Four years worth of waiting has finally payed off as Monogatari fans will finally get to see Kizumonogatari animated, however, they are not getting one measly anime movie, they are getting an entire trilogy.
The announcement was made as the Kizumonogatari official website’s countdown timer reached zero, which announced three new Monogatari movies based on Kizumonogatari. They are titled “Tekketsu-hen” (Ⅰ鉄血篇), Nekketsu-hen (熱血篇) which is the second movie, and Reiketsu-hen (冷血篇), the final movie to the series. Tekketsu-hen is scheduled to premiere on 8 January 2016, while more announcements will be made about the other two movies.
And as the Owarimonogatari TV anime premiered, a special ad was aired, which was of course the trailer for Tekketsu-hen.
The cast confirmed to return to the series are:
Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya
Kiss-Shot-Acerola-Orion-Heart-Under-Blade: Maaya Sakamoto
Tsubasa Hanekawa: Yui Horie
Meme Oshino: Takahiro Sakurai
The movie will be directed by The World God Only Knows character designer, Akio Watanabe, while the original series director, Akiyuki Shinbo, will be serving as chief director over at Shaft.
As Monogatari fans would know, Kizumonogatari is the very first story in the Monogatari series timeline as it follows Koyomi Araragi as he gets his vampiric powers from the powerful-yet-beautiful vampire names Kiss-Shot-Arcerola-Orion-Heart-Under-Blade, who of course becomes Shinobu Oshino.
The movie adaptation of NisiOisin’s popular prequel light novel was announced back in 2011, and it came complete with a trailer. The movie was originally scheduled for 2012, but it was briefly listed for Fall 2013. After that listing, the movie went into production limbo and people were wondering what ever happened to the project, with many doubting that the animation studio behind the Monogatari anime, SHAFT, has already dropped the project.