Anime News Network: Look, Monogatari is a mess.
I feel I have the right to say that. I've written thousands of words of glowing praise for the show, including several highly positive reviews here at Anime News Network. I've covered it from a thematic front, a visual storytelling front, a character-analysis front, and basically every other angle you could choose for approach. I've written essays on how one character's story reflects family, how another's recent arc triumphs as a coming-of-age narrative, and how the show overall engages with truth and identity. I love Monogatari - it is one of my favorite shows, warts and all, and I think few shows really “get” me on a more fundamental level.
But the thing is a mess.