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Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari is the first "Monogatari" light novel series written by Nisio Isin, series illustrations by VOFAN and published by Kodansha.

Production Overview

Written as a series of short stories for Mephisto magazine, the published stories followed by a set of new ones were collected into two volumes published under the Kodansha Box title on 1 November 2006 and 1 December 2006 respectively.

Bakemonogatari later received an anime adaption by Studio Shaft with Akiyuki Shinbo as director and started airing on 3 July 2009. After the anime ended on 25 September 2009, the official website streamed 3 ONA episodes on 3 November 2009, 23 February 2010 and 25 June 2010.

As part of the "Monogatari" series, Bakemonogatari is the first series to be published but story-wise it is the second due to Kizumonogatari, the second light novel series being the prequel.

Production Staff

Animation : Shaft
Director : Akiyuki Shinbo
Series Director : Tatsuya Oishi
Series Writer : Fuyashi Tou, Akiyuki Shinbo
Character Design(Animation) : Akio Watanabe
Animation Director : Akio Watanabe
Music Composer : Satoru Kousaki

Story

Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student saved Hitagi Senjougahara from falling down the stairs, only to find out she is completely weightless. Threatened by Hitagi to keep this secret between them and staying away from her, Koyomi instead offers his help by introducing his friend Meme Oshino, an eccentric middle-aged man who knows how to deal with "oddities".

Characters

Koyomi Araragi (阿良々木 暦, Araragi Koyomi)
CV : Hiroshi Kamiya
The protagonist of the Monogatari series. Due to a certain event during Golden Week, Koyomi became a vampire but was helped by Meme to recover back as a human. Although Koyomi still has some vampiric traits, he started helping others overcome their oddities.
Hitagi Senjougahara (戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ, Senjougahara Hitagi)
CV : Saitou Chiwa
The main heroine of the Hitagi Crab story arc. A standoffish girl who rarely speaks to people ever since she became weightless after meeting a mysterious crab. When Koyomi found out about her secret, she threatened him not to tell anyone and to keep himself away from her.
Mayoi Hachikuji (八九寺 真宵, Hachikuji Mayoi)
CV : Emiri Katou
The main heroine of the Mayoi Snail story arc. An elementary school girl who got lost as she is looking for her mother's home. Mayoi often mispronounce Koyomi's surname but claims that she stuttered.
Suruga Kanbaru (神原 駿河, Kanbaru Suruga)
CV : Miyuki Sawashiro
The main heroine of the Suruga Monkey story arc. An ace member in the school's basketball club whose left arm is completely covered with gauze. A girl with a bizzare personality who admits herself being a lesbian.
Nadeko Sengoku (千石 撫子, Sengoku Nadeko)
CV : Kana Hanazawa
The main heroine of the Nadeko Snake story arc. Nadeko is a shy and polite middle school girl who often hides her eyes under her hat. She met Koyomi through his little sister Tuskihi, as they were friends since elementary school.
Tsubasa Hanekawa (羽川 翼, Hanekawa Tsubasa)
CV : Yui Horie
The main heroine of the Tsubasa Cat story arc and Koyomi's class representative. Tsubasa is a very knowledgeable person but often claims that she only knows what she know.
Meme Oshino (忍野 メメ, Oshino Meme)
CV : Takahiro Sakurai
An eccentric and carefree middle-aged man who helped Koyomi recover from his vampirism. An expert in identifying oddities and would help others solve them with a price.
Shinobu Oshino (忍野 忍, Oshino Shinobu)
CV : Aya Hirano
A quiet young girl who lives with Meme and is originally a vampire. Having lost her powers and her true personality, Meme gave her the name "Shinobu" in reference to her original name.


Theme Songs

Opening Themes

"staple stable" (episode 1-2, 12)
Vocals : Saitou Chiwa
"Kaerimichi" (帰り道) (ep 3-5)
Vocals : Emiri Katou
"Ambivalent World" (ep 6-8)
Vocals : Miyuki Sawashiro
"Renai Circulation" (恋愛サーキュレーション) (ep 9-10)
Vocals : Kana Hanazawa
"sugar sweet nightmare" (ep 11, 13-15)
Vocals : Yui Horie

Lyrics : meg rock
Composition/Arrangement : Satoru Kousaki

Ending Theme

"Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari" (君の知らない物語)
Vocals : nagi
Lyrics/Composition/Arrangement : ryo (Supercell)

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