As they first announced back in February, Vertical have released their audiobook of the KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale novel, with the voices of Erik Kimerer as Araragi, Cristina Vee as Kiss-shot and Hanekawa, and Keith Silverman as Oshino. If you’re still not sure about the idea of an audiobook light novel, the publishers have kindly posted an extended, free preview of the dub actors’ reading of NisiOisin’s translated work.

Vertical also released the Monogatari prequel light novel as print and eBook editions on December 15th, 2015. They give the story the following description:

Around midnight, under a lonely street lamp in a provincial town in Japan, lies a white woman, a blonde, alone, robbed of all four limbs, yet undead. Indeed, a rumor’s been circulating among the local girls that a vampire has come to their backwater, of all places.

Koyomi Araragi, who prefers to avoid having friends because they’d lower his “intensity as a human,” is naturally skeptical. Yet it is to him that the bloodsucking demon, a concept “dated twice over,” beckons on the first day of spring break as he makes his way home with a fresh loot of morally compromising periodicals.

Always disarmingly candid, often hilariously playful, and sometimes devastatingly moving, KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale is the perfect gateway into the world of author NISIOISIN, the bestselling novelist in Japan today. The prequel to BAKEMONOGATARI (“Monster Tale”), this is where the legendary MONOGATARI series, whose anime adaptations have enjoyed international popularity and critical acclaim, begins. A theatrical feature based on KIZUMONOGATARI is due to be released in the U.S. in February 2016.

The first Kizumonogatari anime movie mentioned above, Tekketsu-hen, opened in Japan on January 8th. Now, promo is getting in gear for the premiere of the trilogy’s second part, Nekketsu-hen, with posters spotted slating the film for August 19th, as Isin’s latest novel Nademonogatari sets its July 29th publication date.

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