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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 89.95
  • Running time: 325
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tsukihime, Lunar Legend

Tsukihime, Lunar Legend Box Set

By Lauren Goodnight     September 20, 2007
Release Date: October 04, 2005

Tsukihime, Lunar Legend Box Set
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
The gift and the curse!

The ability to see the threads that bind everything and the ability to be able to destroy anything just by severing it is known as the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Shiki has this power and this curse that he must endure! Thankfully, he is given glasses that can seal this curse so that he can finally live life normally... until now.

Shiki becomes strangely attracted to a woman and unwillingly kills her. His life takes a strange turn when he realizes that he didn't actually kill her. After all, it takes more than a simple cut to kill a vampire...

Contains all 12 episodes.

The Review!
For audio, video and extras information, please see the single volume reviews listed above in the Related Shows section.

The packaging for this release is exactly the same as the original three discs and box. This is a repackaging of the original releases for all intents and purposes, and the discs do not appear to have been re-authored when compared to the original releases. The box is a sturdy chipboard affair, and the covers of the discs are all brightly colored with appropriate fonts; they are double-sided as well. The box and the discs all give an air of darkness and almost gothic appeal which is appropriate to the show they encase.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime is one of those anime that people are constantly divided upon. Lots of people really like it, and lots of people really hate it. Both sides are often "right", because while it is a gem to watch and enjoy, it is deeply flawed. A little history: Tsukihime is a 3 volume series based on a doujin game produced several years ago by a studio named Type-Moon. Rarely do doujin games produce the worldwide fervor that Tsukihime did, and the popularity was not overlooked by anime production groups in Japan. As the Tsukihime property spawned manga, spin-off games, soundtracks, and garage models, it became obvious that it needed its own anime as well, and TBS and Geneon grabbed the flag and ran.

Tsukihime the doujin game had some sex scenes in it, enough to have rated it as an adult bishoujo game. Tsukihime the anime has one sex scene, and it is terribly tame and almost ill-placed. Anyone who has met a member of the AoD staff will tell you that we are not a Puritanical bunch, but it seemed kind of cheap to me. That is the kind of thing that brings Tsukihime down as an anime. The score is lush and inviting, the battle scenes are well thought-out and downright brutal, and the characters are compelling. And yet, the characters are not well fleshed out (I could have done with more detail in Arcuid's history), the battles are brief, and a good musical score cannot make up for every weakness the show itself might have.

That said, the atmosphere the show drops the viewer in is immersive enough that one can overlook the shortcomings, especially if the style and story appeal. Which is where I personally sit on this series. I think it is lovely in its simplicity, and it opens up the Type-Moon world to those who might not otherwise see it as enticing. The success of Tsukihime pushed their next big project, Fate/Stay: Night, to be made into an anime as well, and that, being a longer series with more time to complete the universe the characters dwell in, has been a bigger success, overshadowing Tsukihime in some senses.

Tsukihime is a fun piece of eye candy, especially for those with a bend towards the supernatural and the subtle. There is a lot of great symbolism, especially during the scenes that detail Shiki's childhood. Speaking of Shiki's childhood...

Tsukihime starts by introducing the viewer to the narrator and main character, Shiki. He has a strange gift and an even stranger life, as he hides behind his glasses and deals with a huge social change when we first meet him. Then, he blacks out and has a new best friend forever who hates him named Arcuid. She turns out to be a vampire, but because Shiki did something very bad when he blacked out, he has to take care of her as she hunts vampires unlike herself, vampires who see humans as disposable and who want to take over the world with their supernatural violence. Shiki's social change comes into play many times: he has gone to live with the young family matriarch, his sister, who rules with an iron fist and two maids. Shiki, as well, has friends who begin to wonder what is going on, until a rogue vampire hunter infiltrates their circle of friends. That is the basic setup, and it keeps rolling without a general direction until the last few episodes. Pretty, fascinating, and kind of pointless.

Tsukihime is highly recommended for those who love their anime tasty yet not filling. Those who like their stories fleshed out or who MUST have a point to everything as well as an ending that makes sense? Skip this one, it will make you feel frustrated rather than fulfilled.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

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