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.
In total the anime is divided into 5 arcs (separate and independent stories). In each arc, the main character meets new girls, and helps them to solve their problems with "monsters". Thus problems are solved in various ways, they never repeat and therefore the feeling of secondariness doesn't arise.
At the same time it is possible to see other storylines in the background: Koyomi's relations and Hitagi I consider that it's not a bad move to let the main plot run parallel with the love storyline. Though, I think that it would be possible to develop their relationship more clearly. All of this with great battles underway, but more on that later.
In most of the cases, animation in Bakemonogatari, serves as an addition to dialogues between the main characters, and that certainly benefits the very anime all the more.
The picture in an anime is quite unusual - for it studio Shaft should be credited. The majority of the backgrounds in the anime is rather abstract. Although it is strange, such an abstraction goes very well with Bakemonogatari - probably because of the type of narration, which is chosen by its creators. The background doesn't distract from the subject line and all attention is engrossed by characters. And it’s with background that made in some striking colours. Not bad. Everything happening behind the characters is quite chaotic, but it starts to be pleasant to the third episode.
Even continuous flashing of various inscriptions and numbers doesn't prevent from watching this anime but only gives it charm.
Characters are traced perfectly. And they look good against the background. It should be noted that characters sometimes appear in strange poses and from some freakish point of view. It only admires the viewer. Dialogues are filled with additional inserts, because of it listening to the dialogue won't bore and there are no wish to turn away even for a second. There is everything that possible. Both bloody scenes and scenes with smart fanservice, and paranormal effects which bewitch the viewer. Fights also look very showily and colourfully. They are dynamic and realistic. Magnificent animation deserves an appreciation.
Music plays very important role in the anime. Kosaki Satoru put a lot of effort into creating a huge number of "small masterpieces" which are wonderful and catchy. Special charm to culmination points of the anime is given by different variations on the main music themes.
Each opening (there are five of them) corresponds to each heroine’s character.
Characters - one of the greatest strengths of this creation. All heroes of an anime turned out unique and special. Each character has characters which aren't similar at each other and, of course, each of them they correspond their own special habits and qualities. Founders collected almost all characters existing in an anime in this anime. Each hero is thought over ideally. The main characters should be loved : )
Seiyuus of characters are picked up ideally. They very precisely demonstrate characters as a hero, which forces you to fall in love with them even more. The actor's voice perfectly fits into the atmosphere of an anime.
Magnificent anime. I would tell anyone that it is a masterpiece. It's a magnificent animation, with a fascinating plot and dialogues filled with sense. I received a sea of pleasure from watching it. Bakemonogatari is an anime in an unusual format. I advise all fans the supernatural and the unusual to watch this anime. This anime really intrigues.
P.S. I'm sorry, if there are mistakes in the text. I'm not very good english ^^ read more
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.
-Male main character meets strange female character
-Both male main character share the same VA
-MANY other strange characters
-Same producer: Shaft
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.
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"
same director and style Bakemonogatari is taken (short cutting)
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
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" 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.
Opening Theme#1: "staple stable" by Chiwa Saito (eps 2, 6-7, 11-12; BD/DVD: 1-2, 12)
#2: "Kaerimichi (帰り道)" by Emiri Katou (ep 4; BD/DVD: 3-5)
#3: "ambivalent world" by Miyuki Sawashiro (ep 8; BD/DVD: 6-8)
#4: "Ren'ai Circulation (恋愛サーキュレーション)" by Kana Hanazawa (ep 10; BD/DVD: 9-10)
#5: "Sugar Sweet Nightmare" by Yui Horie (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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