Hanabee Adds More Monogatari Series to Online Streaming

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Hanabee Announces March to be Monogatari Month with more Monogatari now available for free streaming at;

Hanabee's new streaming block for the month has been announced as Monogatari with Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari (Black) and Monogatari Series Second Season joining Bakemonogatari on for free online streaming. The news was announced on Friday via Hanabee's newsletter and Facebook as part of their 3rd Birthday Celebrations.

The Monogatari series available on are as follows;

The above series are in the order they aired in Japan, however if you wish to watch the series in chronological order, just watch Nekomonogatari (Black) before Bakemonogatari. Or you can watch Karen from Hanabee try to keep the series chronology straight (It's tougher than it looks!).

Bakemonogatari Poster


Bakemonogatari is based on the Japanese light novel series of the same name written by Nisio Isin (NisiOisin is his pen name, also responsible for writing Medaka Box) and illustrated by VOfan. The series follows Koyomi Araragi, a high-school student who survived a vampire attack and became human again with the assistance of a homeless man, Meme Oshino. Now Koyomi keeps on stumbling across others with similar supernatural afflictions and tries to help as he emphasizes with their situations. Each story arc follows Koyomi helping a different girl, the first being classmate Hitagi Senjōgahara who literally falls into Koyomi's lap and he immediately discovers that Hitagi breaks the laws of physics by weighing next to nothing.

The series ran for 15 episodes and was produced by studio SHAFT in 2009. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei) with Akio Watanbe working on character design and chief animation director. Series composition was handled by Fuyashi Tou (Zoku Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei) with scripts by Muneo Nakamoto and Yukito Kizawa. Voice actors include Hiroshi Kamiya as Koyomi Araragi, Chiwa Saito as Hitagi Senjougahara and Takahiro Sakurai as Meme Oshino.

The series was originally announced by Hanabee at Brisbane Supanova in November 2012 and released the DVDs as part 1 in April 2013 and part 2 in March 2013. Since then Hanabee has released the series on Blu-ray and as a collected edition in August 2014.


Nisemonogatari continues to adapt Bakemonogatari, the Japanese light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by VOfan. The series continues to follow high-school student Koyomi Araragi as he finds himself mixed in the world of the supernatural helping a collection of ghosts, gods and myths. This time there's a spread of curses running through the local middle school and Koyomi's sisters, Karen and Tsukihi, are looking for the culprit who might just be a person involved with one of Koyomi's classmates.

Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) directed the anime at the anime studio SHAFT. Akio Watanabe (Bakemonogatari, The World God Only Knows) adapted VOFAN's original character designs for animation. Eri Kitamura and Yuka Iguchi starred as Karen and Tsukihi respectively. Chiwa Saito, Emiri Katō, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kana Hanazawa, Yui Horie, Hiroshi Kamiya will reprised their roles of Hitagi Senjougahara, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Tsubasa Hanekawa, and Koyomi Araragi. The young female duo ClariS sung the ending theme song "Naisho no Hanashi" (Secret Story) composed by supercell's Ryo.

Nisemonogatari was announced in January 2013 and released in two parts, the first in May and the second in June 2013. However Nisemonogatari has since been collected into a complete edition on DVD or Blu-ray in October 2014.

Nekomonogatari (Black)

Koyomi Araragi is a student who has recently survived a vampire attack, with the help of his friend Tsubasa Hanekawa. Now Koyomi finds that Tsubasa has been possessed by an oddity called the Curse Cat and is attacking people, including her parents. Koyomi must now find a way to help Tsubasa get rid of the Curse Cat.

Nekomonogatari (Black) adapts the sixth novel in NisiOsin's Monogatari series "Nekomonogatari (Kuro)" following Koyomi and his adventures with the supernatural and is a prequel to Bakemonogatari.

Nisemonogatari director Akiyuki Shinbo returned as the anime's general director and Nisemonogatari series director Tomoyuki Itamura directed at studio SHAFT. Shinbo and Fuyashi Tou were in charge of the series scripts and Akio Watanabe served as character designer and chief animation director.

Nekomonogatari (Black) was announced by Hanabee at Perth Wai-Con in February 2014 and the series was released on the 4th of June 2014.


Monogatari Series Second Season

Monogatari Series Second Season is five story arcs adapting material from five volumes of the original light novel series. Hanabee having already released the previous series picked up Monogatari Series Second Season and released each individual arc as it's own title (five parts in total) as a DVD and Blu-ray combo pack.

Akiyuki Shinbo directed the first four parts of the series and acted as series script supervisor along with Fuyashi Tou. Tomoyuki Itamura directed the final part, the Koimonogatari arc. Akio Watanabe served as character designer and chief animation director at SHAFT and Satoru Kousaki handled the music. The cast remains unchanged from Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari.

The anime premiered in Japan in July 2013 and Daisuki and Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan. Aniplex of America acquired the rights to Nekomonogatari (Black) and Monogatari Series Second Season in June 2013.

Part 1 - Nekomonogatari White

Hanabee released Nekomonogatari White on the 6th of August 2014 and it covers the first five episodes collectively known as Tsubasa Tiger. You can view the release announcement here.

Part 2 - Kabukimonogatari

Continuing the mis-adventures of ex-vampire Koyomi Araragi and his friends, alive and undead, Kabukimonogatari has Koyomi and Shinobu accidentally traveling in time and undoing the death of Mayoi. This of course creates a dark future where Koyomi and Shinobu must figure out why was Mayoi's death so important and how to get back in time and undo the damage caused.

Kabukimonogatari's 5 episodes covers the Mayoi Jiangshi story-arc and Hanabee released the arc as a DVD / Blu-ray combo on the 1st of October 2015. Kabukimonogatari was announced at AVCon 2014 in July, you can view the release announcement here.

Part 3 - Otorimonogatari

The next part of Monogatari Series Second Season covers the story "Nadeko Medusa" which focuses on Nadeko Sengoku as she is enlisted by the giant apparition snake, Kuchinawa, to search for his lost body. Of course this involves Koyomi and Shinobu as Nadeko's behavior becomes stranger and stranger.

This third arc, Otorimonogatari, covers Nadeko Medusa and was released as a Blu-ray / DVD Combo pack with Japanese audio and English subtitles on the 5th of November 2014. The release was announced at SMASH 2014 in August 2014, you can view the announcement here.

Part 4 - Onimonogatari

Following on from Nadeko Medusa, Onimonogatari covers the story "Shinobu Time" with vampire girl Shinobu Oshino as the focus. After Koyomi returns from his quick jaunt through time the gang find themselves being chased by a mysterious apparition made of darkness. Fortunately Shinobu has seen this apparition before and it involves her previous visit to Japan, 400 years ago.

Onimonogatari covered the "Shinobu Time" arc over four episodes and was originally released on the 7th of January 2015. The announcement was made via press-release in November 2014, you can view the release announcement here.

Part 5 - Koimonogatari

Koimonogatari is the final part of Monogatari Series Second Season and adapts the "Hitagi End" arc. The story follows Deishū Kaiki as he attempts to help Hitagi avoid her and Koyomi's fate upon graduation. Kaiki's only has to figure one thing out, how does a simple con-man outsmart a god?

Hanabee's released Koimonogatari as a DVD & Blu-ray combo pack on the 4th of March 2015. You can view the release announcement here.

Monogatari Series Second Season was followed by Hanamonogatari which ran for five episodes from August 2014 and adapted the ninth book, Suraga Devil, which fits between Kabukimonogatari and Otorimonogatari. The first adaptation of the "final" season, Tsukimonogatari, premiered on the 31st of December 2014. Hanabee has yet to announce licencing of Hanamonogatari or Tsukimonogatari at this stage.

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