Kizumonogatari Compilation Movie Announced for January 2024

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A compilation movie of the Kizumonogatari anime trilogy, titled Kizumonogatari: Koyomi Vamp, will debut in Japanese theaters on January 12, 2024. A trailer has been released.

The original Kizumonogatari trilogy, which consists of Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu, and Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu, was released in Japan between 2016 to 2017. The movies are part of the wordy and stylish, Shaft-produced Monogatari series, which is based on the Kodansha-published supernatural light novels written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by VOFAN. The last Monogatari anime was 2019’s Zoku Monogatari.

Kizumonogatari is a prequel to 2009’s Bakemonogatari, the Monogatari series’ first entry, with its plot detailing protagonist Koyomi Araragi’s fateful first meeting with the vampire Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade and the trying events referred to as Spring Break. Bakemonogatari and Kizumonogatari are the only Monogatari titles to be directed by Tatsuya Oishi (Oishi also wrote the scripts for Kizumonogatari).

While the Bakemonogatari TV series and the Kizumonogatari trilogy are separated by an almost decade-long period, the 2008 Kizumonogatari light novel was the immediate follow-up to 2006’s Bakemonogatari Part 1 and 2 books. The light novels are still going strong today, with the 29th volume, Ikusamonogatari, being published in May of this year. The books have also inspired a manga adaptation drawn by Oh!Great.

Kodansha USA describes Bakemonogatari Part 1 as:

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. This first of three parts introduces Senjogahara and Hachikuji, and fans of the blockbuster prequel KIZUMONOGATARI will be delighted to meet their favorite crazies again: the weirdly reliable narrator Araragi, class president among class presidents Hanekawa, shady problem-solver Oshino, and a certain pale, blonde former vampire.

Aside from Oishi, the staff of Kizumonogatari includes Akiyuki Shimbou as chief director, Akio Watanabe and Hideyuki Morioka as character designers, Yota Tsuroka as sound director, and Satoru Kosaki as music composer. The cast includes:

Hiroshi Kamiya as Koyomi Araragi
Maaya Sakamoto as Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade
Yui Horie as Tsubasa Hanekawa
Takahiro Sakurai as Meme Oshino
Miyu Irino as Episode
Masashi Ebara as Dramaturgy
Hochu Otsuka as Guillotinecutter

Source: @nisioisin_anime

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