The trilogy of Kizumonogatari films completed this year with the cinematic release of Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu, in celebration, Sony Interactive entertainment have teamed up with Aniplex and Kayac to create a tie-in VR experience.
Kizumonogatari translates into English as Wound Story, tells the story of vampires living in Tokyo, such as the improbably named Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, who is a central character in the story, though not the protagonist. That role is filled by Japanese high school student Koyomi Araragi, who finds himself embroiled in a tale of vampires and vampire hunters. There have been three movies in the series, and the movies were themselves adaptations of a series of light novels written by Nisio Isin.
Full details on what the experience will entail, how it will tie in to the main Kizumonogatari storyline or what platform the VR experience will be on, have not yet been revealed, though the developers have said that the experience will employ a combination of VR and projection mapping.
Project mapping is a technique usually associated with augmented reality and is used to turn objects into a surface that a display can be projected on to. In the past, it has been used to project art on to buildings, or to create optical effects in theatrical productions.
For Kizumonogatari fans who live in Japan, there is an opportunity to apply to take part in a hands-on preview event for Kizumonogatari VR which will take place on 20th May 2017. Applications can be sent through the Aniplex website and will be accepted until 10th May 2017.
You can watch the announcement trailer below.
VRFocus will bring you further information on Kizumonogatari VR when it becomes available.