Welcome to the open forum for Bakemonogatari: Monster Tale – Part 1! For all who wish to participate, itâ€™s time to pick up a copy of this book.
What is Bakemonogatari?
Synopsis: Thereâ€™s a girl at their school whoÂ is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, orÂ doesnâ€™t show up at all, and skipsÂ gym as a matter of course. Sheâ€™s pretty, and the boys takeÂ to whispering that sheâ€™s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just donâ€™t know what a monster she is.
So begins a tale ofÂ mysterious maladies that areÂ supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the humanÂ psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feelingÂ as it is to irreverent humor.Â So begins the legendary novelÂ that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and criticalÂ acclaim.
This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara andÂ Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARIÂ will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narratorÂ Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde formerÂ vampire.
Okay, I have the book. Now what?
Once youâ€™ve got your hands on the book, start reading it. And as you read it, feel free to leave any comments you have hereâ€“and respond to other comments. You can talk about whatever you want, so long as itâ€™s related to this volume. So comments can include:
- Things you like or dislike about the story
- Predictions for what happens next
- Remarks on characters, themes, etc
- Thoughts on the writing in general
- Favorite quotes you want to share
- Fan art, fan fiction, poetry, memesâ€¦ anything really
Regarding spoilers: People will read at different speeds, and the main idea behind this open forum is to encourage people to comment whenever they wish. So feel free to talk about anything that happens in the volume, but maybe give a warning if youâ€™re going to discuss a big plot twist or something.
(Also, if youâ€™ve seen the anime, try to keep your comments related to just the story in this volume. Thanks!)
Anyways, in about a month there will be a big feature post for this volume, in which Justus R. Stone and I will have an editorial put together. So look forward to that, but in the meantime you can share any thoughts you have on the volume here as you read it.