Bakemonogatari, Volume 1 by NisiOisiN

Posted October 23, 2019 by Silvia in Manga & Graphic Novels / 18 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Bakemonogatari, Volume 1 by NisiOisiNSeries: Bakemonogatari #1
Published by Vertical Comics on October 1, 2019
Demographic: Shōnen
Genres: Paranormal
Source: NetGalley
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One day, high-school student Koyomi Araragi catches a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara when she trips. But—much to his surprise—she doesn't weigh anything. At all. She says an encounter with a so-called "crab" took away all her weight . . .
Monsters have been here since the beginning.
Always. Everywhere.

I went through this manga without having previously read the light novels that kicked off the Monogatari series, nor I watched the anime adaptation, so I didn’t have a proper knowledge of what this was all about. However, a look at the gorgeous cover, the catchy synopsis, and NisiOisiN’s name—also known for his literary adaptation of the Death Note manga—made me grab this volume without hesitation. And wasn’t my instinct right?

The artwork is mesmerizing and makes the reading experience even more fascinating—Bravo, Oh!Great. The plot is odd and intriguing, perhaps confusing at the beginning, but things get a bit clearer after reaching a certain point and I started putting a few pieces of the puzzle together that show something quite dark and deep. Although there are humorous moments in it, it’s to be noted that the subject is intense, and I’m quite curious to see where it all leads. For now, my mind won’t stop quoting: “Monsters don’t come to you. They are there from the start.” I am blown away.

Strange, dark, and most certainly unique. Manga and Japanese folklore lovers, you may wanna try Bakemonogatari, you might find it weirdly captivating!


About Silvia

Through her creativity and blogging, Silvia has met people from different industries and collaborated with them on various projects over the years. Her strong passion for reading and her fascination for different cultures and languages have led her to develop a keen interest in the East-Asian continent. Off to see her? Follow the colourful book road . . . ♡

18 responses to “Bakemonogatari, Volume 1 by NisiOisiN

    • It is, and this is an adaptation of the light novels, so even if you didn’t read them, you totally get to enjoy the whole experience + the artwork is a feast for your eyes ❤️

    • There are monsters, but the concept in here is fascinating . . . Sad, in a way, but fascinating nonetheless. It goes deeper than one would expect and, for that, this is more than just a paranormal story.

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