Alongside the ‘proper’ releases that I loved last year, there was one album I just couldn’t stop listening to. That was Utamonogatari, a compilation of the many opening and ending songs from the long-running Monogatari series. This was partly because it became available for streaming, but also simply because Monogatari has some of the best anison around. Given this, the news today that Aniplex would be producing another edition of Utamonogatari, rather inventively called Utamonogatari 2, was great news indeed.
Set to release on May 10, Utamonogatari 2 will comprise all of the opening and ending songs from the show’s ‘final season’ – so Tsukimonogatari, Koyomimonogatari, Kizumonogatari, and Owarimonogatari. The first edition stopped at the end of the ‘second season’ with the opening and ending songs for Koimonogatari, which aired almost six years ago now. Needless to say, there’s a lot for this new edition to cover, and with such great songs as ‘etoile et toi,’ ‘Orange Mint’ and ‘decent black’ set to be included, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Incidentally, back when the first Utamonogatari released in 2016, it was actually able to grab the top spot on Japan’s Oricon charts. I’m sure that we’ll see similar if not better sales for Utamonogatari 2, given how much content the compilation album is set to include.
Alongside the announcement itself, it was revealed that there will be two different editions of Utamonogatari 2. The first one will be a regular CD, but the second, special edition will include a Bluray disk featuring creditless versions of all the opening and endings. But regardless of which edition you get, character designer for the TV series Akio Watanabe will be handling the jacket design of both. Come to think of it, he’s been fairly busy with special designs recently.
Aniplex also recently put all of the Monogatari music on streaming services recently, including Utamonogatari, so I have no doubt that they’ll do the same for Utamonogatari 2 – which is great news for those in the west. That being said, it’s worth noting that the opening and ending songs included in the new album are already available for streaming via the individual series’ soundtracks. But I suppose nothing beats the convenience of a compilation album.
If you’d like to buy the physical version though, be sure to check out the official Monogatari website. This might be the perfect time to get your hands on it as well, as the series is likely drawing to a close with its 10th-anniversary celebrations.