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Nisemonogatari 1 Cover

Nisemonogatari 2 Cover

Novel Information
Book 1 Release September 2, 2008[1]
Book 2 Release June 10, 2009[2]
Book 1 ISBN 978-4-06-283679-1[1]
Book 2 ISBN 978-4-06-283702-6[2]
Book 1 Pages 322[1]
Book 2 Pages 324[2]
Book 1 Cover Karen Araragi
Book 2 Cover Tsukihi Araragi
Novel Guide
Previous Kizumonogatari
Next Nekomonogatari

Nisemonogatari (偽物語), comprised of two volumes, is the third part of the Monogatari series. The fourth and fifth books overall, they contain the stories Karen Bee (かれんビー) and Tsukihi Phoenix (つきひフェニックス).


The name is a portmanteau of two terms:

  • 偽物 (nisemono: fake, imitation, bogus, counterfeit, forgery, phony, copy, sham, fraud, fabrication, phoney, falsification, duplicate, spurious article, artificial version)
  • 物語 (monogatari: legend, story, tale)

One popular English translation of the title is "Impostory", translating nisemono as "impostor" and monogatari as "story". This allows the 'st' consonant blend to be shared much as in Ghostory.

Another popular translation is "Sophistory". That is a portmanteau of "sophists" with "story" this time. One meaning of sophist, founded in Plato's sarcastic negative depiction of them, is pejoratively "One who is captious, fallacious, or deceptive in argument."

A third is Travestory. The term travesty (paired again with story in this case) can mean "absurd/grotesque misrepresentation", "parody", "stylistic imitation" or pejoratively, "grossly inferior imitation".

Another is Forgestory, a portmanteau of forgery with story this time.

Bogustory is used in episode 5, and Hoaxtory in episode 6. A variety of portmanteaus can be made using various synonyms for the idea that Nisemono represents.

Counterfeitale is used in episode 8.


See also: Nisemonogatari/Anime Series

It serves as a direct sequel to Bakemonogatari, following the story of Koyomi Araragi as he continues his relationships with the characters from the series. The two-part novel focuses on supernatural events that involve Koyomi's two younger sisters, Karen Araragi and Tsukihi Araragi.


The two volume novel is composed of two stories, with Karen Bee forming the first half while Tsukihi Phoenix makes up the second half.

Karen Bee

Tsukihi Phoenix


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Book 4 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Book 5 (in Japanese). Published by Kodansha.


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Season One 1. Bakemonogatari (One) • 2. Bakemonogatari (Two) • 3. Kizumonogatari • 4. Nisemonogatari (One) • 5. Nisemonogatari (Two) • 6. Nekomonogatari (Black)
Season Two 7. Nekomonogatari (White) • 8. Kabukimonogatari • 9. Hanamonogatari • 10. Otorimonogatari • 11. Onimonogatari • 12. Koimonogatari
Season Three 13. Tsukimonogatari • 14. Koyomimonogatari • 15. Owarimonogatari (One) • 16. Owarimonogatari (Two) • 17. Owarimonogatari (Three) • 18. Zokuowarimonogatari

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