We went to see the opening greeting of Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen held at Shinjuku Walt 9 on August 19. Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen is a sequel to Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen which was released in January, 2016. This is the second movie out of three.
Hiroshi Kamiya (Koyomi Araragi), Takahiro Sakurai (Meme Oshino), Satoru Kousaki (responsible for the music), Mitsutoshi Kubota (producer and CEO of the production company)
This event took place among a crowd of excited fans right after the movie was aired at Shinjuku Walt 9 located at the center of Shinjuku.
The event featured many members of the cast and people from the production company.
Here is a summary of their comments.
What did you think of the movie?
Kamiya: The movie made me happy to be able to participate as a voice actor.
Sakurai: The battle is one of its must-see points. Uniqueness of the characters are well-expressed in these scenes.
Kousaki: I’m surprised to see how beautiful its animation was.
Kubota: The second part is action-oriented. The movie required lots of effort on the production side so I’m just relieved to see that it’s completed.
What was your your mental attitude during production in both the anime and the movie?
The movie, unlike its TV version, got rid of narrations and monologues so it was a challenge to give it sounds that correspond to the meaning of the images.
In the scene with Hanekawa (scene expressing their youth), fans may get a different impression from the original work. It’s a point where we put a lot of thoughts as to how we should make our approach since that scene is considered as a bridge between the original work and anime series. It clearly expresses the difference between battles and youth. My challenge as a voice actor was how well I could express a nuance of the youth scene from the original work. I reflected Koyomi’s mentality in his phrase “Human Strength has decreased”.
There appeared many expressions which Meme Oshino usually does not show such as “Hey!”, “I blew it” and “I screwed up”, so I had to decide how I should act them out as a voice actor.
I consulted the director and the staff to determine the direction of my acting but I wasn’t sure how it would look until I saw the movie so I was very nervous.
I especially tried various approaches for “Hey!”. The choice of this phrase indicates that they are close, so I acted the scene with an image of gently wrapping around them to make them realize the situation with one phrase.
*At the recording, it’s said that people made a fuss about how Sakurai’s “Hey!” sounds like the sound of Yui Horie (Tsubasa Hanekawa) and this episode made people laugh at the event.
What do you think about the music?
The director requested to have a chic atmosphere like the one you find in a good, old French movie.
I was able to understand his image as the work progressed thanks to the director giving me over 10 memos (rather I should say reports) he wrote.
Clementine sang in French for the credits roll giving it a final touch to make it an authentic feeling.
It took a lot of time to complete it. Animation technology is rapidly progressing so we wanted to use the latest technology in this movie entertainment. Combining old methods with the latest technology, I believe we have done what we could do the most.
I appreciate that fans waited patiently for the completion of the movie. Thanks to that, the movie became a beautiful work so I’m filled with gratitude towards the fans.
Are there any good things coming out from continuing Kizumonogatari, the TV series?
It was originally planned to be released in 2012 though. lol. During those 4 years, I was able to learn much new information by doing the TV series.
“Human Strength” appears only in Owarimonogatari so it’s good that I was able to voice the word with deep understanding.
It’s easy to act if your age is close to the age of the character but as you age, your acting skill improves as well. I always try to give it my best voice so I think I’ve done a good job on that.
Message for the Fans
Kubota: The battle has not ended yet. Do look forward to part three.
Kousaki:Kizumonogatari is a three-part movie. I’m looking forward to its completion as well.
Sakurai: I love how the movie uses images with unique expressions. You can understand the scale of this world and the direction which the characters are moving towards to.
You might not be able to fully understand the movie with only one view so please come back to watch for a second time.
Kamiya: I was told that there would be less images but in fact there were more images than in the TV series. lol
I acted out thinking every movement has its meaning. I’m glad that I did my best.
Houchuu (Houchuu Otsuka of Buillotine Cutter) told me “good work” and shock my hand. It was my first time shaking hands with him but we both had a feeling of completion.
The film shows this burning enthusiasm. This movie shows a perfect harmony between the characters, the music and the images. I’m truly glad to be able to see it. It’s such a luxurious time to see this on screen. Kizumonogatari is a story of tragedy so watch for yourself what kind of tragedies will fall upon the characters. We will also do our best acting them out. I watched the first movie five times on screen so please come back for another watch as well.
The final part of the trilogy, Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen, will be released on January 6, 2017.
There is a key visual already released and advanced tickets are on sale now. A clear file will be given as a bonus at selected theaters.
The Monogatari series is one of the most representative works of author Ishin Nishio. Including Blu-rays and DVDs, the series that started with Bakemonogatari in 2009 has already sold more that two million pieces.
The Kizumonogatari trilogy was created as a starting point beacuse of the popularity of the series. The second movie, Nekketsu-hen, is a direct sequel of the first movie Tekketsu-hen, released last January with a box-office revenue of 800 million JPY. It features Koyomi Araragi’s story as he becomes a vampire and has to battle three powerful enemies before he can reach Tsubasa Hanekawa.
Koyomi Araragi met the beautiful vampire Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blad during the spring vacation when he was a second-year high school student.
Koyomi saved the dying Kiss-shot, but because of his kindness he also turned into a vampire.
To become a normal human again, he needs to bring back the amputated arms and legs of Kiss-shot that were taken from her. During his adventure he takes the advice of a ghost specialist called Meme Oshino.
His enemies are Dramaturgie, a two-meter tall vampire who is hunting down other vampires, and Episode, a half-vampire who handles a huge cross as his weapon of choice.
There is also Guillotine Cutter, a quiet human who specializes in hunting down vampires. Will Koyomi manage to get back Kiss-shot’s limbs back from these three enemies?
■About the Series
The Monogatari series has more than 20 volumes available, from the first series Bakemonogatari, released by Kodansha BOX in 2006, to the latest Wazamonogatari published in January, 2016. Six anime series were made out of the volumes with a total of 75 episodes.
The story follows high school student Koyomi Araragi. He becomes a vampire and tries his best to save girls who are suffering from “mysteries”. As the story progresses, each heroine gets highlighted and we manage to understand their characters better.
It’s important to note that all the stories are occurring withing one year from the moment Araragi became a vampire.
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