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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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related anime

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
Thunderkeg watched Bakemonogatari at 15 of 15 episodes
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Date Kyosuke is a young man with problems. After being stabbed by his beloved mother, he discovers he has a long lost sister -- Runa. She is the first of many relatives that he and others in the story find tied into the seeming chaos of their lives. Date embarks on a quest to find Runa, aided by his new ability to turn into a monster; all the while in pitched battle at almost every turn with agents of mysterious organizations.

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wanryavka

Like odd color schemes, weird camera angles, or extreme close ups of peoples eyes?  Then you'll love these two animes.  Both directed by Akiyuki Shinbo known for his strange style.

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The plots of these anime are completely different but if you like anime with an odd visual style then you might want to try these anime. Bakemonogatari is more of a slow paced character study, whereas SoulTaker is an action story with more traditional character types.

Both these anime use their unique visuals to tell parts of their story through symbolism. The symbolism is never particularly deep, but it does add a bit of richness to the anime. Bakemonogatari has much richer dialogue and characters, but it's plot is slow and plodding. SoulTaker has a much faster moving plot with shallower characters and dialogue. 

If you're looking for anime that look a bit different, come with a generous dose of fanservice then try either of these titles.

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Bakemonogatari and Tatami Galaxy are two series that both rely on clever characters, unique animation, and a heavy amount of witty dialog. If you enjoyed one, there is a good chance you'll have fun watching the other.

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Dialogue full anime with unique art style and story telling.

Bakemonogatari focuses more on ecchi/action genre while Yojouhan is more fantasy/romance but both have similar comedy and focuses on characters more than story itself.

If you would ask me which one has more dialogue then I've to say that in Yojouhan , They never stop talking. And fast paced dialogues are more extreme than in Bakemonogatari.

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At the core and it's visual style, these shows are quite differnt, but they are both set up as harem shows and it's only hinted that most of the girls are interested in the male lead in a romantic way. They both deal a bit with magical and supernatural powers, even if Bakemonogatari plays on that part much heavier than Air.

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Bakemonogatari and Angel Beats! Are really similiar, both of them contain contrast between Funny things and something serious in episodes. The main protoganist of the Bakemonogatari and Angel Beats! is voiced by same person. So I higly recommend to watch it.

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BlackEsper

This may seem like a bit of a random recommendation, but there is a foundation for it; whilst watching Bakemonogatari I was reminded of the first fifteen or so episodes of Bleach quite a lot. Both follow a similar episodic-style formula, introducing a new pivotal character each story in a supernatural, modern day setting. Despite their undeniable stylistic differences and Bleach's focus on action over Bakemonogatari's dialogue, fans of one should at least check out the other; though be warned, all of Bleach's similarities to Bakemonogatari are thrown out the window once it enters it's first proper story arc.

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