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Monogatari Season 1 - Part 1 (2009): Bakemonogatari
化物語 (Bakemonogatari)

Synopsis

The Monogatari series revolves around Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate of his, the reclusive Hitagi Senjōgahara, falls down the stairs into Koyomi’s arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs nothing, in defiance of physics. Despite being threatened by her to keep away, Koyomi offers his help and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a strange middle-aged man living in an abandoned building, who cured him of being a vampire. Once Koyomi helps solve Hitagi’s problem, she decides to become his friend.
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Overview

Monogatari (物語, lit. “Story”) is the general name for a series of Japanese light novels written by Japanese novelist Nisio Isin and illustrated by Taiwanese illustrator Vofan. The anime is directed by Akiyuki Shinbō and produced by the animation studio Shaft.

Arc

1. Bakemonogatari – 15 episodes (eps 1-15) – July 3 and September 25, 2009
2. Nisemonogatari – 11 episodes (eps 16-26) – Online from November 3, 2009, and June 25, 2010
3. Nekomonogatari (Black) – 4 episodes (eps 27-30) – December 31, 2012

TL;DR Review

The anime adaptation of Bakemonogatari aired between July 3 and September 25, 2009. The series was scheduled to be 15 episodes long, but only the first 12 episodes were broadcast. The remaining three episodes were distributed on the official website between November 3, 2009, and June 25, 2010. This is part of the Monogatari series.

The animation is rather simple and mostly utilized 3D CGI for all the background scenes. You’ll notice many things lack texture. Of course, all the females are beautifully drawn and detailed. The anime utilized a lot of random quick cut and weird camera angle shot that can disorient you. It is unclear if there is a deeper meaning to each cut and random scene, or just filler space to save cost on animation.

This is a fast-paced show. A ton of text may be flashed on the screen for half a second. The character may talk non stop and sometimes over each other. There are a lot of puns thrown around that you may miss on first viewing. This is the type of show that would require your full attention and can easily tire you out.

This is a hilarious show if you are willing to put the energy into it. I would not suggest binge-watching this series. Rather, come back to it one or two arcs at a time, then let it simmer. The show is surprisingly deep with many of its philosophical debates.

I highly recommend this series to the fan of fast-paced comedy. Bakemonogatari contains some graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Monogatari Season 1 - Part 1 (2009): Bakemonogatari
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “staple stable” by Chiwa Saitō
– “Kaerimichi” (帰り道, “The Road Home” by Emiri Katō
– “ambivalent world” by Miyuki Sawashiro
– “Ren’ai Circulation” (恋愛サーキュレーション Ren’ai Sākyurēshon, “Love Circulation”) by Kana Hanazawa
– “sugar sweet nightmare” by Yui Horie

Closing Theme

– “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (君の知らない物語, lit. “The Story You Don’t Know”) by Nagi Yanagi (Bakemonogatari)
Oshino Shinobu
“The sun is my enemy, but the moon has been good to me.”
Suruga Kanbaru
“I start chasing all the rabbits I see and end up catching none of them”
Koyomi Araragi
“Being kind to everyone simply means there’s no one special.”
Tsubasa Hanekawa
“I don't know everything, I just know what I know”
Kaiki Deshu
“Have Suspicions, not Faith.”
Koyomi Araragi
“People save themselves on their own. Nobody can ever save someone else.”
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