Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Mystery, Ecchi
Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Profanity, violence, suggestive themes)
Episodes: 7 (presented as two 2-part episodes and one 3-part)
TheAwersome Rating: 8.1 / 10 (Good wrap)
Premise: Following an encounter with oddity specialist Izuko Gaen, third-year high school student Koyomi Araragi wakes up in a strange, deserted void only to be greeted by a joyfully familiar face in an alarmingly unfamiliar place. Araragi, with the help of his girlfriend Hitagi Senjougahara, maneuvers through the webs of his past and the perplexities of the present in search of answers. However, fate once again delivers him to the eccentric transfer student Ougi Oshino, who brings forth an unexpected proposal that may unearth the very foundation to which he is anchored. As Araragi peels back the layers of mystery surrounding an apparition, he discovers a truth not meant to be revealed.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This was a great wrap-up for the series (Ha, just kidding, they aren’t going stop making Monogatari episodes, there’s another movie/6-episode installment). The series ends in somewhat of a chiasmus format: with the characters it began with, which I really appreciated. Honestly some of my favorite things in Monogatari is seeing Araragi and Senjougahara’s relationship (stargazing episode still one of my favorite anime episodes) and we get more of that in this so YAY! The animators have a lot more fun with the bizarre visuals, which is also a plus.
The ending reveal is satisfyingly rooted in a sense of reality and introspection the way a good spiritual supernatural story should be. The way it resolves, however, does smell a bit strongly of a Dr. Who styled Deus Ex Machina. Since we already watched Hanamonogatari, though, we already knew part of how this would play out, so the writer sort of bound himself with that.
TLDR: Good solid wrap-up of Monogatari, very low ecchi.
CHRONOLOGY: Owarimonogatari (2nd Season) takes place immediately following the final episode of Koyomimonogatari, which is one month after the events of Tsukimonogatari.
As of now, there is only one more installment in the Monogatari anime series. Whether or not they’ll do adaptations of the other seven LNs that have been written and the other two planned is uncertain, as they all are in the “extra” category. The Light Novels were released in groupings that Nisio Isin (author) labeled Seasons; the anime spans the stories that make up the First, Second, and Final Seasons of the LNs. The other LNs that have been written are in groupings labeled the “Off Season” and the “Monster Season,” so there is potential for more, but for a non-shonen anime to span more than 10 years with the same cast is rare.