How to Watch Monogatari: The Ultimate Monogatari Watch Order Guide

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Based on a long-running light novel series of the same name originally created by Isin Nisio, the Monogatari series is one of the most popular anime shows of all time. From the way the story progresses to the art style of the series, everything about Monogatari is confusing and unique. However, the most confusing thing of all would have to be the watch order of the series. With many seasons and side stories released in a non-chronological order, every single newbie is bound to feel bewildered. Read this entire article to understand the correct watch order of the Monogatari series. If you want to get started watching immediately, stay tuned, as I’ll also be talking about some of the best legal places to watch the Monogatari series online!

Monogatari Plot:

Before we talk about the watch order, let’s take a brief look at the plot of the Monogatari series. Just what is it about? Monogatari is a mystery series that consists of several short stories that take place in the same world. The tale begins with a character named Koyomi Araragi, who becomes a vampire. While he tries to lead a normal life at first, Koyomi is not able to do so. The boy meets all kinds of people with different supernatural maladies and decides to help them.

Correct Watch Order of the Monogatari Series

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There are two main orders in which the Monogatari series can be enjoyed; one is the release order, and the other one is the chronological order.

RELEASE ORDER:

As the name suggests, the release order is based on the order in which studio Shaft released the anime adaptions. This is the best order to watch the series for anyone who is not familiar with the Monogatari series at all, as this is how the studio itself intended for the series to get watched.

  1. Bakemonogatari (2009)
  2. Nisemonogatari (2012)
  3. Nekomonogatari (2012)
  4. Monogatari Series: Second Season (2013)
  5. Hanamonogatari (2014)
  6. Tsukimonogatari (2014)
  7. Owarimonogatari I (2015)
  8. Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-Hen (2016)
  9. Koyomimonogatari (2016)
  10. Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-Hen (2016)
  11. Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-Hen (2016)
  12. Owarimonogatari II (2017)
  13. Zoku Owarimonogatari (2018)

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

I would only recommend the chronological order if you are someone who has already watched the series once or read the light novel.

  1. Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-Hen (2016)
  2. Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-Hen (2016)
  3. Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-Hen (2016)
  4. Nekomonogatari (2012)
  5. Bakemonogatari (2009)
  6. Nisemonogatari (2012)
  7. Monogatari Series: Second Season (2013)
  8. Tsukimonogatari (2014)
  9. Owarimonogatari I (2015)
  10. Koyomimonogatari (2016)
  11. Owarimonogatari II (2017)
  12. Zoku Owarimonogatari (2018)
  13. Hanamonogatari (2014)

4 Best Places to Watch the Monogatari Series Online

Now that you know the correct order in which this series should be watched, it is time to start bingeing the entire thing from the start! Below, I’ve compiled together a list of the best places where you can easily watch the Monogatari series.

1. Funimation

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Funimation is the best place to watch the Monogatari series online! Except for the Kizumonogatari movies and the latest Owarimonogatari season, every single season and side story is available on Funimation. You can’t watch any of the episodes for free, so you will have to purchase a subscription.

Price:

The most affordable package on the website only costs 5.99 USD per month, but you can pay up to 99.99 USD per year for the best experience.

2. Crunchyroll

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Crunchyroll is the second-best place where you can watch the Monogatari series, and it is also free if you don’t mind the ads. Sadly, the entire Owarimonogatari part of the story and the Kizumonogatari movies are not available on Crunchyroll.

Price:

You can get the Fan package of Crunchyroll for only 7.99 USD per month and watch all the anime and dramas available on the platform without ads. You can pay a bit more to enjoy extra perks as well. The most expensive package costs 14.99 USD per month.

3. Netflix

 

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Netflix is awesome, but you will likely need to purchase a premium VPN software in order to watch the Monogatari series, depending on your location.

Almost the entire series is available on Netflix, but most of the seasons can only be watched in Japan. For some entries like Kizumonogatari, you’ll have to move to some other country like Belgium or Switzerland.

Price:

Netflix has three different plans. The basic one costs 8.99 USD per month, and the most expensive one costs 17.99 USD per month.

 

How to Watch Monogatari on Netflix Anywhere in the World

This method works on both desktop PCs and mobile phones or tablets.

  1. Purchase (or start a free trial) of a VPN. I can confirm that NordVPN works for this purpose.
  2. In the settings, choose your desired country.
  3. Fire up the VPN and wait for it to do its magic
  4. Once you’re connected, navigate to Netflix (browser or app)
  5. Search “Monogatari” in the Netflix search bar and you should see the anime pop up.

Enjoy! Please note that if your Netflix library doesn’t update to reflect the country you selected in your VPN, you may have to clear the Netflix cache first and try again.

To to do this on mobile, go to settings -> apps -> Netflix -> clear cache. To do this on PC, you have to clear the cache in your web browser.

I’ve had no trouble using this method and I still use NordVPN to watch anime from various Netflix country libraries daily.

 

 

4. Amazon

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Lastly, you can watch almost the entire series on Amazon. However, only Bakemonogatari is available with Amazon Prime, so you will have to purchase individual episodes for some of the entries. Also, some entries like Nisemonogatari are only available in the form of Blu-Ray, which means that you will have to spend a lot of money.

Price:

The most affordable package for Amazon Prime starts at 8.99 USD per month. You can also pay 12.99 USD per month or 119 USD per year for the most premium experience. The price of individual episodes and Blu-Ray sets varies.


If you are into mystery anime, then you will also love Death Note. Be sure to check out our other article about the top 5 places to watch Death Note.

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