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Synonyms: Monster Tale, Monogatari Series: First Season
Japanese: 化物語
English: Bakemonogatari
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 14, 2018 to Mar 15, 2023
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Romance Romance, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Vampire Vampire
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Oh! Great (Art), NISIO, ISIN (Story)


Score: 8.511 (scored by 1057010,570 users)
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Ranked: #1412
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #469
Members: 36,540
Favorites: 1,717

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Volume 1


Koyomi Araragi is no stranger to the abnormal. During the spring break of his third year in high school, a fateful encounter with vampire Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade turns him into a vampire himself. Thrust into the world of oddities, Araragi finds himself catching classmate Hitagi Senjougahara when she falls down the school stairs one day—but something is amiss. After being confronted by the girl in question, Araragi learns that her weight was stolen by a mythical crab. In spite of Senjougahara's blunt threats, he manages to convince her to let him help. In need of a solution to an abnormal problem, the two visit the mysterious Meme Oshino, a wanderer who saved Araragi from his vampirism.

Bakemonogatari is a tale about the monsters that reside within everyone, but just how deep do they dwell in the people Araragi meets?

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Bakemonogatari has been published in English by Vertical since October 1, 2019.

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Jun 19, 2023
'Bakemonogatari' is, without a doubt, an interesting interpretation of Nisio's works. Some diehard fans will be disappointed with its somewhat lax interpretation of some events (both in terms of LNs or the anime). Others won't mind it, as they're open to a more novel take on an already experimental series.

I belong to the latter, but I'd completely understand if you were in the former camp. The manga does take some adjusting to how the arcs are explored. Sometimes you'd get some slight, nuanced differences. Sometimes the changes imposed on the reader are rather...significant and can even appear confusing.

What obviously makes these otherwise glaring differences smoother ...
Mar 22, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (93/? eps)

Oh! Great is an incredible visual artist, no one could deny that. But I do not think the manga adaptation is in good hands with him at the helm. Why? For starters, this scene (which I believe took place in the late 60's page wise) from the first chapter. It's an absolute atrocity.

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Let's put aside how logistically absurd it is for a moment.

Let's put aside the question of how a girl with no weight could possibly snap a metal railing, even in a dilapidated building, simply by leaning against it.

Let's put aside the question of how Senjougahara could possibly be a floor above ...
Jul 11, 2022
Preliminary (8/? eps)
First and foremost: I really do not like this adaptation of monogatari and it pains me to not like something like this. The art is fantastic and Oh! Great did a great job with some of the panel work and art direction. Maybe minus kissshot's design. But I just can't get over how bad of an adaptation of the original story this is. Some may not have an issue with how things have changed. But for me there are so many little differences in story beats and characters that I just can't stand it. And see this as nothing more than some glorified fan fiction.

[Warning: ...

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