Written by Bananaowns
Images courtesy of Studio Shaft
The second movie of the ongoing Kizumonogatari adaptation was just released on home video in Japan which means that it is time to look at this one as well. I have already covered the first movie in a previous review, which I recommend checking out. Like the first review, there will be no rating attached to this review as this is merely one fraction of a story that spans three films. With that said, I am Bananaowns and this is an Otaku Youth anime review.
Story and Characters
This movie picks up immediately after the events of the first one. Araragi is now a vampire and has been tasked with recovering Kiss-Shot’s stolen body parts from a trio of vampire hunters. The mysterious Oshino managed to work out a deal with the hunters in which each member will challenge Araragi to a solo duel.
The film mostly features the first two duels and ends relatively soon after the third one commences. Unlike the first film, this one hits the ground running. The basic plot setup was accomplished primarily in the first film, often with little dialogue. Here, the strengths of the Monogatari series are shown in full force. Hanekawa and Araragi have a plethora of more scenes that feature the same word play and conversation that characterizes this series. This is the foundation for the pair’s later friendship in the rest of the series.
The vampire fights are the main draw here though as they take up the majority of the movie. Araragi has a couple of fights that defy the senses with how brutal they are. They also manage to expertly explore the extent of Araragi’s new powers as a vampire. As the second film in the trilogy, the movie ends on a noticeable cliffhanger, but this is not an issue. The adaptation is flawless and I cannot wait to watch the third movie.
Animation and Sound Design
Nothing about this animation is different from the first movie. The unreal animation quality is continued to be displayed here, albeit in a more interesting manner. The first movie, while gorgeous, lacked action scenes to showcase what Shaft was really capable of animating. The duels between Araragi and the vampire hunters are absolute masterpieces of animation. Between the showcased brutality, the fluid movement, and the overall direction, these scenes are the best showcase of animation that I have seen since the last movie. This movie could be watched solely for the animation alone.
I really do not have anything to say about the sound design, other than that it is great. The high quality voice acting that the series is known for is finally given a chance to shine in this movie. The sound design of the action scenes gives these scenes the necessary weight and impact. I also highly enjoyed the music used as well. It perfectly shifted between the light-hearted and more intense tones.
Kizumonogatari: Nekketsu is the second part of what is likely to be considered to be a masterpiece. The movie is excellent in every way, just like the first film. The final part cannot come soon enough. Thanks for checking this piece out and I’ll be back next week for another review.