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Tsukihime, Lunar Legend - Life Threads (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQHFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The ability to see the threads that bind everything and to be able to destroy anything just by severing it is known as the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Shiki has such a power, or would that be a curse that he must endure? Thankfully, he was given glasses that can seal this curse and he was finally able to live life normallyuntil now. When Shiki is strangely attracted to a woman and unwillingly kills her, his life takes a strange turn in that he didn't actually kill her Afterall, it's takes more than a simple cut to kill a vampire

Shiki Tohno, the hero of Tsukihime, has the unsettling ability to see the threads that somehow bind things together--and to destroy anything by cutting those threads. For years, he's worn a special pair of glasses so he won't see them. Lovely Arcueid Brunested is a princess of the True Ancestors, the original vampires, who's exterminating the Dead Apostles, vampires who came into existence when they were bitten by True Ancestors. The leader of the Apostles, Nemo Chaos, ranks as her most formidable foe. She demands Shiki use his abilities to aid her campaign; she insists Shiki owes her because he killed her, which he has no memory of doing. Although it includes strikingly violent scenes, Tsukihime unfolds at a leaden pace. Shiki's uncertain memory, the rigidly formal household his sister supervises, and Arcueid's wordy explanations all slow the story to a crawl. (Rated 16 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful show, so far... June 21, 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest anime I've seen July 24, 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb series, stands out among the rest! November 17, 2005
[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).
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