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Title (English) Bakemonogatari
Title (Japanese) Bakemonogatari

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Fantasy Novel

Notes As far as I know this is an anime original.
Classification -
Synopsis Third year high school student Koyomi Araragi was briefly a vampire but now is human again. He happens upon others with their own supernatural problems and finds that he can empathize. Koyomi becomes involved, trying to help them and occasionally asking for advice and help from Meme Oshino, the homeless man who helped him become human again.
In the first episode Araragi discovers that a girl in his class is not quite normal. She falls in slow motion, he catches her and discovers that she doesn't have any weight.
Review Not one for the faint-hearted - in the opening sequence the wind blows up a girl's skirt showing her underwear, and when the 'weightless' girl suspects that the youth has been talking about her to someone else, she does something beastly to him with a trimming knife and a stapler. The animation is VERY arty. The dialog is very good, and whle the wierdness is quite slow-paced it's certainly interesting.
As a series, Bakemonogatari is fantastic, with magical curses, gorgeous sexy girls, wicked humour, and an art style that some will love and some may find annoyingly arty. I'll definitely buy this if it is issued as a reasonably priced subtitled box-set.
Credits Series dir.: Tatsuya Oishi
Episodes 15
Release Jap.DVD
TV Showing See the whole series for free? This series may be syndicated to regional cable, satellite or terrestial TV stations. For Europe click here.
Date 2009-07-03 to-
Production Aniplex, Kodansha, SHAFT
Broadcaster Tokyo MX TV (etc)
Animation SHAFT
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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