January 13, 2004

Lunar Legend Tsukihime Episode 12

Lunar Legend Tsukihime

"Moon World"

Wow, just when I was about to complain about the bland character designs (especially when Shiki takes his shirt and glasses off... say hello to every generic male anime character) in general, when Ciel takes her coat off, and displays all sorts of interesting Christian tatoos. But, it's a little late for that.

Well, this is the last episode, so I guess I need to do a little wrapup. I'm not going to say anything about the ending (in this paragraph) except that it was good, fitting. It's a much more complete ending than the usual fare in anime, and for that I'm intensely grateful. (But for the love of god, can we stop rolling the credits in the middle of the ending!)

Now, here's my spoilerific review of the content of the last episode (skip the next paragraph if you haven't seen it for yourself).

You don't really expect there to be a happy ending after everything that went by, and the episode tries to convince you there's hope for a happy resolution. Thank goodness there isn't. It could have worked, I suppose, but what they used makes the most amount of sense, and has a great deal of emotional impact. Not to mention the fact that it fits so perfectly with the style and theme of the show.

Overall, the show had great animation, visuals, music and voice acting. If there was one knock on it, like I pointed out many times: if you can't stand a slow-paced show, you won't be able to watch this one. This show definitely didn't turn out the way I expected it to, as it constantly made me re-examine my expectations.

Rating: A+

Posted by Kei at January 13, 2004 01:28 AM

yeah. gotta agree..i like dark themes stuff, so this anime really suites my taste
its really great..

Posted by: shuji at January 24, 2004 09:20 AM

Ok yes this show was FANTASTIC but I have to say three things that i found thoroughly unconvincing:
1) Shiki is the stock clueless anime guy, I mean c'mon you could've substituted Narumi from Kimi Ga and the show would probably have been ok.
2) Yes, that happens to me all the time. A guy dismembers me into 17 pieces and is a "true-born killer" and makes it so I'm vulnerable to my enemies, oh yes, that makes me madly in love with him.
3) I refuse to believe that an entity can be around for 800 so FREAKIN years and never seen a blue-striped snapper, identified a ray, ever been on a date with someone, or had any sort of relationship prior to now. 800 years is a very long time. What the hell has she been doing all these years????

Posted by: Connie at February 5, 2004 12:35 AM

(in response to Connie)

1) I agree with you there typical clueless anime male. But i don't think the series would have been the same with any other characters. Shiki always has a somber depressed attitude and the way he acts makes his character perfect for the role of the lead male.
2) She said at first she hated Shiki, maybe you got a different sub but i think of it as something that is also a symbol that maybe the wall she built in her mind that helped her to kill like a machine without remorse the past 800 years was also destroyed. She called him a natural born killer because he killed her at first without hesitation. She goes back on it later on in the series when he has trouble killing his classmates (at this point i think it has been theorized that the reversed Shiki actually killed her not the normal sane Shiki.)
3) Watch the series again look at how much trouble it caused for her to be in a relationship with Shiki. She couldn't have had a relationship with anyone anyways because she was a machine bent on revenge and attemting to atone for her sins. She woke up took in necesary information then went back to sleep after she killed the reincarnations of Roa and it was like this throughout her whole life. Until Shiki killed her she had no reason to stay behind. She had no choice but to wait and try and force the one who killed her to help her.

Posted by: Gabriel at August 6, 2004 06:49 PM
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