VIDEO: Aniplex of America Reveals "Bakemonogatari" Blu-Ray Release Information

Series to stream on Crunchyroll September 14th, ahead of November 20th Blu-ray release

Aniplex of America has good news and very good news for Nisemonogatari fans. The SHAFT (Madoka Magica) adaptation of Nisio Isin's (Medaka Box) earlier supernatural story Bakemonogatari is headed to North American Blu-ray November 20th , 2012, and, ahead of that, the series will be streaming on Crunchyroll. The first episode of the original TV broadcast will premiere on September 14th with new episodes added each week.



This deluxe Blu-ray Box Set features the entire series (15 TV episodes) on 6 Blu-ray discs, a deluxe 36-page booklet (production designs and Ending Card Illustrations and more!), audio commentary tracks by main characters, textless openings and endings, and more! All of the discs and bonus materials will be packaged inside a study rigid box featuring original illustration by Akio Watanabe (character design).



About Bakemonogatari

“Bakemonogatari” (translated “Ghost Story”) was written by Nisioisin, one of the most popular writers in Japan,  and the series consists of 5 different stories. Animation production was done at studio SHAFT (Puella Magi  Madoka Magica) and directed by Akiyuki Shimbou (Director of Puella Magi Madoka Magica).
Thanks to Meme Oshino, Koyomi Araragi, a high school student, is able to remain a human after coming across a  female vampire..
However, since the incident, Koyomi seems to meet girls who have an apparition-related issue. Hitagi
Senjyogahara doesn’t weigh anything, Suruga Kanbaru’s right arm becomes like that of a monkey’s, and a young  girl, Mayoi, cannot find her way home no matter how many times she tries. Koyomi, a Mr. Nice Guy, ends up  helping each and every girl solve her problem with the help of Meme Oshino.

Original Story: Nisioisin "Bakemonogatari" (Kodansha BOX)
Director: Akiyuki Shimbou
Screenplay: Fuyashi Tou, Akiyuki Shimbou
Character Design & Supervising Animation Director: Akio Watanabe
Series Director: Tatsuya Oishi
Visual Director: Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Music: Satoru Kosaki
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Art Director: Hisaharu Iijima
Color Setting: Izumi Takizawa
Visual Effects: Motoki Sakai
Director of Photography: Takayuki Aizu
Editing: Rie Matsubara
Animation Production: SHAFT
Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya
Hitagi Senjyogahara: Chiwa Saito
Mayoi Hachikuji: Emiri Kato
Suruga Kanbaru: Miyuki Sawashiro
Nadeko Sengoku: Kana Hanazawa
Tsubasa Hanekawa: Yui Horie
Meme Oshino: Takahiro Sakurai
Karen Araragi: Eri Kitamura
Tsukihi Araragi: Yuka Iguch



Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set features:
<BD Features and Bonus Contents>
 Video: 16:9 HD Widescreen / 1920×1080p / MPEG-4 AVC
 Audio: Japanese dialog / Linear PCM Stereo 48KHz/16bit
 Subtitles: English
 Includes 6 Blu-ray discs, Total length of more than 350 minutes!!
 Character audio commentary included (with optional subtitles)
 Bonus Videos: Textless Openings and Endings, TV version previews
 3 Blu-ray cases inside Rigid Box with Key art
 Double Sided Blu-ray case wrap featuring main characters
 36-page Deluxe Booklet (production designs and Ending Card Illustrations and more!)

The Bakemonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set can be pre-ordered and purchased at:

SRP is $189.98, with Right Stuf's store price set at $149.98



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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