Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

Alt title: Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu-hen

Movie (1 ep x 64 min)
4.176 out of 5 from 7,576 votes
Rank #356

Koyomi Araragi, a second year high school student at Naoetsu High School, befriends Tsubasa Hanekawa, the top honors student at his school. Tsubasa mentions a rumor about a “blonde vampire” that has been sighted around their town recently. Koyomi, who is usually anti-social, takes a liking to Tsubasa’s down-to-earth personality. That evening, Koyomi encounters this rumored vampire: she is Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, also known as the “King of Apparitions.” The blonde, golden-eyed vampire cries out for Koyomi to save her as she lies in a pool of her own blood, all four of her limbs cut off. Kiss-shot asks Koyomi to give her his blood in order to save her life, and when he does, the very next moment he awakes, Koyomi finds himself re-born as her vampire kin. As Koyomi struggles to accept his existence, Kiss-shot whispers, ”Welcome to the world of darkness…“

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Full review here: Short version: As a fan of this series I was excited to see this movie in theaters. And while I really like this movie, it does come with a few faults that need addressing. Namely, it's really damn short. It's an hour and a half long and doesn't establish a lot of the story this 3 part movie series promises to deliver on. It mostly establishes the status quo of this movie in particular. Namely, its Golden Week, and Monogatari series main character Koyomi Araragi is now a vampire, following a chance encounter with Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. A powerful vampire who was slowly dying of chronic "getting the shit kicked out of you by vampire hunters" disease. Oh, and that's not a spoiler because this is a prequel movie, and the Monogatari series glossed over the events of this movie on multiple occasions. In addition, the Monogatari series is known for fun characters and watching them interact. Since Kizu is a prequel and takes place before Araragi gains any friends, there isn't a lot of fun banter here. There's some, and it's as fun as ever seeing Araragi try to talk to odd people, but it's still a downer. Also, there's a lot of CG in this movie. And what's weird is a lot of it is slightly stylized and weird, giving me the impression it was a deliberate design choice, rather than the usual CG usage of laziness or budget issues. Giving the benefit of a doubt, it was mostly done to deliver cooler visuals for the silver screen, and animation quality outside the CG is very high. But there's a few moments where a CG backdrop feels kind of lazy. DESPITE ALL THAT, I really enjoyed this movie. And no, it's not just because it shows the origin of the Monogatari series. It's a very fun movie that retains the charm and personality of the Monogatari series overall. My biggest complaint is I want more. And I mean that as a backhanded compliment. Oh, and if you're new to the Monogatari series, there isn't any spoilers on display here. If anything, it establishes a few things bluntly, namely supernatural stuff exists, and its influence on what will become the main of a great series. I really liked this movie, and I'm sure as hell going to see the rest. And I urge you to do the same.

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