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- Packaging Rating: A
- Text/Translatin Rating: B
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Released By: DrMaster
- MSRP: 9.95
- Pages: 208
- ISBN: 978-1-59796-171-4
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Tsukihime: Lunar Legend
Tsukihime: Lunar Legend Vol. #05
By Matthew Alexander
April 29, 2008
Release Date: February 28, 2008
Writer/Artist:Type Moon / Sasakishonen
Translated by:Misato Sakamoto
Adapted by:Ailen LujoWhat They Say
After rescuing Shiki from his dangerous encounter with Roa, Ciel warns him in vain to stay away from Arcueid, who may have an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Shiki cannot shake off the feeling that he knows Roa, and a visit to the garden of his house jolts his memory, piercing him with visions of Roa as a child, along with a voice telling him that he will become a "true monster" someday.The Review
How do you teach a vampire what it means to be human?
It took some time, but Ciel finally convinced Shiki he is not Roa. Then, how does Shiki know Roa? This remains unclear, for the most part. However, the more Shiki explores the Tohno family estate, the more random memories of his childhood return. Questioning Akiha does not go very far, as she refuses to talk about the other boy that grew up with them. The other boy that Shiki is convinced was Roa.
Ciel also leaves Shiki with the information, true or not, that Arcueid hunts Roa because she created him and he stole some of her power. There is definitely a possibility that this true, however, Ciel also want Shiki to avoid Arcueid. Therefore, Ciel's truthfulness is somewhat in question.
This volume takes the usual dip in action after volume four was so incredibly dynamic. Personally, I enjoy breaks like this because it gives the characters a chance to reflect and develop into more believable people. This is especially true for Arcueid as she struggles with her newfound human emotions. For centuries, Arcueid has woken from her sleep, learned what she needed about the customs of that era, and then killed the Dead Apostles before returning to sleep until the Dead Apostles reappear. Because of this, Arcueid has never spent much time interacting with humans, so she has never experienced jealousy, hope, or love. I am sure she has experienced lust, since she is a vampire after all, but that is beside the point. Since she has been interacting with Shiki on a daily basis, she becomes angry when he doesn't keep his word. She is also happy being around him and yearns to know more about what he does at school, and what his likes and dislikes are. All these strange feelings leave her believing she is somehow 'breaking down' or weakening. So how does Shiki convince her that these are not signs of weakness?
I do not know the answer to that question. What I do know is Shiki is in deep trouble when he accidentally awakens Arcueid's bloodlust. Will she be able to control herself? Will she turn Shiki into a Dead Apostle? Will Shiki slip into another berserker rage and kill Arcueid for good? All these questions will have to wait another painful length time as these volumes are far between. Yes, sadly, a year has passed since the release of volume four.