Monogatari Final Thoughts

At its best moments, Monogatari is a masterpiece of experimental animation, visual style, and storytelling. It’s a series of artistic, metaphorically supernatural occurrences rooted in Japanese folklore that apply on a much wider scale, dissecting deep-seated beliefs and ideologies held by society at large while feeling intimately personal. At its worst moments, Monogatari is a horny fan-service filled indulgence that sugarcoats predatory, pedophilic and incestual themes and behaviors with a flimsy excuse of meta-commentary and loopholes to make it easier on the viewer to not feel guilty and admit that they are, in essence, consuming and enjoying a consequence-free fantasy in which the hero can get away with sexual harassment because he’s (most of the time) a “nice person.”

Monogatari and Problematic Media

The idea that you’re either “all for” or “all against” something is absolute baloney and downright childish. The good, interesting, and beautiful parts of Monogatari don’t nullify, make up for, or make the terrible parts “worth it.” The terrible parts of it don’t mean that Monogatari doesn’t bring anything to the table.

Koyomimonogatari

Part of the Monogatari Series - "Sequel" to Owarimonogatari (1st Season) Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Mystery, Ecchi Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Profanity, Suggestive Themes, violence) Platforms: None (Was initially released on a Japanese mobile app) Episodes: Twelve 13-minute episodes TheAwersome Rating: 7.2 / 10 (Back to dialogue-only) Premise: In each episode, Koyomi is presented with a different mystery... Continue Reading →

Kizumonogatari Trilogy

Part of the Monogatari Series - Prequel to Nekomonogatari Kuro (Black) Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Action, Mystery Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Violence, Gore, Profanity – more than series) Platforms: None Episodes: 3 One-hour movies TheAwersome Rating: 8.9 / 10 (Very Different, Stellar) Premise: During Koyomi Araragi's second year at Naoetsu Private High School, he has a chance encounter... Continue Reading →

Owarimonogatari (1st Season)

Part of the Monogatari Series - Sequel to Tsukimonogatari Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Mystery, Psychological Age-Appropriateness: 17+ (Violence, Profanity) Platforms: Crunchyroll Episodes: 12 TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (Here’s good stuff) Premise: During October of his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino by his underclassman Suruga... Continue Reading →

Tsukimonogatari

Part of the Monogatari Series - Sequel to Monogatari Series: Second Season Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Ecchi, Mystery, Psychological Age-Appropriateness: 16+ (Violence, Profanity, Partial Nudity) Platforms: Crunchyroll Episodes: 4 (Presented as one piece) TheAwersome Rating: 7.1 / 10 (back to eye rolling) Premise: Koyomi Araragi is studying hard in preparation for his college entrance exams when... Continue Reading →

Hanamonogatari

Part of the Monogatari Series - Sequel to Monogatari Series: Second Season Genre(s): Seinen, Supernatural, Psychological, Mystery, Ecchi Age-Appropriatenes: 16+ (Violence, Profanity, partial nudity) Platforms: Crunchyroll, Hulu Episodes: 5 (Presented as one piece) TheAwersome Rating: 8.3 / 10 (Quality Monogatari) Premise: Now that Koyomi Araragi and Hitagi Senjougahara have graduated, very few familiar faces remain... Continue Reading →

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