Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain. Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.
When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament.
Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies. – My Anime List
Based on 24 review scores:
The Top Tens
This is not your average anime. It’s a direct balls-to-the-wall experience that you’re not going to get anywhere else. I rarely give out perfect scores, but Bakemonogatari became an instant one-punch knockout for me with such genius writing and development. You really connect with the characters, and the developers managed to make this entire fictional world just feel completely relatable. It’s a deteriorating anime, filled with dark comedy, constant dialogue, completely bizarre extras, and a little bit of fanservice, but I feel that the creator of this anime just found some part in the human mind that can connect with this sort of deterioration, and he just created a story that is likable by all means. I’ve never watched another anime that was just so well-written. If you want to really commit yourself to the Monogatari series, by all means go for it and I guarantee that you’ll be completely satisfied with the results.
Overall, To be blunt, I just enjoyed watching Bakemonogatari… so I want to watch more! Also, You just have to watch it. That’s all there is to it. The show is a work of art: gorgeously animated, sonic-ally lush and expertly written. Bakemonogatari is a unique experience in a weird way, and if you like anime at all, you owe it to yourself to watch this incredible series. I’m out of words. I can’t praise this anime enough. Just beware of the sexual content that pops up here and there. (Enjoy the Hachikuji’s harassment though.)
My Shiny Toy Robots
Admittedly Bakemonogatari’s individual arcs often get off to a bit of a slow start and the heavy dialogue does sometimes borderline on the pretentious, but these small flaws are easily to overlook because of just how amazing everything else is. Shaft proves themselves to be kings of the artistic, weaving the outstanding visuals with compelling characters and a story line that cleverly balances it’s light and dark elements. I don’t know personally whether the later seasons show the same level of quality (I’ll find out soon enough), but even as a standalone piece, Bakemonogatari will quite easily be a series that anime fans fondly remember for years to come.
Anime Review With Erik
I can’t say it enough, Bakemonogatari is brilliant. Fantastic characters, interesting plot, great music, coherent theme, and a distinctive style, which make Bakemonogatari one of my all time favourites, if not THE best harem ever made. You do have to remember it is a genre deconstruction, but honestly, totally up there with Ah! My Goddess and Love Hina.
Anime News Network
Bakemonogatari is a tour de force of storytelling and visual style. The character development is sublime, and the main narrative is captivating. Undoubtedly one of the greatest series to come out of Japan in the last five years, Bakemonogatari will be remembered for years to come as an example of excellence in the the minds of thousands of fans.
Bakemonogatari isn’t your usual anime. Therefore it isn’t for everyone and it’s surely nothing I’d recommend to someone who’s not quite familiar with anime. While falling flat in terms of a real plot, the characters with their personalities and the well written and engaging dialogues, combined with the jaw dropping visuals and superb voice acting make for an experience which is quite as memorable on paper as in execution and does stand out from the crowd of generic and bland anime.
Unique and entertaining character designs and an animation style that will remind you of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are what make this anime appealing. It’s a mix of fantasy, romance and comedy that fits together perfectly.
The striking visuals and approachable veneer might give the impression that Bakemonogatari is a quick distraction. Invest more time in it, though, and you’ll find that this veneer is balanced by some truly sophisticated exploration about how we deal with the deepest of emotional pains. Bakemonogatari reminds me that what I look for in anime is still out there: genuine creative expression.
I think this show has much wider appeal than the last show I reviewed. The humor is pretty spot on, and there’s a variety of characters to enjoy. They all get their time in the limelight, but it’s just long enough to either grow on you or just about wear out their welcome. As a result none of the characters (besides Koyomi and Hitagi, I suppose) feel particularly forced. However, the show does fall flat a bit on the background music, art, and particular segments on the animation. That’s not enough to stop me from watching it, as I generally watch a show for plot and characters, but it could be a deal breaker for someone else.
The Button Smashers
Despite the disputable reputation that harem anime have in our community at our present era, Bakemonogatari stands tall amongst all the rubble that were the countless casualties of failed attempts to procreate a distinctly flavoured style and class from the genre with a huge flag waving proudly in the wind, with “Akiyuki Shinbo” and “Shaft” imprinted on it in large bold letters. It has a unique storytelling concept, an equally unique animation style, masterfully-penned dialogue, a lovely soundtrack, well-developed and interesting characters that you actually want to care about (for the most part), and catchy OP themes and a goooorgeous ED theme that wraps everything up in a nice big red bowtie.
I am not someone who would hate something just because I can’t afford it; there’s little to Bakemonogatari that I hate at any rate. Rather, it is because we care about such an unique piece of animation and how its characters resonate with us, that we care about this really expensive Blu-ray set. And in the end, as long as you know what kind of otaku fodder you are getting into (in other words, try out the free stream on Crunchyroll first), Bakemonogatari is worth every penny.
My Anime List
‘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 entire Monogatari series is extremely different from the other mystery anime out there and other anime in general. The thing about the show is there is no middle line with Bakemonogatari. You are going to either love it or hate it. But in my opinion, this is one of the best pieces of work by Shaft and I would highly urge you to give Bakemonogatari a shot.
Shin Anime Review
Its story is unique, as is its way of telling it. there’s a real sense of a bond that grows between the characters, and its very easy to find yourself attaching to them. The big mysteries are still waiting to be revealed, such as the truth behind the connection of all three of the “specialists” Koyomi has come across, just what happened between Koyomi and Shinobu when he was a vampire, the relation between Hitagi and Tsubasa and why all this activity seems to be centering on Koyomi.. but even as it is now, it is an immensely fun series, full of laughs, drama and emotion. I would suggest anyone who understands a bit about Japanese culture check this out.
‘Bakemonogatari’ is a portmanteau word combining the words ‘Bakemon’ (Monster) and ‘Monogatari’ (Story) so one might expect this to be full of action and danger… it isn’t. It is possibly the most talky anime series I’ve seen so unless you speak fluent Japanese (which I don’t) you will have a lot of reading to do. The animation is best described as ‘experimental’… for the most part it is conventional but there are also flash frames of text, creepy black and white live action footage and moments where the animation style changes completely. This effectively adds a degree of creepiness to the story. With so much going on I feel that this is a series that will only get better with repeat viewings as one can’t hope to pick up everything the first time. The individual chapters are enjoyable and the characters each introduces are distinctive and interesting. Overall I’d definitely recommend watching this series; just don’t expect anything conventional.
A well-written series with interesting characters.
If you can sit through the first few episodes and get used to the plodding pace and dialogue-heavy scenes, you’ll be hooked. The intelligent script, unique style, and great use of comedy all add up to a hefty package with enough merits to keep you watching well into the night. Bakemonogatari definitely has some problems, but it’s an overall great example of how to make a unique, stylish, and memorable harem anime.
There really was a time at which I liked Shinbo. And I still consider him to be a good director. However I’d much rather see him put his full attention on just one series, instead of churning out a bunch of half-assed product that might or might not have their moments.
On top of the show pandering towards the broad spectrum of otaku fetishes, it’s incredibly boring. I’m sure fans of the show can reach into it and dig out some further meaning to a number of the things in this show, but to someone who has grown tired of the constant bastardization of proper storytelling and characterization in anime, this was worse than a disappointment. I really can’t see how Nisio Isin wrote this mess and then went on to write Katanagatari, which was wonderful. You could literally read Ctrl Alt Delete and gain the same experience from watching Bakemonogatari.