Tsukihime, Lunar Legend (真月譚 月姫, Shingetsutan Tsukihime) is an anime television series. The episodes are directed by Katsushi Sakurabi, animated by J.C.Staff, and produced by the Tsukihime Production Committee, which included Geneon Entertainment, Movic, Tokyo Broadcasting System, and J.C.Staff. The English adaptation of the episodes has been licensed by Geneon Entertainment. The episodes are based on the visual novel Tsukihime by Type-Moon and adapt the source material over twelve episodes. The plot of the episodes follows Shiki Tohno after he moves into his sister's house, and his interactions with the vampire Arcueid Brunestud.
The episodes aired in Japan from October 10, 2003 to December 26, 2003 on BS-i. The episodes received their international premiere on the anime television network Animax, who have also later broadcast the series across its respective networks worldwide in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and its other networks in East Asia, South America and other regions under the title Lunar Legend Tsukihime.
Two pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is "The Sacred Moon" by Toshiyuki Omori, and the ending theme is "Rinne no Hate ni" (輪廻の果てに) by Fumiko Orikasa.
Six DVD compilations, each containing two episodes, have been released by Geneon Entertainment in Japan. The first was released on December 10, 2003, and the sixth on May 13, 2004. Geneon Entertainment has released three DVD compilations, each containing four episodes, in North America, with the third released on February 22, 2005.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
Transcription: "Hanten Shōdō" (Japanese: 反転衝動)
|October 10, 2003|
|At a young age, Shiki Tohno saw the lines that, if hit, immediately destroy the objects (including people) they were situated on. He received a pair of glasses that blocked the lines from his sight by a mysterious sorceress, and he continued to live a normal life. Years later, he moves back into the house of his sister, Akiha, after the death of their father. After talking about the strange serial killings in the city with his friends at school, he sees a woman on his way home from school, and after falling into a dreamlike sequence, kills her. He awakens in his sister's house, but on his way to school the following day, he sees the woman again.|
Transcription: "Kuroi Kemono" (Japanese: 黒い獣)
|October 17, 2003|
|Shiki is terrified of the woman and flees. He returns home after school, but he sees her in front of the house, and he flees once more, only to be cornered by her in an alley. As she approaches him, they are confronted by a pair of demonic hounds, whom the woman easily slays. She then identifies herself as Arcueid Brunestud, a vampire, and that she is hunting another vampire in the city. The same hounds begin to attack the hotel they are in, and Arcueid, weakened due to needing to regenerate after Shiki killed her, is forced to face the vampire Nrvnqsr Chaos. With Shiki's aid, the two manage to escape, and Arcueid asks Shiki to work together.|
|3||"Mystic Eyes of Death Perception"|
Transcription: "Chokushi no Magan" (Japanese: 直死の魔眼)
|October 24, 2003|
|Shiki awakens in the apartment, where Arcueid explains the difference between the True Ancestors and the Dead Apostles, and how her mission was to slay the latter. She then implores into the nature of Shiki's power, which she identifies as the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, enabling Shiki to see the fated destruction of an object, and erase it from existence. As a result, she employs a trap using herself as bait for Nrvnqsr, while Shiki will kill him when he arrives. As Nrvnqsr arrives, Shiki attacks him, but is quickly repelled. However, Nrvnqsr's overconfidence allows Shiki to bypass his guard and kill him. As Shiki collapses, Arcueid congratulates him.|
|4||"Garden of a Cradle"|
Transcription: "Yurikago no Niwa" (Japanese: 揺籠の庭)
|October 31, 2003|
|Shiki awakens in the Tohno household, and is scolded over breakfast by Akiha for being late the previous night. At school, Shiki is relieved to see that Satsuki Yumizuka, who he had previously believed to be in the hotel when Nrvnqsr attacked, is safe. Shiki is given a party by Akiha, who formally welcomes her brother into the Tohno household. Shiki talks to Kohaku, one of the maids, and learns that Akiha, despite her stoic demeanor, is pleased by Tohno's presence. Later that evening, Shiki has a dreamlike sequence where Arcueid comes, craving for his blood. The next day at school, Arcueid arrives and calls for Shiki.|
|5||"A Bow of the Sky"|
Transcription: "Sora no Yumi" (Japanese: 空の弓)
|November 7, 2003|
|Arcueid convinces Shiki to continue hunting vampires. They agree on a meeting time, and Shiki leaves home with the aid of Hisui, the other maid. After meeting Arcueid, she explains that she is hunting a vampire named Roa, who reincarnates by transferring his soul from one host body to another after he is killed. Shiki and Arcueid are confronted by a pair of dead humans under Roa's control, and Arcueid quickly dispatches them. The next day, Shiki is confronted by Ciel, and she takes him to her tea room, where she tells him to be wary of Arcueid. Arcueid treats Shiki to dinner that night, but quickly leaves after seeing his blood.|
Transcription: "Shiroi Yume" (Japanese: 白い夢)
|November 14, 2003|
|Shiki overhears at school that three students went missing the previous night while they were in the city. When he returns home, Akiha has tea with him after dinner, and allows him to have a television, even though she normally dislikes noisy objects. Shiki leaves home to accompany Arcueid, who reveals she had been working to get money. They notice the three supposedly missing students, whom Arcueid identifies as being under Roa's control. Arcueid dispatches two, and Shiki defeats the third one. Afterwards, Shiki takes Arcueid through the city, and promises to go on a date with her later.|
|7||"Blue Sin Mark"|
Transcription: "Aoi Toga Ato" (Japanese: 蒼い咎跡)
|November 21, 2003|
|Shiki and Akiha invite their friends to an amusement park, where they later accompany Arcueid. The group enjoys the rides, although Shiki is exhausted in the process. As the group squabbles over where to go next, Yumizuka breaks the animosity between Ahika, Arcueid and Ciel, and the group ends up going to an onsen. Once there, Yumizuka divulges her envy of Arcueid's beauty, but Arcueid replies that she cannot have a significant relationship with Shiki because she is not human. As Akiha and Ciel converse, Akiha leaves the amusement park.|
Transcription: "Origami" (Japanese: 檻髪)
|November 28, 2003|
|When Shiki returns home, Akiha collapses shortly after a conversation with him. Kohaku claims she will be fine, and Shiki stays with her through the night. The next day, he is strangely asked by Ciel to allow things to stay normal longer. At home, he sees Akiha taking blood from Kohaku. Arcueid later reveals that Roa reincarnates in the bodies of families with inhuman characteristics, leading Shiki to believe that Akiha is Roa. Later that evening, Shiki follows Akiha, watching her hair turn red. Shiki goes with Arcueid, but after leaving her, he is attacked by Roa, a man seeing the same lines like him, and Shiki is cut across the chest. After Ciel forces Roa to retreat, Shiki collapses.|
Transcription: "Shi" (Japanese: 死)
|December 5, 2003|
|Shiki, in pain due to his wound, is watched by Akiha through the night. The next day, Kohaku reveals that the Tohno family carries inhuman characteristics, and the one with those characteristics designated the head of the family. With Akiha absent, Hisui allows Shiki into Akiha's study, where he finds a key. Trying doors throughout the house, he opens one leading to a dungeon cell with "Help Me" scrawled on the walls in blood. Running outside, he recalls how there was another boy in his childhood also named Shiki and how he had killed him. Akiha, furious at him discovering this knowledge, reprimands Hisui and Kohaku.|
|10||"Crimson Red Moon"|
Transcription: "Ake no Kōgetsu" (Japanese: 朱の紅月)
|December 12, 2003|
|As Shiki lays in bed, Arcueid asks him to go on a date. After visiting several locales, Aruceid asks Shiki to take her to his school. In a classroom, Arcueid expresses her fear that should she go to sleep again, she will awaken and Shiki will be gone. Shiki makes a promise with her that after the events are over, he will go on another date with her. Afterwards, they visit the tea room, and Shiki inquires about Ciel. Arcueid reveals that Ciel used to be Roa's incarnation. The two are ambushed by Roa's minions, but after Arcueid dispatches them, Shiki collapses. The sight of his blood awakens Arcueid's vampire nature, and she is separated from Shiki by a sword sent by Ciel.|
Transcription: "Magatsu Yoru" (Japanese: 凶つ夜)
|December 19, 2003|
|Arcueid flees, and Ciel explains that Arcueid was the White Princess of the True Ancestors, until Roa offered her a rose with blood for her to undergo a cycle where she would awaken for brief periods to kill Roa and then go to sleep once more. Shiki goes to follow Arcueid, but comes upon Roa and Akiha. Roa begins to overwhelm the two until Ciel arrives, but she is dispatched. Roa retreats and Ciel regenerates her wound. At home, Shiki finds that he was adopted, and that he swapped places with the actual Shiki Tohno after he went berserk. Shiki goes to Arcueid, and makes love to her at the apartment. When he awakens, he finds a note that Arcueid left.|
Transcription: "Gessekai" (Japanese: 月世界)
|December 26, 2003|
|Shiki attempts to find Arcueid, but is confronted by Ciel. Ciel agrees to help Shiki find Arcueid after seeing his determination, and the two come upon Roa fighting Arcueid at the school. Despite Arcueid's efforts, she is killed by Roa, and an enraged Shiki begins to fight with Roa. Although initially outmatched, a distraction by Ciel enables Shiki to destroy the entire walkway the two are situated on and get behind Roa, killing him. Ciel disappears, with no person in the school besides Shiki having any memory of her. Shiki goes to the same tree he visited as a youth and thanks the same sorceress he saw, Aoko Aozaki. While waiting for Arcueid after school, Shiki sees her, and she thanks him for fulfilling his promise before disappearing.|
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