Bakemonogatari - A kick ass anime. *May Contain Spoilers*

Topic started by JJOR64 on Oct. 11, 2009. Last post by cfatalis 5 years, 2 months ago.
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
 

 
Bakemonogatari
was aired this past summer in Japan.  The series includes 15 episodes but, only 12 of them were broadcast.  The remaining 3 will be shown on there website starting at the end of October.  I should also mention that this series is based on a light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Vofan. I had just finished up watching Bakemonogatari (well, the first 12 episodes) and, I loved it.  Here is the plot and the basic structure of the show taken from Wikipedia.

 
Bakemonogatari centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjōgahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. After being threatened by her, Koyomi offers his help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an entire abandoned building, who helped him stop being a vampire.

The series tends to introduce only one new heroine per chapter, each involved with a different "apparition". Most of them have an item which symbolizes their specters,

 Hitagi Senjogahara
 Hitagi Senjogahara

such as Hitagi's staple - the claw of crab, Mayoi's back pack - the shell of snail, Suruga's leggings - SARUMATA(猿股, the Japanese traditional underclothing. 'SARU' means monkey.), and Nadeko's big hat and baggy jacket - the head and skin of snake. The events of the previous chapters play an important role in the subsequent ones. The series primarily focuses on conversations between characters; it contains a fair number of parodies of other series, as well as Nisio Isin's trademark word play and metahumor.
 
There, that was much easier then my explaining it.  I love copy and paste.  :)

Now that I got that out of the way, let me share my thoughts.  I loved the art style.  It really suited this kind of creepy yet, calm atmosphere the show had.  I thought the overall story was good (might be confusing for some) and was very enjoyable.  As mentioned above, the show mainly focuses on conversations between the characters but, that's what makes Bakemonogatari very enjoyable.  While this may be a turn off for some, I thought all the dialog was excellent and a lot of the time, it was funny.  Ever once an a while you can some action (violent I should mention), which is good as well.  All the characters were very good, especially Koyomi and Hitagi.  Hitagi (a tsundere) was a very enjoyable character.  During the first episode you get a glance at here violent side while she sticks and pencil and stapler into Koyomi's mouth to make him not say anything about her.  While in the later episodes, you see her good side.  Koyomi kinda seems like your average guy (except he used to be a Vampire).  He always cares about anyone and helps them when they are in need (how he ended up getting to know Hitagi more and eventually dating her).
 
All and all, I really loved the show.  The only thing I didn't like was the length, only 15 episodes in all.  I guess I'm the kind of guy who always wants anime shows to be longer, not Shin Chan or DBZ length but, more would be nice.  Well, this is my first time doing this:
 
My score - 5/5.
 
I highly recommend this anime to anyone.  If you are looking for something new, try this one out. 

P.S.  The song playing during the credits was awesome.  Awesome song and I love the art style.
 
Check out my other reviews over at my blog.
 
 
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
well people often miss the point of this series
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@cfatalis said:
" well people often miss the point of this series "
True.
Post by Grand_Master_Daizen (452 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Been meaning to check this out nice review!XD
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@Grand_Master_Daizen said:
" Been meaning to check this out nice review!XD "
Thanks.  I'm not the best writer in the world but, thanks again.
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@JJOR64: the point is that, you are not supposed to find anything deep in the series, this is more like episodic series
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