Monogatari Series Watch Order

Monogatari Series Watch Order

Introduction

Since the Monogatari series is my favorite anime, and the order in which to watch it can be confusing, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the three main watch orders for the series. This guide is specifically for the anime, so if you’re looking for a reading guide, this may not be helpful for you.

The three different viewing orders in this post are the anime order, the light novel order, and the chronological order. I’ll be continuously updating this post as new parts of the series are adapted to anime. The next part to be adapted will be Zoku Owarimonogatari.

Zoku Owarimonogatari anime movie release banner from the Monogatari series
Zoku Owarimonogatari Release Banner

Anime Order

The anime airing order is the order I suggest watching the series in. Put simply, this is the order in which the various parts of the series were released in anime form, and it’s slightly different from the release order that the original author intended (light novel order).

That said, I find this order to be the best because most of the changes between this and light novel order don’t really matter all that much, with the exception of Kizumonogatari. In this order, Kizumonogatari comes much later in the series.

The importance of the placement of Kizumonogatari is due to the fact that chronologically it comes before the rest of the currently adapted parts. Since it serves as the beginning of the story, having it come late in the series means there’s a lot of mystery throughout the story which only makes sense later on.

I actually liked having the mystery of how everything began and why certain characters act the way they do because it made the contents of Kizumonogatari all that much more exciting when everything was finally revealed.

  • First Season
    • Bakemonogatari
      • Hitagi Crab Part 1
      • Hitagi Crab Part 2
      • Mayoi Snail Part 1
      • Mayoi Snail Part 2
      • Mayoi Snail Part 3
      • Suruga Monkey Part 1
      • Suruga Monkey Part 2
      • Suruga Monkey Part 3
      • Nadeko Snake Part 1
      • Nadeko Snake Part 2
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 1
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 2
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 3
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 4
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 5
    • Nisemonogatari
      • Karen Bee Part 1
      • Karen Bee Part 2
      • Karen Bee Part 3
      • Karen Bee Part 4
      • Karen Bee Part 5
      • Karen Bee Part 6
      • Karen Bee Part 7
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 1
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 2
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 3
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 4
    • Nekomonogatari Black
      • Tsubasa Family Part 1
      • Tsubasa Family Part 2
      • Tsubasa Family Part 3
      • Tsubasa Family Part 4
  • Second Season
    • Nekomonogatari White
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 1
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 2
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 3
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 4
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 5
    •  Kabukimonogatari
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 1
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 2
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 3
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 4
    • Otorimonogatari
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 1
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 2
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 3
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 4
    • Onimonogatari
      • Shinobu Time Part 1
      • Shinobu Time Part 2
      • Shinobu Time Part 3
      • Shinobu Time Part 4
    •  Koimonogatari
      • Hitagi End Part 1
      • Hitagi End Part 2
      • Hitagi End Part 3
      • Hitagi End Part 4
      • Hitagi End Part 5
      • Hitagi End Part 6
    • Hanamonogatari
      • Suruga Devil Part 1
      • Suruga Devil Part 2
      • Suruga Devil Part 3
      • Suruga Devil Part 4
      • Suruga Devil Part 5
  • Final Season
    • Tsukimonogatari
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 1
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 2
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 3
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 4
    • Owarimonogatari I
      • Ougi Formula Part 1
      • Ougi Formula Part 2
      • Sodachi Riddle Part 1
      • Sodachi Riddle Part 2
      • Sodachi Lost Part 1
      • Sodachi Lost Part 2
      • Sodachi Lost Part 3
      • Shinobu Mail Part 1
      • Shinobu Mail Part 2
      • Shinobu Mail Part 3
      • Shinobu Mail Part 4
      • Shinobu Mail Part 5
      • Shinobu Mail Part 6
    • Koyomimonogatari
      • Koyomi Stone
      • Koyomi Flower
      • Koyomi Sand
      • Koyomi Water
      • Koyomi Wind
      • Koyomi Tree
      • Koyomi Tea
      • Koyomi Mountain
      • Koyomi Torus
      • Koyomi Seed
      • Koyomi Nothing
      • Koyomi Dead
    • Kizumonogatari
      • Part 1: Tekketsu
      • Part 2: Nekketsu
      • Part 3: Reiketsu
    • Owarimonogatari II
      • Mayoi Hell Part 1
      • Mayoi Hell Part 2
      • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 1
      • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 2
      • Ougi Dark Part 1
      • Ougi Dark Part 2
      • Ougi Dark Part 3
    • Zoku Owarimonogatari
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 1
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 2
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 3
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 4
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 5
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 6

Light Novel Order

The light novel order is simply the order in which the parts of the series were originally released by the author. The major difference between this order and the anime order is the placement of Kizumonogatari as I’ve previously mentioned.

Rather than being grouped in the “Final Season,” Kizumonogatari is grouped in the “First Season” just after Bakemonogatari. While placement gets rid of a lot of the mystery of the anime order, it replaces it with information about the characters early on in the series.

While that’s the major change between these two viewing orders, the first minor change is the placement of Hanamonogatari. In the anime order it came after Koimonogatari, but in this order it comes between Kabukimonogatari and Otorimonogatari.

The second minor change in this order is the placement of Koyomimonogatari. It comes between Owarimonogatari I and Owarimonogatari II in the anime order, but comes before both of them in the light novel order. From a chronological standpoint, the anime placement of Koyomimonogatari makes more sense.

  • First Season
    • Bakemonogatari
      • Hitagi Crab Part 1
      • Hitagi Crab Part 2
      • Mayoi Snail Part 1
      • Mayoi Snail Part 2
      • Mayoi Snail Part 3
      • Suruga Monkey Part 1
      • Suruga Monkey Part 2
      • Suruga Monkey Part 3
      • Nadeko Snake Part 1
      • Nadeko Snake Part 2
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 1
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 2
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 3
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 4
      • Tsubasa Cat Part 5
    • Kizumonogatari
      • Part 1: Tekketsu
      • Part 2: Nekketsu
      • Part 3: Reiketsu
    • Nisemonogatari
      • Karen Bee Part 1
      • Karen Bee Part 2
      • Karen Bee Part 3
      • Karen Bee Part 4
      • Karen Bee Part 5
      • Karen Bee Part 6
      • Karen Bee Part 7
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 1
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 2
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 3
      • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 4
    • Nekomonogatari Black
      • Tsubasa Family Part 1
      • Tsubasa Family Part 2
      • Tsubasa Family Part 3
      • Tsubasa Family Part 4
  • Second Season
    • Nekomonogatari White
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 1
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 2
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 3
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 4
      • Tsubasa Tiger Part 5
    •  Kabukimonogatari
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 1
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 2
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 3
      • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 4
    • Hanamonogatari
      • Suruga Devil Part 1
      • Suruga Devil Part 2
      • Suruga Devil Part 3
      • Suruga Devil Part 4
      • Suruga Devil Part 5
    • Otorimonogatari
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 1
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 2
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 3
      • Nadeko Medusa Part 4
    • Onimonogatari
      • Shinobu Time Part 1
      • Shinobu Time Part 2
      • Shinobu Time Part 3
      • Shinobu Time Part 4
    •  Koimonogatari
      • Hitagi End Part 1
      • Hitagi End Part 2
      • Hitagi End Part 3
      • Hitagi End Part 4
      • Hitagi End Part 5
      • Hitagi End Part 6
  • Final Season
    • Tsukimonogatari
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 1
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 2
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 3
      • Yotsugi Doll Part 4
    • Koyomimonogatari
      • Koyomi Stone
      • Koyomi Flower
      • Koyomi Sand
      • Koyomi Water
      • Koyomi Wind
      • Koyomi Tree
      • Koyomi Tea
      • Koyomi Mountain
      • Koyomi Torus
      • Koyomi Seed
      • Koyomi Nothing
      • Koyomi Dead
    • Owarimonogatari I
      • Ougi Formula Part 1
      • Ougi Formula Part 2
      • Sodachi Riddle Part 1
      • Sodachi Riddle Part 2
      • Sodachi Lost Part 1
      • Sodachi Lost Part 2
      • Sodachi Lost Part 3
      • Shinobu Mail Part 1
      • Shinobu Mail Part 2
      • Shinobu Mail Part 3
      • Shinobu Mail Part 4
      • Shinobu Mail Part 5
      • Shinobu Mail Part 6
    • Owarimonogatari II
      • Mayoi Hell Part 1
      • Mayoi Hell Part 2
      • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 1
      • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 2
      • Ougi Dark Part 1
      • Ougi Dark Part 2
      • Ougi Dark Part 3
    • Zoku Owarimonogatari
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 1
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 2
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 3
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 4
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 5
      • Koyomi Reverse Part 6

Chronological Order

While the anime order is my first recommendation, the chronological order is my last. If this is your first time viewing the series, I highly suggest going with either the anime or light novel orders instead of the chronological one. There are two main reasons for this.

The first is that the chronological order doesn’t take into consideration how the author intended the story to be read. While the anime order is slightly different, it does still keep most of the elements in their original placements which is key to the way in which the story is told.

The second reason is that it’s stupidly confusing to watch through the series in the chronological order. My chronological list below is actually a simplified version, because otherwise you’d have to watch pieces of episodes between others. I decided to make it easy, yet still keep the essence of the chronology by not breaking up individual episodes into pieces.

While this order tells a more linear story than the previous two, it’s important to keep in mind that the Monogatari series was never intending to tell a linear story in the first place. That said, this order still presents an interesting, alternative way to view the series for those who have already seen it.

Also, since all of the parts, arcs, and even episodes are jumbled up in this order, the concept of “seasons” no longer applies.

  • Kizumonogatari
    • Part 1: Tekketsu
    • Part 2: Nekketsu
    • Part 3: Reiketsu
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Stone
  • Nekomonogatari Black
    • Tsubasa Family Part 1
    • Tsubasa Family Part 2
    • Tsubasa Family Part 3
    • Tsubasa Family Part 4
  • Bakemonogatari
    • Hitagi Crab Part 1
    • Hitagi Crab Part 2
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Flower
  • Bakemonogatari
    • Mayoi Snail Part 1
    • Mayoi Snail Part 2
    • Mayoi Snail Part 3
    • Suruga Monkey Part 1
    • Suruga Monkey Part 2
    • Suruga Monkey Part 3
    • Nadeko Snake Part 1
    • Nadeko Snake Part 2
    • Tsubasa Cat Part 1
    • Tsubasa Cat Part 2
    • Tsubasa Cat Part 3
    • Tsubasa Cat Part 4
    • Tsubasa Cat Part 5
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Sand
    • Koyomi Water
  • Nisemonogatari
    • Karen Bee Part 1
    • Karen Bee Part 2
    • Karen Bee Part 3
    • Karen Bee Part 4
    • Karen Bee Part 5
    • Karen Bee Part 6
    • Karen Bee Part 7
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Wind
  • Nisemonogatari
    • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 1
    • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 2
    • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 3
    • Tsukihi Phoenix Part 4
  • Kabukimonogatari
    • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 1
    • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 2
    • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 3
    • Mayoi Jiangshi Part 4
  • Onimonogatari
    • Shinobu Time Part 1
    • Shinobu Time Part 2
    • Shinobu Time Part 3
    • Shinobu Time Part 4
  • Owarimonogatari I
    • Shinobu Mail Part 1
    • Shinobu Mail Part 2
    • Shinobu Mail Part 3
    • Shinobu Mail Part 4
    • Shinobu Mail Part 5
    • Shinobu Mail Part 6
  • Nekomonogatari White
    • Tsubasa Tiger Part 1
    • Tsubasa Tiger Part 2
    • Tsubasa Tiger Part 3
    • Tsubasa Tiger Part 4
    • Tsubasa Tiger Part 5
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Tree
    • Koyomi Tea
  • Owarimonogatari I
    • Ougi Formula Part 1
    • Ougi Formula Part 2
    • Sodachi Riddle Part 1
    • Sodachi Riddle Part 2
    • Sodachi Lost Part 1
    • Sodachi Lost Part 2
    • Sodachi Lost Part 3
  • Otorimonogatari
    • Nadeko Medusa Part 1
    • Nadeko Medusa Part 2
    • Nadeko Medusa Part 3
    • Nadeko Medusa Part 4
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Mountain
    • Koyomi Torus
  • Koimonogatari
    • Hitagi End Part 1
    • Hitagi End Part 2
    • Hitagi End Part 3
    • Hitagi End Part 4
    • Hitagi End Part 5
    • Hitagi End Part 6
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Seed
  • Tsukimonogatari
    • Yotsugi Doll Part 1
    • Yotsugi Doll Part 2
    • Yotsugi Doll Part 3
    • Yotsugi Doll Part 4
  • Koyomimonogatari
    • Koyomi Nothing
    • Koyomi Dead
  • Owarimonogatari II
    • Mayoi Hell Part 1
    • Mayoi Hell Part 2
    • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 1
    • Hitagi Rendezvous Part 2
    • Ougi Dark Part 1
    • Ougi Dark Part 2
    • Ougi Dark Part 3
  • Zoku Owarimonogatari
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 1
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 2
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 3
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 4
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 5
    • Koyomi Reverse Part 6
  • Hanamonogatari
    • Suruga Devil Part 1
    • Suruga Devil Part 2
    • Suruga Devil Part 3
    • Suruga Devil Part 4
    • Suruga Devil Part 5

Conclusion

So, there are three different viewing orders for the Monogatari series listed from my most to least recommended. If you found this post helpful, click the heart button down below. You can also leave a comment to let me know which order is your personal favorite.

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