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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)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.441 (scored by 129057 users)
Ranked: #1332
Popularity: #26
Members: 224,700
Favorites: 10,414
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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)

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Araragi, Koyomi
Araragi, Koyomi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kamiya, Hiroshi
Kim, Yeong Seon
Kim, Yeong Seon
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Hanekawa, Tsubasa
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Lee, So Eun
Lee, So Eun
Senjougahara, Hitagi
Senjougahara, Hitagi
Saito, Chiwa
Saito, Chiwa
Bae, Jeong Mi
Bae, Jeong Mi
Araragi, Karen
Araragi, Karen
Kitamura, Eri
Kitamura, Eri
Kim, Seon Hye
Kim, Seon Hye


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

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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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Apr 17, 2014
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 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.
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.

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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