Kizumonogatari Movie 3: Reiketsu

Alt title: Kizumonogatari Movie 3: Reiketsu-hen

Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
2017
4.553 out of 5 from 4,808 votes
Rank #43
Kizumonogatari Movie 3: Reiketsu

Part 3 of the Kizumonogatari triology.

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Dionkeykong
10

Welcome people to the 3rd part of the Kizumonogatari movies and let's not waste time and dive right into it. I've always said that Monogatari series is one you'll either love or hate.Some hate the long,weird dialogues,some love them and can't live without them.I'm on the latter side of things.I love it's weirdness.Most of all i love the fact that it's different.It takes risks that most animes don't,it has balls the size of Jupiter and nobody can deny that.I believe that this franchise is pure art.And before you write in to say i'm talking bullshit remember that someone paid an insane amount of money for a painting of a fat cleaning lady..For him that was art obviously and worth the praise and the money.It's almost the same business here. Kizu is a prequel(i'm talking all 3 movies here)to the entirety of the Monogatari series.It tells the story of Ararararagi's(Sowwy,i bit my tongue...)first encounter with apparitions.And more specifically,the busty vampire called Kiss-Short Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade and how the both change each others lives.In case you haven't seen the series but started off with these movies i won't go into more details. Let's talk animation shall we?The animation is splendid,it has an avant-garde feel to it,much like the rest of the series.The story isn't just unfolded through means of dialogues but also through the animation.Every single thing they experience shows through their bodies,their movements.The thing that got in me the first place is the balance between the visually astonishing and absolute chaos,thanks to the work of Akiyuki Shinbo.He has eccentric style and he isn't afraid to use it.The camera angles are used like a tool of precision and it exploits all the action..I have only one criticism and that's the use of CGI in some parts and the failure to switch normally to 2D.The thing is that fortunately they don't use it to a big extent so it won't ruin your experience it's just that at times it is a bit weird. The characters are brilliant,no other word for them.The way the story is executed and with the help of animation they really take off to new heights.The interaction between them all is as pleasing as coming back home from work and seeing 2 pornstars in your bath,with jello shots.. The music really flatters this anime.For each occassion there is always something to add more and more into the mix.Something completely insane is happening,there is some music to make it chaotic.Want some tension?Oh sure mate we have some of that too.Want calm before or after the storm,we got your six. Now this threesome is meant to be watched as a whole.It has the introduction part 1 as something to sink your teeth in,then the 2nd part which was...Honestly a bit fucked in the process and not all that good.But that was to be expected cause part 1 and 2 were the build up to this magnificent ending.As wrap ups go this will go down in history as one of the greatest.And it's small wonder.It has everything for everyone.Except it doesn't have a happy ending for everyone involved.But think of it this way,we don't need every anime to end happily.It becomes boring,we need one ending to suit the needs of reality. To conclude i thought the trio was great.It could have been better in many ways and i can't blame people saying it was a lesson in money grab tactics.Is it the first anime to do so?Hell no.There are other animes out there that have done the same thing and in a more shameless way and not one fanbitch raised an eyelid.But as an exercise in sheer excitement for the viewer it's second to none.Should you take my word for it and watch it?It's up to you.

YaYa103
6

So this is going to be mostly on the third movie, but also on the first two to a lesser extent.  Story: so this was the prequel trilogy we have been hearing about since the beginning of monogatari, where we find out how Shinobu and Araragi met, as well as how Oshino and Hanekawa joined the scene. Honestly I was rather dissappointed. The first movie was incredibly slow and full of empty animation, the second was honestly average, and while this one had the most content, it still left me feeling unsatisfied. The plot twist(if you can even call it that) in the track stadium was extremely predictable, all the way from the first movie, and the scene between Hanekawa and Araragi felt forced for fanservice and had a result that would make a later version of Araragi scoff at the weakness of. Story: 5.5/10 Animation: The animation was good I guess. I personally preferred the animation of the regular monogatari series, this lacked the color and life that it usually had. As well as this, there was all too much CG for my liking, and it was just underwhelming overall. Animation: 5/10 Sound: It sounded pretty good, same as usual. Sound: 8/10 I guess. Maybe a bit too much yelling and ragged breathing from Araragi, but yea. Characters: Hanekawa was completely different here than she was in the other adaptations, except for maybe the first movie where she most closely resembled her normal self. She was far less developed as a character here, and really only served the purpose of fanservice and Araragi's very loose motivation at times. Onto Araragi himself. He screamed more in any one of these movies than I think I have seen him do across all the other series combined. He acts like far more of a coward here, and while sure that can be chalked up to him being exposed to apparitions for the first time, it feels sort of out of place when he is all brave and stuff during his fights against the vampire hunters, and most importantly his final fight. The final fight was a mix of him being brave and running away the ENTIRE TIME. He honestly had such a loose reason to even be in the fight and the fight felt rather unsatisfying. Oshino: He was certainly different from how he usually is. While he still gave his phrase of "did something good happen", he was the complete opposite of his normal self. He referenced himself actually fighting, which is something he has previously claimed he tries to avoid, leaving that for other specialists. As well as this, I feel like he broke his idea of others can only help themselves with this. He not only took Kiss-shot's heart, but gave it back to Araragi and intervened multiple times in various things. Kiss-shot: she was fine I guess. Her looks were certainly different, less yellow in her color pallete this time. Her character was nothing super special and her motivation was honestly not too impressive.  Oh yea I still do not understand much about the relationship between Hanekawa and Episode when they meet in the normal series, but hey I am sure it will one day be explained like everything else somehow does in this great series. Overall Thoughts: It was not bad, I would say not as good as the regular episode series is though. Too much CG for me, and I think it had a totally different vibe from the main series. It is not bad enough that I would say it is a disgrace or anything, but I do not think I can sing its praises as much as everyone else seems to do. Is it good? Yes. If you have watched the rest of the monogatari series should you watch it? Yes, it does give backstory and layering, though they may seem odd. Groundbreaking? No. One of the best anime/anime movies? Definitely not. I would place most of the main series ahead of it. Final score? 6-6.5. it was a good movie trilogy I will not deny.

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