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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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Ranked: #1502
Popularity: #24
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The 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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Monogatari Series: First Season
Summary: Bakemonogatari Recap
Sequel: Nisemonogatari
Prequel: Nekomonogatari: Kuro
Other: Nisekoimonogatari

Characters & Voice Actors

Araragi, Koyomi
Araragi, Koyomi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kim, Yeong Seon
Kim, Yeong Seon
Hachikuji, Mayoi
Hachikuji, Mayoi
Katou, Emiri
Katou, Emiri
Kim, Seo Yeong
Kim, Seo Yeong
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Lee, So Eun
Lee, So Eun
Kanbaru, Suruga
Kanbaru, Suruga
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Sawashiro, Miyuki
Park, Seon Yeong
Park, Seon Yeong


Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Kubota, Mitsutoshi
Ooshima, Miku
Assistant Producer
Oishi, Tatsuya
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation

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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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Feb 21, 2015
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 read more
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Jan 2, 2015
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 read more
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Nov 2, 2013
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 !!

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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