Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray
About Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray
This limited edition collection of Bakemonogatari contains episodes 1-15 and a 36-page booklet featuring character designs.
Thanks to Meme Oshino, high school student Koyomi Araragi is able to remain a human after coming across a female vampire. However, since the incident Koyomi seems to meet girls who have apparition-related issues. Hitagi Senjyogahara doesn't weigh anything, Suruga Kanbaru's right arm becomes like that of a monkey's, and a young girl, Mayoi, cannot find her way home no matter how many times she tries. Koyomi, a "Mr. Nice Guy," ends up helping each and every girl solve her problem with the help of Meme Oshino.
Special Features: Character Audio Commentary (subtitled), Textless Openings and Endings, TV Version Previews, Promotional Video.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Due to licensing and contract restrictions, this product can be sold and shipped to the US and Canada only. This product cannot be shipped to Japan. All sales are final. It may be returned for an exchange if defective, but unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds.
- Publisher: ANIPLEX OF AMERICA
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Mystery, Romance
- Themes: Harem, Supernatural
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 357
- Release Date: 11/20/2012
- Weight: 1
Ratings & Reviews
i was a bit weary to buy this one, as the price tag is considerably steep at 150 dollars, and i don't blame anyone for thinking paying that much for the show is unreasonable. Bakemonogatari is one of my all time favorite animes, though, and found myself purchasing this and thought i'd share my thoughts of the set itself.
overall, i'm satisfied. it is a pretty simple set; from what i've seen the individual bluray discs are based on the japanese release and i noticed the menu screen from disc one only translates the menu's and not the title of the show itself, nor the name of the arc. the show itself really benefits in its bluray release and looks absolutely fantastic compared to the broadcast. the artbook itself is about what you'd expect, containing concept art and arc synopsis's. the extras on each disc contain creditless OPs and EDs, the original television next-episode preview skits and a commentary track. the commentary track i was utterly amused by, as the whole series can be watched with different seiyuu's commentating over the show, playing as their characters. i got plenty of good laughs while watching the first disc's commentary with Tsubasa and Hitagi cracking jokes and breaking the 4th wall, and i'm itching to watch the rest of the series in this fashion.
overall, it's hard to justify the asking price; i also bought NISA's release of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day in my same order which comes in a beautiful large box with a much nicer book, for 1/3 the price. however, i really think fans of the series will be happy with this set if they're willing to spend the money on it; the extras are great (namely the commentaries) and in general its a very good quality release.
150 dollars I gladly spent
Glad they didn't waste money getting it dubbed. I don't mind dubs and even prefer dubs on a few shows, but this show wouldn't work dubbed. This is one of my favorite shows of all time. I hope that we eventually get the other seasons.
Now before we start, I will agree with others in that $150 is on the expensive side, but to complain about being sub only is just ridiculous. Anyone who's actually watched the show would know you simply CAN'T dub this into English. All the wordplay humor and in fact even many important plot elements all rely on Japanese Culutre and Languege and simply does not translate into English, replacing it with English humor completely defeats the purpose of the scene, and makes it loose all context. Though I suppose expecting common sense from anyone on the internet is something of a lost cause.
Now onto the review of the product. This set contains episodes 1-15 of Bakemonogatari, which composes the entire first season (A second season titled 'Nisemonogatari' aired earlier this year). Each set of episodes is devided into one story arc, and each arc with it's own opening and sung by the Voice Actress of that arcs Heroine.
1-2 is 'Hitagi Crab'
3-5 is 'Mayoi Snail'
6-8 is 'Sururuga Monkey'
9-10 is 'Nadeko Snake'
11-15 is 'Tsubasa Cat'
Each arc focuses on a Heroine and the Supernatural Problem inflicting them. The music and visuals (ESPECIALLY the Visuals) are absolutely astounding and really show what the strength of Blu-Ray can do for a show. Is it expensive? perhaps, but don't listen to those other reviewrers, the show is absolutely worth every penny and is a wonderful addition to any collection
Bakemonogatari is an awesome series, and this is a pretty cool release. The multiple bluray cases lets you see more art and help it feel nicer, although they probably could have fit the series on less disks. The booklet is also pretty nice, although I wish some of the art would have gotten printed on full pages instead of sharing one, and it would have been nice if they could splurge for a hardcover. The box could also be a bit higher quality; it isn't bad, but the Funimation LE sets ones are glossier and seem better made despite this release being double the price. This is a pricy release and more extras could have been included, but it is a fantastic series and is well worth the cost. And people really do not understand the series if they are complaining that it needs a dub; it has many many many japanese puns and wordplay that simply don't translate to English. The most that can be done about that is to translate it literally and provide a TL note. Also the series itself is one that if having to listen to the Japanese language is what is standing between you and watching it, then the series is not for you... Also anime as a whole probably isn't for you if you can't stand to listen to Japanese, now that I think about it.
Really though, should you buy this? Well, the release is definitely nicer than your average anime set, but I have seen nicer (I do wish they would include more extras for the price point). There is certainly a 'how much do you like Bakemonogatari' tax in there that raises the price, but it is artistic, simultaneously laid back and sophisticated, and is an overall magnificent series.
For the most part, worth the price.
I know that Aniplex's prices are sometimes pretty difficult to deal with. Me being a big fan of the series myself was kind of disheartened at the fact that Aniplex had picked up. Regardless, I am content with the chipboard case and booklet although for $149.99 I expected a little more than that, admittedly. The inclusion of the character commentaries and the obvious touching up of the visuals was handled perfectly. Overall, in terms of visuals, Blu-ray's are the way to go if you are willing to deal with the price tag. To any fan of the show, this is a definite must-buy. And knowing Aniplex and considering it is a limited edition, I would hurry before being forced to pay even more for these absolutely stunning Blu-rays.
$150 for 15 episodes and an art book? You have got to be kidding! The series wasn't that good to begin with, and Aniplex is only offering subtitles, no North American dubs. This isn't even worth considering for a purchase. Drop the price by 2/3, and I'll consider it. Otherwise, you can keep the stupid thing, and watch your investment go up in smoke, when almost nobody buys this incredibly bad offer.
Alright I really love this series and it's close to my favorite anime, but $150 for 15 episodes, and its not even dubbed. Are they serious? I think it's very sad that Aniplex got their hands on this masterpiece because we might never see it dubbed and if we do its going to be marketed for the same outrageous price they've got Madoka Magica going for. This is still a great anime never the less, and if you can muster up the money and are ok with it not being dubbed then go for it because it's a really good show.
Good Series-But The Price?????
As much as I think this is a very good series-but not $150 worth of good. What I did was was get the uk MVM release on bluray for about $40, granted it doesn't have an artbook or a fancy chipboard case and it is a region B bluray but since I already have an A B C capable bluray player it was a no brainer for me.
It's good to see that of my favorite series in english. Box set is a bit pricey but it's worth it. And I think it's fine that there's no dub - show is very dialog-centered and there's nothing better than original seiyuu's voice-acting. In this case dub is just an option and there is nothing wrong if publishers decided to made a sub-only release. But the one big downfall is that this release could be only delivered in USA and Canada. I, myself, from Kazakhstan and used to purchase NA anime releases but I can't get some releases through the original retailers because of such restrictions.
An instant classic!
I suspect that even if I could read Japanese that I would be doing double, triple and even quintuple takes in watching this show (Hey! you skipped quadruple!). That is what Hanekawa would say anyway. It feels weird, having watched so much anime in my life and having complained about the incessant talking in Dragon Ball Z, to be so captivated by a show that is basically conversation. There is action in this show and it is pretty fantastic, but what gets you is the talking....every time. The talking and the imagery and the cards in between conversation that you have to pause and rewind and use slo-mo just to catch sometimes. Also, there is a ton of fan service, which never sells me on an anime but I am not complaining either. Araragi is a complete idiot and I don't mean that he is unintelligent, but he just keeps going forward the way he chooses to no matter what. That is his charm. He, it got him a beautiful girlfriend, so leave the kid be and check this series! The only down side is the price, which I find to be insane. I could almost say it is worth it, but I have purchased other blu-ray box sets that are much longer and paid less than a third of this price. It is especially troubling considering theat there are two complete seasons and a four episode special along with a new season that is currently airing in Japan. The whole series is going to cost what some people pay in bills for a month!
one of best anime!
the animation quality, story, voice acting, and direction is superb. I cant find any flaw with the price range for this Blu-Ray set.(but cheaper would be nice.)
the argument I see others online make are:
1) where is my English dub?
2) $150 for 15 episodes?
I'd say you should begin to learn Japanese or simply accept the sub... price IMO is right for the quality. I was not happy with price of Madoka LE set, but i gladly paid it.
If im allowed to complain about one thing, at this price, i wanted the soundtrack to be included.
Conclusion: I hope Aniplex keeps distributing their animation in seasons
by PATRICIA -
Awesome series! Own all of it. Pricey yes but quality is excellent. Idk why people are complaining about it not being dubbed but this show would be horrible dubbed. It's meant to be in its native language and the voice actors are wonderful! I can't wait for more to be released.
A show that will suck your brain dry
by Joseph -
This series has been nothing but extremely engaging and mind-bending to me. The characters are all so unique and the tremendous amount of clever dialogue to go along with them is absolutely enchanting. Definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a show filled with charming characters, amazing voice acting and has a fetish for aberrations.
by Brian -
High brow comedy, high quality animation, great voice acting, lovable characters, the supernatural, what more can you ask for?! The only reason why I knocked off a star was because of the price.The quality of the packaging is really nice, and video quality of the blu-ray is an 11/10.
As for the extras, the most notable part is that this set comes with commentary on all the episodes done by the voice acting cast, why is this the most notable you say? Because the commentary is done in character! Yes, that's right the voice acting cast does the commentary as their respective characters in the anime. The commentary itself is pretty much a series of many skits which most are pretty hilarious, it's like watching a completely different episode. I do recommend having that specific episode fresh in your mind because the commentary plays off of what's going on and what is said in that episode, there are many subtle jokes that they throw in the commentary that you might miss otherwise.
I got the UK version for $40 bucks...it's a good series but....I don't want the posters or clipboards just the anime.
Just buy it
by Hunter Oshino -
Amazing show, and everyone can agree on that. The price is too high but its totally worth it. Interesting concept with lots of talking.
A review based on the box set itself, not the anime.
This show is lovely, one of my favorites in fact. 5/5 stars for the entire series, for sure. If you're a huge fan, definitely go for it if the box set isn't too pricey for you. The show looks amazing on these discs!
However, this review is based purely on the box set itself.
$150 for 15 episodes, a couple postcards, and a flimsy, softcover artbook? Such a shame that it costs so much for so little. So many other companies release limited editions with many more quality items for $50-$70 cheaper. Finishing the entire series will cost more than $1000, which is a shame considering how great Monogatari is.
As for the good things, I do think that the box is quite nice, as are the discs themselves. I like the thin, clear bluray cases that they use for these releases as well. I wish the artbook had more than it does, since Monogatari is such a beautiful show.
All-in-all, not worth the price tag unless you're a die-hard fan and want to have a hard copy of the show.
Another Aniplex masterpiece
Yes, a dub wpuld be amazing, part of th issue is the intense dialog that takes place throughout this series, it would lose alot of its appeal if dubbed in english. The witty fast paced banter just wouldnt translate w the same appeal.
The animation and story telling is amazing. The price is steap but that is something that comes w Aniplex USA products (sadly), but it is what it is. I own a good portion of aniplex usa's limited edition releases, and they are the pride and joy of my collection!
by EliteSigma -
Awesome series, a little pricey but about what I expect when paying for Blu-ray. The packaging is very nice and of course the subtitles are excellent. I don't watch dubs anyway so for me it's fine but if you like dubbed anime you might be disappointed.
Boxset and Anime Review.
by Christopher -
The box set itself is very nice considering what we have to work with. Each character arc is put on a separate disc (which is nice) and there are interesting bonus features such as character commentary and the ability to watch previews up the next episode (just in case you forgot where you were).
The anime itself is surprising at first largely because of its art direction. The first few episodes tend to use flash-cards while telling the story and while they are distracting at first they never really interrupt the flow of the show or the dialogue. Aniplex did a decent job of translating them without having them be too intruding.
Great Series, Poor Release
I didn't think I'd like Bakemonogatari. It seemed like wish fulfillment, with a harem full of spooky quirks. Araragi himself exhibited two traits that apply to the protagonist of every anime out there: he's impossibly (but secretly) perverted and he can do anything through determination. It all didn't bode well.
Well, Akiyuki Shinbo knows better than me. However it appears at first, Bakemonogatari is an anime about entitlement, misjudgment, and the lies that we tell. It just happens to include beautiful art, ample fanservice, and over-the-top action. Take that for what you will.
What you shouldn't take, however, is Aniplex's out-of-touch attempt to release the series at Japanese prices. I understand that Aniplex under no obligation to compete with Sentai and FUNimation, despite being companies with the same product. Still, at ten dollars an episode, this release is less cost-effective than seeing a movie in theaters, and we know how that industry's faring.
Bakemonogatari Is A Unique Series of Its Own Kind!
by Shenpai -
Love Bakemonogatari! If you don't know about this series then here is a bit of info about it that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bakemonogatari is just an arc of many arcs that follow a series within a world about a man. Araragi, is our main guy for this arc. He follows his everyday life and gets entangled with some other girls. Each with there own set of unique qualities. In time you'll be sure to pick your best girl. The series itself has alot of information to digest and you'll be better off watching the show then reading this review if you do happen to come across it!
Product: It's beautiful! The box set has all the episodes (1-15) broken up into mini-arcs. (Hitagi Crab, Mayoi MaiMai, Suraga Monkey, Nadeko Snake, and Tsubasa Cat)
The box that it comes in is hardbound. It encases all the episodes within it and comes with a small art book to enjoy as well!
Overall, a good series for any new fan or devoted fan. A recommended buy if you have the money!
"Aryaryagi. Oops, I flubbed it..."
by Atlas -
This show is fantastic! I want to keep this brief so that it's no TL;DR, but the story is amazing and the characters are not far from perfect. The animation is flawless (watch a couple scenes and note: this was made in 2009) and pleasing to the eye. I only really recommend this product to the most devote fans or if you really want a physical copy. The box is rigid and well made, the discs are perfect and so are the blu-rays.
Great show, quality of the set, and extras. Not so great price.
by Nick -
Bakemonogatari is an amazing show, and this set is really well put together. I especially liked the extras on the blu rays, which is audio commentary from the voice actors acting like their characters while watching the show. It's just as interesting as watching the actual show!
The only issue is the price. It's about $10 per episode with the only physical items besides the discs being a little art book. As a huge fan of this series I didn't have much problem paying that much, but compared to other anime blu rays and limited editions, the price is rediculously high. I've seen limited edition sets for around $100 that come with all the episodes of a series, an art book, and several physical items like stickers and character cards. Meanwhile, Bakemonogatari's limited edition is $150 and only comes with the blu ray discs and an art book.
Still, it's a great series and a great set so I still reccomend it to any fan of the series if you don't mind paying the price.
Good offer if you're willing to pay the price
by David Trudel -
The series itself is an amazing one that has earned its place in the community, however due to the high price tag on the series I can only recommend it to the largest of fans. For them, however, it's a great deal, as the quality is top notch and one that can't be had outside of importing right from Japan.
If you think the price is worth it, you're already going to enjoy it.