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Bakemonogatari is an anime series that aired on Fuji TV from July 2009 to June 2010. The anime series was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by animation studio Shaft. The show is based on the light novel series of the same name written by Nisio Isin, with illustrations by Vofan. The story takes place in a fictional town called Koyomi during the spring season. The protagonist of the show is Koyomi Araragi, a high school senior who has been transformed into a vampire but later cured. The show explores the supernatural world, with different creatures like ghosts, monsters, and spirits. Koyomi helps these creatures by resolving their supernatural problems and finding a solution to their conditions. He is aided in his missions by a female classmate, Tsubasa Hanekawa, who is very knowledgeable about supernatural phenomena, and a mysterious being called Meme Oshino, who helps Koyomi when the situation gets out of hand. The plot of the series is divided into several arcs, each focusing on a different supernatural creature and the events surrounding it. The first arc of the series focuses on Koyomi encountering a girl named Hitagi Senjougahara, who falls from a tall building and lands in Koyomi's arms. Koyomi discovers that Hitagi is weightless, and has been cursed by a crab spirit. He vows to help her get rid of the curse, and the two become good friends through their journey. One of the most unique aspects of Bakemonogatari is its visual style, which uses a combination of traditional animation and abstract visuals. The series also features elaborate dialogue-heavy scenes, with Koyomi often engaging in long conversations with the supernatural creatures he encounters. Bakemonogatari includes many references to Japanese culture, literature and mythology, adding a layer of depth to the storytelling. The voice acting in Bakemonogatari is excellent, with Hiroshi Kamiya voicing Koyomi Araragi, Eri Kitamura voicing Hitagi Senjougahara, and Yuka Iguchi voicing Tsukihi Araragi, Koyomi's younger sister. The opening and ending themes of the series are also noteworthy, with catchy tunes composed by Satoru Kosaki. Bakemonogatari was a commercial and critical success, with high ratings and positive comments. It was also awarded the Best TV Anime Series award at the 2010 Tokyo Anime Award festival. The show's popularity led to several sequels, including Nisemonogatari, Monogatari Series: Second Season, Owarimonogatari, and Zoku Owarimonogatari, all of which were equally well-received. Overall, Bakemonogatari is a unique and memorable anime series, blending supernatural elements with intricate dialogue and thought-provoking storytelling. Its stylish visuals and exceptional voice acting further contribute to its appeal. The show appeals to viewers who appreciate a good mix of action, drama, and comedy, with added depth and complexity. It is undoubtedly one of the most significant anime works of recent years and marks a milestone in the medium's evolution.