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Monogatari Series Second Season (〈物語〉シリーズセカンドシーズン, Monogatari Shiriizu Sekando Shiizun), is the fourth Studio Shaft anime adapation of the Monogatari Series light novels. Unlike previous adapations which were named after specific books, Second Season is named after the second season of the light novel series and contains a complation of arcs that each had their own book.

It covers five volumes of the original light novels, from Nekomonogatari White to Koimonogatari. Although Hanamonogatari is included in the Second Season of the original Monogatari light novel series, it is not included in the adaptation, and was instead adapted separately. In the western blu-ray releases of Second Season, each arc was released separately with their original novel title. 

The series aired from July 6th, 2013 to December 28th in Japan with a total of 26 episodes. Three of the 26 were recaps, so only 23 are actual episodes. 

The tagline of the series is "The days of youth cannot end until everything has been seen" (青春を、すべて見るまで終わらない, Seishun wo, subete miru made owaranai).


The story of Monogatari Series Second Season follows the events of Nisemonogatari and takes place during two main time periods: summer and fall/winter. The arcs generally alternate between the two time periods, with 3 happening in the summer, and 2 in the fall/winter period.

Unique to Second Season (and later Off Season), some arcs are told in different characters' perspectives, unlike usual were stories are told in the perspective of Koyomi Araragi.

Apparitions, oddities, and gods continue to manifest around Koyomi Araragi and his close-knit group of friends: Tsubasa Hanekawa, the group's modest genius; Shinobu Oshino, the resident doughnut-loving vampire; athletic deviant Suruga Kanbaru; bite-happy spirit Mayoi Hachikuji; Koyomi's cutesy stalker Nadeko Sengoku; and Hitagi Senjogahara, the poignant tsundere. 

Monogatari Series: Second Season revolves around these individuals and their struggle to overcome the darkness that is rapidly approaching. A new semester has begun and with graduation looming over Koyomi, he must quickly decide the paths he will walk, as well as the relationships and friends that he'll save. But as strange events begin to unfold, Koyomi is nowhere to be found, and a vicious tiger apparition has appeared in his absence. Tsubasa Hanekawa has become its target, and she must fend for herself—or bow to the creature's perspective on the feebleness of humanity. 

Episode List

No. Title Endcard Original Air Date
1 Second Season Episode 01: Tsubasa Tiger, Part 1 VOFAN July 6, 2013
2 Second Season Episode 02: Tsubasa Tiger, Part 2 Kiseki Himura July 13, 2013
3 Second Season Episode 03: Tsubasa Tiger, Part 3 Makoto Kawai July 20, 2013
4 Second Season Episode 04: Tsubasa Tiger, Part 4 Satoshi Karasuya July 27, 2013
5 Second Season Episode 05: Tsubasa Tiger, Part 5 Iruka Shinomiya August 3, 2013
6 Second Season Episode 06: Summary One August 10, 2013
7 Second Season Episode 07: Mayoi Jiangshi, Part 1 VOFAN August 17, 2013
8 Second Season Episode 08: Mayoi Jiangshi, Part 2 Rensuke Oshikiri August 24, 2013
9 Second Season Episode 09: Mayoi Jiangshi, Part 3 Okama August 31, 2013
10 Second Season Episode 10: Mayoi Jiangshi, Part 4 Asako Nishida September 7, 2013
11 Second Season Episode 11: Summary Two September 14, 2013
12 Second Season Episode 12: Nadeko Medusa, Part 1 VOFAN September 21, 2013
13 Second Season Episode 13: Nadeko Medusa, Part 2 Yoshiaki Katsurai September 28, 2013
14 Second Season Episode 14: Nadeko Medusa, Part 3 Nishioka Kyodai October 5, 2013
15 Second Season Episode 15: Nadeko Medusa, Part 4 Chica Umino October 12, 2013
16 Second Season Episode 16: Summary Three October 19, 2013
17 Second Season Episode 17: Shinobu Time, Part 1 VOFAN October 26, 2013
18 Second Season Episode 18: Shinobu Time, Part 2 Shoji Miyamoto November 2, 2013
19 Second Season Episode 19: Shinobu Time, Part 3 Arco Wada November 9, 2013
20 Second Season Episode 20: Shinobu Time, Part 4 Natsumi Eguchi November 16, 2013
21 Second Season Episode 21: Hitagi End, Part 1 VOFAN November 23, 2013
22 Second Season Episode 22: Hitagi End, Part 2 Tatsuro Iwamoto November 30, 2013
23 Second Season Episode 23: Hitagi End, Part 3 Naoshi Komi December 7, 2013
24 Second Season Episode 24: Hitagi End, Part 4 Kinako December 14, 2013
25 Second Season Episode 25: Hitagi End, Part 5 Yamamoto Takako December 21, 2013
26 Second Season Episode 26: Hitagi End, Part 6 Akio Watanabe December 28, 2013

Introduced Characters


The following lines were heard from the trailer:

  • Black Hanekawa: "I'm a cat. I do not cry, I just meow."
  • Mayoi Hachikuji: "Alraragi-san! I've been looking for you, Araragi-san!"
  • Suruga Kanbaru: "I may just be the devil you're looking for."
  • Nadeko Sengoku: "KOYOMI-ONIICHAN, I HATE YOU!! You liar. Although you're already a God."
  • Shinobu Oshino: "Vampire Punch!"
  • Hitagi Senjougahara: "There's someone I want to swindle."


Zenmonogatari preview

Preview poster of Zenmonogatari.

News about another upcoming adaptation of the Bakemonogatari light novel series arrived at an issue of the mailed newsletter Nisio Tsuushin, a publication which mostly features works by Nisio Isin.[1]The announcement included the tentative title of the project, Zenmonogatari (全物語), and the picture of the cover novels of the following novels: Nekomonogatari Black and White, Kabukimonogatari, Hanamonogatari, Otorimonogatari, Onimonogatari and Koimonogatari. On a feature article on the January issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Magazine, the title for the project was changed to Monogatari Series Second Season, with staff names including director Akiyuki Shinbo and background music composer Satoru Kousaki. The cast for the series remained unchanged from previous series.[2]


Satoru Kosaki returned for the last time as music producer before his music came back to the series for Kizumonogatari. Second Season features music from Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, but also a lot of new material.

Like usual, each arc had it's own theme. A total of five different openings were made for the series: Chocolate Insomnia, Happy Bite, Mōsō Express, White Lies, and Fast love.

The series had three different closing themes, being Ai wo Utae by Jin, Sono Koe o Oboeteru by Marina Kawano, and Snowdrop by Luna Haruna and Marina Kawano.


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