The series was first created by Nisio Isin as a series of short stories for Mephisto magazine. While his previous Zaregoto series featured large casts of characters, each Bakemonogatari story tends to introduce only one new character. The previously published stories, and some new ones, were eventually collected in two volumes as part of the Kodansha Box launch titles on November 1, 2006 and December 1, 2006. The first volume contains three stories titled Hitagi Crab (ひたぎクラブ?), Mayoi Snail (まよいマイマイ?) and Suruga Monkey (するがモンキー?); the second volume comes with two newly written stories titled Nadeko Snake (なでこスネイク?) and Tsubasa Cat (つばさキャット?). A prequel to the series, titled Koyomi Vamp (こよみヴァンプ?) was published in the first issue of Pandora magazine, it was later released as a separate volume on May 7, 2008 as Kizumonogatari (傷物語?, "Scar Story"). The first volume of Nisemonogatari (偽物語?, "Impostory"), a sequel to the series, was released on September 2, 2008 and contains Karen Bee (かれんビー?). The second volume, contains Tsukihi Phoenix (つきひフェニックス?) was released on June 10, 2009. The first volume of Nekomonogatari (猫物語?, "Cat Story") is a prequel that takes place between Kizumonogatari and Bakemonogatari. It was released on July 28, 2010 and contains Tsubasa Family (つばさファミリー?). The second volume of Nekomonogatari is the start of the second season to the series and contains Tsubasa Tiger (つばさタイガー?) and was released on October 29, 2010. Kabukimonogatari (傾物語?, "Slope Story") was released on December 24, 2010 and containing Mayoi Jiang Shi (まよいキョンシー?). Hanamonogatari (花物語?, "Flower Story") containing Suruga Devil (するがデビル?) was released on March 31, 2011. Otorimonogatari (囮物語?, "Decoy Story") containing Nadeko Medusa (なでこメドゥーサ?) was released on June 30, 2011. Onimonogatari (鬼物語?, "Demon Story") containing Shinobu Time (しのぶタイム?) was released on September 28, 2011. Koimonogatari (恋物語?, "Love Story") containing Hitagi...
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