Just a gif…

This moment was sooo beautiful!

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That’s even a bit funny and, honestly, I could only hope it would happen – but what started with Bakemonogatari in 2009 ended in year 2017 with the second Owarimonogatari season. Yep, the story of Araragi and numerous women surrounding him is completed. It’s amazing that Shaft, Shinbou and NisiOisiN not just made an already cultic anime but created something that is completely unique despite looking, at a glance, like dozens other stories. If someone tries to describe Monogatari it might not look fascinating – we have a nice guy, who’s a half-vampire and who helps out ladies in distress his schoolmates facing various supernatural problems. It this all? Sort of.

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However, Monogatari has been on the top for years. That’s crazy – there are almost 10 seasons/movies and only one of them (Koyominogatari) may be called “weak”. And now it’s strange to think that my first acquaintance with Bakemonogatari happened at the Voronezh anime festival in 2010. It was the main topic of the cosplay show, I hadn’t seen this anime and had no clue what’s going on. “Who is that guy with that weird hair strand? Or, I see, this girl likes yaoi books… What’s wrong with them, why do they always mention staplers?”

Well, back to Owarimonogatari. This is not the best story we’ve seen so far but it’s pretty solid. We meet Hachikuji once again and finally, after a huge break see Senjougahara (we’ve been missing you!). The last but not least – we’re explained who Ougi Oshino is. Ta-dah! Araragi saves the day, happy end. The end reminded me of NGE, the final scenes where Shinji must accept himself. Araragi, who has been injured, killed, decapitated, whose sisters were on the verge of death, he must do the same here. As well as Shinobu. There are three episodes and when the first two of them are pure fanservice (it’s Monogatari after all), the third one is relatively serious. Nevertheless, all three are beautifully written, perfectly directed and drawn.

We have some time to catch our breath now, get used to the idea that we have a canonical story, brush tears away and start preparations to inevitable Monogatari spinoffs and prequels. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them a lot.

 

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The movie starts at the point when it’s about time to return all cut limbs to Shinobu (sorry, can’t get used to call her WithHerEnormouslyLongVampireName-HeartUnderBlade). Everything is great, the vampiress is happy, they spend some time together with Araragi, laughing and enjoying their last moments together… but in the next scene Araragi finds her eating one of her pursuers.

I understand that this is a part of Araragi as a character – that he always acts first and thinks afterwards. That he never considers an opportunity to just pass by taking his’ eyes off when another person needs help. However, Araragi’s sufferings after he realizes that he has helped a vampire, a creature who’s going to eat humans (because she’s been doing that for all her life) – they look vulgar. This is the worst moment of the movie, honestly: “I’m going to commit suicide because I’ve made an irreparable mistake!” It’s difficult to find even more idiotic solution, isn’t it? Luckily, Hanekawa, who’s the only one Araragi wants to talk to before making the final step, is not so narrow-minded and she suggested an obvious solution – kill the vampiress.

I was wondering about that while watching the first two movies – but I can’t understand, I refuse to understand how and why Araragi ended up being in relationships with Senjougahara. There are so many threads that tangle him and Hanekawa! The number of events shown in Kizumonogatari only would be enough for any couple to decide that it’s fate and they should be together until death does them part.

The main event of the second half of the movie is a fight between Araragi and Shinobu. I’m not sure that this fight is described in ranobe, so I suppose that all this phantasmagoria is the result of Akiyuki Shinbou’s addiction to various substances.

The end… is kind of sad. As Oshino said, there was no way to make everyone happy. But there was a way to make everyone equally unhappy and, of course, Araragi couldn’t have chosen anything else. We’ve learned why Shinobu and Oshino live together, we’ve found out how Araragi has become a half-vampire – that’s that.

In general, Kizumonogatari is a great addition to the series for any fan but for people who don’t care about this story it would be a rather meaningless film filled with weird scenes and dialogues. But let be speaking as fans. Despite its average plot the movie still contributes something new to this universe. Mainly, because of its visual. And amounts of blood. Monogatari had never been an anime about fairies and unicorns and Araragi had been killed or nearly killed dozens times before, but here the series has, probably, set a new record of how many litres of blood can be spilled. Perhaps, I should’ve also mentioned the impressively increased breast size of all main characters… not sure whether this is an upside, though.

P.S. any Monogatari anime is an endless source of brilliant GIFs, Kizumonogatari is no exception, sorry -_-

Going to write about the third Kizumonogatari movie tomorrow. Unfortunately, this is the weakest part of the trilogy. However, even being even more stupid than a typical Monogatari show it still contains the magic we expect from any anime about Araragi-kun.

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