Happy Spooky Season! What better way to celebrate the beginning of the best time of the year than with a review of Bakemonogatari?
Koyomi Araragi is just trying to live a normal, human life. Literally. After a run-in with a vampire, he is just trying to keep it together. But when he suddenly catches his classmate, Hitagi Senjogahara, as she slips and falls down the stairs - he is thrown back into an undeniable truth. Monsters are real and there is no hiding from them.
Bakemonogatari is a wild mix of mystery, suspense, horror, phenomenal art, and hilarious characters. Intricate fight scenes combine with heart-wrenching emotional reveals. The exchanges between characters are sharp, witty, and realistic. The story jumps from a place of perfect suspense to a lewd joke or two, but it never feels out of place. That’s the wonder of Bakemonogatari. It does so much in so little time, and it combines them fluidly.
Just like the anime has definitely gained the reputation of a modern classic, I have no doubts that this beautifully illustrated manga adaptation will do the same. This first volume covers the iconic giant crab arc, which anime fans will be familiar with. It packs so much into the first few chapters, but it gives you the feeling that this is definitely just the tip of the iceberg.
Bakemonogatari is an entertaining, thrilling ride from start to finish, and I highly recommend it to fans of the anime or somebody who is looking for a little slice of supernatural fun.