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A combined visual and audio feast.,
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.