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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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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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  • TV (12 eps x 24 min)
  • 2007

In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.

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 Mononoke and Bakemonogatari are unique. Both are horror anime that give an original spin to Japanese folklore while exploring the medium in novel ways. The visual artistry involved is stunning and matches a narrative style that impacts the viewer by being genuinely creepy. These efforts match a stunning artwork and fluid animation with a keen insight into the uncanny. Fans of one are strongly advised to check out the other, especially since this kind of anime is rare and hard to come by.


These two animes actually have quite a bit in common.  They both deal with supernatural creatures and their affects on human beings.  In other words, in discovering more about the creatures, the main character also learns more about the people involved in the story.  They are both beautifully and uniquely animated.  These two are some of my favorite animes I have seen.


Bakemonogatari and Mononoke both deal with monsters from Japanese folklore. To beat monsters the main characters need to learn how the monsters came to be.

If you liked one and crave for a similar series, the other is really worth checking out.

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume is lonely; he has an ability that separates him from others: he can see and interact with spirits. Soon, however, Natsume discovers that he’s not alone: his grandmother Reiko also had the gift. But things get hectic and possibly dangerous for Natsume when he finds out that he also inherited the 'Book of Friends', a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated. He finds himself hounded by his grandmother's underlings and, with the help of a 'cat' charm spirit, decides to free them from the Book's shackles, as well as protect the book from those who seek to misuse its power...

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The japanese mythology and spirits both play a huge part in both animes.  Natsume Yuujinchou chooses a slower pace mainly by a more stotic main character, but all the same the basic premise of solving the problems of spirits to set them at peace are the stable of both animes.  Where Bakemonogatari does this in a frantic yet stylish and dialogic pace, Natsume Yuujinchou does it in a slower, serene, adventurous way.  Fans of one will most likely enjoy the other due to the paranormal backdrop, and artistic flair as well as a cast of likable characters.


The main of each of these series, aside from being the same voice actor, has many very similar characteristics, namely that he helps absolutely everyone he can, without really trying to get a reward. Aside from that, each series focuses around the supernatural in general. If you like the main or just overly kind lead characters, either of these series would work well for you.


These two shows take a somewhat similar premise and go in total opposite directions with it. Though both deal with 'unique' problems and are slow-paced with beautiful visuals, the similarities end there. If you enjoyed one of these shows try the other on for size and see just how differently the story can be told.

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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Both Haruhi Suzumiya and Bakemonogatari starts off with the main lead meeting a very odd, or unique girl if you prefer; which leads him into being involved with other bizzare things, while having plenty of comedy moments as a result of this, though also in no small part due to  witty comments by the male lead of the series. Addition both series only have a rather small cast of characters, most in high school, and tend to focus on them, and generally ignore most other people. And lastly they both have the whole nobody is really normal thing.


The dtnamic between the two main characters is similar, with beautiful, confident Haruhi dragging the guy around and treating him almost sadistically. In both; the animation is very clean and gives great attention to movement. They both have a sense of mystery. Bakemonogatari is odder and darker, with more explicit fanservice.


Both are witty parody anime which break apart each characters' stereotypes. While Bakemonogatari's characters take themselves less seriously, Haruhi's characters don't even know they are stereotypes, which makes the story more interesting as they try to unravel their world.

Both are brilliant in their own way and a must watch if you like one or another.


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Both Bakemonogatari and are similar in a number of ways, in some ways the art style is similar, in other ways the dialog between the characters seems similar and both use teenagers with superpowers as an allegory for real life problems, in that reguard C³ has better action scenes and characters while Bakemonogatari has better art and dialog, in my opinion of course.

If you enjoy one you should enjoy the other.


C3 and Bakemonogatari have in common that the MC is an expert in supernatural things, and that he can help to remove curses. Both anime are also kind of "monster of the week", however these last for 3-4 episodes, where there is an event with a specific sub-antagonist and it will last until "the case is solved". There is a main plot that slowly advances on the background of those short adventures, and in the end everything "connects".

As an extra similarity, both anime are kind of harem, but the random-romantic-comedy is almost non-existant, so there are not many plot deviations like in most anime of said genre.

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Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin

Maya Kumashiro is an uptight teenager who has returned to the Waldstein “Occult Academy” following her father’s death to assume his role as principal. With a hatred of the supernatural, she initially intends to run the school into the ground, but her plans are thrown into chaos when a new teacher, Minoru Abe, descends from the sky. Claiming to be a time agent, Abe informs Maya that he has been sent from the future to prevent the Nostradamus prophecies from coming to pass. With a rift to another dimension due to open at the Waldstein Academy that will lead to aliens conquering the earth, the unlikely pair must locate a mysterious object known as the Nostradamus Key and destroy it before humanity falls prey to the occult once and for all.

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Each of these series are based heavily on humor and occult type objects. Although each series has a different focus and a very separate type of humor, if you enjoy the mix of humor occult and a touch of seriousness, they are a great match.


Both focus on life in school while dealing with the occult. Both don't really make any sense story-wise either. 

If you liked one, check out the other. 

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