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Tagged under Akio Watanabe, Shaft (Studio), Series, Light Novel.

Bakemonogatari centres on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjougahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers her help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a middle-aged homeless man who helped him stop being a vampire.

In each chapter of the series, he encounters a different heroine, each involved with a different "apparition". The events of the previous chapters play an important role in the subsequent ones. The series primarily focuses on conversations between characters; it contains a fair number of parodies of other series, as well as Nisio Ishin's trademark wordplay and metahumour.

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darkmage530 darkmage530

This is a hard one for me to rate. Because Bake and Neko monogatari's I didn't really care much for. Despite loving Yui Horie as a Voice Actress I just can't stand the character Tsubasa in this series. The main character was never that interesting to me either. Monogatari the Second Season was really fantastic and Nisemonogatari was fairly solid though. So I tried to split my score down the middle between the different series.

This is a heavy dialog show and if you'd rather see things happening this show probably isn't for you. The dialog is interesting and there is a lot of word play and I think some of it gets lost in translation unfortunately. I enjoyed Nise and Second Season because I thought the stories were legitimately more interesting and I thought more actually happened.

chiara chiara

Absolute unique series. I love all about it. Characters are great. Presentation isn't straight but uses many different angles, which might take much getting used to. You must read (by subbs :))a lot, indeed, but I have fallen for the dialogues - lovely, hilarious, sarcastic, serious, embarassing all at once. Must watch for all who are sick from the usual same old things.

Dancerinthedark Dancerinthedark

so complicated!
Let me explain what I mean in a simple way.

When you watch this anime, make sure you are getting quality subtitles. Because it is completely and utterly character and dialogue driven. The most entertaining, interesting part of all 15 episodes of craziness is the banter and progression between each character. The script is incredibly enjoyable.

However, the enjoyability ends there. Bakemonogatari and I clash on the artistic choices of the producers.
it is a complicated anime...but still a good one

Taavi Taavi

Not exactly as enjoyable plot-wise as it was visually, though it still is quite a masterpiece. Or rather, heavy wordplays are not for everyone. The usual cast of an indecisive, jet charming male lead and a group of enigmatic female characters still does the job. Even more so when combined with excellent visuals. The soundtrack is interesting as well.

MisaSasekage MisaSasekage

I heard from others about Bakemonogatari being ‘boring’ or ‘too filled with talking’ and at first had my doubts about watching it. But somehow I talked myself into watch it. Where this anime shines is in it’s delivery of the story, which really develops into romance for the 2 main characters, and the dialogue and even dark humor (and many funny innuendos) throughout the series. So you heard me say ‘romance’ and I’m sure you’re probably rolling your eyes, but I must say for someone who doesn’t always get into things like this it’s the series flawless execution of nonchalantly throwing in the love element that makes this series cool—never does it feel forced. Another thing that I loved is the unique artistic style, rich colors, and overall storytelling of Bakemonogatari. All of these blend together to create a storyline that actually has an underlying sense of realism (something found rather far and in-between in most anime today anyway). My only caveat about the series is how I so wished it lasted longer so that even more time could be given to look back at certain aspects of Araragi. Let me be the first to put this out there, if all you’re about is crazy, happy, action-action time…then, well look elsewhere. Yes, it has some action, but not that much. If you want something that is sharp, witty, dark, and yet funny (in a mature way) really give this a try.

tsuyutsuki tsuyutsuki

I TOTALLY LOVED THIS SERIES!!! Even if the plot is relatively poor compared to the amount of mysticism present on the series, the impecable animation it has just makes up for every kind of lack the work coud possibly have. one of my favorite episodes is when Araragi has to fight Kanbaru: all those flying tables and the color shifting, even when he is swung out and about by his guts, the coloring and animation kind of made me forget those were actually his internal organs being ripped off of him... Nasty I lnow, but this can be looked over. It's a great work.


This one peaked my interest to new levels, particular elements in this anime were so well thought out that I was dying to know what happened next.....The dialog was superb it engrossed you with it's witty, sharp, direct and cleaver character interactions that made sure not a single part of the anime was boring. The story centers around Araragi who is semi-vampire and Senj?gahara who escalate their relationship, all the while introducing new female protagonists who intertwine both the main protagonists and the story together and keep the flow moving smoothly.The base point is that it concentrates on emotion... it takes a peak on a deeper level and analyzes the weight of ones emotions on metaphysical level... and through out the series each female protagonist embodies a certain you can say 'curse' due to the weight of their own heart or cowardice which leads them to interact with Araragi. Overall this is another of "Those Animes" that are just epic from start to finish. As for the light novels, I have yet to read them but I can be sure to look forward to them. Bottom line It's in my top 'Seven'... Nuff said.

AnGeeChan AnGeeChan

One word: masterpiece. Very unique show, just awesome! Animation, art style, backgrounds, characters, music, plot, everything! World needs more anime series like this. Come to think of it, everything is build on dialogues here. Action is just to fullfill it.

RaitoTheReaper RaitoTheReaper

Bakemonogatari is another of Shaft's quirky series that I can't seem to get enough of. The cast of characters are likable, and they each have different and interesting back stories as to how they came to be. One of my favorite aspects about this series is the smooth animation and the unique angles the shots decide to take.

back07 back07

Bakemonogatari centres on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjogahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi’s arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers her help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a middle-aged homeless man who helped him stop being a vampire.

evelluchia evelluchia

Bakemonogatari is pretty good but i find it seemed very random and hard to follow but yet interisting all the same it did have some neet OSTs too ^-^ so i liked it though if you dont like puzzle like anime this one isent for you

Davo Davo

One of the best anime i have seen, the quality in the animation and draw are superior, and the narrative gives a interesting perspective to the plot, maybe the little problem is sometimes the saturated visual elements, but the narrative keeps you in the story.

Rufusek Rufusek

If my friend haven't recomended it to me in first place I would given up after 1 episode cause of its weirdness but I started to like all those oddities later and rewatched 1 episode which was good not bad. It may take a while to get through and understand it but it is worthy it. Hikage Senjouhara is the cute girl we see mostly in it, and the main character is always getting in problem with oddities Araragi.

Daydreamer1 Daydreamer1

We dont see these type of presentations so oftne, like Bakemonogatari and Arakawa under the bridge.

Extreme story line, i am sure if the presentation was kept NORMAL, even then i had loved the anime to a full extant. GOOD JOB people, though i am BEGGING now for the next season (HOPEFULLY FULL-SEASON THIS TIME)

I wish if i could be a part of such story.. lol, but it will hurt as it must

randomly--random randomly--random

bakemonogatari gives out a very peculiar feeling once you started watching it. plus, even at the first episode, you can gain interest in continuously watching this anime. the anime is divided into arcs per character that Araragi, Koyomi encounters. every character has their own strange and interesting backgrounds that it is very easy to get hook to this anime. besides that, the romance between Araragi-kun and Senjougahara, Hitagi and the serious comedies inside this really great anime are really something to look after.. o(>w<)b

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