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Moonphase: The Complete Collection S.A.V.E.

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The complete Gothic vampire series for a great low price!

Starring the cutest little bloodsucker you will ever set eyes upon, MoonPhase is a lighthearted yet deceptively entertaining tale. With a lineup of characters at once silly and endearing, this spunky series takes tongue-in-cheek comedy to a whole new level… Pointless frills and all!

While Kouhei ranks among the best in paranormal photography, he’s never actually seen a ghost. So when he fails to capture a hauntingly beautiful young girl on camera, curiosity drives him into the arms of a vampire and a world he cannot comprehend. Hazuki, having waited years for someone to finally set her free, proves unwilling to part with her unwitting hero and follows him home, promptly adopting his life as her own. And as the petite fanged wreaks her own flavor of havoc, mysterious forces conspire to reclaim what was lost. The truth could be one that none dare to face.

A story of forces both light and dark, of family curses and bonds stronger than blood. Some riddles are best left unsolved…



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Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GT9DQG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,390 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moonphase: The Complete Collection S.A.V.E." on IMDb

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By A. R. Miles on February 2, 2009
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The description's plot is a tad inaccurate, as the story revolves around Luna and "The Master" (not seen in the episodes*).

Hazuki, aka Luna (only when wearing the pendant on a full moon), is trapped in a castle. Kouhei is enlisted to help Hazuki break free of the castle's barrier, and "adopts" Hazuki into his family.

There are actually two stories within this series: Hazuki adapting to a world where people care about here after being left alone and "The Master"'s attempts at restoring Luna. The two stories intertwine nicely and the overall plot is well written.

Hazuki's character can be a bit annoying at times (especially whining about Kouhei being her slave). Monica Rial, who voiced Hazuki, does a good job but at the cost of a high-pitched whining little vampire. I wish she would have used Luna's voice instead, but such is life.

The additional characters, such as Grandfather, are a welcome addition to the story and actually offer substantial meaning to the plot. There are times when the show seems a bit dark, but is quickly brought back with the family style bickering between Kouhei and Kazuki.

It won't take long to feel for Kazuki despite her difficult transition into the real world, especially near the end of the series (no spoilers, sorry). In short, take advantage of the low cost of this collection and enjoy it.

This collection is tastefully done. While there are a few bathtub scenes, nudity isn't present, nor does it contain over-the-top sexual innuendos. However, some elements of darkness may not make this series suitable for those under the age of 13.

*Since we don't see "The Master" in this series, I would certainly hope a sequel is coming. I would love to see one.
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-Box Artwork-
The box is slim and thin. Can be easily disformed if improperly stored.

-CD Cases-
Contains only two very slim cases with two characters on the backside. The frontside features the phases (aka series) that are grouped by episodes. Opening these contain two disc with picture artwork inside the disc.

-Extra Features-
Comes with advertisement of upcoming titles and a postcard to fill out to Funanimation. There are no special features on the disc except the 4th disc which are textless endings and openings, however it doesn't contain all the endings/openings. Boo.

-Languages-
Contains both English and Japanese versions along with the option of subtitles.

---Music---
The music fits the scenes and mood of the show. There's a very nice soft-spoken song at the end credits that I would recommend listening to.

-Plot-
A supernatural photographer comes across a mansion in which he sees a mysterious girl ontop of the roof. Her name is Hazuki and she has been imprisoned in the castle for many years, waiting for the day that her freedom would come. Now that "he's" here she'll be set free from the castle. But this seemingly 'innocent'-like girl has an spoiled attitude of her own and is determined that he will become her servant, whether he wants to or not. However, the Master and his servants are searching for Hazuki, to bring her back to the castle and convert her back to her 'proper' form permanently.

Good:
-Humor, laughs, and frying pans?
-Artwork is gorgeous and interesting at times
-Vampire girl dresses as a cute kitty?
-Fights are interesting/cool. The Count's ability to "change" from bending light is a interesting battle to see.
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The dark, creepy vampire lure scenes are very interesting. I enjoy their take on turned vampires serving their sire without consent and special humans (called "vampire lovers") being able to give blood without the risk of becoming enamored by the vampires. The "cute" filler scenes, however, are extremely irritating. There is a conclusive ending, which not all animes have. Overall, the show is average and deserves 3 out of 5 stars.

WARNING: Do NOT watch the theme song; it's the worst I have ever seen/heard and will instantly turn you off of the show.
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This is a very cute anime for any anime fan to get, though it is driven more for the female anime fan:) I loved it, the song and theme for this anime is one of my favorite. I have to say that I did buy the soundtrack casue I loved the score for this anime alot. The story-line is good,but did leave some unanwswered questions; characters are great. I had mixed emotions watching this anime, it had a lot of drama and comedy which is great^^ I do recommend this anime to buy, good to have in your collection:)
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This is a very ecconomical set that contains all the eppisodes of this series.

"Moonphase" is a great anime that is full of comedy/drama and one that, in my opinion, any anime fan should own.

Anime is getting much cheaper than it once was, and hopefully the new cheaper price will ensure that anime continues to be popular and be licensed in the U.S.A.

Great series! Great Characters!
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Kohei comes from a family of gifted psychics, however, he has been told that he has no power. He meets Hazuki, a young vamipe girl. She bites him, but he does not become his slave. Perplexed by this Hazuki comes to live with him. Her father sends a bunch of vampires out to retrieve her. Hazuki and Kohei go to great lengths to get stronger and protect the happy life they have together.

This anime was a lot fun to watch. There are a lot of great gags and fun comedy. The silliness isn't too much, too mask the seriousness of the strong feelings they share. The animation is good and the voice acting is too. One of the unique things about this anime is the soundtrack. It has a lighthearted and playful vibe that suits the show perfectly. All in all this is a series I strongly recommend it to any anime fan.
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