Source: Shaft (Aug 31, 2016)
Tatsuya Oishi (Director): I wanted this to evoke a different mood than the opening scene of Bakemonogatari.
Ryo Imamura (Main Animator): This part was rather grounded in Bakemonogatari‘s prologue, so I decided to surprise the audience by using a flashy hurricane-sized gust to flip her skirt. I also made her breasts sway like crazy.
C0166 – “Teheheh.”
Oishi: Everything from her awkwardly blushing to her hopping toward Koyomi with her hands behind her back was by Taiki Konno.
Oishi: I strove to give the Kizumonogatari version of Hanekawa the charm of a classic heroine.
Oishi: Mr. Yasuhiro Nakura drew this crisp, shiny Koyomi.
C0266 – “But personally, if there’s a vampire, I’d like to meet her.”
Oishi: The one responsible for this scene of Hanekawa staggering along the stone curb was Mr. Koichi Sato.
C0271 – “Because in so many ways, where’s the reward otherwise?”
Oishi: Retouched by our animation director, Mr. Hideyuki Morioka. Hanekawa’s expression here is exquisite.
C0325 – “I put my number and email address in there.”
Oishi: The sequence of her bidding farewell to Koyomi was done by Mr. Shigeki Sunada.
Oishi: Koyomi single-mindedly descends the stairs. Mr. Riki Matsuura was in charge of the following scene, and put the finishing touches on this simple yet intricate cut that I had only storyboarded halfway.
C0476 – “I am telling thee that it shall be thy privilege to aid me.”
Oishi: A lovely lady with no arms and no legs sprawled across a train platform isn’t something you see every day, but Yuya Geshi‘s animation sold the authenticity of this scene.
C0547 – “N-No waaay.”
Toshimasa Suzuki (Unit Director): Despite the addition of wrinkles when she screams, Kissshot’s face maintains its beauty. These expressions were drawn extremely well.
C0551 – “Waaaaaah!”
Oishi: It’s hard to depict pain in anime, but this cut thoroughly conveys it through the way her flesh spews out blood each time her severed arms hit the floor.
C0566 – “Aaahhhhhh!!”
Yuya Geshi (Main Animator): The cut of Koyomi’s figure getting coarser as he escapes. I drew it with gusto.
Oishi: This gorgeous Kissshot from Tekketsu‘s climactic bloodsucking scene was the handiwork of Mr. Yasuomi Umetsu.
Oishi: Mr. Umetsu handled this erotic cut of Kissshot giving Koyomi’s neck a good lick.
C0649 – “I said wake up!”
Oishi: This adorable scene of a sleepy Kissshot was taken care of by Genki Matsumoto.
Oishi: Hiroki Yamamura did the first 40 cuts of the cold open [until Koyomi opens the door to the roof].
Hiroki Yamamura (Animation Director): In this scene of Koyomi roaming the cram school, I used subtle motions to give off a sense of realism.
C0024 – “Huff… Huff… Huff… Huff…”
Yamamura: Mr. Oishi and I took photos of each other to use as reference for the key frames. Koyomi’s movements were based on how Mr. Oishi had acted them out.
Oishi: I asked to have the crows’ silhouettes drawn first, then filled in with a texture resembling pencil lead.
Genichiro Abe (Main Animator): I drew this with my signature special effect-like flair.
C0666 – “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!”
Oishi: Everything until Kissshot rescues the burning Koyomi was handled by Mr. Koh Yoshinari. He made this nail-biting scene look as though it had been animated digitally.
C0780 – “I was able to regenerate my limbs, at least in form. There’s no meat in them.”
Oishi: The cut of Kissshot rolling up her dress. Mr. Matsuura’s take on Kissshot is super cute.
Oishi: Mr. Yoh Yoshinari was responsible for this goofy gag cut.
Oishi: Mèmè’s action scene embodies Imamura’s vision of a hero. This cut shows off his superhuman movements.
Imamura: Technique-wise, what I did was draw tiny key frames then enlarge them to make the lines rougher. The resulting footage is akin to a camera zoom.
C0959 – “Sigh.”
Oishi: Mr. Issei Arakaki‘s cut. Mèmè puffs his cheeks and ejects the cigarette between his lips.
C0979 – “Ah!”
Oishi: An exuberant Kissshot. Her cute expression is filled with Mr. Arakaki’s charm.
Oishi: A Mèmè doodle courtesy of Mr. Hajime Ueda.
Oishi: The sleight-of-hand manner in which Mèmè pulls out the cigarette was improvised by Mr. Arakaki.
Issei Arakaki (Key Animator): I had no practical experience with these moves since I don’t smoke myself, so they were challenging to draw. Basically, he taps a cigarette loose, snatches it up, and twirls it into his mouth in one swift motion.
C1006 – “You said you would.”
Oishi: The animation director of the film’s second half was Hiroki Yamamura. He made Mèmè look quite menacing, didn’t he.
C1028 – “She’s the rare kind of vampire able to drain the energy from aberrations.”
Oishi: A slightly more mature Kissshot.
C1043 – “Hmph.”
Oishi: Drawn by Mr. Yoshio Kozakai. Even her nonchalant behavior is cute.
C1063 – “B-But…”
Oishi: Mr. Kozakai’s depiction of Koyomi has a certain aesthetic to it.
C1093 – “All right, deal. Ha hah! Thanks for your business.”
Yoshio Kozakai (Main Animator): This extended scene of mine near the end was pretty static, so I did my utmost to animate all the fine details as meticulously as possible.