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 Araragi, 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, Araragi is nowhere to be found, and a vicious tiger apparition has appeared in his absence. Hanekawa has become its target, and she must fend for herself—or bow to the creature’s perspective on the feebleness of humanity. – My Anime List
Based on 12 review scores:
My Shiny Toy Robots
Monogatari Second Season is naturally only advisable for those who’ve been following the franchise up until this point, but is payoff in the truest form. Not only does it recapture the wonder and uniqueness that made Bakemonogatari such an unmissable series, but it builds upon what’s come so far to give the character’s the fleshing out they needed without Araragi around. These five arcs are among the best Monogatari has to offer, not only a triumph for the franchise as a whole but the perfect incentive to carry on (or even start) watching this fantastic series.
This series continues to impress me, and although the dialogues are sometimes hard to stay awake after watching so many episodes, I’ll usually wake up and skip right back to where I was because I don’t wanna miss the storytelling this show was able to weave. In short, Monogatari Series Second Season was just as good, if not better than the first season. A must watch for fans of the series. I’d give this show a higher ranking than the first season but since I I gave Bakemonogatari a 5/5 I can only match it.
In the end, it’s all about the characters. Every single person’s unique personality and story makes this anime as great as it is. This is one I’ll be taking with me for life.
Unleash The Anime
I loved the Monogatari series and it will forever hold a place in my heart. It’s a show that no matter how prepared you are going in to it it’s never prepared enough. The show has everything from comedy to action. It gets emotional along the way as well. It throws in a ecchi scene once in a while to spice things up. I also liked that the show made references to other famous anime and manga. There’s also times where the show will break the fourth wall like when Senjogahara says she has an amazing voice actress. The series will take you on a roller coaster of emotions and just leave you saying “wow”. The characters are so awesome and one of the best group that I’ve ever seen. You’ll find a favorite in no time. The soundtrack is diverse but nothing really sticks out in my opinion. The voice acting is off the charts! Every emotion and character is portrayed to perfection. There’s not a person that I wouldn’t recommend the Monogatari series to except for people who need action in like every scene. This show is almost perfect in my opinion.
If I haven’t already emphasized this enough, Monogatari S2 is definitely something to watch, and I imagine those of you who have already seen it have gotten something worthwhile from the experience.
The Foodie Geek
The series is serious and joking, relaxed and intense, and playful but disturbing during each set of chapters. The opening and ending themes have been energetic and catchy to listen to, and overall it has been a very positive series to invest the time into personally. I began watching it in 2012-2013, several years after it originally began airing, and have followed it ever since. It has been one of my longest
anticipated and enjoyed series next to Hunter x Hunter and Fate, and it’s unfortunate that it’ll finally be ending. Now that it finally is nearing the end, I’ll have a chance to use the chronological order of the series to re-watch it all in its proper order for the story, so I suppose there is an upside to the end.
The Anime Hub
I’m basically the world’s biggest Monogatari hater. I started watching the second season in order to bash it and troll all the Monogatari fans on twitter. And I still stand by my opinion that everything before Monogatari Second Series sucks. But… the second series totally blew me away. Even I am forced to admit that it was really good.
My Anime List
So,this anime might not be for everyone. That’s something I’m sure most people have heard about the Monogatari franchise before. But if you pass this up for whatever reason, I still would recommend at least giving the first arc a try. That way, it might refresh a bit of experience of what you get out of the other series. However, I highly recommend watching this series only after you have completed its previous predecessors to gain full experience of its presentation. The Monogatari franchise has already achieved universal success thanks to its unique narrative, powerful dialogues, artistic word plays, and unique characters. Its humor will knock you out with high doses of laughter accompanied by its strange twist of stories. It even has bits of action too so violence is not out of the question there for fans looking for some intensity. (that and maybe its goal of achieving anemia with its fan service.) But all in all, Monogatarai series definitely took on the storytelling concept like never before creating an enjoyable experience. Now that is the ecstasy of success.
The series ends with a short, sharp shock, and more questions than answers, the viewer desperate to learn more. I hate to leave you hanging, but—
This franchise really took a nosedive. I am slightly disappointed. But Nisio and Shaft can still remind me why I love this franchise by coming back hard (if they ever do).