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Differences between Monogatari Series Novels, Manga, and Anime Adaptations

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While the adaptations of the ''Monogatari Series'' light novels generally stay relatively true to their source material, like all adaptations, there is cut content and a handful of notable changes.
 
While the adaptations of the ''Monogatari Series'' light novels generally stay relatively true to their source material, like all adaptations, there is cut content and a handful of notable changes.
   
In general, the novels feature extended conversations and hefty narration commentary, while the adaptations have shortened dialogue and unique visuals. Occasionally, text flashes are put in place for narration and other text from the novels that is otherwise left out in the anime adaptation. Major plot points are mostly unchanged, though some story content is occasionally cut or altered slightly.
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In general, the novels feature extended conversations and hefty narration commentary, while the adaptations have shortened dialogue and unique visuals. Occasionally, text flashes are put in place for narration and other text from the novels that is otherwise left out in the anime adaptation. Major plot points are mostly unchanged, though some story content is occasionally cut or altered slightly in the adaptations.
   
 
The novels are also notably more meta, especially featuring even more references to other anime, manga, and light novels and a self aware attitude in which the fourth wall is constantly broken. The novels even reference the anime adaptations, noting how certain parts may be hard to animate and mentioning voice actors of characters. The novels also have certain instances that refer to darker, more serious subject matter that are sometimes cut from adaptations.
 
The novels are also notably more meta, especially featuring even more references to other anime, manga, and light novels and a self aware attitude in which the fourth wall is constantly broken. The novels even reference the anime adaptations, noting how certain parts may be hard to animate and mentioning voice actors of characters. The novels also have certain instances that refer to darker, more serious subject matter that are sometimes cut from adaptations.
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No male characters, including protagonist [[Koyomi Araragi]], are depicted in novel artwork, so their appearances are more open to the imagination in novel canon. As such, visual gags such as Koyomi's expressive ahoge are only present in the animated version.
 
No male characters, including protagonist [[Koyomi Araragi]], are depicted in novel artwork, so their appearances are more open to the imagination in novel canon. As such, visual gags such as Koyomi's expressive ahoge are only present in the animated version.
   
Notably, the [[Bakemonogatari (manga)|manga adaptation]] came later, and therefore adapts elements from both the novels and animated versions while featuring a distinct canon that takes a few more liberties in altering the story.
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Notably, the manga adaptation came later, and therefore adapts elements from both the novels and animated versions.
   
 
== [[Bakemonogatari]] ==
 
== [[Bakemonogatari]] ==
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=== [[Kizumonogatari (movie)]] ===
 
=== [[Kizumonogatari (movie)]] ===
Being a film, as opposed to a TV adaptation, Kizumonogatari seems to take the most liberties in terms of cutting and changing material from the source material compared to other anime adaptations. Combined with wanting to make it more cinematic and not having enough run-time, quite a bit of material was cut or altered slightly. It also notably depicts certain events differently from even the TV series adaptations.
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Being a film, as opposed to a TV adaptation, Kizumonogatari seems to take the most liberties in terms of cutting and changing material from the source material compared to other adaptations. Combined with wanting to make it more cinematic and not having enough run-time, quite a bit of material was cut or altered slightly. It also notably depicts certain events differently from even the TV series adaptations.
   
 
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