Ah, The Monogatari Series. Love it or hate it, it has become one of anime’s most recognizable series to date; garnering mass appeal due to its quirky visuals, interesting characters, and excellent dialogue. However, as the series was originally written as a personal project by Nisio Isin before being pressed to publish it, the timeline is all over the place, and it can get confusing trying to wrap your head around what’s happening in relation to previous events. Thus I present you my recommended, but not necessary viewing/reading order of this ubiquitous series, along with the chronological dates.

(Note: At time of writing, Kizumonogatari and Koyomimonogatari are not readily available legally. If you’d rather not wait for them to be fully released, there is an English printing of the Kizu light novel available now, and Koyomimonogatari is just a series of short side stories that don’t really contribute to the overarching plot besides the last two episodes.)

  1. Bakemonogatari: Hitagi Crab (May 8th, Year X)
  2. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Flower (May 9th - May 10th, Year X)
  3. Bakemonogatari: Mayoi Snail (May 14th, Year X)
  4. Bakemonogatari: Suruga Monkey (May 23rd - May 27th, Year X)
  5. Bakemonogatari: Nadeko Snake (June 11th - June 12th, Year X)
  6. Bakemonogatari: Tsubasa Cat (June 13th - June 16th, Year X)
  7. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Sand (Late June, Year X)
  8. Kizumonogatari: Koyomi Vamp (March 25th - April 8th, Year X)
  9. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Stone (April 11th - April 12th, Year X)
  10. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Water (Certain weekend in July, Year X)
  11. Nisemonogatari: Karen Bee (July 29th - July 30th, Year X)
  12. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Wind (Early August, Year X)
  13. Nisemonogatari: Tsukihi Phoenix (August 14th, Year X)
  14. Nekomonogatari Black: Tsubasa Family (April 29th - May 7th, Year X)
  15. Kabukimonogatari: Mayoi Jiangshi (August 20th - August 21st, Year X)
  16. Onimonogatari: Shinobu Time (August 21st - August 23rd, Year X)
  17. Nekomonogatari White: Tsubasa Tiger (August 21st - August 24th, Year X)
  18. Koyomimonogatari:Koyomi Tree (Late September, Year X)
  19. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Tea (Certain weekday in October, Year X)
  20. Owarimonogatari: Ougi Formula (October 23rd, Year X)
  21. Owarimonogatari: Sodachi Riddle/Lost (October 24th - October 25th, Year X)
  22. Otorimonogatari: Nadeko Medusa (October 31st - November 2nd, Year X)
  23. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Torus (December, Year X)
  24. Koimonogatari: Hitagi End (January 1st - February 1st, Year X+1)
  25. Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll (February 13th - February 14th, Year X+1)
  26. Owarimonogatari: Shinobu Mail (August 23rd - August 24th, Year X/March 13, Year X+1)
  27. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Nothing (March 13th, Year X+1)
  28. Koyomimonogatari: Koyomi Dead (March 13th, Year X+1)
  29. Owarimonogatari Season 2: Mayoi Hell (March 13, Year X+1)
  30. Owarimonogatari Season 2: Hitagi Rendezvous (March 14th, Year X+1)
  31. Owarimonogatari Season 2: Ougi Dark (March 14th - March 15th, Year X+1)
  32. Hanamonogatari: Suruga Devil (April 9th - April 21st, Year X+1)

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