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Alt titles: A Monster Story

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Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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Bakemonogatari Recap TV Special 2009 TBD
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Kizumonogatari Movie 2014 TBD
Hanamonogatari TV 2014 TBD

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Akio WATANABE Character Design
Akiyuki SHINBO Director
Satoru KOUSAKI Music
Supercell Music
Atsuhiro IWAKAMI Producer

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Bakemonogatari ratchet573 7.5/10 Mar 11, 2014
A Monster Story ratchet573 7.5/10 Mar 11, 2014
Bakemonogatari Jehowi 5.3/10 Nov 28, 2013
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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Makoto Niwa has just moved from his rural hometown to live with his aunt and experience high school life in the big city first hand. Unfortunately, his dreams of an adolescence filled of dates and school activities are soon shattered by having to share his new home with Erio, his deluded cousin who thinks she's an alien and spends most of her time wrapped in a futon for protection! Now, in addition to enduring his aunt’s energetic attention and flirting awkwardly with the girls in his class, Makoto finds himself drawn into helping Erio rejoin regular society and stopping her 'alien' antics.

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Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko and Bakemonogatari contain the same elements of comedy, animation, scenery and over all feel. The scene transitions and cuts are almost exactly the same. The main male characters are extremely similar and the main female characters both have a unique and different personality that make them awesome. Both are made by the studio Shaft and directed by the same director which therefore makes the two even more similar. The only difference would be the plot. However, I believe the relationship/humor/combination of the two leads make these two animes go well together.


These are both SHAFT comedies that share a similar weird atmosphere and many characters that have a lot of unique idosyncracies. Both shows feature a guy trying to help out the various strange women they meet. Both shows have fast paced well written dialogue that are the source of a lot of humor. Both shows rely on the male protagonist to play the straight man in their various encounters and often they wonder how they keep getting into these strange situations.

Bakemongatari also has a very unique art style which adds an extra layer to the weirdness.


Bakemonogatari and Denpa Onna are both realized by SHAFT, and the similarities are evident. If you like the interesting "camera" methodologies that SHAFT uses throughout Bakemonogatari, you will find the same deal with Denpa Onna. The same is true about the heavy dialogues between characters. The comedic banter. Bakemonogatari might be a more fullfilling show than Denpa Onna, but I believe both are amazing works. Going with the same idea, SHAFT creates characters and situations that are trully interesting and worth watching.

All that being said, both shows share a common problem. Without going into spoilers, the shows seem to leave a lot of issues unresolved and maybe open to other seasons. This could be a big issue for some, so keep this in mind.


the animation and style it is presented is very similiar, these anime are done by the same company.


These series both have the obvious marks of Shaft production- ranging from directing, to artwork, to the infamous shaft head tilts. Further, they both have a similar feel throughout and a touch of the supernatural in Denpa Onna (a lot of it in Bakemonogatari).


Both feature a male lead who somehow manages to acquire a fairly healthy harem full of strange yet absolutely charming girls like they are some sort of walking, talking moe magnet.  Toss in Shaft visuals and audio, and you really can't go wrong with the other if you liked one.

Bake is heavier on the witty dialogue than Denpa, and Denpa is far more hyper moe than Bake, but both have each in quantities sufficent to satisfy the fan of either.

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Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...

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Both of these series deal with the confusion, angst, and awkwardness of growing up and the complications that arise when exploring (or ignoring) sexual desires.  There are myriad moments when the viewer is left going WTF just happened?!?!  In both of these animes there are female characters that exhibit tsudere and have a propensity for violence towards the male protagonists (one uses school supplies the other a guitar).  Along with these commonalities they both have sci-fi/fantasy elements; one has robots that pop out of a kids head, the other deals with taoist-style superstitions/curses.  All in all you'll get your fill of bloody noses, violence, innocence, perversion, laughs, and most importantly ENTERTAINMENT.


Bakemonogatari is a great anime and FLCL is kind of the same greatness with its story. I think you'll enjoy it too.


Both Bakemonogatari and FLCL have a story with a ton of allegory. To understand the meaning of the story you should not look at what is presented to you on the surface level, but what meaning is inferred. I would say FLCL is more about pre-teen and pubescence and Bakemonogatari is more about teenage life. Both are good if you enjoy this style of storytelling.


even bakemonogatari not being as weird as FLCL, both share that wtf is going to happen next in this out the mold story!

both are really good!


FLCL and Bakemonogatari is both not about "what" but "how".

Bake looks more "normal", except .... there is a lot of "except": crazy picture, crazy sound, absurd dialogues.

Both like XXI century  "Alice in Wonderland"

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

One night, Madoka has a terrible nightmare – against the backdrop of a desolate landscape, she watches a magical girl battle a terrifying creature, and lose. The next day, the teen's dream becomes reality when the girl – Homura – arrives at Mitakihara Middle School as a transfer student, mysteriously warning Madoka to stay just the way she is. But when she and her best friend Miki are pulled into a twisted illusion world and meet a magical creature named Kyubey, the pair discovers that magical girls are real, and what's more, they can choose to become one. All they must do is sign a contract with Kyubey and agree to fight witches that spread despair to the human world, and in return they will be granted a single wish. However, as Homura's omen suggests, there's far more to becoming a magical girl than Madoka and Miki realize...

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both are unconventional series with high artistic quality, consistent worlds, great characters and intresting underlying concepts.

they are both feature an exploration of a very detailed and realisitic world having a hidden and surreal counterpart


The two shows share almost surrealist artwork, and manages to make its characters seem like real people. Once the main characters get involved in the occult they find it difficult to become uninvolved again.


Very different shows that share a lot of stylistic and visual aspects, as well a unique presentation of their storylines that make up two of the higher-budget brainchildren SHAFT.


These series, each being made by Shaft, have a very distinct art style and direction that they go in. Each series manages to avoid tropes often associated with their genres and take the series into a somewhat dark place. If you like the story telling and art in either series, they fit well together.


in just a few minutes of watching Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica I immediately noticed similarities of this anime and BakemonogatariBoth produced by shaft which means they have a very good artwork. They have a lot of abstract and random image inside and even using same voice actor, Saito Chiwa plays both Senjougahara and Akemi, and they have similar characteristic.

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It isn't unusual for a person to feel that the world around them is strange and has unexpected secrets lying just beyond their sight. However, for most people this is just an occasional sensation that greets them upon awakening or chases them into sleep. For the mushi researcher Ginko, it isn't a feeling at all; it is a knowledge which guides his travels and motivates his life. Found in the cracks between what is conceivable and what is not, are the varied life forms collectively known as mushi. They surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.

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If you enjoyed Meme-sama's handling of supernatural phenomena, you'd probably also like watching Ginko solve problems caused by Mushi.


Both animes resembles each other. There is this slow-paced, unrealistic atmosphere, and solving cases involving weird things (oddities, Mushi).


These series each focus around a character trying to solve supernatural issues. Mushishi is much more episodic and laid back, however.


Both have the chill and seemingly calm yet edgy style. Bakemonogatari is a little more exciting, but Mushishi feels more rich. Both amazing anime in their own respects.


At their core, Bakemonogatari and Mushishi center around a male character with the ability to see and interact with a spiritual world.  From that base, both series story diverge greatly.  Mushishi is more slow-paced, philosophical, and feels more spirtual overall.  On the other hand, Bakemonogatari mixes the supernatural with tsundere and comedy for an experience that is uniquely its own.

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Raku Ichijo is an average high school student. He also happens to be the sole heir to the head of a Yakuza Family called the Shuei-gumi. 10 years ago, Raku made a promise… a secret promise with a girl he met. They promised one another that they will “get married when they reunite.” Since then, Raku never let go of the pendant the girl gave him.

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I never thought that Nisekoi will be similar with Bakemonogatari, but after a few minutes watching Nisekoi, one thing that comes to my mind, 'It's so Shaft-like'. Their style of animation are almost identical. And Onodera's voice kinda remind me about Nadeko, turns out they have same voice actor.

Bakemonogatari and Nisekoi has same plot, both have one guy who gets in a relationship with many girls one after another. But Bakemonogatari is more about supernatural while Nisekoi is more about romantic comedy that happen around the male lead.


I agree with 080705639 and I'd like to point out that the use of camera views is very similar. You always see the camera shift every which way in bakemonogatari just like in nisekoi.


It's too soon to tell whether Nisekoi will live up to Bakemonogatari's excellence but with Akiyuki Shinbo directing both series and with the beautiful art style that he's brought to Nisekoi, I am rather optimistic. Shinbo directs Shaft to more silky-smooth animation. The stories are clearly different but just self-aware enough to appeal to a certain corner of my mind.

If you loved either series and are looking for a similarly directed show full of slick animation, creative bright art direction and tight editing, give the other show a shot.


I don't recommend these shows because of their storys at all, but I personally can't get enough of either Shaft studio shows. Bakemonogatari  is a slightly more serious and supernatural themed, Ecchi show whereas Nisekoi  is a romantic comedy, false love, and Ecchi (although the two shows have a different kind of Ecchi, one is more perverted jokes than anything and the other has bikinis and a character who can't get enough of them). In Bakemonogatari  and Nisekoi  there are undeniable similarities. Both shows have a Tsundere involved (Kirisaki for Nisekoi  Senjougahara for Bakemonogatari). There is also a noticable similarity in both of the main characters (although Araragi from Bakemonogatari  is a much more perverted character than Ichijo from Nisekoi), as well as Onodera from Nisekoi  and Sengoku from Bakemonogatari. So for those of you that really loved the characters from Bakemonogatari  or Nisekoi  I highly recommend you watch either of these shows. 


Both are Shaft animes with a similar story about a boy and host of girls he helps.  Both boy characters are sort of aloof. The artwork and fluid motion of the action scenes is very similar. While Bakemonogatari is a supernatural show both are ecchi, feature some comedy, and a little romance. If you are a fan of Shaft anime then you will more than likely enjoy both shows.

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