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Bakemonogatari: Part 1 [DVD]

Akiyuki Shinbo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Akiyuki Shinbo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mvm Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The first eight episodes of the Japanese anime series about a schoolboy who encounters girls afflicted with supernatural problems. Having recently fallen foul of a female vampire, becoming one himself for a brief time, third-year high school student Koyomi Araragi (voice of Hiroshi Kamiya) is saved by the intervention of homeless man Meme Oshino (Takahiro Sakurai), who helps him return to normal, albeit with an extraordinary aptitude for healing. His abilities soon come in handy, however, when he begins bumping into a random selection of girls, all of whom suffer from a range of afflictions brought on by their interaction with supernatural creatures. The episodes are: 'Hitagi Crab: Part One', 'Hitagi Crab: Part Two', 'Mayoi Snail: Part One', 'Mayoi Snail: Part Two', 'Mayoi Snail: Part Three', 'Suruga Monkey: Part One', 'Suruga Monkey: Part Two' and 'Suruga Monkey: Part Three'.

Product Description

It happened with a slip. Koyomi Araragi thought he was done with the supernatural after his recent brush with vampires but that belief is short lived when Senjyogahara, the aloof girl in school, is as light as a feather. The cause? A crab God with a penchant for the vulnerable. But that's just the tip of the iceberg as she's not the only individual suffering from the effects with their brush with the paranormal. A lost snail who can't find their way home no matter how hard they try, and a mysterious deadly arm that can only bring misery despite how hard one wishes. The forever 'Mr. Nice Guy' Koyomi, can't help but embroil himself into their lives to fix their problems with the aid of Meme Oshino, an expert on these matters.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wordy, weird and beautiful work of art 9 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Bakemonogatari series prides itself on a few things: Interesting characters, well written dialogue and a gorgeous, minimalistic art style, all of which shine through in this first part of the series.

Koyomi Araragi is a typical high school kid who's unfortunate run in with a vampire was just the start of his recent streak of supernatural encounters. Over the course of the series he meets a variety of different girls, each with their own other-worldly problems that need solutions, and Koyomi takes it on himself to help them all out. The show is set up in an episodic nature, whereby each girl's arc spans several episodes which typically follows a formula of encounter-problem-solution. While this may seem repetitive, how each arc unfolds is always different and has enough twists, turns and witty conversations to keep each girl's story fresh.

The art and animation deserve special mention, as they're simply incredible and absolutely deserving of the blu-ray treatment. The crisp lines and beautiful colours are done justice here and I'd highly recommend the blu-ray release over the dvd counterpart.

There really aren't too many faults with the series so far, but there are a few. The vast majority of the show involves characters talking, which often leads to minimal animation at times, and the bullet-speed of these conversations may sometimes have rewinding now and again just to keep up in some of the more exposition heavy scenes.

However, this is still a quality show with great characters (especially Senjougahara), exceptional dialogue and a beautifully polished look. More than most, Bakemonogatari: Part 1 deserves your attention!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anything but Ordinary 8 Oct 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A supernatural high school drama with vampires, demons and apparitions possessing various girls, it sounds like pretty standard stuff for Anime but don't be fooled. The blurb to this show really doesn't do it justice. The plot outline makes it sound like generic anime faire but this show is anything but generic.

One of the most unique choices is that only major characters appear. By my count outside of a short flash back in this volume nine characters appear. That's heavily front loaded, seven appear within the first episode, in the next volume only two additional characters appear. There are no minor characters, no extras. Even when there is sometimes the noise of the crowd they are never shown. This leads to empty locations which should be busy which shows up the striking architecture which makes the whole world it takes place in feel like it was pulled out of designers sketch book. The story is mostly told through long conversations which fairly often go off on tangents with most episodes consisting of not much more than a couple of long scenes. Animation notes are flashed on to blank screens, for example frequently instead of a black screen it shows a screen which says "black screen". These post modernist trappings could have been annoying, disruptive taking you out of the experience or pretentious but they are not. They work and many of these post modernist touches serve the story being told because they are there to represent how the protagonist sees the world.

Despite it's distinctive feel the series doesn't really shine in this first set of episodes. First of all the the structure of each arc is a little repetitious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A combined visual and audio feast. 30 Dec 2013
By Xodus
A review for the whole season.

Koyomi Araragi is a third year high school student who after a brief time becoming a vampire during spring break is almost human again. When one day a classmate of his, the reclusive yet beautiful Hitagi Senjogahara (girl on the front cover), falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms, he is baffled to discover that Hitagi weighs nothing.
Hitagi threatens him to keep away from her and her problem, but Koyomi offers to help her and introduce her to the person who cured him of being a vampire, Meme Oshino a strange middle aged man who lives in an abandoned school building.

This anime is very enjoyable with elements for your eyes, ears and brain to feast upon as they try and keep up with the show.
The artwork can change styles rapidly and inserts visual message boards even more rapidly, they can be extremely fast, so if you are trying to read them all you better have the pause and rewind buttons on standby. The message boards at times when characters are saying one thing, the true meaning of what they think can appear at the same time and be gone the next moment making you have to keep up the pace with the show, even harder if your watching the sub. At other times the characters can be speaking and a board pops up, but it says nothing of relevance and you cant help but read it anyway. The actual animation artwork is extremely well done, and changes to fit the current situation, so if the characters are acting childish the artwork will appear more simple, if the characters are trying to appear more mature and sophisticated the artwork will be more in depth, and everything in between. Your eyes never get tired of all the changes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it
this anime is very good. the story and characters are good. you will need a bit of time to get it
Published 2 months ago by anthony mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars An overnight sensation from Japan finally comes to the West!
I was hooked right from the start! Do-gooder Araragi just wants to blend in with normal life after his encounter with a vampire, but once he meets the quiet and beautiful... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and all words similar.
This is one of MVM's best yet. The title screen, layout, font - everything about these Blu-rays is magnificent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Araragi
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing anime
I watched the first episode and was hooked, this is one of those rare anime that is not too heavy on combat or fanservice and still turns out to be a master piece
Published 8 months ago by Reznel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite anime.
Bakemonogatari, Nekomonogatari and all the monogatari series are fantastic as a whole and this is where it all starts with great humour, dubbing and some fantastic dubbing this is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing
Witty, wordy, weird, with captivating characters, excellent (and often hilarious) dialogue and beautiful art and animation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible show
First off, the review about the mix-up about discs isn't for the Blu Ray version, only the DVD Version. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danni
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
I just want it to be known that this series deserves more than a 3 star rating, it is strange but it's unique and if you don't mind gore and "artistic ecchi" then this may be the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lucy
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird but captivating
I watched this anime on a whim about a year ago and I'm glad I did, It won't be a show for everyone and I'm sure I don't understand half the jokes as some are play on words in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Captain_Tintin
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