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.
15 / 15
||Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
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.
On the surface, Bakemonogatari seems like your typical harem that embodies generic tropes seen in anime that solely rely on self-indulgence. However, there's much more to it than that. Bakemonogatari straddles the line between embodying those tropes and being a parody of them. It creates a narrative in which the joke itself points out the joke. It is a dialogue-driven and a dialogue-dense work of art that is very self-indulgent while having alot running underneath it.
The dialogue in this anime is plenty; it is smartly used against the viewer in such a way that every single word these characters utter appears to be of importance to the story being told which helps immerse the viewer deeply into the heart of the story. A large portion of this dialogue consists of Japanese word play and semantics which is to be expected of a show that combines the word bakemono, meaning monster, and monogatari, meaning story, in the title itself. But even with all the repetitive wordplay between characters that talk like no one you've ever met or will ever meet, and the symbolism that most of the time ends up leading nowhere, there still seems to be heart in this story. The purpose of the wordplay isn't only textural, It established a certain world for the story to engross. Words are of great importance in the storyline of a series that showcases the impact of several religions, mythologies, folk tales and brands of magic, which are all areas that words and the meanings behind them actually do matter. What I noticed was the dialogue takes different speeds depending on the weight of the words being spoken. It goes quite fast when nothing of importance is being told but it noticeably slows down when words of heavier impact are said.
Bakemonogatari is split up into five different arcs over its 15 episodes, each being 2 to 4 episodes long. The first arc, Hitagi Crab, introduces our male protagonist Araragi Koyomi. We are told that he went through an event that turned him into a vampire, and forced him to fight another vampire in order to help his female classmate Hanekawa. This hint of his past gave Araragi a mysterious aura that kept the viewer interested in him. The female protagonist, Senjougahara Hitagi, is introduced with a past that makes the viewer sympathize with her and adds to her character another dimension. As the story goes on, many special traits of these two characters start to show. There is an increasing realization that Hitagi doesn't really know how to communicate. Although Araragi is shown as a bit dense, he's able to compete verbally with the best of them, whereas Senjougahara completely understand what she is trying to say but she still doesn't understand how to convey it as it is. Senjougahara's weakness in emanating her well-realized thoughts could be a metaphor to the writer's use of self-indulgence in order to convey his deeper message to a self-indulgent otaku culture.
Each of the remaining four arcs introduces a new female character that interacts with Araragi. Each of these girls help develop Araragi's character and make his habits, morals, and thoughts clearer to the viewer. The four girls have their special qualities and personalities; most of them being quite atypical and complex. However, Sengoku Nadeko's character wasn't given what it deserved. The show barely told us anything about her as a human being and all it showed us was a cliché trope used only for self-indulgence with no profound meaning.
The story mainly focuses on a romantic relationship for our two main characters while acting a precursor for a cascade of events that happen later on in the monogatari storyline and It does its job very well at doing just that. The story also poses a question of morality for our main character. The question of whether idealism or rationalism are the right way of solving all these supernatural oddities and helping others. This anime being mainly a written story with supporting visuals in the background, the narrative naturally consists of debates over different issues and relationships between characters. However, Sengoku Nadeko's arc did not tackle any moral issues and seemed to be out of place compared to the rest of the show. Unlike the other arcs, it didn't develop Araragi as a character and only served as moe fan-service.
The visuals in Bakemonogatari are very unique and unconventional. Use of unexpected cuts, weird camera angles, zoom-ins on the characters tilting their heads, are some of the qualities that make the visual experience of this anime refreshing and enthralling. The animation is nothing shot of superb. Details of the characters and their surroundings are surprisingly well drawn when their main purpose is to act as visual aid for the verbal presentations.
When it comes to casting, the choices of voice actors and actresses for their respective characters were perfect. Each one of them was able to set a certain speech tone fitting for the character they're playing. These tones were able to give each character a certain ambience and atmosphere that differentiated them from the rest. The music score ranged from calm consistent music during dialogue heavy scenes to intense music during the rare action scenes. Each of the five arcs had an opening theme sung by the voice actress of that arc's main girl. This helped make the atmosphere of these openings identical to the atmosphere of their respective arc. The ending theme, for me, was very catchy and memorable. Its lyrics didn't make much sense at first but their deeper meaning was revealed later on in the story. Even though the ending theme and voice acting were top-notch, the music score of the show and the openings weren't as extraordinary and haunting.
Bakemonogatari was a very exhilarating and unforgettable experience. I went into it thinking it would be a generic harem relying purely on self-indulgence but I was mistaken. It is one of those stories that I wish I can wipe out of my memory in order to watch again as a fresh experience. If you're hesitant over watching it, then I strongly encourage you to do so.
Overall : 8/10
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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
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 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
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.
Aside from the supernatural theme of both anime, they also have that same amazing, and vibrant art even though they were produced by different studios. Bakemonogatari envelopes its supernatural theme by using symbolism and mystery, while Noragami will give you striking action and heart-warming scenes.
In the sense that its a boy trying to do something for a girl. With kami nomi, katsuragi tries to fill the emptiness of the heart of the girl to capture a loose soul hiding there while with Bakemonogatari, Araragi seeks to help all the heroines with their problems,
It isn't apparent when you just see their cover, but there are some striking similarities between these two.
Both of them is harem, well not usual harem where everyone likes one guy without single basis. Both has a single male character; all the other males seems to be ignored or just do not exist in its world. When a lot of male harem lead is either bitch or useless faggot, Ararararagi Gomi is very likable and Keima is like a religion. Bakemono follows 'Girl of the week' formula, and so does KamiNomi. Not to mention that gorgeous character design of both anime is from the same person, Watanabe Akio.
1. The protagonist is surrounded by the opposite sex (harem) but unique in its special way.
2. Involves strange romances.
3. Involves supernatural beings. (Though Bakemonogatari is more random when it comes down it while in The World God Only Knows it is more focused on the realm of gods, godesses and devils.)
Both MC doesn`t a lot of friends but the difference of this two is that Bakemonogatari arc`s solves mysteries while Kami nomi arc`s are actually romance.
Both animes are about a guy helping out girls trying to solve their problems. Both animes have supernatural elements in them. The male lead in both animes are not very popular but they have a good heart.
These anime are similar because they have that one guy who's trying to save other girls. This is done by capturing the loose soul inside the heroines in Katsuragi's case and controlling/defeating the demon or god inside the girls in Araragi's. If you like one I am quite sure you would like the other.
* Same genre : Harem, Romance, Comedy, Shounen
* The MC are antisocial
* Not a generic harem MC
* Both series have same character designer (Watanabe Akio)
* The MCs involved in a harem where the girls have a supernatural creature inside themselves. Each girls' problems must be solved in order to capture/defeat the creatures.
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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