Anime Movie Review: Kizumonogatari

Details: This is a review of all three movies in this trilogy; Tekketsu, Nekketsu, and Reiketsu. More information can be found at https://kizumonogatari-usa.com/

Score: 7.5/10

Kizumonogatari is a trilogy of movies that belong to the Monogatari franchise. There’s a whole bunch of seasons of anime that came out before these movies, none of which really matter to me. I don’t know anything about the franchise and only decided to watch these movies after seeing a clip of one of its very well animated action scenes. After watching these films, I can confirm that these movies contain some of the best animation I’ve ever seen.

The story center on Araragi. Araragi is Japanese high school student. While heading home one night, he comes across a vampire who then turns him into one. Araragi makes a deal with the vampire that if he can get defeat a few enemies and get a few items for the vampire, the vampire will agree to restore his humanity. And so Araragi must complete his tasks to cure his vampirism.

The strongest part of these movies are the visuals. The animation quality is amazing. The action scenes are really well drawn. The art direction is stylistic. You can tell a lot of thought was put into how each image was organized.

Visuals often include either hand drawn images, computer generated images, or real images. The characters are almost entirely drawn by hand. Computer generated images and real images are only used for the background. This is the correct way to use computer generated images in anime in my opinion and it’s tastefully done here.

One downside (depending on how you feel about it) is that there is a lot of fan service. By “fan service,” I mean there is a lot of T & A. By “T & A,” I mean there are big titties. There are two female characters in these movies and they both have big breasts. In the third film, there is a scene which gets close to, but doesn’t exactly reach softcore porn. If you can’t tolerate any objectification of women, maybe don’t watch this. To be fair, there is some male fan service, but to a lesser degree.

The one trope I hate most in regards to fan service heavy anime is the very old, yet very physically young character. Often times, there is a character in anime who has the appearance of young child, but is really five hundred years old or something. This is usually just a vehicle for pedophiles’ enjoyment as apparently there are enough anime watchers who find the physical characteristics of children attractive so as to justify the constant return to this anime trope. The thought process is likely that even though she looks like a child, she’s technically legal so it’s okay to sexualize her. Maybe there are a lot of anime creators who are pedophiles. The guy who created Rurouni Kenshin was certainly one. In any case, there’s a character like that here and nothing gross really happened, although you could argue the very inclusion of a character like this was gross.

Overall, this was a very visually impressive series of movies. The action scenes alone justify a viewing. These movies are also a prequel for the Monogatari series, but I’ve never seen any of those shows so I can’t speak to how well they relate to that.

Score: 7.5/10

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