Shiki Toono sustained a life threatening injury as a child, and due to that incident he was sent away from the Toono household and was given to a relative to be raised. Years later, when Shiki is in high school, the head of the Toono household—his father—dies, and he is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. However, Shiki holds a huge secret. Ever since that injury, he has been seeing lines on objects, and only with a special pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Also he is unable to remember anything well from the time before his accident. The day he moves back to the Toono household is the day he stumbles upon a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and decapitates her with one stab of his knife in a temporary fit of insanity. When she suddenly showed up beside him later alive and well, and ask him to be her bodyguard, Shiki’s journey to unravel the mysteries of his past begins. – My Anime List
Based on 10 review scores:
Sexy vampire princesses are now a fetish for me
The Foodie Geek
Sadly, the fact that Tsukihime originated from an eroge gave it some flaws. Overall, the anime is wonderful if rated by itself, but the problem starts when you compare it to the visual novel- it’s not entirely accurate and fans aren’t very well pleased with that. Be it budget constraints or if it was really intentional, a lot of content was rushed, some changed, and others left out in the dark, leaving a different impression than what the original intended. But hey, I can live with that as long as there’s other content that will compensate.
The Nihon Review
In the end, it’s the romance between Shiki and Arcueid that keeps the plot together and makes up for the shortcomings of the series, at least to some extent. It makes Shingetsutan Tsukihime an enjoyable series with a background story unlike any I’ve seen before. Had the predictable resolution of the plot and the lack of character interaction not spoiled some of the overall great storytelling, this series would have been an all-out winner.
If you are looking for a vampire story of bloody massacres, then this series will leave you unfulfilled. But, if you want a human interest story of two people trying to find themselves, then Lunar Legend Tsukihime will be a satisfying twist on that classic tale. The viewers’ main purpose should be to enter this anime with an open mind since there are quite a few gaps in the story and character histories which are never fully explained. And it is rather strange that this anime is advertised as a vampiric mystery, but one of the main protagonist named Arcueid, a pseudo-anagram for the most infamous killer in horror, will not touch a drop of blood. Maybe this should have been a signal for the departure from that genre.
I really did want to like this. It resembled other shows in some respects such as: Blue Drop, Destiny of the Shrine Maidens, and Mikagura Gaikuen, though not as well executed or as good of a story. It is a nice idea poorly executed and written with plenty of promise that never blossoms because maybe it focused on too few characters for what was needed, had too few characters to fully flesh out, lacked enough detail and conclusions to foreshadowing and unanswered questions, with a mundane empty feeling ending that leaves a viewer wondering if the show is actually over with a “That’s it?” expression painted across the face.
There are a lot of unanswered questions by the end of the last episode, which I believe to be by design rather than by neglect. The fact that the viewer cares to even ponder the questions is a sign that the storytelling has done its work. This is an excellent example of how anime is being used to create interesting drama.
My Anime List
Overall, the anime is not the visual novel. It is not as good as the visual novel and when compared to the visual novel, it would be considered below average. But I came reviewing the anime and only the anime and found it to be a short yet enjoyable series.
Though the show did a fairly good job of generating atmosphere, awkward plot pacing in the latter half along with somewhat weak characterization take what could have been a great title and make it instead a simply average one.
Tsukihime is a nice refreshing break from a lot of your typical titles that involve too much drama or too much comedy. It’s a blend of all the right elements to make up a great anime. Unfortunately, it just isn’t something for everyone to enjoy. Viewers who lack the motivation to put the pieces of a puzzle together will be turned off by the series and would probably quit watching out of boredom sometime in the middle of the series.