Kizumonogatari (傷物語) is the film adaptation of Kizumonogatari, the second book and origin story of the Monogatari light novel series. It is the 8th anime adaptation from studio Shaft, and is composed of three parts as separate films: Part 1: Tekketsu (Tekketsu-hen, "Iron-Blooded"), Part 2: Nekketsu (Nekketsu-hen, "Hot-Blooded"), and Part 3: Reiketsu (Reiketsu-hen, "Cold-Blooded"). Each film is about an hour long.
The first film premiered in theaters on January 8th 2016 in Japan and in February 2016 in select theaters in the United States and Europe. An official Canadian screening for the first film also came in late August 2016.
The second film premiered in Japan on August 19th 2016 and in the United States at in Akibafest 2016 and a week later in select theaters in October 2016.
The final film premiered on January 6th 2017 in Japan. A United States release is scheduled for April 2017.
Kizumonogatari is a prequel to Bakemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Kuro, adapating the Koyomi Vamp arc that tells the story of Koyomi Araragi's fateful spring break and his first encounter with a vampire oddity named Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade. This is the story of how he turned into a vampire and back into a human with the help of oddity specialist Meme Oshino and Tsubasa Hanekawa.
- Koyomi Araragi - A loner student of Naoetsu Private High School.
- Tsubasa Hanekawa - Koyomi's classmate an new respected friend.
- Meme Oshino - An oddity specialist who is known for the aloha shirt that he wears.
- Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade - A powerful vampire and the so-called "King of Oddities".
- Episode, Dramaturgy, and Guillotine Cutter - Vampire hunters who come to town to pursue and hunt down Kiss-Shot.
The film series adaptation of Kizumonogatari features a drastically different style from the TV series. While the TV series typically experiments with occasional color palette swaps, a large portion of visuals in the films consist of a pinkish color palette with an emphasis on various shades of red and white. While the pink skin palette seems consistent in all parts, so far each part seems to have its own color motif. Part 1's color is red, while Part 2 is blue. While Part 1 generally features a lot of bright colors, Part 2 shifts a focus towards dark, muted colors, likely to suit the fact that a lot of the film takes place at night.
After Bakemonogatari, director Tatsuya Oishi started production of Kizumonogatari, but ended up in a development block while deciding how to properly adapt the story. As a result, Tomoyuki Itamura took his place as director for the rest of the TV series during his hiatus. While the series onward still generally kept the experimental style of Bakemonogatari alive, it still didn't retain quite the same feel Oishi's influence gave, particularly with action scenes. Oishi returned as director for Kizumonogatari, providing a directorial style more reminiscent of Bakemonogatari with a cinematic flare unique in its own right. Unlike the TV series, the films not only feature a lot more long scenes of silence and moving camera shots, but a lot more visual action in general with little to no monologue. Oishi felt a "show don't tell" method was more cinematic, and drastically contrasted with the series' commonly frequent use of monologue commentary and minimal character movement. Many talented animators in the anime industry were brought in to do key animation.
Character designs are handled not only by series character designer Akio Watanabe, but also Hideyuki Morioka, another character artist at Shaft. His influence notably gives characters a distinct appearance, with slightly different body proportions and detailed features that contrasts Watanabe's more sharp and cutesy style.
Also unique to the films is the background art, which mostly uses realistic, 3D CGI backgrounds and real-life photos, unlike the abstract, mostly 2D backgrounds of the TV series. Familiar locations from the show, such as Eikou Cram School and Naoetsu Private High School, appear entirely different in this new style.
Satoru Kosaki also returns as the composer for the films after his absence from Hanamonogatari, Tsukimonogatari, and Owarimonogatari, which were composed by Kei Haneoka. Besides some dramatic orchestral and electronic pieces, the soundtrack retains a jazz influenced, scat singing theme. A couple songs from the Bakemonogatari soundtrack return as remixes.
The first form of an animated Kizumonogatari adaptation was presented in the prologue of Bakemonogatari that was featured in the first minute of the first episode.
A full anime adaptation based on Kizumonogatari was first announced on July 28, 2010, where the announcement was attached on copies of the then newly-released book Nekomonogatari Black. A movie adaptation was announced in late March 2011, where it is also stated to premiere in 2012.
A trailer was also released to promote the movie, where a partial voice cast was shown, including an unknown voice actor depicted as "xxxx". (This voice actor was later identified as Maaya Sakamoto, who later replaced Aya Hirano, who previously voiced Shinobu Oshino in the Bakemonogatari drama CDs, from the Nisemonogatari anime series onwards.) The trailer itself featured a scene of Koyomi panting in a realistic ally way setting as scat music played in the background and the previously mentioned cast text flashed on the screen. One red and white screen flash said "BLOOD STORY." Along with short clips of Koyomi shivering and looking in multiple directions, short clips showing Episode , Tsubasa Hanekawa and two younger versions of Kiss shot holding hands were briefly shown. The trailer ends with Koyomi's head popping off as the music comes to a dramatic end. The trailer was the earliest preview of the adaptation's music and art style, featuring unique character designs and realistic backgrounds. None of the clips from the trailer were used in the final version as most seem to be conceptual, but many are largely alluded to.
On April 10, 2012, the movie was officially considered "delayed past 2012" in a supplement to an issue of the Nisio Tsuushin newsletter. Word on the release of the film was sparse for three years.
Promotion work for the movie was revitalized with the addition of a Kizumonogatari banner on the official Monogatari Series website. In early October 2015, this banner linked to a countdown on the official site of the Kizumonogatari movie that would end on October 4, 2015. The page of the Kizumonogatari official site also had an easter egg where an ASCII art of Tsubasa Hanekawa and the phrase "No can do. I can't show it to you now" (「駄目だよー。今日は、見せたげない」) when the page's source code was viewed using most browsers. The phrase is a direct quote from Chapter 7 of Kizumonogatari.
On October 4, 2015 after the premiere of Owarimonogatari, the movie was officially announced as a three part trilogy composed of the films: Iron-Blooded (鉄血篇, Tekketsu-hen), Hot-Blooded (熱血篇, Nekketsu-hen) and Cold-Blooded (冷血篇, Reiketsu-hen). The titles are in reference to Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade and her infamous description as an iron-blooded, hot-blooded, cold-blooded vampire.
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- Despite the original novel meaning to take place in a modern setting, the film adaptation generally adapts a classical presentation, with use of French text, black and white colors, jazzy scat and French music along with old looking black cars. It's been stated that director Tatsuya Oishi used this style due to his interest in Noir films of the French New Wave era through out the 1960s. It's notable that many consider the Monogatari anime adaptations to take a lot of influence from French New Wave films in terms of unorthodox directorial techniques.
- Despite the reveal that the adaptation would be a trilogy not coming until five years after the initial announcement, Akiyuki Shinbo and his team had already split the story into three parts from the beginning. The idea to base the film titles off of the "iron-blooded, hot blooded, cold blooded" line came from Nisio Isin who suggested the titles himself. 
- The ending theme for the second film, étoile et toi, seems to act as a musical motif or theme for the trilogy. The tune of the song is quoted in the following tracks from the first film: "Rumor" (Uwasa, 噂), "Blood" (Chi, 血), "Heart-under-blade" (ハートアンダーブレード), "Proof of Submission" (Fukujuu no Akashi, 服従の証), as well as the ending theme "Part Tekketsu - End Roll" (鉄血篇 エンドロール). In the second film, there's "Sharp" (Shinratsu, 辛辣), "Friendly Side" (Tomodachizura, 友達面), and "Lifesaver" (Inochi no Onjin, 命の恩人).
- Backgrounds depicting large spans of factory-like imagery in the far distance have been used in the TV series for a while. The trilogy features a lot of scenes that take place in locations that greatly resemble these backgrounds, as opposed to the suburban city streets described in the novel. These locations are also seen in the background in the films as well.
- ↑ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-13/aniplex-usa-to-screen-2nd-kizumonogatari-film-in-u.s-theaters-in-october/.105332
- ↑ http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/02/19-1/aniplex-of-america-announces-us-theatrical-release-of-kizumonogatari-part-3-reiketsu
- ↑ "Light Novel Kizumonogatari To Be Animated", MyAnimeList. July 28, 2010.
- ↑ "Movie Adaptation of Kizumonogatari Confirmed (Update Mar 30)", MyAnimeList. March 25, 2011.
- ↑ "NisiOisin's Upcoming Monogatari Anime Works Outlined", Anime News Network. April 10, 2012.
- ↑ Kizumonogatari Confirmed as 3 Films Starting January 8th, MyAnimeList. October 3rd, 2015.
- ↑ https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/10/21/kizumonogatari-tekketsu-hen-interview-with-akiyuki-shinbo/