Anime will debut first on the Tokyo MX TV station on August 16
Two new commercials for the Monogatari Series Second Season’s Hanamonogatari (Flower Story) anime is streaming on the anime’s official website on Saturday. The commercials feature the ending theme song “Hanaato -shirushi-” by Marina Kawano.
After a 13-week delay, the five-episode series about Suruga Kanbaru will premiere in a marathon on August 16.
The anime will debut first on the Tokyo MX TV station on August 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by the BS11 channel and the Niconico streaming service later that evening. Instead of the Hanamonogatari anime itself, character commentaries from the earlier Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases premiered on television on May 31 and will run for five straight weeks. Fans voted for which character commentaries will air.
Michiko Neya (Shaman King’s Tao Jun, The Familiar of Zero F’s Aniesse) and Kana Asumi (Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream’s Aira, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!’s titular character) will join the cast as Tooe Kanbaru and Rōka Numachi, respectively. Miyuki Sawashiro and Kaori Mizuhashi will return to play their characters Suruga Kanbaru and Ougi Oshino.
Tomoyuki Itamura is directing Hanamonogatari, while Akiyuki Shinbo is acting as chief director and series script supervisor along with Fuyashi Tou. Akio Watanabe is designing the characters based on VOFAN’s illustrations for NisiOisin’s original novel. Watanabe, Nobuhiro Sugiyama, and Taisuke Iwasaki are also serving as chief animation directors at SHAFT. Satoru Kousaki is handling the music.
The Monogatari Series Second Season anime began airing in Japan last July, and he original run of the series ended in December. Daisuki and Crunchyroll are streaming the series outside of Japan. Aniplex of America announced last June that it has acquired the rights to both Nekomonogatari (Black) and Monogatari Series Second Season.