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With its witty, meta attitude, the Monogatari Series is full of references and tributes to other anime, films, manga, video games, and internet memes alike. This page is meant to highlight as many as possible found in the light novel and TV series in detail in one place.

Since certain references are featured in both the light novel series and anime, light novel references will be exclusive to ones that were left out of the adaptation. Note that there's a lot of references, so this page is nowhere near complete.

References can also be found in the Cultural References section of most episode pages.

References in the Light Novels Edit

References to other Anime/Manga Edit

Death Note Edit

In the English publication of Kizumonogatari, upon first meeting Hanekawa after seeing her underwear, she not only calls Araragi by his full name, but also explains the exact characters to write it. This surprises him, to which he responds in narration:

"Seriously? She knew my name and face. If she had a Death Note, I'd be dead..." (Isin 24).

In the Death Note series, a death note is a notebook that causes anyone's name written in it to die, so long as the writer knows their name and face. Interestingly, Monogatari author Nisio Isin has also written a spin off Death Note novel known as Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases.

Dragon Ball Z Edit

In the English publication of Kizumonogatari, when explaining how Kiss-shot changes forms to Hanekawa, Araragi states:

"Well, to put it Lord Frieza Style, she has two more transformations left, one for her right leg, and one for both her arms." (Isin 153).

In Dragon Ball Z, Lord Frieza is a villain who transforms multiple times in the series. He's infamous for having at least 6 different forms, each more powerful than the last.

References in the TV series Edit

References to other Anime/Manga Edit

Attack on Titan Edit

In Koyomimonogatari Episode 02, when talking about having a fence on the rooftop of the the school, imagery of Araragi mimicking the famous pose of the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan peaking over a large wall appears on screen.

Attack on araragi

Medaka Box Edit

In Owarimonogatari Episode 08, while Ononoki puts her foot mark on Araragi's face, she says: "(...)'Jinsei wa saigo ni wa Purasu, Mainasu, Zero ni naru' datte... Hah! Sore wa shindara zero ni naru no wa atari maeda tsuno!" Which means: "(...)'The life boils down to Pluses, Minuses and Zeroes'... Hah! All that's left in the end is definitely the Zero!".

Plus, Minus, Zeroes00:16

Plus, Minus, Zeroes

This is a reference to the famous line of Misogi Kumagawa from Medaka Box: "(...)'Jinsei wa Purasu, Mainasu, Zero' datte iu yatsu wa... kimatte Purasu no yatsu nanda." Which means: "The one who said 'The life boils down to Pluses, Minuses and Zeroes' must have been a Plus."

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Pluses, Minuses and Zeroes

Plus, Minus and Zero are the classifications given to the kind of characters' mentality. It's worth noting that Medaka Box is also written by Nisio Isin, meaning he's referencing his own work.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Edit

In Nisemonogatari Episode 01, while Araragi is held captive by Senjougahara, she tells him:

"You won't die. Because I will protect you."

To which he responds:

"I'd prefer this conversation without random Eva references."

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Nisemonogatari - Evangelion Reference

This is referring to a scene in Neon Genesis Evangelion where main character Shinji expresses concern to his female partner Rei that they might die in an approaching mission while getting dressed. Rei responds, stating the same exact lines as Senjougahara.

References to Western Film Edit

2001: A Space Odyssey Edit

In Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, as Tsubasa Hanekawa lifts her skirt to show Ararargi her panties, imagery referencing the opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey is shown, complete with the original music.

2001 hanekawa
2001 A Space Odyssey Opening in 1080 HD01:40

2001 A Space Odyssey Opening in 1080 HD

James Bond Edit

In Owarimonogatari Episode 03, the episode opens with a monologue from Araragi describing himself as a young middle schooler. One scene of imagery holds a striking resemblance to the opening of the 1962 Bond film Dr. No.

The Name is Araragi, Koyomi Araragi (007 Owarimonogatari Parody)00:25

The Name is Araragi, Koyomi Araragi (007 Owarimonogatari Parody)

Note, the audio in this video was added by a fan.

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James Bond 007 - Dr No opening credits. No opening credits (1962)-HD-

The Shawshank Redemption Edit

In Owarimonogatari Episode 10, when Araragi goes to Haruya Book Store to buy some things for Kanbaru, he realizes it is the first time in a while he's been completely alone, as his pairing between Shinobu had been temporarily severed. As he explains this through monologue, he exclaims "Freedom!" while imagery of him facing a rainstorm appears onscreen. This imagery is identical to the poster for the American film The Shanwshank Redemption.

Araragi shawshank

References to Western Animation Edit

Peanuts Edit

In Hanamonogatari Episode 04, when Kanbaru teases Araragi for the way his car looks, his reaction depicts him drawn in a Peanuts style.

Peanuts araragi

The Powerpuff Girls Edit

In Nekomonogatari Black Episode 02, when Shinobu, tries to escape from Araragi's hands to eat the donuts lying on the floor, he tosses her at away. When she hits the wall, it shows her drawn in a Powerpuff Girls design, with stubby legs and arms.

Ppg shinobu

A key chain version of this design can also be seen in Araragi's car in Hanamonogatari Episode 04.

Key chain shinobu

In Owarimonogatari Episode 02, when Araragi and Ougi talk about the letter he received in middle school, imagery describing a game show appears on screen with characters depicted in similar designs, including a male that resembles The Professor.

Monogatari inkling 2

The female also resembles a female Inkling found in the Japanese Nintendo video game Splatoon.

References to Internet Memes Edit

Reaction Guys / Gaijin 4koma Edit

In Bakemonogatari Episode 09, when Araragi and Kanbaru witness Sengoku topless to show her scars, they mimic a popular internet picture depicting four men excitedly reacting to the 2004 Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess trailer.

Reaction guys monogatari

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