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Monogatari Series are animated series based on a novel written by NISIOISIN. By the way, NISIO ISIN is a palindrome! Did you know that? The author loves playing with words, so I would like you to read the original novel (if possible) before watching the anime. There are a lot of very unique lyrics and descriptions, so I am sure you will enjoy it as a novel too. Of course the anime reproduces NISIO ISIN’s unique world and the video, with completely enjoyable lyrics of characters and descriptions!

Currently Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari, Tsukimonogatari, and Owarimonogatari are animated, while Kizumonogatari is now on theater!

Monogatari Series Second Season is broadcasted for 2 cours* since July 2013, and now the first half of Kizumonogatari is on theater! In Monogatari Series, several female characters take turns to be a heroin, while it’s been a while that Oshino Shinobu became the main character in Kizumonogatari! She is not a human but a vampire, and I love her cute appearance which doesn’t suit to her massive power and arrogant attitude! I am already excited to see the next half soon! (*“Cour” is derived from a French word originally, used as “3 month term in broadcasting”.)

The main character is Koyomi Araragi in all the stories. He is a normal guy, and generally kind, but he is sometimes strangely attached to something like Hentai and I still feel he is strange. What a waste it is, although he is kind.

He has 2 younger sisters, and their names are Araragi Karen and Araragi Tsukihi. Both of them are called “Fire Sisters”, and my favorite character is Araragi Tsukihi-Chan!!!! Her character and looking are “exactly younger sister!” and she’s so cute, but her charming point is Kimono she always wears! If you love Japan, you will like her too! Nisemonogatari is a story about the Fire Sisters basically, so check it out if you like them!

Also, there are Hitagi Senjogahara, who is a girl friend of Koyomi Araragi and as a girl related to grotesque things, Tsubasa Hanekawa, who’s his class mate and friend, Nadeko Sengoku, cherished as an older brother, Mayoi Hachikuji who’s a lost ghost, and BL loving junior fellow Suruga Kanbaru. All of them are the main characters, so they are popular! Actually, who else was in Monogatari Series…? (Of course there are more!!)

Strong characters, interesting unfolded stories, and the world which cannot be seen anywhere else fascinates a lot of fans still now! You better check this series first, if you want to talk about Japanese anime! This is a must-check anime!

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