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…
The Monogatari series has deeply invested storylines in every chapter and the vampiric environment makes the setting much more immersive. The ultimate fate of Araragi works both as the main aspect of both how the story itself unfolds and also as the finale, because he keeps both the vampire and the human natures as a hybrid while the apparition dimensions will always interact with the mortal dimensions, also each of the respective characters that form bonds with Araragi follow interesting and symbolic concepts through the apparition spirits. Shinobu in particular serves as the core aspect of Monogatari as it is the catalyst for the vampire nature of the setting and Araragi himself, and she is also a very iconic figurine and idol. Hitagi and the rest of the apparitions and spirits fit really great as well through their own methods in their respective chapters which generally makes the overall concept of Monotagari a wonderful experience.
TL;DR - So good. Even better than the anime(s). With manga, there's something incredible about the way you can make use of art to tell the story. Lines and shading, angles and perspective, panel shapes and sizes and everything else available to still art. The Monogatari series has always been something of a bizarre enigma, combining your typical shounen fighting and fantasy element with hilarious puns and references and even better nods to real-life literary works and the supernatural. A lot of people have already seen the anime(s) and even read the light novels, but the manga rendition of this is just stellar. The artwork is beautiful, and some scenes are portrayed even better in the manga than did the anime simply because of the amount of excruciating detail that was put into it. The art is borderline surrealism in some panels, other times geometric. Really accurately portrays a lot of the original author's intended message. You also don't have the limitation of 24 mins per episode like anime, meaning that the pacing of the manga is second only to the light novel itself. For people who are already fans of the series, it's an enjoyable read and not at all boring to re-experience the whole story in this format. For people who've never heard of Monogatari before, it's a whimsical, philosophical, often-sexy, funny, and riveting story of supernatural thrills and literary puns.
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