or rather, will be arriving soon, as Nekomonogatari (Black) has just received a trailer in advance of its December 31st airing. In case you've been hiding und...


Friday Night Fights: Urabe vs Hitagi

*ding, ding, ding* It's over! 00 Raiser thought that it could gain the upper hand by using Trans-Am, but Jehuty's reflexes and Zero Shift ability allowed it to dodge Raiser's attacks with ease. And going straight for the kill, Jehuty takes ...


Purr in delight: Nekomonogatari (Black) getting an anime

Time to rejoice, fans of all things -monogatari, because yet another installment of the favored -monogatari property, Bakemonogatari, is on its way. Not content to animate Nisemonogatari (Bakemonogatari's 2nd season) some months ago, as wel...


Bakemonogatari BD US release date and price listed

I know Bakemonogatari can be a pretty divisive series, but for what it's worth I really dug it. Aniplex announced earlier this year that they were planning on releasing the series on BD in America this fall, and if Right Stuf is to be belie...


Lawson is giving away this stupid Nisemonogatari hat

Remember Yotsugi Ononoki, the familiar from the "Tsukihi Phoenix" story in Nisemonogatari? Remember that derpy hat she wore? Now you too can put that silly hat on your head! From May 22 to June 4, Lawson convenience store customers can buy ...


Golf and Nisemonogatari? Sure, why not?

SG Interactive’s golf MMORPG Pangya United has partnered with Aniplex USA to bring several in-game items inspired by Shaft's hit series Nisemonogatari. Starting today, players will be able to have their avatars “cosplay” ...


All of the Monogatari novels will be animated

While Akiyuki Shinbo, the director over at Shaft, had mentioned before that he would like to animate all of the novels in Nisio Isin's 'Monogatari' series, it still comes as somewhat of a surprise that it is actually happening. Bakemonogata...


Sakura-Con '12: Aniplex USA licenses Bakemonogatari

After tons and tons of begging, a US licensor has finally heard our plea. Aniplex USA announced today at its Sakura-Con panel that it had licensed the beloved Shaft anime Bakemonogatari and its follow-up Nisemonogatari. The series is b...


Get 'em here, fresh screens of Bakemonogatari PSP

Making random-ass PSP adaptations of your favorite late-night anime shows is all the rage for publishers looking to make a quick buck in the game industry, and nothing is safe, not even talking-and-harem-building anime like Bakemonogatari. ...


Final Impressions: Nisemonogatari

Director Akiyuki Shinbo and studio Shaft are one of my favorite pairings in anime. The series they work on usually have an extremely strong sense of identity, style, and vision, so even if they have failings, they're worth a watch anyway, j...


A Daily Dose of Music: Our Favorite Anime Endings

Well guys and gals, it's that time again! We peek into that dark and disturbing place known as the souls of your all star Japanator editors. We had a great time sharing our favorite openings with you on The Daily Dose, but that's only half ...


Nisemonogatari ends "To Be Continued," hints at more

Speaking of anime endings, it's shades of Bakemonogatari all over again, as Nisemonogatari goes off the air with the promise of more. Last time, Shaft ran into production troubles and had to release the final three episodes of the 15-episod...


First Bakemonogatari Portable commercial tells us nothing

Banpresto is making Bakemonogatari Portable for PSP, despite the fact that the anime it's based on is almost entirely talking. This first trailer shows some 3D versions of the characters, but otherwise gives no indication as to wh...


Oh hey, Bakemonogatari is getting a videogame

Imaginatively, it's going to be titled Bakemonogatari Portable. Not much else is known, but given the "Bakemonogatari" moniker, it'll probably involve girls with both personal and supernatural problems to be solved by one Koyomi Ararararara...


A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

Clara and Alice are back to cause some musical mischief! This time they bring us their new single, Naisho no Hanashi. The cute song is currently being used as the ending to Nisemonogatari, which to my surprise, I've been really en...


First Impressions: Nisemonogatari

Every person I know who watched Bakemonogatari either loved it or hated it. There were plenty of reasons to dislike it. There was little-to-no action, with even backgrounds feeling static. The unyielding dialogue often consisted of complica...


Crunchyroll simulcasting Nisemonogatari, among others

The Winter 2012 season is upon us, and that means it's time for the licensing announcements to start rolling in! Bust out your Crunchyroll accounts, because they've acquired simulcasting rights for Bakemonogatari sequel Nisemonogatari. Ever...


NisiOisin's next work is set to be a detective story!

Weaver of words NisiOisin is looking to move away from his Monogatari series and begin anew. Kodansha has announced that his brand new novel series will be called Tantei Toshi Densetsu (Urban Legends Detective). No word yet on what we can e...


ClariS and ryo team up for the Nisemonogatari ED

Are you excited yet? In a little over a month we get to see more supernatural oddities with Araragi and company, so the preview and video spam has just started! If you head over here to the official website, you will be able to view a (very...


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