Shiki Toono sustained a life threatening injury as a child, and due to that incident he was sent away from the Toono household and was given to a relative to be raised. Years later, when Shiki is in high school, the head of the Toono household—his father—dies, and he is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. However, Shiki holds a huge secret. Ever since that injury, he has been seeing lines on objects, and only with a special pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Also he is unable to remember anything well from the time before his accident. The day he moves back to the Toono household is the day he stumbles upon a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and decapitates her with one stab of his knife in a temporary fit of insanity. When she suddenly showed up beside him later alive and well, and ask him to be her bodyguard, Shiki's journey to unravel the mysteries of his past begins.
Tsukihime was originally a visual novel for the PC released by Type-Moon in 2000. It was later adapted into an anime series that was not well-received by fans (to the point that fans deny the existence of the anime) and a manga series that is still being published. I played the Tsukihime game not too long ago, and I loved it. It had one of the greatest and most touching storylines I've ever seen in a video game, but it also had many disturbing scenes as well. I was able to buy the first five volumes of the manga (volume 6 is rare and expensive
at the moment), and I can safely say, the manga is a worthy adaptation of the original game.
EDIT AS OF 7/13/2011. Thanks to the magic of scanlations, (DrMaster is dead! How else am I supposed to read the manga now!?) I have been able to read all of the manga version of Tsukihime.
Shiki Tohno is a high school boy living in a seemingly ordinary town. He possesses a rare power, the "Eyes of Death Perception." With this, he can see what looks like black lines on people and objects, and if he cuts any of these lines, it will kill the person or object. He gained this power after what was apparently a near-death experience as a kid. Seeing "The Lines" puts stress on his mind and body, but he is able to live day by day for shortly after he gained this power, he was visited by a mysterious woman named Aoko Aozaki. She knew what was happening to him, and she gave him a pair of glasses that, when worn, hide the lines. She instructs him to take off the glasses only when absolutely necessary, and then suddenly leaves him.
The manga, like the anime, follows the Arcueid path from the game. In the original game, there are five paths, but the anime and manga could only follow one. While the manga unfolds like the Arcueid path from the game, it does incorporate elements from the other paths, and even includes a nod to Kagetsu Tohya, the sequel to the Tsukihime visual novel. By the third volume, the manga starts featuring scenes not from the game, but scenes exclusive to its canon. Without giving away anything, I can say that the plot of the manga is just as good as the game. While it drops a few scenes from the game, it leaves in all of the fascinating powers and most of the plot twists, and adds exciting new sequences of its own. The story is a dark one, but an extremely captivating one. 10/10.
Art-wise, it's not some of the best ever, but it does improve over time Some characters, like Shiki, Arcueid, and Ciel, look very close to the original designs from the game, but other characters, like Akiha and Arihiko, don't look as nice. (This is irritating for me since I think Akiha is one of the prettiest video game females ever, and to go from the game's design to this is especially jarring!) But the art is not horrible by any means. For one, the action sequences look fantastic. Also, the game, since it was a visual novel, consisted entirely of text and still images. The manga has more images, but scenes that were originally only described with text now have actual imagery in the manga. This I felt was a plus, even if it means that the manga is even gorier than the game. 8/10.
This is Tsukihime's strongest attribute, and the biggest reason it and other Type-Moon works have attracted such a strong fan following. Tsukihime's characters are some of the greatest ever. Shiki is a great lead character, able to smile and lead a happy life despite all of the terrible things that have happened to him. Arcueid is one of my personal favorite fictional characters ever; she's a beautiful and fascinating individual that steals nearly every scene she's in. Just about every character is not who they appear to be at first glance, and they all have their reasons to do things, including the villains, who thankfully aren't one-dimensional baddies who just want to be evil for evil's sake. I can't say much more without spoiling anything, but it's safe to say that you'll come to love at least one character in Tsukihime.
While I am giving a 10 here, I do want to say that the characters of Satsuki, Hisui, and Kohaku don't seem to be as multi-layered as they were in the game. The manga does excise details from the VN, so this may be why this is the case. 10/10.
My enjoyment of the manga version of Tsukihime is very close to my enjoyment of the game. Full of moments of terror, heartache, happiness, and so much more, Tsukihime is an absolute blast. This has become one of my favorite manga series of all time, and I intend to see it through to the end. 10/10.
Tsukihime comes with my upmost recommendation, even if you haven't played the game. Keep in mind, it is a horror series, so I wouldn't recommend it to the faint of heart, (Hope you don't mind attempts at rape!) but everyone else should check this out.
While I still think the VN version is superior, this is still a great read, too. (I will say, I like the ending here more than the endings of Arcueid's routes in the VN.)
Tsukihime, yet another manga about vampire beauty and some boy possesing mysterious power. It seems boring doesn't it? The thing is that it is the opposite!
Story 9: It is great one, the main idea is that Shiki (protagonist) from the time which he had near-death accident 8 years ago, can see some mysterious lines which are the visualisation of death itself. In addition he can cut through them which leads to certain death of the thing he slice! Good start right? But in the same time background of action is typical one - you know some serial murderer case and Shiki involved in this because
of meeting (one of the most interesting one in all of the mangas) with Arcueid Brunestud - beauty and in the same time vampire. The thing i love so much (like in the Berserker) is storytelling and retrospections in the story which is greatly developing later on.
Art 8: Not the one I like the best but nice one, and what is important we can clearly see improvement of it throughout the manga. But some scenes are just epic with the way they are draught
Characters 10: Yes, it is the best thing in the whole series. Each of the personalities are just extraordinary and very deep. They are the fillar of Tsuhikime and I deeply believe that everybody after reading will agree with me. The way emotions are showed, how they are changing and evolving from hatred to love from fury to lust... I am just speechles here.
Enjoyment 10: Simply - I read it without any breaks with my eyes devouring what I saw and what i felt by reading, this strange feeling of uncertainity. Is that good enough to subscribe how enjoyable it was?
Overall 10: Summarizing we have got one of the most epic manga ever, not only in it's own genre but in common too. I highly recommend this manga to anyone who likes extraordinary mangas with great story and deep characters.
I hope that my review was helpfull for you, thanks for reading :)
Although i appreciate the lengthy detailed reviews of others, i'll keep mine a bit shorter and without actual examples in the hopes of drawing in any passerby's to an amazing manga while avoiding any and all spoilers. Let me just say this manga really is amazing, the characters are excellently developed and the story actually comes together in not so easily predictable ways. If i may say so, it appeals to me with one of the most touching stories i'v ever experienced as well as some very disturbing moments, all compiling a fantastic story that is well paced and perfectly balanced. The art isn't perfect,
but it certainly doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Honestly, i love this series, just word of advice, don't watch the anime series, it feels entirely different. Visual novel is amazing too.
First inprissions, so we got this manga based off the hentai game, well you know I wanted to change it up a bit. It seems interesting enough we got vampires killing people and we got a human vampire romance developing in the background.
Also just a quick side note I have not played the game this is based off so this review will manly talk about the manga so if neany type moon fans get a little pissy please bear with me. But I do know that this manga pretty much is the manga version of one of the routes
in the game.
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it has a very generic presentation.
main character gets into some accident. then main character finds out he has rare power and then time skip happens and main character gets involved in super natural shit.
So probably from that you can tell it has this kind of over used plot. You know like I am the good vampire and you can help me fight the evil vampires and what not.
Now this part in particular didn't really bother me that much because I haven't read many stories that use this in particular but it would be nice if they made it a little more gray.
The Main focus of tsukahime other than vampire hunting is about the romance that develops between shiki and arcueid.
Which has handled very well in my opinion. Because for one thing we actually get to see the changes in there relationship with one another. At the start they were kind of like business partners in a way with one another who are only working together with the sole purpose of killing vampires. But as time went on it became less business and more personal.
For example shiki takes arcueid to the movies And other places because she has never been to those places before and he wanted to hang out with her because she doesn't know much about the modem world and them doing something different than just killing vampires.
another example would be when arcueid goes to shiki school to visit him to see how he was doing because she was worried about this condition after they had a major fight.
Now the few negatives I would have with the romance is that it has a bit of mellow dramatic at times. One example is the whole fact that arcueid is fighting her vampire instincts and is Craving to drink shiki blood and the another being one part when shiki enters evil mode or something and try's to rape/kill Arcueid.
Now another negative I have with this story is that it has quite a lot of terminology that isn't really explained properly that much. But I have to take into account that there is another series from the same people that dose explain a bit about terminology so.
it also had some pretty decent pacing as well.
Which I quite like because it doesn't feel right that this story didn't drag out to long.
one thing I also noticed about this story is that it is some what grounded for a super natural story
Which is quite funny because most story's like this ain't really the most grounded.
One example of this story being grounded.
Because in most story like this having powers is a good thing. But in this story is it kinds of goes over the idea of what if having a power is not all it's cracked up to be.
Because in most story's it like oh cool I have super natural ability that not meny people have.
But in here we have the main character in the beginning disliking the fact he has this super natural power because he wants to live a normal life and having a power will take him away from that.
The main character shiki is some what two dimensional and generic in away but that the same time he dose have that dark side and also the fact that his powers are driving him insane which pops up every now and then so he probably three dimensional at the most. Arcueid is also two dimensional in a way as well but like shiki she has a bit of a dark side as well.
Which dose pop up a bit.
The side characters are pretty one dimensional at the most part.
Now on thing that is pretty cool about the characters in general is that we get to know what they are feeling and thinking so there is a bit off psychoanalysis.
There's is also some good character development as well.
So the art work is not the best they they could do.
It has some pretty choppy art work at times.
Now one positive thing I could have say about the artwork is that it kind of fits into this kind of setting.
It also has some what ok fight scenes as well.
So what I liked about this manga in particular is the Romance that was quite well done.
the vampire fighting scenes were pretty cool was well you won't of have chopped up body's all over the place and building wrecked and covered in blood.
I also like how the main character is loosing in insanity slowly as he uses he's powers more.
Which you don't see very often.
So if your a fan of type moon or you want a human vampire romance that isn't like vampire knight or twilight then you will like this manga. But if you not in to romance or story's with plots that have been used before then I guess you won't like this.
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