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Shiki, a High School student, is born with Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, enabling him to destroy just about anything he wants. However, when he is but a young boy he is given special glasses that make the red lines he has always seen disappear, and with those he is finally able to live a normal life. That is all taken away from him, though, when Shiki gets a sudden, uncontrollable urge to kill a woman passing him by with a knife he can't seem to leave home without. Frightening, unexplainable things like this keep happening to him, but then he passes out and somehow awakens in his bed. He's thus surprised to discover that the woman he severed is still alive and is actually a fanged creature of the night! And to make matters worse, she's a princess of the true ancestors and wants him to protect her from the evil's of the world that wish to destroy her...
"Tsukihime, Lunar Legend" seems to have revived my interest in Japanese animation. Its been awhile since an anime has sucked me in so deeply, I'm fascinated by what is going to happen next, and this early on in the show. I haven't watched the entire series yet but I'm completely intrigued with the evolving storyline seen in 'Vol. 1 - Life Threads', which is why I feel the need to briefly share my thoughts on the four episodes included here.
There's just so much crap being praised right now simply because it is full of gore and bloody action! "Lunar Legend" has those things, yes, but there's a subtle build to the suspense and violence that is tastefully done, and with mysterious character introductions as well as developments that unfold at an even pace, and with beautiful animation.
It's mainly the connection and reference to the moon and vampires that first caught my attention but I can already tell that this is going to be a favorite amongst fans of atmospheric horror and dark fantasy-like anime.
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This has become one of my favorite shows, hands down. It was absolutely wonderful, from start to finish. This is one of the better DVDs for it. It contains the first four episodes of the series, with each following DVD containing an additional four episodes. This is also a very short series, coming in at just twelve episodes. While it may not be apparent for the first nine episodes, this show could have used at least another 13 episodes.
To start off, the characters in this show are absolutely wonderful. They all seem entirely beleivable, even those who have supernatural origins. Which is possibly this series biggest benefit. You won't find any super human fighters. All the main characters, except for two, are your normal everyday people. And where ever the supernatural does appear, it's introduced in a way that makes sense.
The next greatest strength is the music. You will want to purchase the soundtrack as well. It's dominated by strings and gentle piano, along with a smattering of other instruments in the occasional jazzy/poppish tune. To tell just how good this is, you will watch the textless opening and closings just to here the songs. They add an amazing amount of atmosphere to the series as a whole.
To wrap things up, if you want the next DBZ or Hellsing, look elsewhere. You won't find amazing action sequences here, nor an enormous amount of gore, which is somewhat unusual for an anime about vampires. One things I think all fans should do is to wait for the game to be translated. The whole series follows just one of 30+ storylines. Fortunately for the Japanese illiterate, like myself, a company called Mirror Moon is translating it into English. Definetly buy this.
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[Review used for reviewing the complete box set as well since the series is a short one and the review applies the same]
This is one remarkable anime series filled with beautiful music, and intriguing plot, awesome characters, a lot of great action, and enough thought provoking elements to make the series stick out fresh in your mind for a long time to come.
The story basically follows a character by the name of Shiki around as he mysteriously begins to remember bits and pieces of his memory and at the same time managing to forget a number of things throughout the beginning of the film. While the film is somewhat slow at explaining things in the beginning, all of the viewers questions become answered in the end (well most of them, the important ones at least).
Frighteningly, the main character of the story is immediately told by a woman he had never met before (or so he thinks), that he had murdered her in a gruesome fashion. Not only that but it's also established that this same woman is an extremely old vampire. As time passes Shiki's own past - which was once shrouded in mystery - becomes revealed as he hunts down an incredibly evil vampire with his new vampire acquaintance.
This isn't your typical vampire hunting flick though... this series is incredibly creative down to the very last detail. For example the vampires throughout the course of the series displays strange characteristics: for the most part they can interact during the day with humans and they all seem to be following a certain key story/plotline involving Shiki's new vampire acquaintance (I won't give away all the details but I guarantee it's original and quite impressive that so much was established in only 3 disc volumes).
The visuals are just downright stunning as is the music. With numerous images of both the moon as well as the sunset, the mood is set beautifully both the images in the series. The opening song is of significant note for it is extremely beautiful - a variation of it is played throughout the course of the series when important events are unfolding.
Again the characters seem to grow quite a bit as the series progresses - I've often heard this series compared to Witch Hunter Robin and while I thought Robin was just as creative and the characters just as developed at first, I was sadly mistaken... hands down this animation takes the lead. With the mood previously set by the music and visuals, the themes found throughout the film are enhanced by the odd character types we see: a boy who has the ability to see the dead/the lines between life and death (Mystic Eyes of Death Perception), who seemingly establishes a deep relationship with one of the undead who often seems much more alive than ever when around the boy.
The action sequences are truly exciting - in some animations that contain thought provoking themes you often find that the action of the series is neglected for the drama, in Lunar Legend this simply isn't the case. The cool character types (which includes a church inquisitor-type) fight it out in stylish, fast paced combat which surprisingly contains quite amount of gore (enhancing the story since gore of course means blood).
*Perhaps a Spoiler* Only being 3 volumes a lot was condensed into it making the plotline seem complicated. In actuality only some questions remain unanswered (or rather, perhaps not answered to the viewer's satisfaction). For the most part almost everything is answered... whether or not the ending is satisfying is another issue. I felt deeply upset with it but in the end it was the only way in which it could have ended realistically. One of the things I thought that wasn't answered as well as it could have been is the sister's curse, where it came from (it was hinted at that the family was cursed, certainly, but apparently being in the family isn't necessarily a qualification for the reincarnation on the part of the main evil character... while this was explored in the movie, some might find aspects of this major plotline to be rushed).
Whether or not such major plotline questions were answered to the viewer's pleasure, the series stands apart from others like it as one which is extremely well done and unique (if not for the word "vampire" which is often over used in my opinion).
This movie is truly an amazing work of art in my opinion and should be explored further by any fan of anime!
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Tsukihime the anime is a very well done 12 epsiode piece when it's not compared to the manga or visual novel game.
This was anime was partly adapted from the game and manga. It's a mystery/horror story that slowly reveals itself as time goes on. I was captivated by the dark but beautiful mood setting music and mysterious characters introduced.
Truth be told, this anime pales in comparison to the rich depth of the Tsukihime universe. This DVD appears to follow the Arcueid arc. The game itself has many different paths. I was drawn to this anime superficially while browsing the cover and seeing Arcueid. I also saw it was a vampire story. Sold.
I saw the first DVD and was immediately pulled in. It's very moody but slow at times. Action is minimal but the story is intriguing. I highly recommend doing some research on the internet on the Tsukihime universe to supplement the series. This should have been a 26 episode series to help flesh out the characters and their mysterious backgrounds. There are too many loose ends on the 12 episode series but it does well given the limited time. I highly recommend this series if you like moody type of anime. The downside is that it appears to have more of style than substance at times. If you can pair up the anime with background information on the characters, the enjoyment factor will definitely go up.
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Lunar Legend's main character is Shiki Tohno, a high school student, who has the mysterious power to destroy objects/people by seeing (and cutting) the lines that they are composed of. After not fully understanding and trying to ignore his ability for years, he meets a vampire, Arucueid, who makes him confront his past and present self. Arucueid has her own mission and problems too, which Shiki gradually finds himself more and more involved in.
As the series progresses we find out about Arucueid's past, as well as that of the Tohno family- which turns out to be more sinister than it seems. Overall the series has a heavy, dark, haunting atmosphere. Plot-wise the series is actually quite slow moving, but that isn't a bad thing, as it remains interesting and gripping throughout. There are only 12 episodes in total (compiled into three volumes), so it's certainly worth taking a look at!
I really love this anime- it's definitely one of my favourites. The series really leaves a lasting impression and I personally think it's brilliant. I definitely recommend it!