Friday, February 5, 2016

Aniplex of America Announces Theater Details for KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU

Part 1 of Highly Anticipated Trilogy to Hit Select U.S. Theaters Starting 2/26

SANTA MONICA, CA (January 11, 2016) – Aniplex of America has confirmed today their plan to release the theatrical feature, KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU, the first of the highly anticipated trilogy, in select U.S. theaters starting on February 26th. As they have previously announced last month, PART 1: TEKKETSU will be featured in the original Japanese language with English subtitles and distributed by Azoland Pictures. Fans can now visit the official U.S. website ( to get details on the participating theaters and their respective showtimes. Aniplex of America has also confirmed that patrons will receive a special giveaway item with each purchased ticket at the theater while supplies last. Details on the special giveaway will be announced at a later date.

In addition, to commemorate this theatrical release, Aniplex of America has also announced the release of the MONOGATARI Series soundtrack, “UTAMONOGATARI –MONOGATARI SERIES THEME SONGS COMPLIATION ALBUM-” on January 18th. The gorgeous Limited Edition album includes all 23 of the opening and ending theme songs from BAKEMONOGATARI through MONOGATARI Series 2nd Season on 2 CDs as well as Textless Opening and Ending videos on a Blu-ray disc. The Standard Edition also includes all 23 tracks on 2 CDs. Both editions feature newly illustrated cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe.

For pre-orders and details on both of these products, please visit:

KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU features the origin story of the highly popular Monogatari Series originally created by author NISIOISIN and is a direct prequel to the BAKEMONOGATARI television series. The story follows the protagonist Koyomi Araragi and his encounter with the horrifying vampire, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade A.K.A. the “King of Apparitions.” Koyomi saves the fatally wounded Kiss-shot by offering his blood to her in exchange for his own life as a human. This highly anticipated film will be bringing together an all-star creative staff team including Director Tatsuya Oishi (Series Director of BAKEMONOGATARI), Character Designer Akio Watanabe, who worked on the entire Monogatari series, and Chief Director Akiyuki Shimbou (Madoka Magica, Monogatari Series, NISEKOI). Studio SHAFT will be responsible for the anime production.

For more details on KIZUMONOGATARI PART 1: TEKKETSU, please visit the official homepage:


Original Works: NISIOISIN "KIZUMONOGATARI" (Kodansha BOX) Chief Director: Akiyuki Shimbou
Director: Tatsuya Oishi
Character Design: Akio Watanabe, Hideyuki Morioka
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Music: Satoru Kosaki
Animation Production: SHAFT
Produced by: Aniplex, KODANSHA, SHAFT

CAST (Japanese):
Koyomi Araragi: Hiroshi Kamiya
Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade: Maaya Sakamoto Tsubasa Hanekawa: Yui Horie
Meme Oshino: Takahiro Sakurai

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Sword Art Online, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, OREIMO 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] and DURARARA!!×2. The company's ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles Sword Art Online II, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, Your lie in April, Charlotte, Classroom Crisis, WAGNARIA!!3 and GOD EATER.

About Azoland Pictures, LLC.
Azoland Pictures, LLC is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audiences in North America.

The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2015, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed LOVE LIVE! The School Idol Movie and Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Part I: Blue Eyed Casval and Part II: Artesia's Sorrow. More information available at

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