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Bakemonogatari

Alter titles:
Bake Monogatari
化物語
Ghostory
Monstory
Истории Монстров
Type: TV (12 episodes), 25 min
Aired: 3 July, 2009 - 25 September, 2009
finished airing
Genres: Action
Mystery
Romance
School
Vampire
Supernatural
Studio: SHAFT
Rating: 8.18
Weighed: 8.43 (30 votes)
Grabbed by: 39
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Summary:

Bakemonogatari centres on Araragi Koyomi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Senjougahara Hitagi, 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 Oshino Meme, 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.

The television run of the anime ended on September 25 with the 12th episode, "Tsubasa Cat - Part 2," but the official website confirmed on September 25 that Parts 3 through 5 will be distributed online, one episode after the other. In a July interview, director Akiyuki Shinbo mentioned his plans to animate 15 episodes. However, the Japanese broadcasting schedule usually allows only 12 to 13 episodes per cours (13-week block). Because of this, Shinbo said that the staff at the SHAFT anime studio would probably air the first 12 episodes, and distribute the remaining three episodes on the official homepage for free.

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Bakemonogatari prequel to be animated

According to Aniplex's announcement attached to Nekomonogatari novel, light novel Kizumonogatari, the prequel to Bakemonogatari, was announced to get an anime adaptation. Official site of Bakemonogatari confirms the news. And, also Kodansha will release 5 more "Monogatari" novels: De...

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Glory
Glory (Russia)
10 Feb 2010, 11:05:53
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Have finished watching Bakemonogatari yesterday. Gave it 8 out of 10. Quite fascinating anime, though some of arcs I enjoyed much more then the others. My favorite one is 'Suruga Monkey', and the beginning of 'Tsubasa Cat' was also lovely. The reason I haven't given anime a higher mark... well, I'm pretty sure, that this one is meant for boys. Senjogahara behavior - which many men call amazing and charming - didn't affect me that much. What girl is supposed to see behind her jokes? :) Yeah, girls can be bitchy and elegant at the same time, but in my opinion it's always better to observe the proprieties. But all the mystical stuff and graphics style were a first-fate show.
Today I shall judge nothing that occurs.
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
10 Feb 2010, 19:25:27
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Well, considering that out of the ten people in the cast there are only two male characters, I'd say it's pretty obvious that the series is meant more for boys. And therefore it shouldn't be strange for a girl such as yourself to not feel the same charm from a female character who is written by a man for a male audience. Even further, every individual person has different tastes so even other men are bound to not like her as much as some.

Anyway, I loved the series and its characters. It's hard for me to pick a favorite arc, though. It's actually easier for me to pick a least favorite arc: Nadeko Snake. Sorry, Nadeko was really cute, but the arc really didn't hit me as hard as the rest of the series. It was still great, it didn't really drag the series down for me, but didn't have quite the same impact and wasn't quite as memorable as the other arcs, at least it didn't after the first watch through. I really want to re-watch the series in one go after the last two episodes come out. And yeah, Suruga Monkey was really good, awesome action. But episode 12 was my favorite single episode in the series so far. I really love Senjougahara and one whole episode of nothing but her interacting with Araragi was just priceless. :)
Glory
Glory (Russia)
11 Feb 2010, 12:44:25
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I see... Personally I prefer Nadecos arc over Hachikuji Mayois. Maybe because I was pretty shy in my childhood myself ^_^ Zomg, I guess we need a 'spoiler' tag (*shouts* Vallefor!!!). Hehe, my less favorite episodes are 03 and 12 T_T Lack of action ones... I also felt a bit disappointed after watching the 13th ONA one. A couple of funny moments, but the main action is quite predictable :(
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
11 Feb 2010, 13:26:11
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Ah, you sound like a friend of mine who I introduced anime to. She needs the action and supernatural stuff or she loses interest in a show. Personally I love character interaction. It's my favorite thing about Bakemonogatari. It's also why Haruhi and Toradora are favorites of mine. The action gives Bakemonogatari a nice punch when it needs it (quite literally with Suruga), but I can just watch the characters talk to each other for an entire episode and be delighted. I really liked Mayoi's arc because I liked how she interacted with Araragi. I also found it interesting how she was different from the rest of the girls (yeah, spoiler tags are needed). And again, I didn't dislike Nadeko's arc at all. I kind of feel bad for calling it my least favorite. She just didn't interact with Araragi as strongly as the other characters and that's what the series is all about for me. She's still a very lovable character and now you're really making me feel bad about this. =P

Oh, and I can barely remember what happened in episode 13. That's not good. All I really remember is the Cat and stuff (spoiler tags!). Ahhh, I really want episodes 14 and 15 to come out. -_-
Glory
Glory (Russia)
13 Feb 2010, 12:02:00
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Ah, this friend of yours - she is a girl, isn't she? ;) Bakemonogatari just targets boys. I can try to describe. It's almost as if you were watching your best friend (Senjougahara) flirting with a nice guy. Yeah, you can feel happy for her, but what next? She's not going to tease him in front of you... or is she? Nasty!

Well, I didn't get such feeling when I was watching Haruhi.

Btw, Nadeko has successfully made it to the contestants group in ISML. Poor Senjougahara!
Today I shall judge nothing that occurs.
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
13 Feb 2010, 12:22:35
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Yep, she's a girl. I used to work with her when I was in the Air Force. She was like my older sister when I lived in New Mexico. I even spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with her family a few times. I've actually decided to move back to New Mexico and she's going to let me move in with her and her husband. They used to have one of their other friends living with them, but he recently got moved to England to work (also in the Air Force) so I'll just be taking over his old rooms in their house. I actually don't have a job there yet, but I'm trying to get so work back with my old office. She said that I won't have to pay them any rent money until after I get a real job. I'll just have to help out around the house with chores and stuff. I'm currently filing for unemployment to make sure I can afford to move over there. I plan on moving March 15. I'm really glad I have a plan now. ^_^

Anyway, back on subject, that's a really funny perspective to take while watching Senjougahara, but it does kind of make sense. Of course boys on the other hand can identify with Araragi and therefore we get a much more fun perspective. :)

And yeah, I already talked about the final Round of Phase I in your ISML post. If Senjougahara doesn't make it into a Contestant spot in one of the next two Phases, I might really cry. :(
Glory
Glory (Russia)
14 Feb 2010, 22:59:59
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Don't worry, I'll prepare enough tissues for both of us :D But seriously, I'm pretty sure Senjougara is able to make it. She'll be fine.

Oh, this friend of yours seems to be a very good person. New Mexico Air Force girl-sama, please take care of Aaron! :)
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Feb 2010, 02:01:46
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Yes, I'm sure onee-san will take great care of me. ^_^
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
12 Feb 2010, 11:48:04
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Glory
Glory (Russia)
13 Feb 2010, 12:03:02
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That's good news! :)
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
23 Feb 2010, 03:15:23
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Episode 14 is finally released, but unfortunately the stream is region-restricted to Japan. Though I'm sure a rip will be available within a few hours and fansubs within a few days. =P
Glory
Glory (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 03:07:53
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Yay, thanks for the info! Any news on the last one?
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Velorn (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 04:00:21
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it seems to be released on BD =)
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
24 Feb 2010, 04:33:41
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I can't find any official word on when episode 15 is supposed to come out, but considering the releases of the previous two, there was a 3 month gap between them, so I'd say not to expect it until May. Mid April at the earliest since episode 14 was original supposed to come out in January.
Velorn (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 13:02:07
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As i heard the last BD will be released on March, 24th. So, i think this is the date when we supposed to have this episode ;)
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
24 Feb 2010, 14:36:09
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Ah, I didn't think the final volume was coming out that soon, but looks like it is. Hopefully it doesn't get delayed. Shaft has been having trouble keeping with their schedule lately. Regardless, the episode is still supposed to premiere online before the DVD/BD comes out, so we should be able to see it at least a few weeks (or days) before the home video release. I actually heard a passing comment on a blog post when I was searching for a release date for episode 15's streaming and someone said that it will be coming out on March 16th. Maybe that is when it will be out. It's so quickly after episode 14 that I thought it couldn't be true before. =P
Thanks for the tip Velorn! ^_^
Velorn (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 20:59:14
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;)) you're welcome)))
PS thx for approving friendship request on MAL ^_^
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
Velorn (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 22:09:49
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also - i don't believe that Shaft will release this episode in net, they have too little time to make it, & by economic reasons - it's illogical to release it in a couple od days before the bd release
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
24 Feb 2010, 22:15:25
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Eh, who knows. Either way the wait should be much shorter for episode 15 than it was for 14.
Velorn (Russia)
24 Feb 2010, 23:23:37
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*darkly* "hope is only an illusion & Ocean Soul's nothing but a name" (c)
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
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pluvia33 (USA)
05 Mar 2010, 00:33:39
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Ahhh, bad news. It's been confirmed that the release of the sixth and final volume of the series has been delayed to June. So it can still potentially be a few months before we see the final episode of the series. -_-

Well, in brighter news I got to watch episode 14. Not really the best episode in the series, but it had its amusing points. Hopefully episode 15 will finish on a strong note and I can happily re-watch the series in one go when all of the BD versions come out. ^_^
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Eld (Canada)
06 Apr 2010, 15:41:31
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Not sure if anybody noticed, but Bakemonogatari's storytelling method seems really similar to how Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. For one, both animes make heavy use of throwing random thoughts and using blank scenes seemingly out of nowhere. For another, stories for both series revolve around each person's single particular personality issue (for Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, each character has one particular flaw/quirk that an episode revolves around for the first season).
Nessuno può emendarsi dal peccato che scorre nelle vene
No one can escape the sin that flows in their veins
Velorn (Russia)
07 Apr 2010, 07:48:43
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They have one director & scriptwriter - Shinbo Akiyuki ;))
I'm sorry for my bad English xD
Eld
Eld (Canada)
07 Apr 2010, 20:19:39
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Now I know :D

Also prompted me to go look up the other seasons of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei after this.
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