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傷物語 [Kizumonogatari] (Monogatari #2)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  720 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 7th 2007 by Kodansha
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Kenchiin
Feb 19, 2016 Kenchiin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel
If you're not very familiar with Japanese reading this can be a torture, but clearly this is my cup of tea, and loved it.
Krishna Avendaño
Apr 08, 2013 Krishna Avendaño rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenil
This is the story of a tragedy, the story of two damaged people. Araragi Koyomi, an apathetic student who would willingly give up on his life, and Shinobu, previously having the pompous name Kisshot Acerolaorion Heartunderblade, a 500 years old vampire who was condemned to become a shadow, a being without its former glory. Two people bounded together for eternity who will, eventually, walk the path of solitude.

After Nisio introduced Shinobu in Bakemonogatari as a supporting character, a mysteri
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Sean Newgent
Dec 17, 2015 Sean Newgent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the anime, it came as a surprise that Nisioisin's ultra-popular light novel series was coming stateside. The demand for light novel's seems to have grown with recent releases like Durarara, Sword Art Online, and soon Baccano! being something I wouldn't have thought possible years ago. The light novel is never anything with mainstream appeal, the writing style is wonky regardless of whether you are into them or not, and especially with novels like Monogatari, there's the culture ...more
Maxwell
Sep 19, 2016 Maxwell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well. I like Bakemonogatari, the anime adaptation of Nisioisin’s novels. Sort of.

I kind of hate it, actually. Monogatari is thematically vacant (unless you count creepy sexism) but it synthesizes many of my interests (monsters, folklore) with visual flair and humor. Now that the source material, a series of some dozen novels, is being translated and released, I thought I might check them out--maybe the anime’s failures could be chalked up to adaptational trashiness, I reasoned, with catastrophi
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Abdul Rahman
Jun 16, 2016 Abdul Rahman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story of two wounded people who thinks their life is not important and wanting to end it. Looking past the panties and bra jokes, one might say this is a story of two suicidal people (eventhough Araragi doesn't really fit the suicidal profile, but he deem his life too unimportant to sacrifice it for others only to realise the opposite) finding each other and sharing each other's pain. Only for one of them reluctantly accepts it.

A story about suicidal people - is not really one would expe
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Absinthe
Jan 06, 2016 Absinthe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016
Reading this as a novel, I can definitely tell that it has an anime adaptation. So it is a little strange to read it not as a manga and at times has confusing erratic punctuation. The plot-line was very japanese (people who are familiar with japanese dramas/animes/mangas/novels would understand). As a result, it is not for everyone, and it certainly doesn't have the neat ending that is somewhat common in Western writing.
Serdar
Jan 04, 2016 Serdar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Freshly translated into English, Nisioisin's novel of vampires and hapless human thralls is catnip for fans of his 'Monogatari' series, but everyone else faces an uphill climb.

Full review: http://www.ganriki.org/article/kizumo...
the golden witch.
Vertical did a fantastic job with this translation. I hope we get the rest of the monogatari series translated by them soon!
DarkChaplain
Aug 10, 2016 DarkChaplain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review also published here

Chronologically, Kizumonogatari is the first light novel in the long-running Monogatari series by NisiOisiN (over 20 volumes published to date!), even though it was published as number 3. The english publisher Vertical has decided to bring this one over first, with Bakemonogatari volumes one and two following in the coming year or two.
There shouldn't be any problems with reading this one first - if anything, you can even read it as a standalone book, outside of the
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Bloody Otaku
Aug 03, 2016 Bloody Otaku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Monogatari series fans
Shelves: i-own, lightnovel
This is chronologically the 1st installment in the popular Monogatari series ,which is adapted by Shaft studio, & the 2nd book by release order & lastly the last installment of the series to be adapted into anime **It was adapted into a movie triology & the 1st movie was aired in the beginning of this year & it was available online by end of July , the 2nd movie was aired a few days ago but it won't be available online until like 6-8 months later**.

Summary : **Spoilers heavy**
The
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Niquie
I made a mistake. I should've read this after my vacation, now so much time has passed the books all blurry in my head. Oh well.

I don't have much to say about Kizumonogatari. Ignoring the plot I really liked the writing. The way the characters were written and the easy to understand and visualize descriptions were the best part of the book for me.

Just, I'm not so sure how I feel about the plot. It felt so simple and straightforward, which isn't a bad thing. But considering Araragi had to fight t
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Blake Bowen
Sep 11, 2012 Blake Bowen rated it really liked it
Summary: "I think it's about time I talked about Kissshot Acerolaorion Heartunderblade. I believe it's something I have to do. I met her in the spring break between my second and third years of high school. That meeting had such impact, and was also quite devastating."

My opinion: I can honestly say, there has never been a vampire story like Kizumonogatari. The main character, Koyomi Araragi, is someone I can relate to. Mainly because I'm almost as apathetic as him. Koyomi really doesn't care for
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Yami
May 13, 2016 Yami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
after being a fan of the anime series for a long as I remember reading this novel and knowing the origin of how Araragi became who he is was really an enjoyable read, him being my favorite character and all. so I might be a little bias here, but this was just delicious for me , enjoyed it and really cant wait to watch the anime adaptations of this novel , am sure I will enjoy it a hundred times more.

not my first read for NisiOisin , and not less enjoyable....
Tess Duck
Feb 27, 2016 Tess Duck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
First light novel. Took me a while to get used to the style, but I liked it. Of course, Bakemonogatari had always been one of my favorite animes
ValeforDM
Feb 03, 2016 ValeforDM rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One might point out that light novel as a medium, as well as the whole japanese animated industry, are going through a long period in which competent authors and writers are snobbed, producing rather more of the same so that the public is satisfied without risking money on anything new or unfamiliar. Of course, this can't be totally blamed on the buyers since even competent authors apparently become so engrossed in their own fame they think fans will forgive any missteps, once it's clear your ...more
Dagoberto Borja
Jan 24, 2016 Dagoberto Borja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered Kizumonogatari and I have to say I'm impressed with the translation. The translator had to deal with many synonyms of root words and despite that it's quite decent.

What do i mean, Let's look at the tittle first and foremost on the english translation presented on the novel under the registered name of Wound Tale. As as mononogatari fan myself and many others know that the key feature of the series is the multiple meanings and alternate connotation of what's presented to us on thei
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Anna Moseley
Originally posted on Wordpress.

This was a fun and interesting read. It turned out differently than what I expected, but in a good way. I really enjoyed the fresh take on vampires and I also wound up learning a lot about Japanese culture. But the writing style was a bit too manga like. Not to mention some parts just went on forever which killed tension. Because of those reasons I gave the book three stars.

I'm a big fan of anime and manga. Now I don't watch/read them as much as I'd like to, but I
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Dima Weedon
Jun 04, 2016 Dima Weedon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Daniela Martins
Nov 02, 2016 Daniela Martins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like written anime because there sure was a lot of screaming here
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Monkuso_103
Dec 04, 2016 Monkuso_103 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Terrence
(Got the audiobook version).
Elisa Bonnin
I don't normally leave written reviews, but I felt the need to explain myself for this one. Kizumonogatari was given to me as a gift from a friend who's a fan of the anime series. I'm not sure I would have picked up the book on my own, or would have watched the anime on my own despite the fact that several different people have recommended it to me at different times. When I finished reading the book, I wavered for about about giving it 2 stars ('it was okay') or 3 stars ('I liked it') or even 4 ...more
Jose Luis
Oct 23, 2014 Jose Luis rated it it was amazing
This is the very first time I've read one of Nisio Isin's novels since waiting for the theatrical release of Kizumonogatari has been quite tiresome. Nonetheless, the novel was quite enjoyable for me and I'm sure the movie adaptation will capture all of the essence of the novel. In Kizumonogatari, Nisio Isin narrates a dramatic story through the voice of an ordinary high school student and how his encounter with a vampire leads to an unfortunate sequence of events that change both the student's ...more
Alejandro Pumpido
Aug 16, 2013 Alejandro Pumpido rated it it was amazing
I began reading this book merely because I was tired of waiting for the movie release (as summer of 2013, there is still no info on the adaptation, supposed to be released on 2012. I instantly fell in love with it and I couldnt put it down until I finished it. The fight scenes were really good and fluid. The dialogues were beautiful. And the narrative was really unique and interesting, I felt like I was sitting with the main character and he was telling me the story as he saw it. All the ...more
Dana
Jan 18, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Can't wait for the movie adaptation in 2016. I enjoyed both the anime and the light novels until now. I find the adaptation highly innovative through the portrayal of psychological aspects and through pushing boundaries with taboo themes. The Monogatari series offers a wide range of characters, each of which are fascinating and entertaining in their own way: we have the protagonist and subjective narrator (Araragi Koyomi), the girl with a troubled past (Senjougahara Hitagi), the egoistic but ...more
Nameh dah
Jun 25, 2016 Nameh dah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kizumono es lo más literario que he leído dentro de las extrañamente significadas "novelas ligeras".
Si bien puede ser, en las palabras de uno de sus personajes, la típica historia de un adolescente en la escuela con superpoderes, en realidad se utiliza para la experimentación.
Un blablableo constante en la voz narradora de su protagonista, que siendo consecuente con su mente puberta prefiere contarnos detalles y gastarse planas del momento en que le ve las bragas a una compañera, pero escribir m
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myinon
Aug 13, 2016 myinon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel
This was an entertaining read for me. The story follows Koyomi Araragi as he encounters a vampire by the name of Kissshot Acerolaorion Heartunderblade and how he spends his Spring Break as a vampire himself. The events in this also come chronologically before the events of the Bakemonogatari novel.

My first impression after reading the introductory chapter is that it would be loaded with detailed descriptions similar in style to how J.R.R Tolkien wrote his Lord of the Rings series. I was also a l
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Matthew
Jul 23, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A phenomenally good book, but maybe not one for everyone.

I didn't and don't know anything about this series, but this book at least seems to have stolen my list of everything I want in a book. Humor, psychological, a protagonist that I scarily resonate with, a superb ending that makes you think, and the list goes on. What it boils down to is a book with a very unique writing style and no way to categorize the genre (humorous psychological horror slice of life?). It's just something new that will
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Rama Sagala
Jun 17, 2012 Rama Sagala rated it really liked it
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Nisio Isin (西尾 維新 Nishio Ishin), frequently written as NisiOisiN to emphasize that his pen name is a palindrome, is a Japanese novelist and manga writer. He attended and left Ritsumeikan University without graduating. In 2002, he debuted with the novel Kubikiri Cycle, which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Award at twenty years of age.

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“Suicide" Kissshot said disappointedly .
Her eyes were downcast , facing the town spread out below her .
"A common reason , one accounting for nine-tenths of vampire deaths".
".....".
"Incidentally , the remaining tenth succumb to vampire slayers - any other reason fit within the margins of a rounding error".
"Suicide ? Why ?".
"Do they not speak of dying of boredom ?".
Boredom was a killer .
Guilt could kill you - but boredom was lethal .”
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