After helping revive the legendary vampire Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, Koyomi Araragi has become a vampire himself and her servant. Kiss-shot is certain she can turn him back into a human, but only once regaining her full power.
Araragi has hunted down the three vampire hunters that defeated Kiss-shot and retrieved her limbs to return her to full strength. However, now that Araragi has almost accomplished what he’s been fighting for this whole time, he has to consider if this is what he really wants. Once he revives this powerful immortal vampire, there is no telling what she might do, and there would be no way of stopping her.
But there is more to the story that Araragi doesn’t understand. If a newborn vampire like him could defeat the hunters, how did they overpower Kiss-shot? Can he trust her to turn him back to a human? And how is that even possible in the first place?
Araragi is at his limit but he must come to a decision, and it may not be possible to resolve this situation without doing something he’ll regret…
KIZUMONOGATARI III: REIKETSU-HEN – A Spectacular Finale!
The story of Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen, the third installment of the highly acclaimed Kizumonogatari series, bravely carries its storyline forward in a glorious, mind-bending ride filled with meaty dialogues, top-tier animation, and a heart-thumping narrative. In its complex and rich tale, we explore our protagonist Koyomi Araragi’s final and crucial confrontations with the three vampire hunters. Will he be resilient enough to save the enigmatic vampire Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade? Would he lose himself in the process?
The movie dares to delve deep into what it means to be a human and a monster, punctuated by philosophical dilemmas, visceral horror, and surreal humor. With its dynamic movement between despair and hope, life and death, it boldly challenges the orthodox themes found in conventional vampire stories. This animation marvel from Shaft Studio entices the viewers then keeps them biting their nails till the end with an intensity that only escalates with every frame.
STORY & WRITING:
Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen showcases a masterfully woven story seducing not just the mind, but the senses. The narrative boasting of Nisio Isin’s writing style, unravels many realities and truths with incredible emotional depth, while maintaining that peculiar sense of humor which has become an iconic identity of this series. The narrative retains its gripping pace from beginning to end and leaves you yearning for more!
ART & ANIMATION:
Animation is worth praising as Studio Shaft has delivered a spectacularly animated piece, laced with beautiful visual metaphors that compliment the storyline ever so wonderfully. The balance of stunningly choreographed fight scenes with breathtaking landscapes and intricate character details showcase nothing but sheer artistic brilliance. The distinct art style is something to behold!
The characters are beautifully crafted, each with a unique appeal and depth. Araragi’s development was movingly portrayed. We witness his grapple with his humanity, resetting his perceptions and grappling with the profound aftermath of his decisions. Other characters like Hanekawa and Oshino are also wonderfully developed, adding their unique combination of wit and charisma to the overall picture.
MUSIC & SOUND:
The soundtrack and sound design strike the perfect chords with the narrative, accenting the dramatic moods, punch lines, action sequences, and tender moments with a harmonious blend of orchestral and electronic music. The overall auditory experience is beyond ordinary, instrumental in emulating the essence of the story onto the audience.
To round off, Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen is a testament to the synergistic power of stunning animation, brilliant storytelling, and immersive sound. Whether you’re a long-term fan or a newcomer to the series, it is guaranteed to leave you fulfilled and itching for more. So, my fellow anime enthusiasts, get ready to rent, buy or stream, because this is an anime spectacle you do not want to miss!
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