The anime landscape has changed since I started doing these season previews. There are 2 anime this season based off otome game adaptations targeted at the ladies. There isn’t a single visual novel adaptation targeted at guys. Instead there are 6 light novel adaptations aimed at dudes, 7 if we feel like including the Monogatari TV special. The 4-koma adaptation is a shoujo romance. Oda Nobunaga is a teenage boy. Miyazaki is no longer making Ghibli movies. Shinichiro Watanabe is making anime again. There’s not a single anime this season where incest is a central component. Moe is dead. Fujoshi rule the world. Anime has died and been saved so many times that it might as well be a Dragonball Z character. This is a strange new world we’ve stepped into, and I think I like it.
Terror of Resonance
I’m not sure what it was that awoke Shinichiro Watanabe from his long absence from anime, but this is now 3 anime in 3 years from the Bebop/Champloo director. Kids on the Slope, Space Dandy, and now this. Although his involvement in Space Dandy appears to be shaking hands with all the most talented people in the anime industry and letting them direct an episode, not actually doing any directing himself. He shows up, says “hey direct an episode of this show, the main character likes boobies and the robot speaks in autotune k bye” and then runs off to find the next person. Watanabe’s name is what you stick on it so you can say “BY THE DIRECTOR OF COWBOY BEBOP”. Oh and did we mention Yoko Kanno is doing the music? You guys liked the music in Bebop? She did that too you know?
Terror of Resonance itself is teenagers do 9/11. It’s rather reminiscent of Eden of the East, complete with political messages and pretty boy character designer. Also the Noitamina comparison, as both aired in that famous timeslot. It’s a very ambitious anime original project with highly talented staff with a consistent record of making excellent anime. What could possibly go wrong? (I figured if I’m this obvious about jinxing it, the laws of jinxing might reverse and we get an anti-jinx so it ends up being great).
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
After years of delays, the new Sailor Moon anime is here. That thing you really liked when you were 8 years old is getting a new anime! Time to realise just how sophisticated your taste in entertainment was when you were a child…is what I would have said, but people still seem to be clamouring for the Sailor Moon manga. Will a new Sailor Moon be able to survive on nostalgia from the massive amount of older fans though? Newer anime fans sure don’t seem to give a shit about Precure which is the closest modern comparison, but Precure isn’t legally streaming so maybe that will make a difference for Sailor Moon.
Ultimately I really don’t know what to predict from this remake. It’s a direct adaptation of the original manga rather than the hacked together, filler-friendly TV show from years ago. I have no experience with anime or manga nor is it a genre I’m a fan of, so I don’t want to make too many predictions. My gut is telling me that newer anime fans simply won’t take to Crystal and it will sort of fizzle out, but my gut is often wrong so don’t listen to me.
Potentially controversial statement: I think Gen Urobuchi is the best thing to happen to anime this decade. His focus on tight storytelling with mature themes has been fantastic, and he’s made anime fans pay attention to the people who write their anime. Madoka Magica is one of the best anime ever and I’m super excited to see the new season of Psycho Pass that’s coming this autumn. I’m not crazy on Fate/Zero, but I don’t begrudge it of anything in particular. The one big pulsating asterisk on all of this is Gargantia. Gargantia was billed as the butcher’s newest anime, but how much of it he actually wrote consists of the first episode, last episode and that’s about it. To give you an idea of how much I disliked that show, I’d call Gargantia comparable to Fractale in how little the writers seemed to know what their own damn show was supposed to be about and ended up as The Cart Driver’s Biggest Disappointment of 2013.
So what lessons can we learn from Gargantia when it comes to this new show, Aldnoah Zero? We can learn that we should give Butch Gen full control of the script and not just the vague outline of the story. On Aldonoah Zero, Gen is just listed as original creator, not script. Hmmmmmmm. Ei Aoki is the director, the guy who did Fate/Zero, so at least they’ve worked together before. I hope he’s learned from last time and won’t have characters walk in circles doing boring narration as your thrilling intro. But hey, while I like to hold my sceptical face up, this is a very promising show. It’s a big anime original mecha show with an interesting sounding story about two worlds with different societies in conflict. Thing is, that also describes Gargantia.
I’m going to start handing out the Unofficial Noitamina Award for anime that in the past would have clearly been in Noitamina had that timeslot not started airing light novel adaptations like Buried Bananana Treasures. Mature josei manga adaptations or high concept sci-fi shows. Last winter it was Hozuki. This season it’s Barakamon. It’s based off a manga about Barack Obama as a Pokemon har har I’m so funny no really it’s about some twaty 23-year-old calligrapher who gets chewed out by an old man for not being artsy enough. The dude goes off into the countryside to sulk and get in touch with his artsy fartsy self where he makes friends with an energetic little girl.
The comparison I’ve seen people draw is with Yotsuba, but that’s not really true. The girl does have the same manic energy as Yotsuba does, but she’s not the driving voice of the manga like Yotsuba is. It’s closer to Bunny Drop in that bringing the girl into his life changes how he views the world. The staff doing the anime are Kinema Citrus, the Bones spin-off crew who have yet to make an anime of something I might actually like. Code Breaker, Yuyushiki, Black Bullet, Tokyo Magnitude. They’ll get it right for me eventually, and this is definitely more up my alley than anything else they’ve done.
The latest anime by PA Works, the folks who made Hanasaku Iroha, Tari Tari and that more recent one about the underwater people with fish knees that farted. All their works are pretty darn similar (with the slight exception of Eccentric Family, and even that has some thematic similarities). They will inevitably be about a bunch of teenagers in a s’life setting with strong family focus. The character designs will make it look like everyone was varnished before stepping on camera and the comedy will be surprisingly decent in the rare occasions they’re not creating the worst drama imaginable. Glasslip is basically all of that again, except this time with glass-blowing. Which is pretty original a thing to base your series around, but otherwise it’s kind of the same thing with a lot of the same crew. Interesting thing I learned in doing research for Glasslip: The people who made Simoun have basically all moved on to work at PA Works.
A manga about a perveted teenage boy and a magical girl who randomly drops into his life for no apparent reason and now they are forced into some sort of contract. Boy it sure is light novel in here. Actually this isn’t a light novel. Magimojimoogywoogypoogy is a manga by the same author who did Yowamushi Pedal. The manga isn’t too bad, at least that is to say not too bad for something that has a generic pervert male lead asking for a pair of panties as his final death wish. My interest pretty much died when I saw it was JC Staff doing the animation though. Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Pet Girl, Bakuman, Index/Railgun, Golden Time, Little Busters and so on. I’ve made a personal pledge to never watch another JC Staff anime and have been sticking by that for a few years now with amazing results. I am a happier man for it and I highly recommend the No JC Staff Diet for all you out there looking to watch your figure.
This one is truly bizarre. Rail Wars, or to give the light novel its full name, Rail Wars! Japanese National Railways Security Force, is a “dream railway paradise entertainment” in which the railway networks in Japan were never nationalised. The main character is the same nameless faceless potato berk in every harem show and he, alongside a parade of cute girls, fight against the evil extremist RJ group that are plotting to privatise the railways. It’s like anime producers looked at what they had created with Mahouka and thought “fuck, that was waaaaay too right-wing, we need something super left-wing to balance this out”. This “RJ” group is a thinly disguised reference to the JR Group, the private company that bought out most of Japan’s railways 1987. I love that even the crazy hard line left-wing stuff are also selling their content with cute girls on the cover. I don’t think it will actually be any good, with a new animation studio, newbie director and script writer who has previously worked on classics such as R-15, Shuffle, Kanokon and Da Crapo, but it does provide some balance to the world of light novels.
Tokyo ESP is based off a manga about a girl who one day falls through her floor and then fish start flying through the air and her awesome ex-police officer dad gets squashed into a ball of cars and buses through sheer love of his daughter. I dug what little I read of the manga. It’s somewhere between a more light-hearted Noragami and not quite as silly Seto no Hanayome, which is a promising mix. The author previously wrote Ga-Rei-Zero but I don’t think the anime and manga had too much in common for that series so not sure how relevant that is. Unfortunately there’s not much more to say for Tokyo ESP because no trailer or staff list or even animation studio announcement have been released yet. So long as it’s not JC Staff then I figure this should be worth watching. But it might also be delayed so keep that in mind.
Silver Will Argevollen
The phase of the 4-koma adaptations about cute girls doing not very much appears to be going away. As someone who wasn’t a fan of them in the slightest, I glossed over them in season previews and was never able to tell whether there was any functional difference between them. They all blended into one after a while. I say this because if I was one of those strange people who didn’t like mecha anime, Argevollen would be more noise to the ever growing pile of mecha anime I completely forget exist barely a year after it airs. It’s another mecha anime that looks like every other mecha anime. It’s written by Tatsuo Sato whose recent works include Bodacious Space Pirates and Lagrange, both of which have slipped from anime fandom conciousness pretty swiftly. Admittedly we don’t have a plot description yet so it may be something crazy and original and groundbreaking, but I’m guessing it probably won’t be.
Blue Spring Ride
Otherwise known as Ao Haru Ride for you weebs out there, Blue Spring Ride is the shoujoest of shoujo ever to shoujo past a shoujo. It’s practically self-parody. A high school girl is shy and doesn’t talk much. She doesn’t like boys because they’re loud and smelly. But then she sees this one boy who she thinks might be all right because he is, and I quote, “almost like a girl” with his slender hands and soft voice. Are people who read shoujo all secretly lesbians? Anyway, the manga is full of random floating sparkly bubbles with ink strokes so light the characters appear only half drawn. It’s being animated by Production IG which fits since IG also did Kimi ni Todoke, another fluffier than fluff shoujo about a shy teenage girl who likes the prettiest boy in school. If you like Kimi ni Todoke you will probably like Blue Spring Ride.
Invaders of the Rokujyouma!?
Ah light novel adaptations. The suitably reliably awful anime of our generation. This invasions of a roopyhoopy thing is based off a light novel about some shmuck boring teenage lead with no money suddenly having a load of super powered girls appear in his life. They are colour coordinated with their cookie cutter character archetypes and eerie lack of noses. It’s being animated by Silver Link and Shin Oonuma directing, who have been making some pretty reliably bad light novel adaptations lately. C3, No-Rin, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. There was Watamote but Watamote lives in an alternate dimension and is not considered canon as far as season preview predictions go.
I’m pretty excited for this. Tokyo Ghoul is based off a horror manga in which these creepy ghoul things are stalking the city and eating people. Our main character gets into a spot of bother with a ghoul and becomes sorta half-ghoul himself. It’s very similar to a certain other horror manga about a main character getting into a tussle with creepy creatures that eat humans that then forces the two of them to live in awkward co-existence that also happens to be getting an anime adaptation next season. Yup, Tokyo Ghoul is taking more than a bit of inspiration from Parasyte. Not a bad thing by any means because Parasyte is a pretty fantastic manga.
The crew tackling Tokyo Ghoul are very unusual. The director is Shuhei Morita who mostly just does CG anime shorts like Freedom and Short Peace. He’s normally used full CG animation in the past, but Tokyo Ghoul seems to be using plenty of regular animation judging by the trailer so my worries in that regard are temporarily abated. I haven’t actually watched any of his works but his anime for Short Peace was nominated for an Academy Award so he must be pretty good. The script-writer has previously only written work for stage plays which means I have no idea how to judge them, beyond maybe suggesting the script will be very dramatic? Animation studio is Pierrot, mostly known for making Naruto and Bleach, but previous records usually go out the window when you bring on a whole new team and make something more artsy. I’m more excited for Parasyte next season, but there’s a big unknown quality about Tokyo Ghoul for me that has really gotten my interest piqued.
Based off a BL game by Nitro+. “OMG” I pretend to hear you say. “That’s the company Butch Gen wrote for, that means he wrote a BL game” – nope, he only wrote a few of the many games Nitro+ have made. He didn’t write Dramatical Murder. “Wait, wasn’t Steins;Gate also by Nitro+, woooh Steins;Gate writers” no no, they’re a different team again. Nitro+ have their own BL spinoff team called Nitro+Chiral. To give you a closer idea of the kind of content they produce, they made the rather awful Togainu no Chi. The plot seems to be another Yu-Gi-Oh inspired piece in which poor kid fights rich blokes in video game simulator. The staff aren’t great and the animation studio is completely new so I wouldn’t expect anything from this. Plus they’ll probably take out all the gay sex from the game which is the whole reason people play it in the first place.
Akame Ga KILL!
Akame ga Kill is based off a pretty gory shounen manga which clearly revels in mutilating bodies, horrific torture and murdering main characters. Also boobies because where there’s blood, the immature entertainment of boobies usually follows. Reading reviews I saw one person with admittedly bad spelling describe it as “like Berserk except cuter” which I feel in unfair on Berserk. Firstly because I don’t know about you guys but Griffith is kawaii as fuck, but also because Berserk is a Shakespearean tale of trust and betrayal and dreams, while Akame ga Kill is about yo killing people is orsum.
I do occasionally like me some shlocky anime murdering goodness. I liked Future Diary in all its pink-haired, cleaver-wielding, psychotic heroine lunacy. And what little I did read of Akame ga Kill wasn’t too bad. I’m not terribly keen on the anime staff though. White Fox have done good anime in the past, namely Steins;Gate, but this is not the Steins;Gate team. This is the director of Tears to Tiara, the White Fox anime nobody remembers. Actually the more you dig into the staff, they seem to be a pretty untalented bunch with lots of stinkers and few successes. The most amusing one of all is that the only other job listed on the manga author’s page is he wrote 15 Bishoujo Horyuki, the hentai about one dude being trapped on an island with 15 buxom lasses. If that’s the kind of quality scenario writing we can expect from Akame ga Kill, then count me in.
I could probably write anything here and it wouldn’t make the darn bit of difference because none of you chucklefucks are going to watch this because it’s a historical anime. Nobunaga Concerto continues Japan’s fine tradition of romanticising their murderous historical leader Oda Nobunaga. This time a teenage boy is transported back through time and has to become Oda Nobunaga. It’s an award winning manga, winning the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for boys manga, an award that was won the next year by Silver Spoon. Beyond that there’s little detail. No animation studio, no trailer. I tried google translating something on the site but it started spitting out phrases like “a combination of cutting-edge rotoscoping animation combined with CG” so I decided to stop reading it before it continued its demonic chanting and summoned satan.
Momo Kyun Sword
Apparently turning Oda Nobunaga into a girl is old-hat. Now the next hot new thing is turning Momotaro into girl. Considering peaches looks like squishy boobs anyway, it’s probably a more apt move to make. Momo Kyun Sword is based off a light novel and has the animation studio behind it whose only previous works are Ro Kyu Bu and Recently My Sister is Unusual. The director’s only previous directorial role is the second season of Ro Kyu Bu. Quality talent for a quality product.
Hana Yamata is one of those pseudo-yuri mangas in which a bunch of cute girls gaze wistfully at each other while blushing and apparently dance every now and then too? I didn’t get a good grip on the story from the manga nor the plot description, but it seems to be about a normal girl meeting a fairy and then they learn to dance together. Not that you could have gotten that from the promo art. Your anime is about dancing fairy lesbians, fucking put that across in the art rather than just slap a bunch of cute girls on the cover damnit!
The director did the anime about keeping a sexy mentally disabled girl as a pet and the other one about how it doesn’t matter that you are a useless waste of space who fantasises about banging underage girls we will reward you for that anyway. Madhouse doing the animation, just to continue their now pretty reliable tradition of not making anime I like anymore. This is not for me. This is about as far away as you can get from being something for me. I’m only hoping the animation is as amaaaazing as it is in the trailer.
Kantei Collection is the new Touhou in that it’s a small Japanese game whose popularity is based seemingly more on the massive amount of spinoff material it creates rather than anything to do with the product itself. It’s an online free-to-play card game in which you control a bunch of moe-anthropomorphised WW2 Japanese battleships and watch as their clothes fly off as they get damaged, which I’m pretty sure was also how Queen’s Blade worked before it got an anime. It is stupidly popular in Japan amongst the artist/doujin scene already, being nothing short of a phenomenon. What they’ll make the anime about though is a mystery. Something like Arpeggio of Blue Steel, with political intrigue and scientific phenomenons as the girls just happen to stand on their battleships? Given that it has the director of Dog Days and Problem Children on it, I’m expecting something much lighter and inoffensive than that.
As mentioned at the start of this post, Bakumatsu Rock is one of the two otome game adaptations this season. Which is great for gender equality. There’s only one problem: They are all terrible. The swap from eroge to bishie games hasn’t actually done anything to change their quality. The numerous visual novel/dating sim adaptations were indeed universally terrible, but these adaptations like Bakumatsu Rock have been reliably just as bad. What I will give to Bakumatsu Rock is the plot description is at least interesting. In 19th century Japan, only government approved music is allowed, but then in comes these bishies playing rock music. Basically it’s Elvis with added Shinsengumi. Unfortunately that’s where the good stuff ends. The staff are useless, with the director’s previous role being on BREAD The Animation. Animating is studio Deen, who judging by the trailer are jumping back to their usual level of absolute dire quality animation. Plus it’s a friggen bishie game adaptation. These are never good.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki kun
Yet another sign the anime landscape is changing. Dogakobo, the animation studio who usually just do crappy 4-koma anime like Yuru Yuri, GJ Club, Love Lab and Engaged to the Unidentified (I know some people like these anime but they like dumb 4-koma adaptations and therefore are stupid and I don’t have to listen to them no shut up go away your taste in anime is shit lalala not listening), are now doing a 4-koma adaptation about shoujo manga! It’s about a girl who really likes this dude and tries to confess to him but her confession is mistaken for her being a really big fan of his shoujo manga and she accidentally becomes his assistant.
Nozaki-kun is pretty highly regarded in Japan, ranking really high on librarian and bookstore owner lists and ranked highly on “manga for girls”. It’s comes from Gangan Online, the free webcomic platform that has also produced Daily Lives of Highschool Boys and Watamote aka the two best comedy anime this decade. That’s pretty good pedigree. I wasn’t overly impressed with what I read of the manga, nor do I hold the staff or studio in any high regard. But I’m going to guess I will be one of the few. If you like shoujo at all, I would recommend checking this out.
Spirit Elemenalist’s Blade Dance
Lest you thought anime producers were forgetting the dick-owning audience, never fear! They’ve just changed tactics. No more visual novel adaptations, now it’s light novels aimed at dudes adaptations. Blade Dance is about some guy and a bunch of girls with magical powers who all want him oh you know what I genuinely can’t even be arsed. It has the same staff as Highschool DxD and Daimalder the Sound Robot so if you like them you might like this.
Let me blow your mind. You see that lady in the picture? The one getting her glasses taken off by the bishie as she holds her delicate hand in the air as he goes to brush aside her bob cut? That lady? Well, that’s a guy. This is a yaoi manga adaptation. Why it’s yaoi I don’t understand since that person is clearly a lady. Probably for the same reason they make futa and tentacle porn for dudes. Because you want to see sex but you don’t want someone of the same sex muscling in, so just make one of them a stand-in version of yourself except assign them a different gender in an arbitrary fashion.
This is the part of the season preview where I start to group everything I don’t care about towards the bottom and seriously start to run out of things to say. I thought that Shounen Hollywood was based off some idol bishie game, but instead it’s a mixed media project including novels, live action TV show, drama CDs, hug pillows, pencil cases, flipbooks, zoetrope and social networking service. It’s about a series of beautiful idol boys doing things that are of no importance because all that matters it that they are beautiful and they are idols. It’s ZEXCS animating with the director of Say I Love You on board so if you like either of those things you will probably be sad that she’s now directing stuff like this.
Survival Game Club
This is a weird new trend. Anime for people who the only thing they like as much as cute girls is military hardware. I blame Girls und Panzer for this, particularly due to the fact Girls und Panzer was annoyingly really good and sold really well. Survival Girls Club is another anime about cute teenage girls joining an airsoft group (the fact I can write that sentence is very bizarre altogether). It seems to be a collection of old Yuru Yuri staff so if you’re one of the many people who like that show then I think you have no taste in anime but you might also like this thing.
Himegoto is a 4-koma adaptation about a bunch of girls sexually abusing a trap. Its only notable feature is the amount of upskirt shots of testicles scrunched up behind striped girls panties there are.
It’s a light novel adaptation about a blibbldy blibbldy bobble wobble trobble. The main character is a boring male teenage boy joining an after school club and hobbly bobbly boobly woobly shoobly cute girls surround him hubbity bubbity fart.
Sword Art Online 2
The original Twilight for Boys has returned, and this time the awesome unstoppable ladies man main character has gone into a shooting game…as a girl! Seriously, that character on the right is Kirito. Supposedly, according to the detailed Sword Art Online wiki, he managed to get the super rare male character design that looks like a female. So he’s a woman in everything but technicality. I think Sword Art Online is pretty crap, but this is a sequel so you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You already know if you’re going to watch this or not. I wonder if it will get as many hate-watchers as the first season did?
The dandiest man in space is returning for a totally not actually second season because they were already making the damn thing before the first season even started. Calling these things ‘season 2’ kinda bugs me. Just call it ‘episode 14’ rather than ‘season 2 episode 1’. We’re happy calling Cowboy Bebop all one show, why not these split-cour shows?
Black Butler: Book of Circus
I don’t have a very good grasp of the chronology of Black Butler anymore. So there was the first season that deviated from the manga then a second season that created entirely new material. Then this newer season called Book of Circus with entirely new staff behind it. This must be what it’s like looking at the Monogatari series from the outside. Anyway, the writer they hired for Book of Circus is the same guy responsible for writing Gundam Seed Destiny, Guilty Crown, Vividred Operation and Seikon no Qwasar. To call him a bad writer would be an insult to bad writers. But it has an older man possibly fucking a little boy so I’m sure it will go down well with its fans either way.
Fate/Kalied Ilya 2
Keep jumping on that Fate/Verse body, it will continue to pump out money I’m sure.
I have zero opinion. None. Literally nothing to say about this. It’s a sequel. If you want to know whether to watch it, go look on the internet for reviews of the first season. I gather it wasn’t very good.
kyoani sux lol
Sengoku Basara Judge End
PUT YA GUNS ON!
Persona 4 Golden
Speaking of hitting corpses until money finally stops appearing, Persona 4 Golden the Animation. Persona 4 was a very popular video game so they made an anime out of it. Then they made Persona 4 Golden which was a remake of the game. Which they are now doing an anime adaptation of the remake. Quite possibly the most pointless anime ever.
Ai Mai Mi, Strange+ and that one anime about girls climbing mountains are all getting sequels. None of these are sequels to actual good short anime like Tonari no Seki-kun or Fireball so they are not of interest to me. But you should watch Fireball. And Tonari no Seki-kun. Just sayin’ yo.
Movies and Specials
The Wind Rises
Release Date: 18 June
Sometimes when writing these season previews I have to remind myself that a lot of casual anime fans read this. You can’t assume any of them will know who someone like Akiyuki Shinbo or Gen Urobuchi is. I think though I can safely assume you know who friggen Hayao Miyazaki is. Unless new anime fans only watch light novel adaptations and ignore Ghibli movies and stare at you in doe-eyed confusion if you reference Spirited Away. Anyway, this was Miyazaki’s final movie. A highly personal story about the creator of the Zero fighter plane pre-WW2 (proving once again Japan’s slightly odd reluctance to admit any guilt after WW2). I missed it when it came out in the cinema here. Thankfully if you’re like me and missed it as well, you can be a dirty pirate and download the movie illegally when it comes out on home video in Japan. I wonder what will happen to Ghibli now he’s done? Takahata isn’t going to be making too many more movies either. I liked Arrietty a lot and that had an all new director who is directing a new movie. Even Goro Miyazaki’s last movie was generally all right. The future for Ghibli doesn’t look too grim after all.
Tiger and Bunny -The Rising-
Release Date: July 4
Remember when people were saying Tiger and Bunny was going to be the NEXT BIG THING and would EXPLODE in popularity? 3 years on and it’s basically been forgotten by time. It did well, which is why these movies are being made, but it really has dropped out of fandom conciousness. I like the show and all, but those statements seemed very silly even at the time. I did like the first movie and thought it was an improvement on the TV series. Hopefully they’ll replace the crappy villains from the TV series with someone better for this movie. Judging by the promo art, the villain in this movie is Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero so that’s already a big positive.
Release Date: August 16
Hello. I am Monogatari Expert. I help you understand what fuck is chronology for franchise. Bakemonogatari start 2009 but don’t plan properly so have to air last three episodes on internet. Each episode delayed massively. Then promise prequel movie Kizumonogatari that explains story origin. Instead make Nisemonogatari. Toothbrushes become sexy and also suddenly have budget. Probably money and time taken from making Kizumonogatari, which never appear. Then make Nekomonogatari, prequel to Bakemonogatari but sequel to non-existent Kizumonogatari. Nekomonogatari is four-episode special aired on new year’s day. Then air Monogatari Series Second Season, which is actually third TV series but fourth franchise entrant but fifth story entrant. This twice as long as previous TV series made shorter because Shaft instead had every 4 episode arc end in recap of previous Monogatari installment. All recapping mean Hanamonogatari, which chronologically occurs halfway through Monogatari Series Second Season, could not squeeze into Monogatari Series Second Season airing run, so instead intended to air as 5 episodes at end of Nisekoi airing run. But then Shaft said lol no we air all of Hanamonogatari in August in one chunk because we can’t money. Hanamonogatari isn’t last piece, that will be coming soon. And then first piece of Kizumonogatari comes sometime in year 2154.
See? Easy to follow.