YMMV: Bakemonogatari

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Nadeko Sengoku is beloved in Japan. In the West, however, she's a Base Breaker, almost bordering on scrappydom after the events of Otorimonogatari.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Prologue", the track that plays over the "Kizumonogatari" montage in the beginning. Check it out on a Haruhi AMV here. It's badass.
    • The violin piece that plays while Koyomi bathes in Nisemonogatari is rather interesting.
      • The piece with the bells near the end with Shinobu.
    • Compare Kaiki's theme to Monkey Island - Lechuck's theme - that is all.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: As explained in this Anime News Network article, part of the reason why it hasn't caught on too much in North America is that the series essentially does a bunch of different genres at once, which, combined with its extremely unconventional style and its overuse of Cerebus Rollercoaster, resulting in several episodes being Bizarro episodes relative to to other episodes, could throw off a lot of potential viewers.
  • Base Breaker: Senjougahara is a big one. While she has a huge amount of fans, there are quite a lot who don't like her, mainly fans of other girls. This can mainly be attributed to the fact that she and Araragi have been the Official Couple since the first book in the series and show no signs of breaking up anytime soon or even having any relationship instability, which understandably upsets fans of other girls because even though they may get Ship Tease with Araragi, Senjougahara's presence gives them almost no chance of actually getting with him. Even though she has gone through Character Development since Nisemonogatari, a lot of those same fans refuse to look past her borderline sociopathic personality in the first arc and refer to her and Araragi's dynamic as resembling Stockholm Syndrome rather than a normal, well-adjusted romantic relationship. Oh boy, and you can bet those fans were rustled when it was all but said Senjougahara HAD SEX WITH Araragi in Nisemonogatari...
  • Brits love Bakemonogatari: As shown in this tweet, the series has caught on quite well in the United Kingdom.
  • Broken Base: Fans of Hachikuji vs. fans of Nadeko, due to the One-Loli Rule. Hachikuji's fans denounce Nadeko's character as one-dimensionally driven by jealousy and a Manipulative Bastard who uses her Moe factor to her advantage. Likewise, Nadeko's fans slam Hachikuji for being irrelevant save for Comic Relief after her arc and call her a Bratty Half-Pint who gets away with saying all sorts of insulting things that would not be acceptable if she was older.
    • Interestingly, Shinobu, despite being very loli, stays out of this fight, and seems to be well accepted by both sides.
    • Mayoi's fanbase was proven right when Nadeko became a snake god out of jealousy. Unfortunately for them, Mayoi has passed on.
  • Contested Sequel: Many who enjoyed Bakemonogatari have expressed distaste for Nisemonogatari, thanks to it dialing the Fanservice Up to Eleven. In addition, the pacing also drew flak, with the "Karen Bee" arc being drawn out over 7 episodes. Nekomonogatari: Kuro got the fans back on track, and Monogatari Series Second Season seems to have fully Won Back the Crowd.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Koyomi getting into a fight with a 5th-grader, beating her up (mildly), and then laughing about it. The fact that she's already dead may or may not make this worse. The light novel's description of the fight made it worse, detailing liquids that came out of her mouth that may or may have not been stomach acid.
  • Ear Worm: All the songs, really.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Fans have theorized that all the oddities simply stand in for otherwise mundane life problems; the ones with the most merit are Hitagi's (her "weightlessness" being caused by an eating disorder—it's noted, for example, that she has become much more attractive in the past few years), Suruga's (well, extreme jealousy, that's barely a stretch there) and Hanekawa's (her problem could disassociative, multiple personality, or bipolar disorder, depending on the interpretation of Black Hanekawa and the Tiger; it might even just be normal lashing out from stress). Nadeko would be "constricted" by the thoughts and actions of the jealous and spiteful, and Mayoi could be the Adult Fear of a child lost forever.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Deishuu Kaiki. A tie you could jump rope with, that one. And that dress shirt is damn near an actual dress.
  • Fetish Retardant: When the Meddlesome Cat grabs Koyomi from behind, he licks his neck in a very sensual way. What's the problem? That the Cat's tongue is sharp enough to open Koyomi's carotid artery.
  • Foe Yay: Senjougahara and Keiki. Keiki believes that when they first met, Senjougahara fell in love with him (which she denies). The Hitagi End arc revealed that he admired and cared about Senjougahara a lot (he destroyed the cult her mother joined and arranged for the divorce, believing it was best for her). His irritation with her boyfriend and her proposition of prostituting herself implies that it's not a platonic love either. Senjougahara admits herself that she came to enjoy their time together and even flirts with him a little (joking about how he must have been excited to have a high school girl at his command and the color of her underwear).
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When Tsubasa finds Koyomi beating up Mayoi, she tells him that it's wrong to hit a child without telling them a justifiable reason. We later find out that Tsubasa's stepfather physically abuses her. It's likely a deliberate example; Tsubasa has Scary Shiny Glasses as she makes the former statement.
  • Internet Backdraft: Thanks to an anonymous user now called "Gorespammer" relentlessly trolling and reverse-trolling the series, it's pretty much impossible to have a serious discussion about it on /a/.
  • Les Yay: Between Senjougahara and Hanekawa during the Tsubasa Tiger arc. The cherry on top was when Senjougahara insisted that they shower together (which Hanekawa agrees to).
  • Magnificent Bastard: As said by Koyomi in Episode 8 referring to Oshino: "You... Even compared to a devil, you're such a magnificent bastard."
  • Magnificent Bitch: Hitagi, especially in the date episode.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Bakemonogatari is a slideshow.note 
    • Kaiki is best girl note 
    • The toothbrush scene. Everything about the toothbrush scene. note 
    • Spooky Ouginote 
  • Moe:
    • Well, yeah. Though not really a harem anime, it has one guy and a bunch of girls, all of whom fall into traditional moe characterizations. In fact, some of the more observant characters make fun of it, like Oshino's habit of calling Senjogahara Tsundere.
    • Ironically enough, Nadeko, who's arguably the one who fits the actual definition of moe the most, turns out to be invoking and exploiting this trope.
  • Narm:
    • Okay, Araragi, it's pretty despicable that Hanekawa's guardians don't give her a bedroom and force her to live in the kitchen and hallways, but this is hardly the kind of revelation that should prompt panicked hysterics...
    • Senjougahara's expression when she finds Hanekawa in the first episode of Monogatari Second Season. They probably were going for showing how worried Senjougahara was through an unusual amount of expression. What they made was just silly. Also while the slap was decently animated, Senjougahara's followup by pounding her fists on Hanekawa loses a lot of the intended impact because she looks like her fists are moving through molasses.
    • The samurai's laugh in Episode 7 of Owarimonogatari sounds like a rejected Mandark laugh. Koyomi's imitation, on the other hand, is actually pretty funny to listen to.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Many people hated Kaiki because he was the cause of the divorce of Senjougahara's parents, without mentioning that he caused the majority of the problems in Nisemonogatari (poisoning Karen with the fire bee and selling information about Tsukihi to Kagenui) and that he indirectly caused the events of Nadeko Snake. Then Koimonogatari was released and with the reveal of his true intentions and personality and the fact that he defeats God Nadeko succesfully using only words, he turned into one of the most popular characters of the series.
    • Sodachi Oikura probably beat both Kaiki and the kid from Koimonogatari in the instant hatedom department. At first, she only copped heat from Ougi fans who were worried she would take screentime away from their favorite character, but following episode 3 of Owarimonogatari, where her character arc begins, there was hardly a fan who didn't despise her, mainly due to her completely unwarranted bitchy attitude towards Araragi. The hate softened a bit after Hanekawa and Araragi's visit to her house, where she's just too pitiful to hate. It helps that she took responsibility for her actions and her backstory was revealed: She probably has had the most severe Trauma Conga Line out of everyone in the cast, including outright Attempted Suicide and taking care of her mother's dead body because the death broke her that much. Marina Inoue's heartfelt monologue was a big help, and within hours of that episode's airing, the hate for her switched to sympathy and schadenfreude. In fact, it reached the point where many in the fandom poured hate on Senjougahara because she accepted Oikura's apology in a rather backhanded, arrogant manner and refused to apologize for hitting her. Nonetheless, she's still a Base Breaker due to meta reasons and the fact that some fans still can't forgive her for her earlier actions, but she's getting a great deal more sympathy than she got at the beginning.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Senjougahara knocking Oikura out in episode 3 of Owarimonogatari. Episode 5 shows just how much damage she did: Oikura had to stay home from school for two days and her face swelled to the point where she couldn't pronounce the "ra" syllable, which might invoke a little sympathy- although, since Oikura did spend about 15 minutes talking shit to Araragi and Senjougahara and even slapped the latter, it's hard to argue she didn't get what she deserved.
  • The Scrappy: The middle school boy from Koimonogatari only appears on-screen for about five minutes and doesn't even have a name, yet the fandom LOATHES him. Although when you consider he cursed Nadeko Sengoku, nearly killing her, over something as petty as a rejection and tried to beat Kaiki to death with a baseball bat because being the source of the cursing charms apparently means he's the one at fault when they are used improperly. It didn't help that this moment followed Kaiki's Character Development and was seen as a pointless Shoot the Shaggy Dog by the fans.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Surprisingly averted, considering the genre of the series. The closest thing the fandom has to this might be Koyomi x some other girl shippers being upset at the large amount of side materials and fanart Senjougahara has dedicated to her.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: See above. Besides, it's by Shaft. What were you expecting?
  • The Woobie: Once you get past the weird humor and puns, you realize the lives of the girls in this series SUCK.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The amount of people who like Kaiki In-Universe can be counted on one hand. After the airing of Koimonogatari he became one of the largest Ensemble Darkhorses in the fandom.