*Note: This review may contain minor spoilers of the Bakemonogatari series and its sequels. This movie will contain spoilers of the Kizumonogatari movie.
Kizumonogatari, the prequel to the successful Bakemonogatari title and the beginning of Nisio Isin’s well-received Monogatari novel series, finally found its conclusion on January 6, 2017 in Japan and later on April 2017 in the US. Kizumonogatari tells the story of how Bakemonogatari‘s protagonist, Koyomi Araragi, received his vampire characteristics and the events that took place during his spring break in his early high school years, which ultimately led him to becoming more involved with oddities. Originally announced for an anime adaptation in July 2010, it was later decided to be a movie instead in March 2011 and expected for premier in 2012. With no news for another 3-4 years, Kizumonogatari ultimately became infamous for its production delays until October 2015 where it finally received a new confirmation that the movie will be split into three parts, premiering between 2016 and 2017.
With almost seven full years of production behind it as well as additional successful adapatations of the Monogatari series, including Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari – Kuro, Monogatari Second Season, Tsukimonogatari, Owarimonogatari, and Koyomimonogatari, one must wonder was this movie really worth the long delays? Note: This review will cover all three films