The official website of the anime adaptation of Monogatari Series: Second Season has released a new key visual for the Hanamonogatari anime. Hanamonogatari will be a 5 episode special set after Monogatari Series: Second Season and will begin airing from August 16.
Hanamonogatari is the next instalment in the Bakemonogatari series and is the sequel to Monogatari Series: Second Season. It is an adaptation of the ninth light novel in the series by Nisio Isin. The series will once again be animated by studio Shaft (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Nisekoi). The series was scheduled to air on May 31st but was delayed until April 16th due to scheduling issues.
The website also has updated character designs:
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Yuzuru Otonashi from Angel Beats!) will return to voice Koyomi Araragi
- Miyuki Sawashiro (Himeko Inaba in Kokoro Connect) will be voicing Suruga Kanbaru, the main character of Hanamonogatari
- Chiwa Saito (Homura Akemi in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) will be voicing Hitagi Senjougahara
- Maaya Sakamoto (Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell) voices Shinobu Oshino
- Yui Horie (Riki Naoe from Little Busters!) as Tsubasa Hanekawa
- Kana Hanazawa (Ruri Gokou in Oreimo) as Nadeko Sengoku
- Eri Kitamura (Sayaka Miki from Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) will voice Karen Araragi
- Yuka Iguchi (Mako Reizei from Girls und Panzer) as Tsukihi Araragi
- Emiri Kato (Kyuubey in Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica) voices Mayoi Hachikuji
In addition, a new commercial for the upcoming series has also released:
Here is the first key visual of Hanamonogatari:
The Monogatari series is a collection of light novels, created by Nisio Isin. The novels started in late 2005 and published under Kodansha’s Box imprint, where there has been a total of 16 volumes to date. The 17th volume will release on April 3rd, and the 18th and final volume releasing later this year. The light novels have received and anime adaptation titled Bakemonogatari, after the first volume, in 2009 from the animation studio Shaft. Since then a total of 11 novels has been animated by the same studio. It has been reported that there has been over a million sales of the Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari anime. In addition, a drama CD, a PlayStation Portable game and many figures and figurines have been made based on the series.
Here is the synopsis of Monogatari Series: Second Season:
The bee apparition is now gone, and summer vacation where the phoenix apparition averted harm is over. Around Koyomi Araragi and the girls who started a new trimester, apparitions, or perhaps threats even worse, were creeping in ever closer. Tsubasa Hanekawa, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Shinobu Oshino, and Hitagi Senjogahara. Their soliloquies, confessions—and farewells. 6 new stories are starting now.
Walking to school one day Tsubasa Hanekawa encounters a huge white tiger apparition at a crossroads that talks to her. The next day her house burns down. Homeless, and not wanting to stay with her family, she lies and tells them she has a place to stay, but instead sleeps in the old cram school. She’s awakened by an angry and upset Hitagi Senjogahara who ridicules her for worrying her and drags her to her place to stay instead. The two of them soon discover that Araragi has gone missing and has urged them in a text message not to look for him.
Hanamonogatari will begin airing from August 16, during the Summer 2014 anime season. The series will be a 5 episode special and will focus on Suruga Kanbaru. Additional information will release in the weeks leading up to the air date.
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