Third-year high school student Koyomi Araragi is human again. Cured of his vampirism, he seeks to help other supernaturals with their problems. Koyomi becomes involved in their lives, revealing secrets in people he once knew.
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Hiroshi Kamiya ...
 Koyomi Araragi (15 episodes, 2009-2010)
Eri Kitamura ...
 Karen Araragi (14 episodes, 2009-2010)
Yuka Iguchi ...
 Tsukihi Araragi (14 episodes, 2009-2010)
Chiwa Saitô ...
 Hitagi Senjogahara (12 episodes, 2009-2010)
Yui Horie ...
 Tsubasa Hanekawa (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Takahiro Sakurai ...
 Meme Oshino (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Emiri Kato ...
 Mayoi Hachikuji (7 episodes, 2009-2010)
Miyuki Sawashiro ...
 Suruga Kanbaru (7 episodes, 2009-2010)
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Follows the adventures of Koyomi Araragi, a former vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjougahara, a loner, falls down the stairs into Koyomi's arms. Hitagi appears to weigh next to nothing, defying 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 vampirism. Koyomi becomes gradually more involved in cases related to unusual supernatural creatures, meeting new people and discovering secrets in the people he thought he knew. Written by TheUnbeholden

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At a promotional event on September 7, 2010 two vital production drawings were stolen from a ufotable studio café. See more »

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Followed by Nisemonogatari (2012) See more »

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Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
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A monster story with a difference
3 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This series follows Koyomi Araragi, a high school student who isn't quite human; he survived a vampire attack and as a result is slightly vampiric; this doesn't appear to affect him much but he does seem to attract those who have somehow been affected by encounters with monsters. The series is divided into five chapters each dealing with such an encounter. The first such encounter is with Hitagi Senjogahara; he catches her when she falls down a stairwell and is shocked that she is almost weightless. Afterwards she warns him to stay away from her but he continues to try to find out what happened to her; eventually she tells him that her weight was taken by a Crab God. With the help of Meme Oshino, an expert in apparitions, he manages to restore her weight and they become friends. Each chapter follows a similar course but the characters are quite different, but all female, and in each case a different solution is required.

'Bakemonogatari' is a portmanteau word combining the words 'Bakemon' (Monster) and 'Monogatari' (Story) so one might expect this to be full of action and danger… it isn't. It is possibly the most talky anime series I've seen so unless you speak fluent Japanese (which I don't) you will have a lot of reading to do. The animation is best described as 'experimental'… for the most part it is conventional but there are also flash frames of text, creepy black and white live action footage and moments where the animation style changes completely. This effectively adds a degree of creepiness to the story. With so much going on I feel that this is a series that will only get better with repeat viewings as one can't hope to pick up everything the first time. The individual chapters are enjoyable and the characters each introduces are distinctive and interesting. Overall I'd definitely recommend watching this series; just don't expect anything conventional.

These comments are based on watching the series in Japanese with English subtitles; as far as I am aware there isn't an English dub… the UK DVD is certainly sub only.


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