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Kizumonogatari ("Wound Tale") is the second installment in the Monogatari Series of Light Novels.
It is telling the tale of human Koyomi Araragi before his vampirization and consecutive binding with Shinobu (then the legendary vampire Kissshot Acerolaorion Heartunderblade), his encounter with the specialist Meme Oshino, the beginning of his friendship with Tsubasa Hanekawa, and in general, his involvements with the supernatural cases yet to come.
It is notable for being the first book in the Monogatari series to be adapted into English.
Despite coming up very early in the saga, the book only had proper animated adaptation much later in 2016, due to the original plan for a 2012 theatrical film gotten stuck in the Development Hell. The film adaptation is separated into a trilogy, subtitled Tekketsu-hen (Released January 2016), Nekketsu-hen (Released August 2016) and Reiketsu-hen (Scheduled for January 2017 release) respectively.In the novels release order, it is following Bakemonogatari, and is followed by Nisemonogatari.
- And I Must Scream: Vampires who were born from Kissshot, as she said, are absurdly regenerative, that burning in sunlight would result in a painful cycle of disintegration and healing.
- Adaptation Distillation:
- Inverted. The animated adaptation was made into a movie trilogy, stretching parts of the story to 1 hour each.
- Downplayed in certain parts, as the film removed some small scenes like Dramaturgy asking Araragi to join his clan or Episode apologizing to Araragi for disemboweling Hanekawa.
- Adaptation Expansion: Zig-zagged. The movie adaptations add small extra scenes or extend some existing ones, most likely to fulfill the 1-hour time slot, although they also remove some others, as stated above.
- Battle in the Rain: Araragi VS Dramaturgy takes place during a hard rain.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Kissshot saves Araragi from burning repeatedly by sun radiation.
- Oshino Meme arrived just in time to save Araragi from the vampire hunters.
- Call Back: A meta example, as the music used during the first half of the Episode fight is a rearrangement of the jazz music used in the very first Kizumonogatari trailer.
- Conspicuous CG: Used very frequently, usually to note a particularly alien atmosphere such as the intro or the blackout scene.
- Curb Stomp Battle:
- The first half of the Episode fight is basically Araragi trying to dodge a gigantic cross randomly flying around. Emphasis on trying.
- The fight against Gullotinecuter, although this time it's on Araragi's favor.
- Dramatic Wind: Used frequently. It's SHAFT, after all.
- Dual Wielding: Dramaturgy's preferred style, if bare-handed combat just doesn't seem to do well.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French:
- The ending song of Part II, étoile et toi is French.
- The usual "flash cards" are also written in French now.
- Let's say that Kissshot couldn't remain calm when Araragi started to tread backward when she requested for his help...
- Araragi himself screams a lot in the movies. Lampshaded by Hanekawa in Part II.
- Hypocritical Humor: Kissshot calling Araragi and Oshino "barbarians" and telling them to not watch her as she delightfully chew on her on leg. More graphic in the novel version.
- Irony: Among the trio of vampire hunters; Dramaturgy is the full-on vampire, yet he has the most "human" and sympathetic personality among them, especially in the novels. In contrast, the pure human Guillotinecutter is the one most resembling a monster, with even Kissshot herself warning Araragi. Episode stands in the middle; while he's initially a hateful Jerkass that Would Hit a Girl, he does apologize for the mess regarding Hanekawa, and even helped Araragi after the dust has settled. By the time of Tsubasa Tiger/Shinobu Mail, he had completely wiped out any care he has regarding the Spring event.
- Medium Blending: Some of the scenes from the adaptation incorporate real-life photographs.
- Panty Shot: Pretty important as, believe it or not, without that entire Monogatari Series as we know it probably wouldn't have happened.
- Trilogy: The animated adaptation is turned into this.