As we’re coming up on the summer anime season, I’ve been purusing the upcoming shows looking for what I should keep an eye on. One anime, in particular, has stood out to me as a must watch: Monogatari Series Second Season.
There’s just one problem, I haven’t seen either of the preceding two series, Bakemonogatari and Niseimonogatari, nor the OVA.
While I have been an anime fan since the early 90s there was a several year chunk of time where I watched very little anime at all—until Heroes Phantasia reignited my passion for it. The Monogatari series in its entirety has fallen into this pit. But over the past year that I’ve been reviewing anime, no series has been recommended by Kotaku readers as consistently as Bakemonogatari. So to prep for this upcoming season I sat down to watch it—and I am ever so glad I did. Bakemonogatari is an amazingly well directed anime. [*Mild spoilers to follow.]