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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wordy, weird and beautiful work of art
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...
Published 11 months ago by Thomas Bisset

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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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 Japanese, but I can't help but love the art style and uniqueness that comes with this. The DVD arrived this morning and I watched the first disc and it was just as good as the first time around,...
Published 14 months ago by Captain_Tintin


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wordy, weird and beautiful work of art, 9 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Bakemonogatari Part 1 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything but Ordinary, 8 Oct 2013
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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. While with Monogatari it's not so much the story as how you get there, dense blocks of dialogue, asides and all, that is more important it's still a problem that the main story of all three arcs in this set of episodes are pretty similar. Secondly the show is really heavily character driven but because these characters are being introduced bogs proceedings down. Getting into dense chunks of dialogue works better if we are invested in the characters.

However don't be put off from watching this show, these issues disappear in later episodes. Even from this starting point the striking visuals and sharp, witty dialogue shines through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A combined visual and audio feast., 30 Dec 2013
This review is from: Bakemonogatari Part 1 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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.

The character dialogue is fast paced and there are many play on words that some people will not fully get unless they are more familiar with Japanese customs and writing methods, so for this anime it might be best to watch the subs as this will help you "see" the joke a little clearer.

The characters are brilliant and you see elements of nearly all the stereotypical anime character traits, and that is part of the joke of the series.

Without giving away spoilers the series is divided into smaller sections, each part dealing with a particular spirit problem all represented by an animal (crab, snail, cat etc), with each episode flowing from one to another smoothly, and the overall plotline is cleverly woven together.

With not much "action" in the show some people might be bored and put off, but for me the sheer joy of this show was the verbal sparring between the quirky characters characters, and the stimulation of an ever changing and odd artwork, and will soon watch it again for that reason.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it, 22 May 2014
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this anime is very good. the story and characters are good. you will need a bit of time to get it
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overnight sensation from Japan finally comes to the West!, 7 Feb 2014
This review is from: Bakemonogatari Part 1 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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 Senjougahara, he feels he must help and change those around him, regardless of what ails them.

With outstanding and beautiful visuals that would make anyone think twice about thinking animation is meant for children.

Bearing that in mind, this show is mostly definitely not for children. The majority of the characters may be in high school, but they're as smart and sharp and witty and cynical as anything. Not to mention the strong bloody and supernatural violence.

Plus, for those who are interested, this show was animated by the same people who made the dark, psychological and disturbing magical girl show Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a show that became an overnight success in Japan and has many many many fans in the West. I highly recommend that too.

Also check out the second season, entitled Nisemonogatari. Once again, most definitely not for children, but worth a watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and all words similar., 14 Dec 2013
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This is one of MVM's best yet. The title screen, layout, font - everything about these Blu-rays is magnificent. As to the show itself, well, Bakemonogatari (the Monogatari series as a whole) is one of my favourite anime series ever. The writing, art-style and of course the music are simply brilliant. A must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing anime, 21 Nov 2013
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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
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible show, 19 Aug 2013
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First off, the review about the mix-up about discs isn't for the Blu Ray version, only the DVD Version.

This show is incredible, some of the best animation I have ever seen (very worthy of a Blu Ray release) and the story is definitely ..different to the norm we get out on release over here. If you want to watch a show that isn't "typical anime" then try out Bakamonogatari, you won't regret it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series, 31 July 2013
This review is from: Bakemonogatari: Part 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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 sort of anime you should check out. It mainly comprises of dialogue with the typical SHAFT animation style of varying camera shots and things that are just...plain weird! It is 15 episodes long, but has a sequel (Nisemonogatari, which in turn has its own sequel, which is currently airing).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing, 12 Sep 2013
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Witty, wordy, weird, with captivating characters, excellent (and often hilarious) dialogue and beautiful art and animation.
Saying that about 80% of this series is comprised just of two characters sitting and talking to each other about nothing of great importance would be an apt description, but this is by no means a bad thing. They may have in-depth conversations lasting 10 minutes or more, about nothing, but it's the most compelling, witty, interesting, funny and entertaining nothing you will ever hear.
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