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 adaptation of the Monogatari Series light novels. Unlike previous adaptations which were named after specific books, Second Season is named after the second season of the light novel series and contains a compilation of arcs that each had their own book.
It covers five volumes of the original light novels, fromNekomonogatari 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.
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.
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."
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.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.