Tuesday 17 September 2019

Book Review: Bakemonogatari Vol. 1 by NisiOisiN (Fantasy/Manga)

Title: Bakemonogatari Vol. 1
Vertical Comics

Publication Date: 1 October 2019
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


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.

Firstly, the artwork in Bakemonogatari is beautiful. I loved studying the gorgeous images. From a story point of view, though, I struggled a little. I liked the fantasy elements, but it took me nearly until the end of the volume before I thought I had a (vague) grasp of what was going on. Perhaps that wouldn't be an issue if you were coming to this after reading the novels or watching the manga, but for someone like myself with no background knowledge of the story, it was confusing at times. I liked it enough that I would read on; however, had the plot been clearer, I would have enjoyed it more. As such, this was a 3.5-star read for me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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