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Crunchyroll Adds Monogatari 2nd Season's Hanamonogatari Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Delayed 5-episode series about Suruga Kanbaru to air on Saturday

Media Distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Hanamonogatari television anime series. The series will stream in North America, Central America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Crunchyroll plans to soon announce the date and time that the series will begin streaming. Free members will be able to watch the anime one week after premium members.

Crunchyroll describes the story:

The bee apparition is now gone, and summer vacation where the phoenix apparition averted harm is over-- Around Koyomi Araragi and the girls who started a new trimester, apparitions, or perhaps threats even worse, were creeping in ever closer. Tsubasa Hanekawa, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Shinobu Oshino, and Hitagi Senjyogahara. Their soliloquies, confessions – and farewells.

The Monogatari Series Second Season's sequel anime adapts NisiOisin's Hanamonogatari (Flower Story) novel. After a 13-week delay, the five-episode series about Suruga Kanbaru will premiere in a marathon on August 16. It will then ship on two Blu-ray Disc/DVD volumes on September 24 and October 22. The limited first pressing of the first volume will bundle a bonus disc with the theme songs and background music, while the second volume will bundle a bonus disc with the complete full ending theme song.

The anime will debut first on the Tokyo MX TV station on August 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by the BS11 channel and the Niconico streaming service later that evening. Instead of the Hanamonogatari anime itself, character commentaries from the earlier Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases premiered on television on May 31 and ran for five straight weeks. Fans voted on the character commentaries to air.

Michiko Neya (Shaman King's Tao Jun, The Familiar of Zero F's Aniesse) and Kana Asumi (Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream's Aira, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!'s titular character) will join the cast as Tooe Kanbaru and Rōka Numachi, respectively. Miyuki Sawashiro and Kaori Mizuhashi will return to play their characters Suruga Kanbaru and Ougi Oshino.

Tomoyuki Itamura is directing Hanamonogatari, while Akiyuki Shinbo is acting as chief director and series script supervisor along with Fuyashi Tou. Akio Watanabe is designing the characters based on VOFAN's illustrations for NisiOisin's original novel. Watanabe, Nobuhiro Sugiyama, and Taisuke Iwasaki are also serving as chief animation directors at SHAFT. Satoru Kousaki is handling the music. Marina Kawano is performing the theme song "Hanaato -shirushi-" (What the Flowers Leave Behind -Proof-).

The Monogatari Series Second Season anime began airing in Japan last July, and he original run of the series ended in December. Daisuki and Crunchyroll are streaming the series outside of Japan. Aniplex of America is releasing both Nekomonogatari (Black) and Monogatari Series Second Season in North America.

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