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Owarimonogatari 2nd Season

Background

Written by Nisio Isin with illustrations by Vofan, Owarimonogatari is a three-book story within the Monogatari series released in Oct. 2013, Jan. 2014, and Apr. 2014. The first of the Monogatari light novels was Bakemonogatari released back in 2005, later adapted into an anime in July 2009. All of the novels share the monogatari ending which means “story,” and the “owari” of Owarimonogatari means “end.” The series mixes complex dialogue packed with puns and a deeply woven story with supernatural touches and just a bit of fan service.

The Monogatari series itself follows Koyomi Araragi, a high school student who’s bitten by a vampire named Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade (also called Shinobu, voiced by Maaya Sakamoto) during the spring break before the first book. He’s helped by Meme Oshino who specializes in odd phenomenon, and therefore doesn’t completely become a vampire although he’s still able to regenerate.

Prior to this experience, Araragi was cold and uninterested in making friends, but during this time he meets the sweet class representative Tsubasa Hanekawa (voiced by Yui Horie in the anime) who changes his perspective on friendship. He decides to join her as the class vice president as a step towards changing his life, but his path towards helping others who have encountered supernatural oddities like himself is cemented when he meets Hitagi Senjougahara, a quiet girl who’s haunted by her past and cursed with a mysterious affliction taking the form of a crab.

Owarimonogatari

Throughout the series, Araragi meets a wide variety of characters who are cursed by supernatural afflictions and helps them, and like its name implies, Owarimonogatari brings many of those stories to their end. As Araragi and the others prepare to take their college entrance exams, he meets Ougi. Ougi declares themself to be a boy and the niece of Meme Oshino in the first novel of Owarimonogatari, and the true background of this enigmatic character is revealed throughout the Owarimonogatari storyline.

The anime adaptation of this series has been directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Tatsuya Oishi with animation by Shaft since 2009, and the latest release is Owarimonogatari 2nd Season. This release is set for a Summer 2017 release and covers the final book of Owarimonogatari including three arcs: Mayoi Hell, Hitagi Rendezvous, and Ougi Dark. When Araragi finally learns just who Ougi is, will he help them or fight them?!

The cast includes Hiroshi Kamiya, Kaori Mizuhashi, and Marina Inoue as Koyomi Araragi, Ougi Oshino, and Sodachi Oikura respectively. Fan favorites like Chiwa Saito (Hitagi Senjougahara), Kana Hanazawa (Nadeko Sengoku), and Emiri Kato (Mayoi Hachikuji) will also make their return.

The new series will be directed by Akiyuki Shinbo ( Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica ) and Itamura Tomoyuki ( Nekomonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Sayonara, Zetsubo-sensei ). Fuyashi Tou ( Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica films) will act as the series composer, and Akio Watanabe ( Kiki’s Delivery Service, Bakemonogatari ) has been brought on as character designer and chief animation director. Kei Haneoka ( Air, Hanamonogatari ) is also doing the music, and Shaft is once again working on the animation.

Cast

  • Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya
  • Ougi Oshino: Kaori Mizuhashi
  • Sodachi Oikura: Marina Inoue
  • Hitagi Senjougahara: Chiwa Saito
  • Nadeko Sengoku: Kana Hanazawa
  • Mayoi Hachikuji: Emiri Kato

Staff

  • Director: Akiyuki Shinbo, Itamura Tomoyuki
  • Series Composer: Fuyashi Tou
  • Character Designer, Chief Animation Director: Akio Watanabe
  • Music Composer: Kei Haneoka
  • Animation: Shaft

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