Bakemonogatari manga art by Oh! great

NisiOisin’s Bakemonogatari novel is getting a manga nine years in the wake of the anime’s release in 2009. But which artist could be up to such a surreal task? After a teaser and two weeks of keeping Twitter guessing, Kodansha revealed that Ito Ogure (alias Oh! great) of the Air Gear series is taking on the job.

The Bakemonogatari manga will launch with Ogure’s art in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine on March 14th. Besides his original property Air Gear, Ogure is also known for creating Junk Story – Tetsukuzu Monogatari and Tenjho Tenge, all three of which received their own anime adaptations.

NisiOisin’s original novel was published in Japan in 2006, and Vertical put out a long-awaited English version in 2016. Vertical describe the first installation of their three-part release as follows:

There’s a girl at their school who is always ill. She routinely arrives late, leaves early, or doesn’t show up at all, and skips gym as a matter of course. She’s pretty, and the boys take to whispering that she’s a cloistered princess. As the self-described worst loser in her class soon finds out, they just don’t know what a monster she is.

So begins a tale of mysterious maladies that are supernatural in origin yet deeply revealing of the human psyche, a set of case files as given to unexpected feeling as it is to irreverent humor. So begins the legendary novel that kicked off the Monogatari series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim.

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