Welcome to the open forum for Bakemonogatari: Monster Tale – Part 1! For all who wish to participate, it’s time to pick up a copy of this book.
What is Bakemonogatari?
Synopsis: There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.
So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.
This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.
Okay, I have the book. Now what?
Once you’ve got your hands on the book, start reading it. And as you read it, feel free to leave any comments you have here–and respond to other comments. You can talk about whatever you want, so long as it’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, memes… 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 you’re going to discuss a big plot twist or something.
(Also, if you’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.