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Bakemonogatari

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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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Bakemonogatari Recap TV Special 2009 TBD
Nisemonogatari TV 2012 Sequel
Nekomonogatari (Black) TV 2012 TBD
Monogatari Series: Second Season TV 2013 TBD
Kizumonogatari Movie 2014 TBD
Hanamonogatari TV 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Monogatari (Light Novel) 2006 TBD
Name Role
Akio WATANABE Character Design
Akiyuki SHINBO Director
Satoru KOUSAKI Music
Supercell Music
Atsuhiro IWAKAMI Producer

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Title Author Score Date
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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Explus yasar 447 Apr 17, 2014
My top 5 anime primavera4 5 Apr 16, 2014
Favorite Anime VCrowe 5 Apr 15, 2014
leeroyjenkum rated the Bakemonogatari anime 4/5 stars
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Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

Sasami is a lazy hikikomori who'd rather be playing video games and sleeping than being a productive member of society, especially with a doting brother who waits on her hand and foot. But there's more than Sasami and her family than meet the eye – in reality, they are connected to the goddess Amaterasu and mysterious 'alterations' that occasionally change and threaten the world. With the help of three sisters, Sasami slowly tackles day to day challenges and puts a stop to alterations – and monsters – when they appear.

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sothis

Both titles are incredibly gorgeous with unique animation and character designs - in my opinion both are also excessively slow and boring and esoteric and lost my interest. I do think fans of one would likely appreciate the style or pacing of the other.

Etue

Both have interesting artstyles and likable characters. Sasami-san has a weak start but don't let that fool you. The anime only gets better during it's run. Bakemonogatari has a more sensible artistic approach and relies more on dialogue but is genuinely good as well.

Taekwondoin

Although the 2 are quite different in terms of story line and feel, there are some similarities with character portrayal, animation styles (especially how text is used) and some of the idea's behind the characters (the 'Ghosts' in Bake and the Shinto gods in Sasami). Overall, they're both very enjoyable, and I'd say that they are similar enough to warrant a good recommendation. 

snivets

Sasami-san and Bakemonogatari both are best described as eccentric, abstruse, and slightly bizarre. Both display little regard for plot intricacy, instead focusing on unconventional art and animation. With similar atmospheres and senses of humor, I think fans of either show would enjoy the other.

Madoka

Both series have a similar art and animation style and though they seem different they are quite alike. Sasami-sam has a slower start and pacing as a whole, but don't be put off, it in my eyes is basically monogatari except slower and a little more laid back. The writing style and some comedy is also quite alike in the two series. It comes down to, Sasami-sam is a more hands off laid back monogatari or alternitively Monogatari is a more serious Sasami. If you like one you are likely to enjoy the other unless you don't care for easy going (alternitively serious) series.

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Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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Funkgun

these two titles really rely on conversation. Not just your average flair conversation. but the type that is witty, and smart.

Both have a nice pace, that allowes for plenty of discussion between a man and woman (or deity ) 

Bakemonotari is more unique with the random images and art style, and Spice is more reliant on historical era, but either one should be checked out if you liked the other.

BlackVoid

Although the descriptions would lead you to think otherwise, both of these series are actually composed of mostly (great) conversations between the 2 main characters. Both have unique and memorable main females with sharp mouthes, whom the indifferent main guy grows to like.

The witty script and interactions between characters are the highlights of both shows. These are endlessly entertaining and you'll simply love watching the main characters go at it. The conversations are both a mixture of arguing and flirting, which makes them even more fun to watch.

Bakemonogatari is a bit darker and more supernatural, although S&W throws some fantasy and intensity out there too on occasion. Still, theres no doubt that the character interactions are what makes these 2 similar, and what makes them great.

eaper

Each of these series are extremely dialog driven, being almost completely conversation with a great deal of puns and wit being used between characters. Furthermore, each series revolves around the supernatural.

KittyEmperor

Really probably the biggest similarity between these two series is that they mostly rely on conversations between the characters as a means to develop the story instead of events or actions and the conversation is actually intelligent and witty.  Furthermore thanks to the wonderful script the viewer never becomes tried of listening to the characters interacting with each other.  So either one should be checked out if you liked the other.

SeiyaManG

Both of these shows rely heavily on the smart and witty dialogue, as well as the relationship between the two leading male and female characters. Both shows are fun, creative, and feature just the right touch of romance to make either of these sure favorites! If you like one, I'd definitely recommend you check out the other!

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Durarara!!

Durarara!!

Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?

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zombieiscool

For some strange reason, both of these animes reminded me of eachother. They have totally different plots but give a similar feel.

Both have gorgeous animation, and is covered in mystery. Slow paced and the storyline is very jumbled up and you don't really know what you're watching, but nevertheless they're still good animes.

awpaperwings

One thing that is very rare to see in anime: Typography. The use of non-traditional fonts and styles and font arrangements can be seen all throughout both of these shows, and are use extremely well. Also, both shows take an existing stereotype and shatter it, either through their characters crazy personalities, realistic environments, dialogue or choice of setting.

NimirRa

I can't quite pinpoint the reasons why these shows remind me of each other, but it's a gut-feeling recommendation. I think the web of interconnecting stories with unique and interesting characters sets both of these shows apart. If you enjoyed piecing it all together in one show- give the other a try.

AltairSteam

Both Bakemonogatari and Durarara!! are marvellous urban anime, concentrated on supernatural elements and human relationship. They are taking from mythology (Japanese and Celtic) and create urban life as something full of mystery and good humour, but also dramatic and dangerous. Durarara!! has got more "normal" action, when Bakemonogatari is more surrealistic. Both of them gave me a lot of fun when I was watching them, so I think, if You like that kind of atmosphere, You should watch Bakemonogatari as well as Durarara!!.

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ef - a tale of memories

ef - a tale of memories

In a high school setting, there are many people whose stories must be told: Hiro, an aspiring manga artist whose view of the world is "missing a certain color," according to himself; his childhood friend Kei, who is vying for his attention; Kyosuke, a photographer and cameraman who seeks to capture true emotion in his work; the ever-cheerful Miyako, who meets Hiro by chance and immediately becomes attached to him; the gentle Renji, unsure of his aspirations to become a novelist; and Kei's mysterious and quiet sister Chihiro, who seems to be a different person every day. As time passes and they interact with one another more, their paths increasingly intertwine as shades of regrettable pasts emerge.

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TropicalMist

Watching Bakemonogatari definitely reminded me a lot of ef (both seasons) and the obvious reason would be because they're both animated by SHAFT! The artwork, and the animation are both very similar in terms of creativity and how they choose to showcase the story. 

As for the actual plot... Bake is more supernatural than ef is, although ef does have hints of supernatural happenings (which is explained later on).  They both have cute romance (more so in ef) and great character development =)  I definitely recommend one after the other because they're both very different stories that dominate their genres and showcase SHAFT's studio very well. 

ciller

Of course I like both series because there originality. Both the series have the same style of letting the viewers experience the story. They are letting flash other –not relevant- views through conversations. And that part actually really interesting I think. Because with that view, the producers want you to experience some kind of feeling. In Ef they mostly let you see objects or some kind of scene. In Bakemonogatari they flash a word, sentence or a whole text through. I think this is done to give the watchers some kind of feeling because pretty much of the spoken parts aren’t carrying any emotions. So they actually don’t want to give the watchers the emotions the characters are carrying but want you to create your own feeling in some kind of style the give within these flashes. I think that is the reason why I love both of the series. Of course this also counts for the second season of Ef. I really recommend the other one if liked one of them because they are full of Creativity.

eaper

This may seem like an odd rec, but each of these series had extremely unique animation styles, often doing things that I have never been seen done in other anime. Also, each series has some romances (moreso Ef) and a bit of supernatural happenings (definitely a lot more in Bake).

KittyEmperor

While Ef tends of focus more on the romance with only a little supernatural and Bakemonogatari is the opposite with some romance but a lot more supernatural in it.  Both series have a rather unique artstyle which I guess should be expected since they are both done by Shaft but they both are enjoyable to watch.  So if you enjoyed one then you might want to check out the other. 

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Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt

Mai Taniyama is a first year high school student who lives a carefree life telling ghost stories with her friends. One day, she meets Kazuya Shibuya, the head of Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR); and together, she tags along to help him investigate paranormal activities in a haunted school building. His assistant Lin was hurt during an incident to protect Mai from danger, so what more can Mai do than to take the job as Shibuya's assistant? Along with a team of other ghost hunters, they will uncover the mystery of a strange case coming their way, while Mai starts to discover her own abilities.

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Marshal396

If you enjoy bakemonogatari then your going to love Ghost Hunt with its supernatural content and well thought out plots.

they both share the a similar storyline being that they help people with the paranormal

im afraid if you liked bakemonogatari for its ecchi or comedy side then you might not be the biggest fan but the more you watch it the more you wish it will go on.

Peyton112086

These are similar in the sense of the mystery and tone as well. Lately i have been craving supernatural mystery and that is exactly what these anime are. The process of showing the viewer each piece of the puzzle, and in the end it all coming to a spectacular conclusion. They also  each both have very creative stories. 

KittyEmperor

Both series resolve around solving supernatural mysteries.  While Ghost Hunt doesn't have any of the comdey that Bakemonogatari has both series are good in that they never reveal everything from the beginning.  Instead they give the viewer a small piece of the puzzle and doesn't reveal everything until the end.  So if you liked one of them then you should consider checking out the other.

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