Ranked #143


Alternative Titles

English: Bakemonogatari
Synonyms: Ghostory
Japanese: 化物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 15
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
Premiered: Summer 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.411 (scored by 206,295 users)
Ranked: #1432
Popularity: #27
Members: 367,244
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Thanks to Meme Oshino, Koyomi Araragi, a high school student, is able to remain a human after coming across a female vampire. However, since the incident, Koyomi seems to meet girls who have an apparition-related issue. Hitagi Senjougahara doesn't weigh anything. Suruga Kanbaru’s left arm resembles that of a monkey’s. Nadeko Sengoku was afflicted by curses from her classmates. Mayoi Hachikuji, a young girl who cannot find her way home no matter how many times she tries. Koyomi, a Mr. Nice Guy, ends up helping each and every girl solve her problem with the help of Meme Oshino.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Senjougahara, Hitagi
Senjougahara, Hitagi
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa
Araragi, Koyomi
Araragi, Koyomi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Hachikuji, Mayoi
Hachikuji, Mayoi
Katou, Emiri
Katou, Emiri
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui


Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Ooshima, Miku
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Shinbou, Akiyuki
Director, Animation Check

More episodes Episodes(15/15)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Hitagi Crab, Part One
Hitagi Crab Sono Ichi (ひたぎクラブ 其ノ壹)
Jul 3, 2009
2 Hitagi Crab, Part Two
Hitagi Crab Sono Ni (ひたぎクラブ 其ノ貳)
Jul 10, 2009
3 Mayoi Snail, Part One
Mayoi Maimai Sono Ichi (まよいマイマイ 其ノ壹)
Jul 17, 2009
4 Mayoi Snail, Part Two
Mayoi Maimai Sono Ni (まよいマイマイ 其ノ貳)
Jul 24, 2009
5 Mayoi Snail, Part Three
Mayoi Maimai Sono San (まよいマイマイ 其ノ參)
Jul 31, 2009

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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Nov 25, 2015

The monogatari series currently consists of 6 different seasons, Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari:Kuro, Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari, Tsukimonogatari and Owarimonogatari (Kizumonogatari will be released in 3 different parts later on in the next year).

Bakemonogatari at first was confusing, I had no idea what was going on and I could not keep up with all of the talking but in a couple of episodes everything started making sense.

Story: Araragi Koyomi is in third year at Naoetsu Private High School, he has two sisters and through out the story he gains a lot of friends. During a day at school he comes across a read more
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Nov 23, 2015
First Review!
This is not just any anime,it is a work of art and thus we must patent it
I was getting tired of watching harems and wanted to try a anime that would make me come back for every episode.
Then i stumbled across this gem. Containing action,romamce(a bit atleast) and BLOOD(REDBLOOD,sorry bloodlust problems). Moreover it balanced it balnced the story via the arcs and it kept me at the edge of my seat and made me use my head to understand all the plot points.And i proudly say that i dont remember the names of characters in any anime but this anime was so immersive read more
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Nov 14, 2015
The Monogatari Series is interesting when first looked at. It is definitely one of the oddest series ever and is simply amazing because of the way it handles itself. The show likes to overcomplicate itself on the outside while appearing very simple on the inside. It is strange yet brilliant at the same time, with some of the best dialogue in anime.

(I don't want to repeat myself for each review so I'll mention this here.) The visuals in the Monogatari Series are incredible. The storyboard is very detailed and there are lots of great shots with stunning lighting and weird, artistic effects. There are also read more
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Jun 27, 2010
"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. read more
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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. 
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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  read more 
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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Both are series that aren't necessarily parodies or strict satire. The Tatami Galaxy takes on an extremely mysterious and reflecting tale of "possibilities". Bakemonogatari mixes some mild to heavy predicaments with supernatural folklore to help enhance/clarify the significance of said issues.
Both have strange, eclectic, abstract art that will undoubtedly impress those with it's usage. Both have and make use of some fine music, but... are paled in comparison to their OPs and ENDs.
Both are quite new, and both set the bar for enjoyment too, as the dialogue and insightful observations will cease to amaze.

The Tatami Galaxy's novelty, manner of  read more 
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