- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00DIBQVL0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,071 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Bakemonogatari: Part 1 [DVD]
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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'.
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this anime is very good. the story and characters are good. you will need a bit of time to get itPublished on 22 May 2014 by MERC
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 morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by Pete
This is one of MVM's best yet. The title screen, layout, font - everything about these Blu-rays is magnificent. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by Araragi
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 piecePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Reznel
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 morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by Kevin
Witty, wordy, weird, with captivating characters, excellent (and often hilarious) dialogue and beautiful art and animation. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by Ben