Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThe story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Monogatari Series: First Season
Summary: Bakemonogatari Recap
Prequel: Nekomonogatari: Kuro
Characters & Voice Actors
"To be blunt, I just enjoy talking to you... so I want to talk with you more."
"If our opinions clash, let's talk it over." (Dialogue from episode 5)
'Bakemonogatari', cleverly translated as 'Ghostory' or 'Monstory', is about five not-so-normal girls that Araragi Koyomi, a vampire himself, encounters and attempt to save from oddities possessing them.
The main characters of 'Bakemonogatari' are among the most unique and complex I have yet to encounter.
Heroine Senjougahara Hitagi is a tsundere like half of all modern heroines in anime, but she is also 「ドS」, a sadist to an extreme degree, which is more common for side characters and rare for heroines. Our protagonist, as expected, is rather on the masochist side who takes constant verbal abuse from Senjougahara.
What makes the couple extraordinary, is that Senjougahara is often boke while Araragi is tsukkomi. Traditional Japanese stand-up comedy consists of a duo: One takes the "boke" role who says something stupid while the "tsukommi" role points out the flaws in boke's argument, often with a violent slap in the head.
Yes, that's right. Boke is masochist by nature and often not very intelligent, while tsukommi is sadist by nature and often more observant.
The leading couple in this series, on the other hand, take turns with the roles. It is particularly interesting when the sadist and intelligent Senjougahara purposefully take on the boke role and overwhelms tsukkomi. Such as making insulting statements that sound flawed, but when Araragi tries to make a comeback, he realizes what she said was true. Or Senjougahara makes a blatantly flawed statement just to hurt Araragi, and his comeback fall into deaf ears. And of course, plenty of intentional boke or tease spoken with so much authority that Araragi just gives up and let it slide.
The unlikely toggling of comedy roles were delivered extremely well, and this back and forth interaction between the leading couple is a key part of this show's appeal.
The remaining four main characters are not as complex as the leading couple, but they all have their own unique issues that drive the story,each with distinct personalities that made them memorable.
There are 6 main characters in this series, and total of only 5 side/peripheral characters (Meme, Shinobu, two sisters, and Senjougahara's father) in the whole series. The limited character headcount made thorough character development possible despite being an arc-based series.
Simply put, half the show is about the romantic relationship between the Senjougahara and Araragi.
The other half is about a constant argument between two values: The rational vs the idealistic, with Araragi as Mr. Nice Guy seeking happy end for everyone. Solution of supernatural oddities as the topic of the argument.
Hachikuji, Kanbaru, and Hanekawa's arcs developed the relationship of leading couple while offering new topics to the story.
The only flaw in the story in my opinion, is that Sengoku's arc was pretty much by itself, and contributed very little to the whole series other than loli and moe fan service.
Each arc is an incident focusing on a different girl, but all the arcs combine to show a whole picture of Araragi and Senjougahara closing their personal distances.
"Bakemonogatari" is essentially a verbal performance with visual support. Story is driven by back and forth debate on various issues.
With verbal performance playing such a big role in this show, voice acting is taken to a whole new level in this series.
Every characters' voices fit perfectly, and not only that, distinct tones and nuance of speech establish unique impressions for every single character. The characters speak so fast in this series with lots of tongue twisters, but the seiyuu cast had done a wonderful job in keeping up. I don't think it's an exaggeration to describe voice acting in this series as epic.
Music score in 'Bakemonogatari' has a generally consistent ambient feel to it with a nice flow. Other than intense music for action scenes, they don't particularly set the mood or enhance drama as what I usually consider to be strong BGM for anime, but the usually upbeat sounds in the background set the quick pace for dialogue, and make conversations all the more engaging.
OP song "Staple Stable" is one of the best anime opening theme song by a seiyuu, ever. Really memorable tune accompanied by great vocal and lyric by meg rock was simply amazing.
The other four OPs sang by seiyuu of each arc heroines were nowhere as impressive as "Staple Stable", but offers refreshment value to the OPs, and fits each character perfectly.
ED song's lyric made little sense at first, but its meaning was unveiled in a conversation between the leading couple in a certain episode, and it turned out to very suitable for the series. The two Senjougahara theme songs (OP1, ED) were masterpieces.
Animation in 'Bakemonogatari' mainly serve as a visual aid to the verbal performance, and it proved to be very effective.
Visuals for the anime got somewhat of an "art house film" treatment. There were many abstract and surreal scenes, unconventional cuts, and intriguing camera angles that made the viewing experience very pleasant. It's the perfected form of SHAFT's signature style.
Character designs were attractive, and main characters had visually shown a wide range of emotion that further portrays the character's state of mind.
The only complaint I have with the animation is the use of photographs/videos of real-life imagery. At the risk of sounding like a super-otaku, I would say 3D images do not belong in the world of 2D.
As a fansubber and having seen thousands of hours of fan/professionally translated works, I can tell you that at least 10% of the meaning is lost in translation, no matter how well translated. In conversation/narration driven series filled with wordplay and metaphors, at least 20% of the meaning, therefore enjoyability, will inevitably be lost to non-Japanese speakers.
Still, 'Bakemonogatari' is a true masterpiece with experimental production that actually worked. Attention was paid to the tiniest details, and a story well-told. Truly amazing direction by Shinbou Akiyuki left us with so many memorable scenes, and this will definitely be a series to be remembered.
The 8-month wait for the final three episodes were excruciating, but the ending was so satisfying that it almost made it worth the absurd wait. Given the commercial success 'Bakemonogatari' has achieved, I will be hoping for the remaining novels in the series to be animated. Possibly 'Kizumonogatari' OVA/film and 'Nisemonogatari' as a sequel season.
To be blunt, I just enjoyed listening to them... so I want to listen to them more.
It is very rare to see such a successful marriage of a director’s vision and an author’s material. Bakemonogatari’s existence is an anomaly especially in present day where adaptations are subpar when compared to the source. However, there has never been a more potent combination than Nisio Isin and Studio SHAFT’s Akiyuki Shinbou. Shinbou’s quirky, and imaginative art direction greatly compliments the fast paced dialogue and witticisms that Nisio is known for. The end result is a tour de force of both visuals and prose. Bakemonogatari is a meticulously crafted tale that never ceases to maintain the viewer’s attention and titillate the imagination.
Story- Bakemonogatari is a broken into individual arcs, each focusing a certain character dealing with a supernatural “Oddity.” There is an overarching plot that is delicately threaded throughout each arc. Every character is related to one another either directly or indirectly. Throughout each arc, we learn more about each girl and their specific affliction. In other shows, this would mean long, drawn out expository dialogue that lacks personality and charisma. However, Bakemonogatari is unlike other anime. Every interaction is interesting due to how well the visuals compliment the dialogue. Although the dialogue seems to meander from time to time, the interactions between characters are always at the very least entertaining. And through these seemingly meaningless conversations, we learn more about their personalities, motivations and personal beliefs. It is all done in a very subtle way so it may take some close attention to catch some of the nuances of the characterization. Bakemonogatari does not try to baby the viewer; it tells you only what you need to know and lets your imagination fill in the gaps.
The quality of writing remains consistent throughout each arc but the show takes a bit of a downward spiral during the Nadeko Snake arc. Not that it is a bad arc as much as it is underwhelming. Sengoku Nadeko is easily the most uninteresting female in the cast. She is timid, shy and cute. She does not have any stand out traits or eccentricities like the other members of the cast. It seems her sole purpose in this arc is to appease fetishists due to her being placed in many compromising positions. She wears school swimsuits and her affliction is the most sexual in nature. The conclusion to this arc also leaves much to be desired but it is only a minor dip in the overall quality of the narrative.
Art- Studio SHAFT has become synonymous with eccentric art and whacky animation, and Bakemonogatari really benefits from SHAFT adapting it. It is a true visual spectacle, using a mixture of different art styles to make conversations much more interesting. Most scenes are vibrant and full of color and unusual geometric shapes which breathe life into the show. It also uses an interesting blend of typography and simple black and white scenes that really support the tone of the conversations. You could argue that Bakemonogatari’s success is due to the visuals. It truly is a feast for the eyes.
Character- Bakemonogatari features of one of the most intriguing cast of characters I have had the pleasure to watch. However, the crowning achievement of the show has to be Hitagi Senjougahara, the protagonist Araragi’s girlfriend. She is cruel and cynical and never ceases to make Araragi her whipping boy. But that is all a part of her indelible charm. Past her ice cold exterior, lays a really gooey and lovable center. Her change is gradual but very apparent by the end of the series.
The relationship dynamic between Araragi and Senjougahara is simply a joy to behold. It is free of all usual issues that plague romantic anime: awkward confessions, a melodramatic backstory and a general lack of believability. The development of their relationship is set at a slow but realistic pace. Think of it as a flower in bloom, when it blossoms you can truly appreciate it in all its beauty. Throughout the course of the series, Senjougahara’s presence makes itself known even she is not on screen. Araragi’s relationship has actively changes his character and influences what decisions he makes. Each encounter also builds upon their relationship and builds an unspoken bond of trust and affection.
The supporting cast of females also serves to facilitate the development of Araragi’s relationship with Senjougahara. While each arc deals with a specific heroine, it very subtly also tackles aspects and issues within any romantic relationship such as: miscommunication, jealously, and infidelity. Every obstacle they face reinforces the strength of their bond.
The supporting cast are not only mere catalysts for the development of Araragi and Senjougahara, but they stand strong by themselves. The cast is comprised of the usual harem archetypes: the little sister, the class representative, the loli, and the energetic girl but they are given distinguishable traits that separate them from any other character. For example, take Kanbaru Suruga. Although she falls into the energetic girl archetype, she completely betrays our expectations of what that character should be like. She is not only athletic, but she freely embraces her sexuality by making jokes about it and making advances towards Araragi if only in jest.
Bakemonogatari is a tour de force of visual storytelling. It represents the best of the medium as it completely defies all storytelling conventions of anime. It is wordy but never ceases to captivate the viewer with its beautiful imagery and wit. Bakemonogatari popularity and acclaim is well deserved as it will likely linger in your mind, whether you liked it or not, for a long time.
The Monogatari series is certainly a series that isn't for everybody, but I personally love it. The show is very dialogue-heavy, as each episode contains about 500 lines of dialogue as opposed to the average 300 lines or so. Bakemonogatari also contains some rather disturbing and psychedelic imagery, and various dark themes. It surprisingly contains quite a bit of comedic moments between the unique cast as well, though the punchline sometimes gets lost in translation. So why do I love this series?
Well, for one this series dresses up its conversations with constant movement and interest perspective shifts. Hell, the entire artstyle will often shift for the sake of a reference or some other joke. The conversations themselves are very interesting to listen to (or read) albeit they are a bit abstract and vague at times, but the added flair gives them even more appeal. The characters will ramble on about how they view aspects of their life or of a situation, or will discuss the tropes they defy or inherit. These conversations generally have layers of development contained within them.
For example, Senjyogahara a girl the protagonist, Araragi, meets in episode one, is referred to as a "tsundere". However, the show points out that she doesn't qualify as such in a very long winding conversation. Senjyogahara is shameless, and while she may be harsh on Araragi she never hides her feelings from him.
All of the characters get this treatment at some point in the series (though for some it's after Bake), and become fleshed out or even evolve as characters. Every character arc in the story also deals with apparitions, but even these creatures are tied to human emotions. This allows the show to tie its characters and themes to the action seamlessly. Speaking of which...
The show has some pretty well-animated fight scenes throughout its run. The stylized aesthetics are amazing when it wants to be with over-the-top gore, unique apparition designs, and surprisingly well-blended CGI. There are some particularly stunning visuals in the final episode of this season; it's movie quality atmosphere. Upon release there were missing or unfinished scenes in the broadcast version of Bake, so I urge you to watch the retail version if possible. In my opinion, it improves the quality of the product as a whole.
The soundtrack is decent. It has several openings to reflect the arc at hand, and all of them feel unique. The ending is rather impressive too, but on a scene to scene basis the music doesn't stick out.
Bakemonogatari is not an anime for everybody, it's very polarizing. I just so happen to be on the side that loves it. It has some things some may not enjoy such as its fanservice and harem elements. However, I recommend giving it a chance. You might like what you watch.
I give Bakemonogatari a 10/10. Please, remember that this is my personal score, and thanks for reading. read more
I'll start off my review by saying one of my usual comments when I talk about Bakemonogatari: this anime is not for everyone. It's definitely something worth trying out, but I cannot guarantee that it will be your cup of tea. It's an interestingly boring anime that tries hard (and succeeds) to be unique with its eccentric style of story telling and world building.
Bakemonogatari is an anime adaptation of the popular light novel series written by Nisio Isin. The anime revolves around Koyomi Araragi, a high school student who's also a half-vampire, and his relationships with different characters and their oddities, along with the usual SHAFT head tilting we've all come to know and love. It's an arc-based anime that focuses on a different character every arc, but these arcs come together as characters often overlap another character's arc.
Apart from the nice story telling Bakemonogatari features, I personally think that its cast are definitely deserving to be called great, if not, the best, in terms of design, personality and development. They all have a unique air to them and is very hard to properly describe without ruining the enjoyment you get from initially watching them on-screen.
"Koyomi Araragi ranked sixth in the Best Male Character in 2009, second in 2010, seventh in 2011, third in 2012, and sixth in 2013. Meanwhile, Hitagi Senjougahara ranked seventh in the Best Female Character in 2009, fourth in 2010, eighth in 2011, and seventh in 2012." [Source: Wikipedia]
Popularity ranking may mean nothing for some people, but I think it serves to be a concrete example that Bakemonogatari's characters are indeed very likable. On top of that, almost everyone has several layers to them, their development is tangible and coherent, and they are different enough from common archetypes so it doesn't feel like they're just some generic character you've seen at least a hundred times. Plus, it gives people loads of ideas and perspectives so there are a lot of things to debate on and talk about a character. So what's the icing on the cake? They give off a sense of depth without making you think really hard, and you dig up more bits of their character by paying close attention to details and certain dialogues.
The opening and ending songs are all really awesome. As I've said, this anime is an arc-based one, so the opening song changes every arc. The OPs usually have the same "feel" as the character they're focused on, as if they're describing them through a song. The ED might not look like its relevant to the story at first, but once you get to see the later episodes, the song will beg for your appreciation as it perfectly conveys the feelings and the message of the song to the watcher. As for the BGM in the lengthy conversations, they're okay. Not much to say about them, really. They're pretty average compared to the BGM used in the sequels. Worry not, since this flaw gets overshadowed by the quality of the voices, which was beautifully delivered by the voice actors.
One word to describe the art: amazing. I myself like to think that the quirky but beautiful art of Bakemonogatari is the result of telling a story through a character's point of view, which in this case, is Araragi. The whole anime is told through his perspective. Therefore, the things and the people that aren't connected with the story aren't shown, hence them being the only characters in the show. Why are the main cast's houses different? Because he pays special attention to them. Why is his bike the only different one in the anime? Because it's special to him, being his own possession. Why are the fight scenes so colorfully gory? Because the flashy colors convey how feels while the fight is happening, which in this case, is pain. Why were the stairs of the school back to normal at the middle of episode 1, rather than being huge and circular? Because the staircase never has been huge and circular. Senjougahara just tripped at the top of the staircase and "fell into his arms." They were all in Araragi's perspective. Not minding the fact that people call the anime pretentious, I honestly think that the art, in itself, is a good enough reason to actually call this anime deep.
With all of that, the enjoyment levels of this anime is great. It left me in a one-person standing ovation after watching it the first time, which is a huge feat considering that it was 4AM in the morning and I had classes in 3 hours. The re-watch-ability of this anime is top-notch too, as watching the whole series again makes you notice things that you didn't catch the first time you watched, like dialogues that revealed more about the character, or scenes that will make you think about what it's trying to say.
Summing up everything above, Bakemonogatari is something that I could call a masterpiece, being something boring, yet interesting; slideshow-y, yet visually appealing; and complex, yet understandable. This anime is my current favorite and it probably will be for a long, long, time.
I'll end this review with a nice quote that, in my opinion, makes this anime really stand out from the rest.
"There stood a high school boy who had seriously taken on an elementary school girl, seriously fought her, seriously won with a judo throw, and seriously felt proud of himself. Wait, that's me."
It's a quote spoken by Rarararagi Koyomi.
"Sorry, I stuttered." read more
Both anime have great stories and artwork. But the best part about it is the way the stories are told. Both anime have kinda the same level of comedy and are both amazing watches. It wasn't until recently that I found out that the author was the same person but I would make the recommendation regardless.
Katanagatari reminds you of Bakemonogatari in many ways, it has the same use of camera angles and the hectic dialogs. And offers pretty much the same characters in a different setting (Boy meets Girl). Both shows are also based on light novels written by the same author, Nisio Isin.
Plenty of dialog and witty jokes and remarks here and there. Level of humor used in both shows are quite similar, including the casual use of some innuendo to brighten the mood. Artwork and visuals are superb in both.
Both are from the same author and as expected, characters are developed nicely with a quirky sense of humour. Both are animes featuring surrealist drawing style, little actual plot, curious characters, and random discussions about life the universe and everyting.
Both are adaptations of light novels written by Isin Nisio, and both are extremely heavy on dialogue. The style of humour employed in both Bakemono and Katana is very similar, so if you like one you're sure to enjoy the other. Also, though Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari seem like the typical harem and shonen series,both quickly break the confines of their respective genres.
To begin with, both animes are great and of high quality. They were both also made by Nisio isin. They both have a lot of similar core features, such as, romance and humor, while also being able to offer up a serious yet basic plot. They are both episodic while katanagatari is longer at 50 minute episodes. I highly recommend watching one if you have seen the other!
Both series has a similar animation style that incorporates the usage of heavy dialogue usage by the main characters. The light novels are also written by the same author (Nisio Isin) hence reflects upon a similar style of story telling.
Both series' humor is presented very well and considered entertaining and amusing with the dialogue, action, drama, and interactions between the main protagonists with other characters.
Both series features some supernatural themes and later on some romance.
Written by the same author. Each show is filled with entertaining dialogue and character interactions are a central focus.
Both from same author, both have great art and story with good amount of comedy and action mixed and both have great characters.
There are similarities between Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari. For example, both are episodic anime. Not to mention the very long and witty dialogues between characters, slapstick jokes and the artwork. However, Katanagatari has more actions in it.
Watch these if you like anime which consist of mainly comedic conversations in between key events. I enjoyed both of these anime because they were almost like reading books but with action sequences here-and-there. Also, both have very unique art styles, so even if you don't like long, funny dialogues, it's worth the experience.
Both are very good anime.
Both are the work of Nisio Isin.
Both are very heavy on dialogue. (Although there is a bit more action in Katanagatari)
Lastly, they have -gatari at the end
If you like the incredibly dialogue heavy narrative that the monogatari series has, Katanagatari offers a similar narrative with each episode feeling well fleshed out and juicy. Also same author, so great characters.
Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari are both written by NisiOisin
Both the Heroines are similar, they have a similar personality and they are both Tsunderes. The 2 shows have some heavy dialogue. If you have seen Bakemonogatari, you know what I'm talking about. You may remember the few action scenes from Bakemonogatari. Katanagatari also has short, bloody action scenes. You will love Katanagatari if you like Bakemonogatari!
Both animes have the same author, they have the same person for artwork and the setting is similar in both anime boy met with a girl then they are doing differend kind of things.
Both are written by Nishio Ishin and as a result have
-exceptionally strong dialogue
Both are animated by shaft and thus
-Have their signature direction style
-is secretly quite dark (though not so secretly in Katangatari)
-make effective uer of fan service without making it the primary function of the anime
If you like one of these male leads you should enjoy the perspective of the other. While Yuhari is really starred by the main female instead of the main male the females have a lot in common in terms of being independent, strong and confusing for the males to figure out.
Both shows feature limited but well developed for 12 ep anime series supporting casts.
Bakemonogatari is basically the more supernatural (Yahari is pretty much just another HS anime) and higher quality in every way version of Love Comedy but if you love the type of characters the leads are you will still enjoy Love Comedy a great deal.
Both with witty dialogues and monologues, if you enjoyed either series you'll definitely enjoy the other because of the well-crafted dialogue between the two main characters. Seeing their relationship grow and their abusive banter is really amusing. I would've loved to see their relationship go more deeper like Bakemonogotari but the love triangle was amusing enough.
Thick dialogue from the very fleshed out male and female protagonists. Both plots primary revolve around character driven events that illicit deep conversations that are meaningful, serious, and sometimes just plain witty/hilarious. Also there are some camera angles in Yahari that are very eerie to the monogatari series
Similar character design and setting. Both series involve meaningful conversation about life, friendship, and values.
In both series, the main male protagonist seems to have similar personalities and possesses a rather indifferent outlook on others and life itself.
However, he meets a girl who is mysterious, elegant, and has strange interactions with her. These usually comes from the various dialogues and tones in the words used.
Both series also has school life setting and events happen that often gets the main male protagonist involved. There's also a similar atmosphere in both series that sometimes becomes more and more interactive especially with the word plays/dialogues.
Both have much dialogue and similar protagonists.
Main characters are extremely similar in both their nature and interactions with each other
Shows in which the female leads possess sharp, biting, sarcastic tongue, truly shining examples of "100%-proud-0%-cute" (tsun-tsun) tsunderes. The main draw of these shows come from the witty, cleverly delivered dialogue between main characters.
Both male leads are philosophers of sorts, slowly revealing their complex worldview to the audience by way of monologue, both engaging in fascinating battles of wit with a sharp-tongued female lead.
Loner protagonists that go on long winded rants.
Well written monologues and a witty dialogues , the main characters are somewhat similar to Araragi & Hitagi.
What I noticed in both animes, is the character personalities. Male lead and female lead in Yahari are almost complete copies of the main leads in Bakemonogatari in my opinion.
Yahari is not supernatural stuff though. Only thing similar is that they're in highschool (what anime isnt?) and the characters are very similar.
Both of the series focus a lot on the dialogue overall. Furthermore, they are both quite psychological and the main issue is to help others out with their problems. Along the way, they help themselves out as well. With the vibes of romance being present in both, as well as just-that being quite unique and special, they successfully take us on a ride that's something more.
The two anime have the same cheeky, if I may, remarks. I love the OPs of both of them—some of the most memorable ones I've ever listened to. The love triangle is quite interesting and humorous, though the romance definitely could have gotten deeper.
Both have witty and interesting dialogues and both MCs have a similar outlook on life. Even though not much is happening, the show never gets boring. Heck, both main characters even have the same piece of hair sticking out of their head.
Both have the same witty banter thrown back and forth, ice queen female mc's.
Different in other fronts; might even be the polar opposite. Araragi is the white knight while Hikigaya is the dark knight, an interesting parallel. Like Supes and Bats. Truer in more ways than one.
Also, Bakemonogatari is the archetypical example of style over substance with slight surrealism while Oregairu is in some ways a deconstruction/parody of highschool harem anime and simultaneously tries to provide insight into social pyramids/hierarchies using HS as a medium.
IMO, Oregairu is much more layered and worth rewatching more than once to catch subtle nuances in character interactions, motivations and the subliminal mocking of cliches of the genre making it a more satisfying experience in the long run, but Bakemonogatari's genius direction is equally endearing and much more visceral.
Both anime have a very similar feel to them.
Bakemonogatari however, is darker than Arakawa Under The Bridge.
Arakawa contains more light-hearted random humour and is generally a more happy series, where Bakemonogatari is more about removing oddities which may end up killing people, etc
Bakemonogatari also contains random humour, but as I already said, it has a darker atmosphere than Arakawa.
The art is also kinda similar.
Both series start with the meeting between the protagonist and an odd yet characteristically deadpan girl he forms an arbitrarily romantic relationship with and follow up with his dealings with various increasingly odd people and their problems. Having the same production studio, director, and lead seiyuu, they often feel quite similar, despite Bakemonogatari possessing a seriousness and sequential arc structure Arakawa consistently avoids.
It is obvious that if you liked Bakemonogatari you should watch Arakawa Under the Bridge. The main character of the both series is voiced by the same actor, which gives the impression that we have to deal with the very similar story.
Another thing that is in common is the way the story is being told. It is almost the same. The key factor is the fact that Bakemonogatari was made by the studio that has also made the Arakawa Under the Bridge. Both series will rather not be liked by the most of the viewers because the storyline is made for more intelligent people.
The only difference is shown using the art style, which is rather similar to the standard anime shows in Arakawa Under the Bridge. But it should make it easier to watch for non otakus.
Both are done by SHAFT, hence it's shafty. When, Bakemonogatari focuses on very little amount of characters and analysis them in depth using clever and witty dialogues, Arakawa under the Bridge raises the madness of the characters by far and the number of the cast is significantly larger with bother-line retarded and nonsensical conversations. Still, they are very similar in the fact that both focuses mainly on dialogues of individual characters. Oh, and eye rolling scenes too.
Thus, both looks great.
Arakawa Under The Bridge follows the legacy of Bakemonogatari with exactly the same style, same director, same elite main voice actors. However, this show is one or two notch(es) down from Bakemonogatari on romance, plot, and characters. Afterall, good learning material for funny Japanese chatter.
Both are random-esque animes that tend to shift from situation to situation, involving comedy or general mishaps between the protagonist and his girlfriend or friends. While Bakemonogatari does have a more concrete ending, Arakawa has a much more lighthearted feel to it and will keep you laughing for quite a while. The happy-go-lucky feel is present in every single minute of the anime.
Similar humor and character developments. Emphasis on a very small area of the anime's locale. The person that voices the main character in Arakawa (Kou) also voices a main character in Bakemonogatari (Hitagi), and does an amazing job. The all around feel of both anime's are very similar, funny, and enjoyable.
When i started watching Bakemonogatari it almost instantly reminded me about Arakawa. Art and characters, their humor and actions, and random plots. Both are really good and funny.
Oh God, that randomness and humor in both of these series.
Shaft is involved in both series and brings unique comedy into both of these series that are sarcastic and out of this world.
Both series meets a strange girl and becomes a couple with them. The protagonist in both series are quite similar in terms of personalities and even a bit in appearance.
Both series are outrageously funny and a must watch.
Produced by Shaft, these series tend to tell stories with extraordinary story-telling techniques, such as rapid screen cut, exaggerated facial expressions and body gestures, sudden focus on symbolic objects, and a heavy amount of inner monologue. Eminent Seiyuu, like Kamiya Hiroshi and Maaya Sakamoto etc, are also present in both series as main characters. Finally, the humor in both series are similar. Sharp-tongued sarcasm are to be expected.
Both anime excel in Extreme Trash-Talking
Like seriously some of the most outright fascinating dialogue possible
Both anime were Produced by Shaft--really awesome group
Neither of these anime involve the typical --school nonsense
Both of these anime really get their Substance from all characters that are not the
Where Bakemonogatari is intense and weird, Arakawa Under the Bridge is lighthearted and weird. Despite this, and despite completely different settings, plots, and character dynamics, they share a very similar aesthetic and "feel."
from the beginning you will feel the same sensation
from the art, the CV (character voice) almost all of CV of bakemonogatari same with arakwa under the bridge.
and the comedy is funny too.. :p
the only different is bakemonogatari is about supernatural called "Kaii" but,
arakawa is not really supernatural "if you know what i mean"
Both are very similar to each other, animation and character too. A very interesting and funny story that will make them excited and laugh, if you like romantic comedy should see this series
We have Holic and Bakemonogatari who are both mystery and supernatural genre.
Starting from this, both series can be considered somewhat similar. Here's why:
- both deal with strong supernatural elements who leads people (clients) in asking for help to someone who understand those phenomenons.
- both have a "supernatural expert" (Yuuko for Holic and Oshino Meme for Bakemonogatari) who are very good in what they do, usually always show a calm demeanor but as well are quite enigmatic to read and full of mystery.
- both series have quite particular main characters, who are definitely not "the average type of character" you often find in anime.
- overall both share an intriguing pace that slowly brings more questions
- both stories show some inventive and creative cases and both also have a few cases who tell about stories of creatures from ancient japanese traditions
That's why i think that if you liked one of those, you might like the other as well! Just give it a try ;3
Well, let's see... Mysteries, or the so-called oddities in Bakemonogatari somewhat coincides with the cases that Yuuko solves in xxxHolic. And their way of solving these cases are quite similar too in a way that they derive complicated solutions to get the situarion done.
Both series revolve around supernatural afflictions and the ways to cure them.
Both series focus around the main character solving "oddities" or supernatural phenomena that occur with other characters. There are also parallels between the mentors of each main character. Yuuko (xxxHolic) & Oshino (Bakemonogatari) both provide insight as to how Watanuki (xxxHolic) & Araragi (Bakemonogatari) can solve the ailments spotted. Main difference is that in xxxHolic the solving of these oddities is more of price for service to customers, whereas in Bakemonogatari, the service is free of charge and deal with the protagonists close friends. Still both are enjoyable to watch and offer a lot of humor.
Both have similar supernatural things that the main characters have to deal with. both the main guy is somewhat attracting "oddities" and is surrounded by supernatural phenomenon and there's an adult who is the expert at dealing with it. Both anime's are good. Must watchXD
Both anime relate supernatural phenomena with everyday problems. Both also have a seemingly normal protagonist, who tries to help people who are involved with the "oddities". Both also have some sort of specialist in the supernatural stuff.
Both series features the protagonist dealing with the supernatural.
Both series has a unique cast of characters.
Both series contain humor expressed in a different way.
Both series contain heavy dialogue usage.
Both series involves many interactions with the other characters.
If you like youkai, supernatural, you will like it. Although xxxHolic is a bit more "focused" into supernatural thingy.
Although Bakemonogatari and xxxHolic have completely different plots, both main characters deal with strange abberations. Both Araragi and Watanuki have a sort of teacher that they turn to when help is needed (Meme and Yuko). Also, both animes have interesting dialogue with very interesting characters.
Both anime are quite different from others because of several factors. They use mysticism and Japanese folklore to develop the atmosphere of its history which makes it completely magical and surreal.
With a touch of supernatural, Bakemonogatari is an anime that feels a lot like the first season of xxxHOLiC. With progression in arcs the comedy, feel, and life lessons are both very similar in both of these anime.
If supernatural is an ingredient, then it be part of a recipe for both Bakemonogatari and Noragami. Not only do they involve supernatural beings but also legends that blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
Both series involves action, drama, and comedy with humorous dialogues. Bakemongatari focuses more on word play and narrative dialogues while Noragami uses gags for comedy. The main protagonist in both series gets involved with events that puts their lives in danger. There is also a bit of influence from folklore and legends relating to various cultures to some degrees.
Both involve around folklore and supernatural beings. In fact, the supernatural aspect is smoothly and naturally incorporated into the show.
There are humorous contents found in bakemonogatari and noragami. Bakemonogatari has more sarcastic and witty dialogue while Noragami depends more on gags.
Both anime have relations to gods, and the characters resemble each other. Like Araragi, Yato tries to help out humans afflicted by supernatural causes.
Both are supernaturals with similar style main character (Yato, Koyomi), and even the same seiyuu.
Both anime have similar environments and deal with the supernatural. There's also a religious influence in both anime, and humor is used extensively in both.
-Both shows are about gods, spirits, etc.
-Delivers the thick plot in a comedic way
-The main character has the same voice actor. :)
Supernatural beings are often targeting by humans for unknown methods. However, are they helpful, or hostile? In the story, the main male character usually help these people in need when they are in danger or considers them a threat to his friends. Conflict arises when the supporting characters are often possessed or being chased by these "monsters," forcing them to talk, or by battling them out.
Bakemonogatari is often more descriptive talking and often follows character arcs. Noragami usually battles it out with a comedic personality male type person.
Eerily similar in both theme and story, and to some extent the characters.
Both have somewhat similar looking spirits that they have to fight. Both have quirky, fun characters. The dialogue in Noragami is almost as good as in Bakemonogatari. They are both simply pleasant to listen through.
Indeed those two series can be somewhat similar:
• both stories are quite unusual and weird along with fascinating surrealistic atmosphere and art
• both truly have an unique way of story-telling together with simple sceneries when concerning many people around the main characters or specific places
• they give a same particular intriguing vibe
While watching them you'll surely notice the similitudes that those two titles have.
If you liked one of them and are still searching for something kinda "out of the box", who is a bit different from the usual normal series, you might really want to give a try to the another as well.. Because it could be what you are looking for !!
Both animes are very psychological and strange sometimes. They balance between comedy and dramatic events. Almost similar art . Both have a good way of introducing characters one by one. Their strongest similarity is the hard to follow conversations.
The plot differs in many ways but the art is very similar and the atmosphere gives off the same kind of impression. They're both 'weird' anime with a particular sense of humour
Both have really serious subject matters, and debate philosophy, but also offer the same kind of awkward humor most of the time that sometimes make you wonder if you should laugh or cry. They're also both more dialogue based, where you have to really pay attention to everything due to lots of small details like things going on in the background or just hidden things that characters say that are often fairly important in some way. Interestingly, neither of them have any actual background characters (a.e random, nameless people in crowds), but they manage to make it fit and not feel like it's something missing.
+ Surreal atmospheres with animation that adds to that effect
+ Some romance, but it is not the major focus of the story
+ Use different methods but both lead to the character cast being the only humans shown in the world (Bakemonogatari just doesn't show anyone else and Penguindrum shows them as 2D figures)
- Mawaru Penguindrum is much more psychological and focuses less on one character whereas Bakemonogatari focuses on Araragi
- Bakemonogatari has more fanservice
-Both have somewhat bizarre plots
-Unique and beautiful art style
-Unique main characters
-Sometimes they have dark and mysterious atmosphere
-Peculiar ways of story telling
Both are great shows. I recommend both.
The art style in both series is similar, with sharp lines, bright colors, and layered frames. It's fast-paced and seems really weird at first, but if you just hang on for the ride, the story will unfold slowly over the course of the series. The narrative is a bit unusual but it will make sense by the time you get to the end.
Opening Theme#1: "staple stable" by Chiwa Saito (TV Broadcast: eps 2, 6-7, 11-12; BD/DVD: 1-2, 12)
#2: "Kaerimichi (帰り道)" by Emiri Katou (TV Broadcast: ep 4; BD/DVD: 3-5)
#3: "ambivalent world" by Miyuki Sawashiro (TV Broadcast: ep 8; BD/DVD: 6-8)
#4: "Ren'ai Circulation (恋愛サーキュレーション)" by Kana Hanazawa (TV Broadcast: ep 10; BD/DVD: 9-10)
#5: "Sugar Sweet Nightmare" by Yui Horie (TV Broadcast: eps 14-15; BD/DVD: 11, 13-15)
Ending Theme"Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (君の知らない物語)" by supercell; performed by nagi (Gazelle)
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