The official website of the anime adaptation of Nisio Isin and Vofan’s Kizumonogatari entry in the Monogatari light novel series has revealed that the second film in the trilogy, Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen, will release in Japanese theatres on August 19. The first trailer has also been released as are the first details for the home release of the first film.
Advanced tickets are currently avaliable for order for the second film, set to release this August. There is a bundle going for ¥1,300 (~ US$12.85) that will contain:
- A ticket to the film
- One of two Clear Files
The first trailer has been released that also reveals the film’s release date:
Here is the anime’s commercial from AnimeJapan 2016:
Details for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the first film, Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen, have been revealed. It will be out in Japan on July 27th for ¥5,800 (~ US$57.45) and ¥4,800 (~ US$47.55) respectively. There will also be a limited edition Blu-ray release for ¥7,800 (~ US$77.27) with a bonus booklet, music CD, audio CD and character commentary. Various retailers are offering bonuses for pre-ordering the limited edition Blu-ray:
- Animate – B3 Poster
- Gamers – A3 Tapestry
- Sofmap – B2 Poster
- Amazon – B2 Poster
Many more store bonuses will be revealed at a later date.
The main cast of the anime films include:
- Hiroshi Kamiya (Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!) returns to voice Koyomi Araragi
- Maaya Sakamoto (Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell) voices Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade
- Yui Horie (Naru Narusegawa in Love Hina) as Tsubasa Hanekawa
- Takahiro Sakurai (Shougo Makishima in Psycho-Pass) is voicing Meme Oshino
- Miyu Irino (Akito Hyuuga from Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito ) will voice Episode
The character visuals have been revealed for the two new debuting characters:
The production staff of the Monogatari anime adaptations will also return to produce the movies:
- Chief Director: Akiyuki Simbo (Bakemonogatari, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica)
- Director: Tatsuya Oishi (Bakemonogatari, MoonPhase Episode Director)
- Anime Character Designers: Akio Watanabe (Bakemonogatari, The World God Only Knows) and Hideyuki Morioka (D.Gray-man, Maria Holic)
- Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka (Bakemonogatari, Free!)
- Music Composer: Satoru Kousaki (Bakemonogatari, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Animation Studio: Shaft (Bakemonogatari, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica)
There will be three anime films for Kizumonogatari. The first film will be titled Kizumonogatari I Tekketsu-hen (Kizumonogatari I: Blood and Iron) and will release in Japan on January 8 in Toho Theatres across the nation. The second film will be titled Kizumonogatari II Nekketsu-hen (Kizumonogatari II: Passionate Blood), out on August 19, with the third and final movie being Kizumonogatari III Reiketsu-hen (Kizumonogatari III: Cold Blood).
Kizumonogatari itself is the third novel in the series set before Bakemonogatari and features the story arc Koyomi Vamp. Here is the synopsis for Kizumonogatari:
“I think it’s about time I talked about Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. 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.”
The Monogatari series is a collection of light novels, created by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Vofan. The novels started in late 2005 and published under Kodansha’s Box imprint, where there has been a total of 16 volumes to date. The 17th volume will release on April 3rd, and the 18th and final volume releasing later this year. The light novels first received an anime adaptation titled Bakemonogatari, after the first volume, in 2009 from the animation studio Shaft (Nisekoi, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica). Since then a total of 12 novels has been animated by the same studio. The most recent adaptation, Tsukimonogatari, aired on New Years In addition, a drama CD, a PlayStation Portable game and many figures and figurines have been made based on the series. The final book of the Monogatari series, Zokuowarimonogatari, released on September 17th last year.
Here is a synopsis of the first series:
Koyomi Araragi, a third year high school student who is almost human again after briefly becoming a vampire. One day, a classmate named Hitagi Senjōgahara, who infamously never talks to anyone, falls down the stairs into Koyomi’s arms. He discovers that Hitagi weighs next to nothing, in defiance of physics. Despite being threatened by her, Koyomi offers his help, and introduces her to Meme Oshino, a middle-aged homeless man who helped him stop being a vampire.
There will be three films for the Kizumonogatari anime with the second film, Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen, releasing in Japan on August 19th. Further details about the film and the final movie will be revealed at a later date.
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