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 young 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 Japan in January 2016."