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The Monogatari series was first created by Nisio Isin as a series of short stories for Mephisto magazine known as Bakemonogatari. The stories along with some new ones, were eventually collected in two volumes as part of the Kodansha Box launch titles in 2006 with the first volume containing the stories titled Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, Suruga Monkey while the second volume came with Nadeko Snake and Tsubasa Cat.
A prequel to the series, titled Koyomi Vamp, was published in the first issue of Kodansha Box's Pandora magazine which was later released as a separate volume in 2008, titled as Kizumonogatari and then followed by Nisemonogatari which was divided into two volumes released in 2008 and 2009 the first being Karen Bee and the second Tsukihi Phoenix. On July 3rd, 2009 the Bakemonogatari anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Shaft aired for 15 episodes covering all of the first five stories and ended in September 25th, 2009.
In 2010 a prequel known as Nekomonogatari: Kuro was made with the story titled Tsubasa Family. The second Monogatari saga, released between 2010 and 2011, starting with the Nekomonogatari: Shiro story Tsubasa Tiger and continuing with Kabukimonogatari containing Mayoi Jiangshi, Hanamonogatari containing Suruga Devil, Otorimonogatari containing Nadeko Medusa, Onimonogatari containing Shinobu Time and Koimonogatari containing Hitagi End. In January 7th, 2012, Shaft continued the anime covering Nisemonogatari which ran for 11 episodes ending on March 17th, 2012.
A third and final Monogatari saga began in 2012 composed of six volumes starting with Tsukimonogatari containingYotsugi Doll and continuing with Koyomimonogatari which containing 12 short stories and then three volumes of Owarimonogatari which contain Ōgi Formula, Sodachi Riddle, Sodachi Lost, Shinobu Mail, Mayoi Hell, Hitagi Rendezvous and Ōgi Dark and Zoku-Owarimonogatari containing Koyomi Book.
On December 31st, 2012, Shaft animated Nekomonogatari: Kuro as a four part special. On July 7th, 2013, The anime adaptation of Monogatari Series: Second Season aired for 26 episodes ending on December 28th, 2013 adapting all of the stories in it except Hanamonogatari which was adapted later on as a five part special released on August 16th, 2014. Shaft has revealed that they will adapt all of the Monogatari series and has comfirmed that Kizumonogatari will be a movie.
Brief Plot Overview
The Monogatari series revolves around a high school student Koyomi Araragi, who almost becomes human again after briefly becoming a vampire. After meeting Hitagi Senjougahara he helps her with a problem she has with some incurable disease with an exorcism by Meme Oshino. As the series progresses, Koyomi finds himself involved with helping other girls that are afflicted by different "oddities", including the ghost child Mayoi Hachikuji, his underclassman Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, a friend of his sisters, his classmate Tsubasa Hanekawa and his own younger sisters Karen Araragi and Tsukihi Araragi. To deal with the spectres, Koyomi relies on guidance from Meme Oshino but later, from Shinobu Oshino the same vampire who attacked him.
A visual scene of Hitagi Senjougahara naked and dripping wet while measuring her self on a Bathroom Scale is shown supposedly taking place after an Off Screen Shower is shown while she was telling Koyomi Araragi about how she doesn't have any weight. This episode first aired on July 3rd, 2009 and is titled "Hitagi Crab, Part 1".
- Main article: Bakemonogatari/Episode 2
The episode begins with Hitagi Senjougahara preparing for her exorcism that Meme Oshino is going to perform on her later by having a Cold Shower in her apartment while Koyomi Araragi is sitting on the otherside of the apartment waiting for her to finish. Hitagi comes out of the shower naked and uncovered in front of him and without her caring and gets dressed. Koyomi mentions later on that he took a shower as well after Senjougahara got out before arriving at the exorcism.
- Main article: Nisemonogatari/Episode 2
At the beginning of the episode, Koyomi Araragi gives an introduction of his younger sisters and when he talks about Tsukihi Araragi, a visual of her naked bathing on top of water with Rose Petals falling is shown.
Later on, in a phone conversation between Koyomi and Suruga Kanbaru about her being naked, she mentions that she has been outside naked on many occassions such as an outdoor bath and sometimes with her basketball team on a nude training camp she led.
- Main article: Nisemonogatari/Episode 4
Koyomi Araragi takes a Bath in a Clawfoot Slipper Bathtub after arriving home. In the tub, he is leaning back and resting both his arms on the sides when Shinobu Oshino appears naked out of his shadow and exploding tons of Rose Petals all over the entire bathroom. For the first time seen in the series, Shinobu talks and takes Araragi by surprise causing him to slip in the Bathtub. Shinobu walks over to the Bath Stool and sits down to take a Shower.
While Shinobu is sitting under the Shower Head showering, she continues to talk with Koyomi and brings up that he still has broken hand cuffs on him that he can't get off. Shinobu gets up from sitting on the stool and jumps over to him doing flips and lands right in front of the tub. She pulls the hand cuffs off of Koyomi's hands and then eats them. Shinobu then sits on the outer rim of the tub and continues to talk with him while Koyomi is leaning back in the tub with his legs spread. Shinobu tells Koyomi that she would like to try using Shampoo in her hair.
Koyomi is then seen outside of the tub behind Shinobu scrubbing her hair with shampoo as she sits on the bath stool with the shower running on her. Koyomi sees through the Mirror that her reflection isn't showing as she is a vampire and then picks up the shower head to rinse the shampoo out of Shinobu's hair. After he rubs some Conditioner in her hair, he is then back in the bathtub sitting in the center resting his right arm. Shinobu is now wearing a Towel on her head and washing her arms on the bath stool and as she has Soap all over her body starts washing her legs while curling up and then sits back up to scrub in between her toes.
Afterwards, Shinobu turns the shower back on to rinse the soap off and then she takes the towel off her head. She slowly walks over and gets into the tub with Koyomi and leans against the other end of the tub where she then says that its been around 400 years since the last time she had a bath. While Shinobu is laying with her butt sticking out of the water, she looks back at Koyomi and tells him that he must be a pervert for looking at a young girls body so intently making him embarrassed and trying to cover his face while Shinobu kicks her legs back and forth Splashing. Shinobu then sits to the side of the tub with her legs crossed while Koyomi dunks his head underwater to hold his breath and ends up losing his air and Blowing Bubbles. Both Koyomi and Shinobu sit right next to each other against the side of the tub with Koyomi resting his arms on the rim while Shinobu is stretching her arms and then puts her hands behind her head.
The lights turn on and Koyomi's youngest sister Tsukihi Araragi opens the door on them while they're in the tub because Koyomi was taking too long. Tsukihi sees Shinobu in the tub with him and closes the door giving Koyomi the chills. Tsukihi then returns with a butcher knife, but by that time Shinobu hides and makes it seem like Tsukihi was just seeing things. She then leaves but forgets to shut the door making Koyomi have to get out of the tub to close it. After closing the door, Shinobu appears back in the bathtub laying against the side crossing her legs and leaning them against the other side of the tub but Koyomi pushes them off to make room to get back in.
Koyomi and Shinobu are once again back in the tub together on opposite sides facing each other. Shinobu who was resting her arm puts it back into the water and scoops some water with her hand. She then curls her legs and leans back and has a fantasy of a post apocalyptic world where the bathtub remained and she and Koyomi are the only ones left and they remain together in the tub. Shinobu then kicks Koyomi in the stomach with her foot under the bathwater and moves forward putting her arms around Koyomi. Shinobu leans against Koyomi's chest and Koyomi then embraces her and pets her on the head ending the episode.
2nd Ending Credits
A crude drawing of Shinobu Oshino naked possibly taking a Bath is shown. The drawing stops at her butt implying that she is submerged in water possibly being a homage to the bath scene that happens in episode 4.
- Main article: Nisemonogatari/Episode 5
Later on, Koyomi gives his other younger sister Karen Araragi a Sponge Bath because she has a fever and can barely move. She wanted to take a bath because she didn't like how she was covered in sweat but because she could barely move, Koyomi decided that this was a better idea instead.
He tells her to take her clothes off while he go microwaves a hot Wash Cloth. When he returns she is still unmoved and clothed telling him to take them off for her. When Koyomi starts to strip her she then gets up and attacks him by reflex because she says she felt embarrassed. Koyomi doesn't believe her since he points out her exhibitionist habits of usually dancing around naked after she finishes her baths. Karen who is only in her pink panties and undershirt gets wiped down by Koyomi from her stomach, arms, back, legs and butt while they are having this conversation.
- Main article: Nisemonogatari/Episode 8
The end card at the end of the episode is an illustration of Shinobu Oshino and Koyomi Araragi taking a Bath together in the Clawfoot Slipper Bathtub in the Araragi households bathroom. Shinobu is laying against the side with her legs crossed while Koyomi is resting his arm on the side while playing with Shinobu's hair.
- All 4 episodes released December 31, 2012
Monogatari Series: Second Season
- July 6 2013
- July 13 2013
- July 20 2013
Later on, Shinobu Oshino shares with Black Hanekawa an anecdote of Napoleon (who she knew within her 500 year lifespan) and how he was well known for his love of naps, and also his love of baths. So she surmises that he must have napped in the bath. She also makes a comparison to him being a Shizuka in modern terms.
- Aired December 14th, 2013
- Released September 24th, 2014 (Blu-Ray Exclusive Scene)
- Aired August 16th, 2014
- Aired August 16th, 2014
|Bathers||Hitagi Senjougahara • Koyomi Araragi • Tsukihi Araragi • Suruga Kanbaru • Shinobu Oshino • Karen Araragi • Tsubasa Hanekawa • Deishu Kaiki • Rouka Numachi|
|Content||Tropes • Bathing Facilities • Trivia|
|Nisemonogatari||2 • 4 • 5 • 8|
|Second Season||2 • 3 • 24|
|Hanamonogatari||3 • 5|
|Scene Years||2009 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014|
|Bathing Scenes from 2009|
|Winter Season||Zoku Natsume Yuujin-chou · Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk · Birdy the Mighty Decode:02 · Toaru Majutsu no Index · Kurokami · Minami-ke: Okaeri · Clannad After Story · Sora wo Kakeru Shoujo|
|Spring Season||Basquash! ·Valkyria Chronicles · Saki · Hayate no Gotoku!! · Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi · Asura Cryin' · K-ON!|
|Summer Season||Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!! · Canaan · Koihime Musou · Bakemonogatari · Princess Lover!|
|Fall Season||Queen's Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono · Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chuu · 11eyes · Tegami Bachi · Asura Cryin' 2 · Kiddy Girl-and · Nyan Koi! · Sora no Otoshimono · The Sacred Blacksmith · Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza · Toaru Kagaku no Railgun|
|Ongoing Series||Dragon Ball Kai · Fairy Tail|
|Movies, OVAs & Specials||Da Capo If · Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka OVA · Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance · Aika Zero · Akikan! OVA · Aki Sora|
|Video Games||BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger|