Tsukihime, Lunar Legend - Life Threads (Vol. 1)
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"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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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Tsukihime has no anime! Just kidding..... but the animation is decent but the action and story driven scenes are so boring that you will pass out of the boredom also the character... Read morePublished 15 months ago by julian 979
My son will love it as he likes the series along with the Sonic series!Published 17 months ago by Hien Ong
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... Read morePublished on May 27, 2009 by kaya j
There is no Tsukihime anime.
Seriously though. This anime sucks so hard, many of the English-speaking TYPE-MOON fans vehemently deny its existence. Read more