With the Koyomi and Tsubasa interactions out of the way, we can dive into the vampire stuff. It’s also time for Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade. I’m going to be dedicating this post to Koyomi’s meeting with Kiss-Shot, because it’s such a powerful scene and deserves it’s own post.
Just a warning, there will be images of the very bloody and limbless Kiss-Shot in this post. So, be warned of that.
Koyomi follows a trail of blood into the subway.
At the trail’s end, he finds Kiss-Shot, lying in a massive pool of blood.
Her arms and legs have been cut off.
Dialogue time, because I really, really love this scene.
“I will allow you to save me.
Did you not hear me?
I am saying that I will allow you to save me.”
Are you alright?!
I-I’ll call for an ambulance right a-“
Koyomi then picks Kiss-Shot up, only to discover she is missing arms and legs. He panics and drops her body on the ground. This entire time Koyomi is having a panic attack due to what he is seeing.
I have no need for such a thing…
So why don’t you…
Give me your blood.
My name is Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade.
I am the iron-blooded, hot-blooded, and cold-blooded vampire.
I will drink your blood and take it into my own flesh.
So why don’t you… give me your blood.”
“If you’re a vampire, aren’t you supposed to be immortal?”
“I’ve lost too much blood.
I can no longer regenerate or transform.
At this rate… I will die.
You’re a lowly, insignificant human.
You should be honoured to become part of my flesh and blood.”
“You say you need blood?
What about a blood transfusion?
How much do you need?”
“If you give me ALL of your blood, that will be a stopgap.”
“I see… all of my blood…”
Koyomi’s panic level increases, as he tries to pull himself away from Kiss-Shot, tries to run away. His mind is going crazy as he realizes that he has to get out of there. But he’s having trouble executing that plan, still frozen in terror at what he sees in front of him.
“What’s the matter?
Give me your blood. Hurry!
Hurry up you slowpoke!
Do you think such an honour exists anywhere else?!”
Koyomi has managed to turn and run a little, before turning around towards Kiss-Shot again. He takes more steps back, with the panic clearly visible in his face. Kiss-Shot then sees this and realizes that he is scared to death, and leaving her.
Her face turns to complete and utter despair.
The emotion in her voice for this next moment is simply amazing.
Y-You’re kidding, right?
Aren’t you going to save me?”
Kiss-Shot breaks out in tears and begins having a colossal temper tantrum, wailing, flailing, and throwing blood everywhere. She then tries to crawl towards Koyomi, despite missing arms and legs.
“I don’t want this!
No! No! No!
I don’t want to die!
I don’t want to die! I don’t want to die!
Save me! Save me, please!
I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.”
Kiss-Shot gets close to Koyomi, who had slipped on the blood and fallen. Tears of blood trail down her face, stricken with absolute panic and desperation. Finally, Koyomi’s mind clicks back together and he high-tails it out of there as fast as he can, leaving Kiss-Shot there in a bloodied heap.
I’ll be honest, this might be the most powerful scene in Monogatari. At the very least, it’s definitely near the top of the list. I love it so much, that this entire part 2 post is dedicated to it! Which is why I decided to put the entire dialogue in there, with some descriptions, to jog your memories if you’ve seen it before. If you haven’t, well I hope I did it justice, but really you should go check out the movie!
Calm, Composed to Total Breakdown
We begin with Kiss-Shot, a proud vampire, casually mentioning that she is going to die, and proclaiming that the pathetic, insignificant human Koyomi should be amazed at the opportunity she has presented him, of being able to donate his blood to the high and mighty Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade!
Her voice is completely calm, as if everything is under control. After all, who wouldn’t want to give their blood to her? Such a thought is unthinkable.
But then, Koyomi begins to step away from her, struck with fear.
And it clicks for Kiss-Shot: this human isn’t going to save her. She’s going to die. For real. The transformation in her face alone is amazing, it tells the whole story of what was going on in her mind at that very second.
And in that moment, she completely loses it.
From a proud, 500 year old vampire to a wailing child in mere seconds.
What I really love about this moment is that it reveals something important about Kiss-Shot. She may be a legendary, 500 year old, rare and powerful vampire… but even she can be brought down to the level of a human, an animal, an ant… to nothing. While she is lying on the floor, limbless, Kiss-Shot is completely helpless.
I feel like this scene was so important because it shows us this. Kiss-Shot, despite all her age and power and whatever, can still be immature, can still show vulnerability, can still beg a lowly human for her life.
Before the breakdown, you get the impression that Kiss-Shot is something more, above humans. She’s too powerful and wise to lose composure, even when facing imminent death. But it’s all just a front. Because we soon find out that she’s absolutely terrified inside. Absolutely terrified.
I guess what I’m trying to say here, ultimately, is that this scene deconstructs Kiss-Shot from scary vampire to something more.. human-like. In reality, her breakdown feels more human than anything else.
After Koyomi ran away, he took some time to gather his thoughts, and figure out just what was going on. And he comes to the conclusion that he will give his own life to save Kiss-Shot. I think that her breakdown played the pivotal role in this. By revealing human-like vulnerability to Koyomi, his selfless hero drive kicks in. He has to save her, because she’s just a helpless woman, begging for her life.
Had she remained proud, perhaps he wouldn’t have decided to save her. Had she remained proud, and said something like “Leave me human”, perhaps he would have done just that. But Kiss-Shot, full of fear, cast aside all of her pride and begged Koyomi, like a child, for her life.
And Koyomi, despite telling himself that he doesn’t have to save her, physically cannot stop himself from going to save her. His selfless hero drive is so strong that even when he knows he shouldn’t do it, he can’t help but do it. Even if it costs him his life, all of his blood.
Kiss-Shot’s reaction when he returns is just as amazing as it was when she fell into despair. This time, it’s absolute shock. She clearly hadn’t expected Koyomi to return at all. She was probably readying herself to die. And then he returns, and she can’t believe it.
With tears rolling down her face, she thanks Koyomi before partaking in his blood.
What a humbling experience Kiss-Shot had in this scene. We didn’t really know anything about her, except that she was a proud and powerful vampire. And yet, even this immortal creature that has lived so long and seen so much, and is so powerful the world is her plaything, was completely humbled by this near-death experience. At least, in this moment.
I love it.
As I said, it’s probably one of the most powerful moments in Monogatari.
The raw emotion and expressions of Kiss-Shot, the transformations she goes through, it’s all just so perfect.
I should also mention that I love Koyomi’s actions in this scene. They seem perfectly in line with how a human would act, with the exception of the part where he gives his life. That’s where Koyomi switches from a regular panicked human into the Koyomi Araragi that we know.
But his expressions, actions, the way he tries to run but can’t… it’s all amazing. Just raw emotions, on both sides.
Anyways, with that we’ll be moving on to the rest of the movie.
I originally was only going to write two posts for the movie, but then I really, really wanted to include the dialogue for this meeting scene. And it ended up being long enough that I decided it’d be best to just dedicate this entire post to it.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.
- Kizumonogatari Part I: Tekketsu-hen (Pt. 1)
- Kizumonogatari Part I: Tekketsu-hen (Pt. 2)
- Kizumonogatari Part I: Tekketsu-hen (Pt. 3)
- Kizumonogatari Part II: Nekketsu-hen (Pt. 1)
- Kizumonogatari Part II: Nekkestu-hen (Pt. 2)
- Kizumonogatari Part III: Reiketsu-hen (Pt. 1)
- Kizumonogatari Part III: Reiketsu-hen (Pt. 2)