English: Lunar Legend Tsukihime
Synonyms: Tsukihime - Lunar Legend, Lunar Legend Moon Princess, Moon Princess, True Lunar Chronicle Tsukihime, Lunar Legends
Japanese: 真月譚 月姫
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2003 to Dec 26, 2003
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.291 (scored by 31558 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Apr 25, 2010
Ah yes, those infamous words. Before all of you say anything, I DID finish the visual novel and I HAVE read the manga (well, the first three volumes) and guess what, I STILL enjoyed this anime so sit back, relax and let me tell it like it is.
As far as story goes, I don't see what the problem was. Quite honestly, I thought the visual novel was redundant when explaining the differences between a Dead Apostle and a True Ancestor. In the anime, it goes straight to the point and makes easy on the viewers. Dead Apostle is a human turned vampire. True Ancestor is a transcendent race, vampires yes but were never human to begin with. While the plot is still much deeper and complex in the visual novel, don't really undermine the anime's version of it. If you are a huge Tsukihime buff and want to know EVERYTHING about Tsukihime, then you won't like the anime. But if you just want to get in and enjoy a decent anime then won't bore you to death with details, then watch the anime.
The art was done well in my opinion. While they could have brushed up a bit better on some characters (Nero and Roa come to mind) in general, the characters look like they are supposed to. In general, the art is not outstanding but is still pretty good.
The music, especially the opening, is what made this series. Very nice tunes from start to finish. Having only watched the English version of this show, you will probably recognize the voices right away. Arcuied is voiced by Michelle Ruff (Rukia anyone?) and Shiki is voiced by Steve Staley (who voiced Toshiro Hitsugaya). In short, if you enjoyed the Bleach dub (like I did) then you will like the dub in this series as well (since half the Bleach cast is in here.) Cannot comment on the original voice acting.
No doubt the weakest part of the series is the characters. Arcueid comes across as far too clingy to Shiki (she liked Shiki in the visual novel as well but she wasn't hitting on him every other minute), Akiha is well, the same basically, Ciel is meh and Nero and Roa were punked.
Which brings me to another point. All of these guys got severely gimped in the anime. Shiki is on his knees having migraines 99 percent of the time, Ciel gets owned every single time she fights, Akiha is no better, Nero is as scary as a house cat (no Soil of Genesis and 999th Beast really blew hard) the list goes on and on. Seriously, the only one doing anything in combat was Arcuied (when she wasn't trying to molest Shiki) and even then she has trouble from time to time.
Even so, this show does have its moments. I have to say that episode 7, the amusement park episode, was really funny and awkward and the times between Shiki and Arcuied when they are not hunting vampires is also neat to watch.
Overall, the anime is not the visual novel. It is not as good as the visual novel and when compared to the visual novel, it would be considered below average. But I came reviewing the anime and only the anime and found it to be a short yet enjoyable series.
Don't get turned off by all the hate that this series is receiving. Make your own choice and watch it. You might be surprised. (In a good or bad way!)
Jan 13, 2008
Well this is the starting point to this very short anime and even though it’s short the story is surprisingly slow moving. Even though it doesn’t seem like it in the very beginning, the show ends up being yet another one about vampires, with some more confusing theories to confuse anyone on the increasingly complex concept of vampires. Unlike most show involving vampires, the vampires are the secondary focus to the story with the primary focus being on the 2 main characters Shiki and Arcueid (a vampire). All of those anime fans hoping of plenty of vampire action (Trinity Blood, Hellsing, etc) may be disappointed, as all this show has to offer is a decent surreal story. At least the anime can have anyone, who’s captivated by the story, asking for more as minor developments occur throughout the show.
Another thing about this anime that will captivate a viewer is the lavish visual, similar to another gorgeous TYPE-MOON anime, “Fate/Stay Night”. With superb animation, artwork and CG effects; it’s obvious to see how much time and effort was put into making this show look good. It’s just disappointing to see it wasted on the lack of fluid or any combat, in this anime.
The music was superb with a compilation of string instrumentals (violins) that really set the surreal and suspenseful mood. The only problem with the music was the lack of variety as the same tunes are played over and over, to the point where it can remove the mood, helped originally set, later on in the series.
Overall this was a great anime that inevitably turned into a romantic drama and with a pretty well written story. The build up to the ending was so superb, with all the pieces finally coming together however the tragic ending failed to leave an impact on me. Even with the superbly lavish animation and intricate story what failed in this anime were the slow moving storyline and especially the stale characters. The characters were nothing special and any anime fan who has seen a couple different anime would notice the character’s personalities which are found in the typical high school scenario of anime. Just like the protagonist, Shiki’s personality who’s similar to Kohta from Elfen Lied (weak, kind-hearted and can’t remember something tragic in his past). With that said this is only an anime that serious anime fans can enjoy, those expecting 12 episodes of violence or comedy won’t be satisfied with this Suspenseful story of Romance and Drama.
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Apr 24, 2013
To start, I have played both the visual novel and read the manga, so I am aware of the entire story, having experienced it through the original medium. The visual novel (hereafter VN) has five branching story paths, each with a respective heroine (Arcueid, Ciel, Akiha, Kohaku, and Hisui) and story that adds to the series universe. Ultimately, such a large and complicated universe cannot be told entirely in a 12 episode series, so the anime is confined to the story-path of Arcueid. Yet the anime itself as a stand-alone project cannot be disregarded by virtue of simply not covering the other story lines. Thus, one has to evaluate the anime in what it does do, not what it inherently lacks due to the limitations of the adaptation. Perhaps another adaptation may come along in the future that encompasses all story paths. Until such a time, however, the fact that Shingetsutan Tsukihime exists as an adaptation is an undeniable reality.
Story: the story of Shingetsutan Tsukihime is straight-forward and the most important details necessary to understand the basic plot of the show is provided relatively quickly within the first several episodes. What I mean, of course, is the background regarding True Ancestors, Dead Apostles, and the relations each of the characters have to a particular faction. Yet, this background is a secondary driving plot-device to what ultimately makes up the core of the story: the interaction and relationship of Arcueid and Shiki. In comparison to the VN, the anime adaption obviously lacks the vast amount of background knowledge and lore, but in general terms the anime is sufficient in showcasing an engaging plot and storyline. The action is relatively smooth and crisp, though the story is more expository-focused than action-scene driven, but this does not detract from the overall enjoyment.
Characters: the biggest criticism that I have against the anime adaptation is the lack of character development. This is not simply confined to the background characters (the Tohno household and Shiki's friends), but main characters such as Ciel and even Arcueid herself; many characters are lacking in explanation and feeling. For example, a major revelation regarding Arcueid is told through Ciel and not from Arcueid herself, leave a feeling of detachment from the main heroine. As a matter of fact, Ciel herself, despite giving off the sense of being an incredibly important character, is left underdeveloped and inadequately integrated into the story. It is difficult as a viewer to find any particular attachment to the characters, a major weakness of the anime.
Interestingly, the portrayal of Arcueid in the anime is slightly different from the VN. The VN often puts her in comical situations makes her a character that is often goofy but is deadly serious when necessary, whereas in the anime, she is much more serious, yet more mysterious and elegant. I find this portrayal of her character in the anime than the VN, which fits the atmosphere and story of the anime than the VN counterpart, to some degree that is. Nonetheless, it is hard to emphasize with Arcueid, and a feeling of detachment lingers by the end of the series. Shiki as a character was developed much more adequately.
Other factors: in terms of creating a captivating atmosphere, this is where Shingetsutan Tsukihime excels. The art, which appears hazy and foggy, enhance the already suspenseful plot. Adding to this are the abundance of scenes that take place at dusk, twilight, and at night. Many of the critical scenes take place under the moonlight; a perfect choice for enhancing the atmosphere. The voice acting for both the English and Japanese audio tracks are well-done. In particular, the respective voice actors for Arcueid, Michelle Ruff and Nabatame Hitome, both giveoutstanding performances. Finally, the music stands out above all else. The soundtrack for the anime, although in some ways minimalistic, is elegant and captivating. "Rinne no Hate ni" as a song is hauntingly beautiful and its instrumental adaptations make up the most outstanding portions of the soundtrack.
Although I am a big fan of the VN, overall I greatly enjoyed Shingetsutan Tsukihime as an anime adaptation. Although it does not contain the same scope, background, and character development as the VN did, the anime does a good job in telling the story of Shiki, Arcueid, and the core plot elements of the VN. As a stand-alone anime, the core story is effectively told, though the characters leave more to be desired. Adding to this is superb sense of atmosphere. I believe that both fans of the VN and relative newcomers can enjoy this series. For fans of the VN, one should at least view the anime from the scope of what it tries to do, not what it lacks due to its inherent limitations or what it doesn't do because of them.
Score: 78% (rounded to an 8 on MAL)
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Apr 18, 2010
Flashback, its 2000..there's a little doujin game called Tsukihime out there that's taking the visual novel world by storm..3 years later JC Staff..a prominent animation studio makes an adaptation of the wildly popular game. However, they either A: Did not play the game or B: Just made this as a kick in the balls to anyone who enjoyed the visual novel.
For story, it was pathetic..they took a very strong storyline with an incredible amount of backstory and turned it into a shallow excuse of a story. The whole explanation of the differences in vampires was a major part of the visual novel..yet they put in 30 seconds of quick explanation and that's it. This is frequent throughout the anime..they take ideas from the novel throw them in quickly and forget about them. On top of insulting the vivid and excellent storyline of Arcueid's route they add other nonsense such as a whole episode dedicated to a theme park..they must have really wanted to piss off fans with that since one could easily make a 24 episode series out of the route yet they add a filler episode into a 12 episode anime. Among that they completely twist character roles, their personalities and their part in the story. And to top it off..they completely destroy the end to the story and give no explanation at all. They just leave it as an open ending of sorts after completing a route with definite closure. The story gets a 1...it's a monstrosity that mocks the visual novel.
As for art..it's excellent, for 2003 of course. They added a good amount of detail and the characters looked pretty accurate to their visual novel counterparts. It's actually pretty decent looking still even on 2010 standards which is a good thing..yet it's not awe inspiring art like some early anime had. 8 out of 10 for art.
The sound in this anime is the only redeeming quality other than the decent art. The soundtrack is incredible and it sounds much better than the visual novel's. They really did a great job on this part and the wide variety of songs were on point and gave a clear message of the scenes. 10/10 for the music since I very rarely hear such a great soundtrack in an anime thats unique like this one.
The characters in this anime are awful. They are mockery of their respective characters in the visual novel. They are shallow, undeveloped and some of them aren't even accurate depictions of their parent characters. They changed the personalities in nearly every character and gave other characters who didn't play a major role at all major roles in the anime. They completely ruined the dark mood of the story with their characters that didn't fit their parts. Character gets 1/10
Enjoyment? The only thing I enjoyed was laughing at my computer screen over how terrible this was. There is not much to enjoy in this anime, it's a completely hilarious mockery of the parent story. I spent the whole time picking out the horrible adaptations they did to nearly every part of the story..that was my enjoyment. It gets a 1/10 for enjoyment..I could have watched the Tekken movie 12 times and enjoyed it more than this.
Overall, this series gets a 2. The horrible adaptation of the novel is the main cause of this. I can't give it a 1 because the soundtrack is amazing and the art was pretty good for a 2003 anime. If the soundtrack was not an excellent and unique piece of work this would definitely be a 1. I do not suggest watching this show if you have any shred of understanding on what the Tsukihime visual novel is. Even if all you know is that the meme "A cat is fine too" comes from it I would suggest steering clear of this. I honestly wanted to attempt to prove the people wrong when they say "there is no Tsukihime anime" yet now I agree with them. read more
Feb 12, 2009
"... fans ... treat the anime as ... an in depth synopsis of the visual novel and the manga."
I stumbled across this hidden treasure while watching the Kara no Kyoukai (KnK) movie series. If you have not seen the KnK movies, please feel free to skip to the next paragraph. For those who have seen the movies, perhaps the first thing that will capture your interest is the name Shiki and the "Mystic Eyes of Anime Death Perception" as both of these are also in Shingetsutan Tsukihime. As you get further into the story, you will realize there are more similarities than meet the eyes, but for the purpose of this review I will not get into those details.
The general concept of the story, much like the KnK series which this anime is based upon, revolves around mysterious supernatural forces like vampires or human with special abilities. The anime is a direct adaptation of the Tsukihime visual novel that was released in 2000 by TYPE-MOON, who is most famous for their work on Fate/stay night. At around the same time when the anime started to broadcast, its manga also got serialized and began to publish.
Although both the anime and manga follow the same route from the game (there are 2 routes in the game with multiple endings), most fans tend to treat the anime as nothing more than an in depth synopsis of the visual novel and the manga. It will become apparent as you watch deeper into the show that many events and battles happen too quickly an could have been better explained. So for those who are confused about the events in the anime, I recommend trying to read the manga or play the game if you can get your hands on it (there is a revised 2009 edition of the visual novel coming out later this year with improved artwork and story so you may choose to wait for that).
For a pre-HD era anime, the animation level is extremely high with some nice CG effects and character designs (even by today's standard). Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Shingetsutan Tsukihime is the soundtrack. From the OP to in battle musical theme, the instrumental music (ie. violins) really brings out the uniqueness of the show especially during combats.
But what bugs me about Shingetsutan Tsukihime is that the show did not put enough time and effort into developing the supporting casts. While the main characters have decent character traits, the minor characters lacked any form of realism and background. For instance, Yumizuka (although appeared in almost every single episodes) lacked a certain persona to make her feel like a real person. All we know is she loves Shiki, but she did not play much of a role in the anime. The maid twins is another good example of a lack of character growth (they started and ended the show without any change). Anyhow, with that said, it is worth mentioning that we do get a fair bit of screen time seeing the main characters develop themselves and their relationships with one another.
Overall, the show managed to maintain the structural, core components of the original game story but at the expense of a very much condensed action scenes and somewhat ignored support characters. Highly recommend this to KnK fans (since Tsukihime takes place in the same universe and there are direct relations between the two). read more
Aug 20, 2007
It started a long time ago, when I got word of a highly acclaimed, super popular doujin game called Tsukihime. Although I was never a fan of the 'point & click' type of anime games, this game caught my interest, because of how several rave reviewers were praising this game's depth, plot and amazing characters.
So I got it and played it. Boy, did it have all of the aforementioned stuff plus a whole lot more. By the end, I was hooked. And something happened to me after going through Tsukihime that rarely happens; I fell in love with the characters and the story...particularly with Arcueid. It is one of those stories that touch your heart and inspire you to become a different and better person. And change me for the better it did.
And several years later, when I heard that TYPE-MOON were releasing an anime adaptation, I became as one might say, a giddy little schoolboy.
And when I first saw the teaser trailers, I got even more pumped. It seemed as if the anime was going to be magical. Finally, an adaptation where they were going to get it right...at least that's what I thought so initially.
And after finishing the anime for the first time, I was grateful that they made a lot of changes. They did kept the dark tone. And the soundtrack was amazing too. Again, it was dark and low-key. The opening song was particularly of interest. I often find myself repeating the minute-long song over and over again in my iPod.
However, much to my relief, they removed all the cheesy gadgets of the plot that were there in the original game. No longer, were there mentions about Marble Phantasm (an attack name in the original game) or any other cheesy vampire jargon like that. I was glad, because those elements made the game like a shonen (and anyone who knows me knows that I hate shonens).
So I finished watching the entire anime the first time. I was impressed by how well they kept true to the original story. The 'physical anime' interpretation of the last episode was perhaps the best. It overjoyed me to the point of tears. The way they brought Arcueid to life was also a joy. Her design in my opinion, was also superior to the original's, because here, she looks more mature, beautiful and elegant.
I wanted more. Seeing as how there are no sequels (something which I am actually grateful of), I decided to re watch the series again to relive the experience. And here's where things began to go wrong.
I began to realized that, although the story was brilliant, that it worked under the assumption that the viewer had played the game before. As a result, the brilliant story wouldn't be as appreciated by someone who hadn't played the game. No wonder there were many reviews that criticized the storyline for being incoherent and leaving a lot of loose ends. I understood the story only because I had played the game. Most people haven't.
The story also meanders...a lot. There is a lot of filler segments where everything moves so slowly. Meaningless pauses during conversations also ruin the mood. These pauses would've worked so much better if the camera was shaky, or at least was doing something dynamic to compensate for the lack of action. Perhaps the writers were trying to create a certain ambiance to suit the dark story. Even as someone who appreciates silence as a means of tension, I did not like it. They try to create tension, but there is not enough release to compensate.
For instance, in one segment where the main character tries to look for a door to match the key he found earlier, the scene goes on for too long without any dynamics. Two minutes are wasted on one still angle of him going from door to door, looking for one that will match his key. That scene made me sick.
Removing certain plot elements which could've actually helped. On one hand, they managed to simplify the story so that all the unnecessary mystic terminology was removed, and that really helped keep the dark tones of the story. However, on the other hand, a subplot involving Hisui and Yumizuka could've seriously added more impact to the story and the ending would've been much more tragic (and subsequently, so much better).
Wrapping it up, it seems apparent to me that the biggest mistake of this anime, was whoever the person who was directing this anime. He is no Miyazaki. A lot of his storyboards and camera angles simply were not effective and brought the anime's pacing to the equivalent of a drone.
It was evident that he had too much funds to waste. In the beginning, where the plot wandered the most, everything was slow and unorganized. However, according to the news, the studio had run low on money at the end of the series. And coincidentally, that was when the story started to become tighter and focused. The final episode is still the best episode. It was perhaps the one episode I can watch from start to finish without skipping parts.
I am sure that if the studio responsible was given less money, the anime would've been much better because the studio would've been much more focused. And, if there were less episodes, who knows that it might have been better.
Make no mistake. This is an exceptional anime. It is way superior to a lot of animes that have been released over the years. And as an anime adaptation, it stands out by being superior to the original in many ways.
And I will still continue to watch this anime into the future to relive scenes from the game which would normally take hours to do (considering that the game was all text and that I had to spend an hour reading a scene).
However, I am disappointed in the creators for not making the anime the masterpiece it should have been, simply because it is not organized. It had the music, the characters, the design and feel. The 10's I gave were technically not for this anime. Since this is not an adaptation, not a original story, these points are actually for the game.
It should not have gone wrong. Shame on you Geneon. read more
Sep 2, 2009
And that basically already sums up my verdict.
I myself watched the anime first, without even knowing there was a game it was based on. I liked it a great deal.
After learning of the original work afterward I got curious and sought it out. And as it turns out, I then agreed with everyone who was disappointed with the show - I tried watching it again but it now seemed barely more than a mockery of the brilliant original VN-material.
Compared to the greatly depicted characters in the novel, the cast of the anime is pretty much DEAD. The storyline has been compressed to a point where there was almost nothing left of what made the original what it was. Many themes and scenes were left entirely untouched. What was preserved the best - though it still cannot compare - was the atmosphere.
So, as it stands, I cannot really recommend this show. If you do know the visual novel you can give it a try out of curiosity - but don't get your hopes up.
And if you don't...well, there's no point bothering with the anime when you can just as well get the much, much greater original. There's even an English translation floating around, so language barrier isn't an excuse this time. ;) read more
May 18, 2011
In a way, J.C Staff is just like King Midas. With the exception that anything they touch turns into a stinking piece of shit. One fine day, maybe while watching some sort of illegal pornography, they touched themselves and turned into some sort of Turd-men. Because there is no way a human being, would have been able to come up with such a low class anime like Shitgetsugan Tsukihime, having an original work as it is the Visual Novel.
There is an old saying that goes: If it's not broken, don't try to fix it..If they had been wise enough to heed these words, i wouldn't be writting this review.
If you think about it, it's quite ironic. The Visual Novel has really crappy art, but the story (and the characters) are so damn good that you really don't mind. For all i care, the characters could have been "Stickmen" and i would have enjoyed it anyway.
On the other hand. The "Anime" is "Animated" by an "Animation Studio", which made me think "sweet, not that i didn't like the original work, but im looking forward to see how they animate the fight scenes!". But the story is so bad and the characters are so dull that i ended up hating it.
Here is a trivia about Tsukihime that will help you understand why it turned out so bad. This is called "The Winrar Effect".
Tsukihime is based (faintly) on Arcueid's Arc of the Visual Novel. Fate / Stay Night is based (quite faithfully) on Saber's Arc of the Visual Novel.
Arcueid's Arc and Saber's Arc have ALMOST THE SAME PLAYTHROUGH TIME.
Tsukihime is 12 episode long, with a filler episode (so let's say it's 11 ep long), F / SN is 24 episodes long. Do the math.
When you try to tell a long story in half of the time you would normally need, you have to start chopping off some parts. You leave intresting information about the characters and their past / motivations out. And so the story and characters become plain and uninstresting.
However, many reviews state that "you shouldn't rate the anime comparing it to the VN". And that's very true. So in order to be fair, im going to review this anime disregarding the VN. Think about the above as a warning to those who enjoyed the VN and are not sure about watching the anime adaptation.
Art / Sound - 6 (Fair)
They are both average. You won't find anything incredibly beautiful or dreadful here. The char desing is decent, the ost is decent, the animation is not bad either. Just nothing very memorable.
Story / Plot - 3 (Poor)
Extremely slow paced. So slow paced that by the end, they leave a lot of questions unanswered. For example, why does Shiki see those lines? who is exactly Arcueid, what the hell is ROA!?, what is Ciel!?, Why is Hisui so cold?, Why is Akiha always so angry?. There a ton more of those questions, but for the sake of keeping this review spoiler free, i will refrain myself from writing them.
Sure you can get some VAGUE answers about ROA, Shiki and Arcueid. But that's it, and i think Ciel was a pretty intresting character (still talking bout the anime) but full of misteries. They don't even tell you why does she do what she does.
IMHO balance is what makes an anime great. You either give me a simple story that's just an excuse to have people fighting everywhere (Less words more Actions), with epic fights and animation. Or you give me an intresting story / character background that keeps me thinking "What is gonna happen next?" even if it doesn't involve great animation or exciting fighting scenes.
If you give me both, even better, but that's something rare. Specially in current anime. Some examples of having both would be Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann and Evangelion. I'm sure there are more but those are the three i can think of right now.
That being said, the problem with Tsukihime is that it gives you none of the above. It's got an incomplete plot, full of plotholes, really poorly told, with little action and mind-numbing dialogues. That's why it gets a 3 from me.
Character / Character Development - 2 (Dreadful)
I have addressed the issue with characters in Tsukihime before. They are unidimensional, plain, dull, boring, etc, etc, etc. But that's is not the worst thing, the worst thing is that J.C Staff expects the viewer to simply accept every character as they are, without explaining why do they behave like they do. And that's a really shitty thing to do.
The viewer just has to accept that Ciel is a blue haired sempai with supernatural powers that FOR SOME REASON hates Arcueid's guts. That's not fair, give me some background, why do they hate each other so much?, is Ciel an alien, a monster, o goddess?. Seriously, I'¡m using Ciel as an example couse she is the most outrageous plothole in the story, but you could say the same thing about Akiha that comes and goes like a ghost, all you could guess is that she is your average Tsundere Imouto (and that's FAR from the truth, just sayin').
That's why i think the characters aspect in Tsukihime gets a 2.
Ejoyment - 2 (Dreadful)
Well.... Unless you enjoy watching anime with no plot and no action i don't think you are gonna enjoy this very much.
Maybe if you are a masochist, and phisical pain is not enough and you want to take your suffering to the mind plane, you could torture yourself watching this to reach new levels of extasis.
Jokes aside. If you are a diehard vampire fan, and you basically like anything that involves vampires, you could find this show average or even good. Otherwise i recomend you to stay the hell away from this. Specially if you are a "plotfag" like me, who enjoys great plots and rages in the sight of dumb plots.
Tsukihime is really hard to enjoy, that's why it gets a 2 in enjoyment.
Overall - 2 (Dreadful)
I'm not gonna sumarize everything i said, you have already read it and i bet you don't wanna do it again. So i'm gonna throw in a little recomendation here.
If you are intrested in the Tsukihime world or why it was so succesful, get your hands on the visual novel. If you are not a VN kind of guy, but you are still intrested in Tsukihime, I strongly recomend you to watch Kara no Kyoukai that is a series of movies with epic story and animation by the same writers of Tsukihime with many elements in common.
That's it, hope i didn't bore you to death just like this show did to me. And i also hope that my review helped you take the right decicion (whether that be watching this show or passing on it). Cheers. read more
Feb 1, 2008
Art: Is similar with another type-moon anime, "Fate/stay night" (wich i also liked a lot). I think the art is great, the visual effects are nice.
Sound: One of the first aspects in tsukihime that called my attention was the sound. The opening made me remember old memories, some background musics made me think of some aspects of life, ths ed is fine, well, is really great.
character: Although they are not bad, some of them are not develloped as they should. Well, still is acceptable, but i was expecting more.
Overall: I really enjoyed watching the anime, story is great, same to art and sound, however it lacks some action and some more fights sometimes, but still this anime is something really good, much better than some other i have seen. read more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 15, 2013
THE STORY IS SWISS CHEESE!
All the other things have been adressed before in the other reviews. The Art is dated but good for its time, and I had no issue with sound.
But Oh Lord the rest is pretty awfull. Its flawed to the smallest details. The characters all feel pretty fake, but that isnt the worst of all. The worst thing is the story. You can see that the story has potential and is kind of great, but the way they did it was simply horrible. They open op so many questions which they never bother to even touch. They dont explain backstory properly at all, and they never deliver motivation for the characters actions.
For example there is never a reason delivered as to why Shiki kill Arcuid in the first episode. The anime never explains anything or delivers any motivation for the deeds a all in general
~*END OF MINOR SPOILER!*~
All in all this anime is a prime example of what happens when you take a potentially good story and completely ruin it in its execution. The only thing that makes me not rate it even more poorly is simply the knowledge that at its core the story was interesting. read more
Mar 9, 2013
Type Moon is famous for its dark themes,supernatural settings and plot twists.The Tsukihime novel was the the second creation of Type Moon,so you can say it's the predeccesor and inspiration for the anime fate/stay night.
The story revolves around the main character Shiki,who lost his memory,after
a supposed car accident.The anime begins with Shiki as a little boy, as an effect of the accident he starts seeing "lines" and by touching those "lines" he can break things from their inner core.He than mysteriously encounters a young woman who introduces herself as being a witch.She gives Shiki a special pair of glasses that make him not see those lines,adding that he should use that power only when he really needs to protect a precious person to him. He is then taken in by his relatives,the Arimas.After his father deceased,he returnes after 8 yers to his sister side,Akiha,now the head of the family.He founds the house of the Tohnos giving of a hostile,uncomfortable feeling,wondering if that house is really his.One day he sees a mysterious foreign woman,and as if in a trance procedees to cut her into pieces.Thinking it was only a dream,he finds himself that the woman is alive and well,saying he owns her,and that's how all starts...
Tsukihime the anime is more of an apperitive before the novel,making you eager for a real treat.If you think watching the 12 episodes anime will satisfy your hunger,than you are terribly mistaken.The Moon Type universe is far more complex,the anime is only a tiny glimpse of into the “nasuverse”.
In anime format is disappointingly mundane,the pace is slow,and it rarely breaks from its shackles,the action is used with the chinese drop.I do admire the ideas and inspiration for the story,however the execution leaves much to be desired.The original novel being more complex and entertaining.If compared to Kara no Kyoukai movies,this anime pales in comparison,like a human dried out of blood (no pun intented).
2003 represented an important year in the anime industry,animes such as Chrono Crusade,Full Metal,Peacemaker Kurogane,which determined the new generation of animes,animes with which most of us grew up.The art in that year showed the evolution of the industry on a whole other level.However,the art in Tsukihime isn't perfect,being more of a prototype for the art in fate/saty night,it's not as detailed,showing that the animation staff didn't gave their all,or weren't paid sufficently.The good thing about the art though,is the design by the original creators,Type Moon.
Some viewers may have found interesting and innovative the almost constant piano and violin music overlapping the action,but I personally found it quite irritating.It slows the action and deviates into mundane.I prefer the music to be played in the moments of climax,that way it makes the music more meaningful,more precious, hearing it almost constantly earses from the impact.The openning theme entitled "The Sacred Moon" preformed by Toshiyuki Oomori,is for me one of the highlights of the series.It holds a lot of power in its message,it truly mesmerises you,making you feel as if you were diving into an ocean of mystery and sadness.The constant playing of the background music drags down the score.
The portrayal of the characters in this anime doesn't do them justice.The development of the characters is easily descreased in comparison with the novel,or doesn't even exist.The sole purpose for characters such as Arihiko Inui and Satsuki Yumizuka is to let the viewerknow that there are also humans in the world of Tsukihime,not only vampires,magicians,demon hunters and people with supernatural abilities.Satsuki Yumizuka isn't even taken in consideration as a possible lover interest.In contrast to animes such as fate/stay night and Kara no Kyoukai,the majority of the main characters personalities are not likeable.
Shiki indulges himself in a ignorant lifestyle,preferring to avoid taking responsability for his actions.I was waiting for him to become cooler like in the novel,but it didn't happened,it disappointed me immensely.Akiha is the stereotype of "ojou-sama" (young lady from a rich family),she finds the most interesting subjects for a conversation the types of expensive tea such as "Earl Grey" and "Darjeeling" and takes a variety of classes such as violion,ballet etc.,the usual attitude of a snob.She is also the stereotype of a sister who has a brother complex.Ciel has a non-existing personality,being only interesting when she tries to be mysterious,laughing inside about Shiki's cluelessness and teasing him.The twins Kohaku and Hisui are also the stereotype of weird twins,since japanese people regard twins as being quite an abnormal existence,they also represent the streotype of the faithful maid,that will serve you even if you don't give her money.
The only interesting character for me is Alcueid,that even though she is a vampire,doen't fit the stereotype,been able to enjoy the sunlight and food like any other normal human.She has an energetic,playful personality which I find very enjoyable.She has an innocent,sincere aura about her,which makes her likeable.As an vampire,she also has a mysterious past,and that is a bonus.The character of Alcueid raised up the bar a little higher.
My enjoyment was similar to a ghost,you can perceive it from time to time,but most of the time remains hidden.The lack of dedication of the staff,the poor execution of the adaptation,the stereotypical characters made this anime for me quite painful to watch,now I really need to go back to read the manga,thanks God for that.
Overall: 5 read more
Jun 11, 2013
You had potential, Tsukihime it's considered by many people - me too - the best work of Nasu Kinoko. For me and many others that Visual Novel was an absolute masterpiece, it had a great plot, and it even revolutioned the world of the visual novel in his time but yeah, whatever. This is a review of the "anime" of Tsukihime so I'm not gonna talk about why I love the visual novel so much.
At first you have to keep one thing in mind:
There's no Tsukihime anime
Why do we, Tsukihime fans, say this? Because the anime, apparently, adapts the main and canonic route of the game, the Arcueid-route (Yes, it's the canonic because the good ending of the route it's what's used as a base to make the sequel "Kagetsu Tohya") and, apparently, intends to put other things of other route so they can explain everything.
I'm not gonna say spoilers because the plot of Tsukihime it's so great and complex that can't be explained in just a review, plus it's a game (or a visual novel, whichever you prefer) that HAS TO be read/be played.
Anyway the show intends, apparently, to explain everything so they decided to mix the routes, that's what the manga did and personally I think that they did it right in the manga but in the anime it's not that they don't explain NOTHING it's too that they INVENT more than the half of the show, as well as they skip a lot of important parts of the plot. Yes, to animate completely the Arcueid route it would be needed 24-episodes or so but it's not just that they skip some things in the 12-episodes that this show has, they even invented and made filler for the show. Seriously, if 12 episodes aren't enough for adapt all the Arcueid-route WHY, YOU FUCKING DUMBASS, MADE FILLER?
That's all, you only have to compare the average score between the anime and the Visual Novel (which have a 8,50 of average score).
Conclusion: J.C Staff deserves to die. And plus, THERE. IS. NO. TSUKIHIME. ANIME. Don't watch this please, I watched after I played the VN and I'm not the same anymore.
I give it a 1 because I can't score it with a lower score.
J.C Staff...Go. To. Hell. read more
Apr 24, 2013
There are no spoilers in this review.
Tsukihime is one of those anime's based of a visual novel. Like with most of them, the fans of the Tsukihime visual novel didn't like the adaption. But for myself, someone completely new to Tsukihime I enjoyed it greatly.
Which means I think I could finally answer the question which was put to my by lawuser, about whether or not I would have liked the Fate/Stay Night anime if I had not read the visual novel and that is I think now that I would. With that out the way let's start with the review.
This was in my opinion brilliant. I really enjoyed the Mystery themes to it, as Tsukihime struggled to learn about his past as he is fighting. The information was present in a way that it was easily understood which we needed to know for the story to make sense and briefly so they could focus on other parts of the story besides the background.
I have to say I was a bit suspicious watching this considering it is basically a story about a teenage boy falling in love with a vampire. I can confirm indeed, that it is a better lovestory than twilight. I really say the story was well executed for it to be enjoyable for those who are new to the Tsukihime visual novel.
Of course now I wish to play the visual novel for myself so I can make a proper comparison between the two. I have a feeling that my opinion on the anime might change after reading it. But I have not been able to find a working copy yet. So I may not be able to find out.
This is probably the weakest point of the anime. Which is primarily due to it's age. Being released in 2003 it makes it 10 years old now. The animation quality was fair and the art style was pretty good. The sound was average and the music was very good. Basically nothing really amazing here. Just average.
But I have to say something despite this, the tech of the show actually helped my enjoyment of the show. It managed to set up an environment of the show which increased my enjoyment greatly, as in I suppose the atmosphere.
The music and visuals used for both the scenes and intro/outro helped build for me an excitement to watch the show. It felt mysterious and dark which amplified my enjoyment of the story in particular. It kind of reminded me of an old mystery movie.
The characters were all likeable and suited well for their roles. In particular I liked Arcueid Brunestud, the most. Despite herself being a bit too clingy. It was interesting seeing all these characters interact with Tsukihime, even though it's probably a bit typical nowadays how they did in modern day Harems. The voice acting in the Dub wasn't bad, wasn't bad at all which means the characters images weren't really damaged unlike Fate/Stay Night with Gilgamesh's, english voice actor.
Overall this show left a positive effect on me. With no really seriously big flaws. Of course my opinion would be different if I had read the visual novel, but I have not. I honestly think that it deserves the score which I will awarded and I'd recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone.
Score: 8/10 read more
Nov 19, 2011
But as I've discussed above, Tsukihime's anime adaptation does carry some significant flaws to it. Beyond Shiki, most of the other prominent characters within the series get limited to no depth and the roles of some characters were downplayed for the anime to be supporting to background roles. Also because of the large focus on the developing bond between Shiki and Arcueid, the main plot involving their hunt for vampires often gets glossed over and there is barely enough time to explore how characters like Ciel and Akiha found themselves to be personally connected to the conflict, especially as these details are quickly laid out in the show's later episodes.
The anime adaptation of Tsukihime is a decent one for those who are fans of Arcueid and Shiki as the series does do enough to have you believe in their bond and the presentation does do a solid job in establishing the show's dramatic mood. However, this comes at the cost of barely digging into the visual novel's mythos and other prominent characters as they don't get as much consistent focus for this adaptation of the series. Your mileage will vary on how well you accept this adaptation of Tsukihime if you have sampled the visual novel, especially considering some among the game's fanbase deny the anime even existed. read more
Jun 15, 2010
This is a vampire show, but don’t expect alot of action from this show, cause there is hardly action in it.
The show to me in my opinion begining episodes were good, in the middle I disliked the show cause of the useless things that were happening, and also the whole “mystery” that was happening, which kind of annoyed me. The ending episodes to the show were good, but I still thought the ending was shallow, just an ending you would see in a lot of animes.
The characters in the show I liked, the vampire princess she was hot, and you can get attached to her, basically she is the only character in the show you can get attached to. The main male character was okay, I would have liked more development from him, and more action from him. The senpai girl was just total junk to me in my opinion. She had no action at all, she was just a poser, as I saw in the posters they always show her with those huge claw looking things she is holding, that makes you expect some cool action from her, but she just sucked. Overall the characters were okay, just for the vampire princess girl. The character relationships were good between the vampire princess and the main male character.
Animation in this show was stunning, I loved the animation in the show. The character animations were amazing, and again the vampire princess, her red eyes make her look very nice, besides that lighting, and everything was great.
Music to the show was okay, the ending theme I never bothered to listen to, and the opening theme was decent.
The thing I don’t get is why the hell is this show suggested for 16+ audience, I have seen Berserk with the same rating, but Berserk just destroys this anime in terms of graphic violence and nudity. Lunar legend had some violence, and some scenes were gruesome (well not to me), but it really lacked in action, and there was just one scene in the show that contained a SPOILER very, very, very, inexplicit sex scene, not exactly sex just kissing without any clothes on in bed. In my opnion I would reccomend this to an audience of teen, or should I say 14+ atleast.
Overall, this show was enjoying to watch, there were some useless episodes with usless stuff, but still gave out clues and kept you interested for the next episode to come. It had a decent ending, that can make you happy without smiling or anything. The big thing for me would be is that the show was too short, those type of animes where you are looking for a certain bad guy, it usually goes on for more episodes as the bad guy sends out his goons.
Good show, lacks action, decent romance, decent action, really nice animation, good music, good drama, enjoyed the show read more
Nov 27, 2013
STORY 4/10 -
The story for Lunar Legend Tsukihime the anime is a very simple one. A young man kills a woman but does not remember doing so. He was able to do this due to a power he obtained in an accident many years ago. That power is called the mystic eyes of death perception, allowing him to see the lines of death that hold people and objects together. Turns out the woman he killed was a vampire and she returns to ask him a favor. She wants his help in protecting her and searching for a villain.
At first Shiki (the male lead) and Arcueid (the female vampire) do not get along or even like each other. Their relationship slowly develops throughout the show. The other main point of the story is that Shiki's family is hiding a secret from him. The storyline was simple and predictable. For a series that is only 12 episodes long the story moved slowly and dragged on, a lot. I can think of plenty of ways they could have made it more exciting and interesting. Instead is was boring and bland and I found myself constantly checking the time. Almost all of the episodes followed Shiki in his daily efforts to try and please the people around him. That brings me to...
CHARACTERS 3/10 -
Shiki doesn't seem to know what he wants and doesn't show much motivation for his actions, at least not until the last 2 episodes. The rest of the cast only seem to worry about Shiki and how HE must be feeling. Rarely did I see any insight into the other characters psyches, feelings, personalities or backgrounds. For example, he had just moved in with his sister after not living together for many years. She has a tendency to boss him around tell him what he can and can't do even though they are around the same age. She does this out of concern and way too often uses the line "my brother..." when she is worried about him. This gets irritating quickly. All of the characters life's seem to revolve around Shiki and I didn't think he was a good character anyway. It really could have benefited from some episodes dedicated to the other characters and their lives. Arcueid is 800 years old. Surely there is something exciting they could have shown about her. What could have been a good and interesting cast of characters were instead very one-dimensional and unrelatable.
ART 3/10 -
Art is a major downfall in this show. Some of you may be familiar with J.C. Staff and their history of poor animation quality. This is an example. The first thing I noticed was that the bodies were drawn poorly. In the opening theme Arcueid's foot barely resembles a foot. To me it looked more like a cube with rounded edges... or a pig trotter... or something. To make it worse, the series liked to show views of her lower legs and feet a lot. Backgrounds were bland and unmemorable. The color palette dull and lifeless. I'd often notice flaws or things that just didn't look right in regards to the characters.
SOUND 4/10 -
The opening themes were not good but not horrible either. The background music was totally unmemorable. The voice acting was not great but still good. It earns points for the voice acting.
ENJOYMENT 2/10 -
I was bored and couldn't wait for it to end. Thank goodness it was only 12 episodes long. The only parts that were exciting were still predictable and I was unable to grow any attachment to the characters. I think this show is an example of wasted potential.
OVERALL 3/10 read more
Feb 17, 2009
whatever happened to the curry love that made ciel not act like a mindless zombie? also shiki is not such a depressed weakling as the show makes it look like, he is actually quite charismatic and positive despite his problems.
however, if you havent read or care about the visual novel, tsukihime still delivers a lot of entertainment and different setting than other shows usually offer, but my personal enjoyment was low. read more
Aug 20, 2012
This show gave me cancer.
Apr 27, 2012
The story is simple, begun from the vampire protagonist (shiki) who meets a woman (Arcueid) and unwitting protagonist (shiki) to kill this woman, but because she's a vampire back to life but lost power when this lady came to hunt down the person who made her into a vampire. For this reason the woman asks the protagonist (shiki) to be responsible and must help him find the person.
From the beginning of the episode alone is interesting, because there are many mysteries that arise. Starting from the vampire murder case, the hidden power of the protagonist (Shiki) and slowly the mystery is solved. Style stories like this are typical of "TYPE-MOON" as the author.
Though this anime only lasted 12 episodes but the story is slow and too many scenes drama between protagonists with Arcueid.
Unfortunately, this anime has no ending. Because at the end of the episode everything was bland no happy endings and no surprise ending.
Making the character designs do not doubt, because all the characters can be drawn to the epic. In terms of coloring and lighting are all good enough.
Classical impressed because there was no element of graphic effects, and 3D but this anime genre 'Action' at least if add the effect it will look more attractive and nice views.
Have the right to incorporate the theme of the story with sound. Where this anime classic shades, soft and drama, then use the classic soundtrack and sound effects are appropriate.
It would be nice if the opening and ending have a different soundtrack, and the addition of sound effects on a variety of scenes will make it more lively anime.
You could say the characters here grow so there is no boredom while watching. Starting from the Shiki (the protagonist) which was originally just a regular boy and then he became a figure of heroic. Arcueid who originally hated the protagonist and so many events she's finally starting to like Shiki.
Sadly, many characters that are not exposed to the background and the power they have. Because here we can only see the power of the protagonists, even though there is still a Ciel, Arcueid, and Akiha. They all had a big hand in developing the story.
Anime is calm, fit perfectly watchable at night. But I could not enjoy in terms of the story because it is too forced and unnecessary elements in the story.
Anime is only successful in terms of "Romance" but overall this anime need a lot of improvement in terms of story and ending.