Tsukihime: Lunar Legend Vol. #04 (Mania.com)

By:Matthew Alexander
Review Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Release Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Creative Talent
Translated by:Michiko Nakayama
Adapted by:Ailen Lujo

What They Say
After a furious bout that displayed Akiha's powerful pyrokinetic ability, Ciel is convinced Akiha is not the vampire she was seeking. Meanwhile, Shiki begins to dream of bloody nightly rampages and wonders if he is Roa. Ciel surprises Shiki by revealing her true identity as the Burial Agent from the Church and reassures Shiki that he is not Roa.

Shiki finds comfort in Arcueid as they continue to hunt for Roa, but becomes worried when he begins to see the thread of life reappear on Arcueid. His nightmare soon becomes reality when he encounters a strange man who attacks him with a knife aiming at his thread of life...

The Review
The battle between Ciel and Akiha alone is worth the price of admission!

This volume picks up where volume 3 left off, with Ciel and Akiha battling each other and along the way finally revealing their powers. Turns out, Akiha is a Fire-Starter and her ability to manipulate flame is not only powerful but incredibly accurate. Ciel's ultimate power is damn impressive too, but I don't want to give everything away. During the battle, there is a strange flashback scene with a very creepy look at Ciel's past, which may have to do with her current situation as a vampire hunter for the church. Can anyone say 'Atonement for past sins'? Anyways, the battle between these two is long, flows well, and just plain freaking awesome. The facial expressions and eye detail for both girls is really impressive, especially Akiha's rage.

As the body count of innocents continues to rise, Arcueid and Shiki find themselves no closer to capturing Roa. Along the way, Shiki begin to experience realistic dreams of killing people with his Death Eyes power. He assumes they're just dreams until he begins finding the same people in real life, dead just as he saw in his nightmares. This is seriously not good. Could Shiki be committing these crimes without even knowing? Could he be the reincarnation of Roa? If he is Roa, then that might explain his supernatural powers.

The art for this series is great and the story continues to hold my interest by revealing just enough secrets to keep me guessing. There isn't much time in this volume for Shiki and Akiha to interact, yet Shiki's concern for his sisters health does help to soften their relationship a little. Shiki also continues to feel a strong sense of loyalty to Arcueid, but I have to wonder if his loyalty isn't becoming misplaced affection. Along those same lines Arcueid asks herself what she would do if Shiki does turn out to be Roa, and she can't come up with an answer.

Mania Grade: A-
Art Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Released By: DrMaster
MSRP: 9.95
Pages: 224
ISBN: 1-59796-078-0
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left