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Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
Moon Phase(phase1).jpg
Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Volume I
月詠
(Tsukuyomi)
Genre Comedy, romance, supernatural
Manga
Written by Keitarō Arima
Published by Wani Books
English publisher Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Tokyopop
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Gum
Original run March 2000March 27, 2008
Volumes 16
Anime television series
Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo
Studio Shaft
Licensed by Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States FUNimation
United Kingdom Revelation Films
Network TV Tokyo, TV Osaka
English network United States Select On Demand, AZN Television, FUNimation Channel
Original run October 4, 2004March 28, 2005
Episodes 25 plus omake OVA
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Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (月詠 Tsukuyomi?) is a manga series by Keitarō Arima about a young vampire girl named Hazuki and a Japanese freelance photographer Kouhei Morioka whom Hazuki attempts to make into her servant.

The manga was adapted into a 25 episode anime TV series by the Shaft studio and aired late night on TV Tokyo from October 4, 2004 to March 28, 2005, followed by an additional 26th episode released only on DVD on February 22, 2006 which featured Art from Type-Moon. The OVA storyline has very little to do with the original series outside of having some of the same characters, and has a completely different storyline which does not fit into anything which came before it.[1]

Tokyopop publishes an English-language version of the manga[2] while Funimation released the English-language version of the anime under the name Moon Phase.[3] The first season is currently available via the Sony PlayStation 3 video store, Hulu, Joost, Funimation's YouTube account, Netflix, and the iTunes Store.

Plot[edit]

The story is about the relationship between freelance photographer Kouhei Morioka and Hazuki, a young girl who descends from a royal vampire lineage. At the beginning of the story, Kouhei travels to a castle in Germany to take photographs of paranormal phenomena for his friend Hiromi, who is the editor of an occult magazine. At the castle, Kouhei meets Hazuki, who feeds on Kouhei's blood and claims him as her unwilling servant. Although this "blood pact" is supposed to bind Kouhei to Hazuki as her obedient slave, her act has no effect on Kouhei. Following an action-packed sorcerers' battle in which Kouhei and his cousin manage to free Hazuki from her captivity in the dreary castle, Hazuki travels to Tokyo, and takes up residence with Kouhei in his grandfather's house in Japan. Hazuki claims that, because she fed on his blood, Kouhei is now her servant, but Kouhei continually refuses to obey her, especially when he thinks her requests are unreasonable. Despite their fighting, the relationship between the duo progresses over time — even in the face of repeated attacks by opposing vampires — until Kouhei becomes determined to protect Hazuki from the vampire servants of her family, who are determined to retrieve her by whatever means necessary.

Characters[edit]

Hazuki (葉月 Hazuki?) / Luna (ルナ Runa?)

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

Hazuki is a 14-year-old selfish, but adorable, vampire who was separated from her mother and restrained in a castle in Germany. Kouhei enters the castle after seeing her and in the course of events Hazuki gives Kouhei a vampire's "kiss". Normally the act of drawing blood from a mortal turns the mortal into the feeding vampire's unwilling servant, but Hazuki's attempt on Kouhei failed. Regardless, she escapes the castle with Kouhei's help and flees to Japan in search of her mother. Kouhei is dismayed to find that she has been taken in by his grandfather and will be staying as his house. Her family is desperate to retrieve her because she is actually a "daywalker", a vampire who, unlike others of her kind, can withstand sunlight. This, of course, drives the story as Kouhei is forced to protect Hazuki from her family. Later in the narrative Kouhei is revealed to be a "Vampire Lover", and is therefore immune to the binding power of any vampire's "kiss". Despite of this, Hazuki continuously claims that Kouhei is her slave and must obey her every command, which Kouhei refuses to do (she acts as a tsundere towards Kouhei). Though she has trouble showing it due to being defensive, Hazuki truly comes to care for Kouhei falling in love with him towards the end of the story.
Hazuki is plagued by an alternate personality named Luna implanted by her father to keep her confined within Shwartz Quelle castle. Unlike Hazuki herself, Luna is cold-hearted and lacks any kind of kindness; comparing both personalities, Hazuki appears compassionate compared to Luna. She can only emerge from within Hazuki's mind through the use of a pendant and the full moon; she can communicate with Hazuki inside their mind when she is dealing with a great emotional problem, even forcing her to do as she wishes. Originally, Hazuki lacked any memories from when Luna took over, but both seemed to have merged into one following the episode "It's more than a responsibility".
Kouhei Morioka (森丘 耕平 Morioka Kōhei?)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

Kouhei is a 21-year-old photographer who, due to an accident involving paranormal forces in his early childhood, is oblivious to spirits and the supernatural (which he specializes in photographing). He is an "Ama Lamia" (Vampire Lover), meaning no vampire can make him their servant. Furthermore, the ties of servitude that bind any vampire who feeds on Kouhei to their master are broken, making of him a threat to the vampire society structure. Later, it is revealed that he possesses great spiritual powers which were sealed by his family to allow him to live a normal life, as they were too strong for him to control. In the anime, he once again seals away his Jyougan so that it doesn't affect his relationship with Hazuki; his Jyougan originally caused him to see horrifying images around her. In the manga, he has not sealed away his Jyougan and is currently training to perfect his powers. From their first meeting, he and Hazuki have a tempestuous but affectionate relationship that eventually turns into romance. In the manga, Kouhei's surname is Midou.
Ryuuhei Mido (御堂 竜平 Midō Ryūhei?)

Voiced by: Mugihito (Japanese), Randy Tallman (English)

Ryuuhei is Kouhei's grandfather and a powerful spiritualist. Kouhei lives in his household, which is located in an antique shop. He agrees to take Hazuki in out of kindness, though he appears to have other motives for it as well; such as ascertaining the whereabouts of his daughter Shizuru (Kouhei's mother). Later in the tale, Ryuuhei develops a relationship with Elfriede. His "cradle-robbing" habits annoy those close to him.
Seiji Mido (御堂 成児 Midō Seiji?)

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Sonny Strait (English)

Kouhei's cousin and a powerful exorcist in his own right. Later in the series it is revealed that despite training his entire life, his powers are no match for Kouhei's latent potential. Apparently, Kouhei is a Jyougan, or a psychic that can see and interact with spirits, and will them to go away by claiming that there is no spirit. His family sealed off his psychic abilities, so he couldn't see the spirits. Because of this, Seiji is slightly jealous of Kouhei. He rarely loses his cool, often being the most level-headed of them. Seiji works for the paranormal-investigation magazine as Kouhei and Hiromi.Seiji Mido (御堂 晴爾 Midō Seiji?) is his writer's name.
Haiji (ハイジ Haiji?)

Voiced by: Vanilla Yamazaki (Japanese), Gwendolyn Lau (Cat) Luci Christian (Human) (English)

Haiji is Hazuki's guardian spirit. Haiji originally belonged to Kouhei's mother Shizuru, but the spirit guardian lost most of her memories of Kouhei's mother when she was reassigned to Hazuki. Her name was "Akuda" and she had the form of a cat when she belonged to Shizuru. After becoming Hazuki's shikigami, Haiji can transform from her original cat form to a toy-sized humanoid cat in traditional Japanese garb. In the last episode of the anime it's reveal that she wears very embarrassing underwear.
Count Heinrich von Kinkell (ハインリヒ·フォン·キンケル Hainrihi Fon Kinkeru?)

Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese), Troy Baker (English)

One of the minions of Hazuki's family, charged with being the steward of Shwartz Quelle castle. He is also the father of Elfriede, having turned her into a vampire himself around the 1900's. Count Kinkell tries to kill Kouhei and retrieve Hazuki, but is defeated by them with Elfriede's help. He is able to control and bend light which allows him to create illusions, make things invisible and walk under daylight, but he is ultimately killed when he is hurt in daylight, causing him to die like any vampire.
Elfriede (エルフリーデ Erufurīde?)

Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)

Elfriede is Kinkell's daughter and servant. She is also a Ludo, a human who was converted into a vampire. His control over her was nullified when she fed on Kouhei's blood, and since then she has joined his and Hazuki's side. She is able to summon creatures and monsters. Being close in age to Rhyuuhei, she quickly forms a relationship with him, possibly being romantically attracted to each other. After the defeat of her father, she takes to living with the Midou family, helping protect Hazuki from other minions sent by her father.
Hiromi Anzai (安西 ひろみ Anzai Hiromi?)

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese), Laura Bailey (English)

Hiromi is a childhood friend and co-worker of Kouhei's, assigning various photo jobs to him. Has a notable crush on Seiji, which is not reciprocated. She is also a horrible driver and enjoys alcohol. Her relationship with Hazuki is much like a doting older sister, giving her clothes and other things only a girl would know to give her. Hazuki once used her hypnosis to make Hiromi buy her a bed, something Hiromi would have done for her anyway. She was turned into Kinkel's slave along with the Editor in Chief of the occult magazine, but was freed from him when the Count died; she lacks any memory of her time under the spell. She remains unaware of Hazuki's true nature as a vampire and doesn't know the truth about Haiji.
Hikaru Mido (御堂 光 Midō Hikaru?) and Kaoru Mido (御堂 薫 Midō Kaoru?)
Hikaru and Kaoru are twin sisters who, despite being younger than Hazuki, are pledged by their parents to marry Seiji and Kouhei respectively when they grow up. Hikaru is more outgoing and is the one who constantly picks fights with Hazuki, which Hazuki usually wins because Kouhei takes her side. While Hikaru is engaged to Seiji, Kaoru is engaged to Kouhei. Kaoru is more quiet and shy and can be a crybaby at times. Despite her shyness, she can also be quite mean to Hazuki, but this might be possibly that she is jealous of Hazuki due to the fact that she lives with Kouhei.
Yayoi Mido (御堂 弥生 Midō Yayoi?)

Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)

Yayoi is a powerful exorcist from the Midō family. He becomes Kouhei's sensei when Kouhei decides to become an exorcist like his relatives in order to be able to protect Hazuki.
Artemis ("Arte")

Voiced by: Sawa Ishige (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)

Hazuki's younger half-sister as they were born to different mothers. Artemis envies her because of the attention their family dedicates to her older sister, and because of it Arte is determined to deprive Hazuki of everything and everyone she truly cares for; taking by force or destroying completely. In the series finale, she is taken in by Kouhei's family after the death of her guardian and grandfather, Balgus. Kouhei manages to reach out to her and convinces her to open up to a new life with caring friends and family. She is a Shadow User. This means she can use her shadow, and turn it into a scythe, or a replica of her, etc. She also has healing abilities which appear to be more advanced than even Hazuki's. In the manga, she has been forcefully rejected by her father and taken into the care of Kouhei's father to act as a "replacement" in Hazuki's absence.

Manga[edit]

Tsukuyomi Moon Phase was written by Keitarō Arima, and originally published by Wani Books. Starting with volume one in March 2000, the series has 16 volumes with the last being released in March 2009 in Japan. Tokyopop and Madman Entertainment both had English releases for the manga but due to financial trouble, Tokyopop postponed some of the dates. The manga is licensed in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press.[4] On May 31, 2011 Tokyopop announced that all of their licensed titles would revert to their Japanese owners leaving the series incomplete.

Volume Japanese English
ISBN Release Date ISBN Release Date
1 ISBN 4-8470-3342-6 March 2000 ISBN 1-59532-948-X December 12, 2005
2 ISBN 4-8470-3361-2 September 2000 ISBN 1-59532-949-8 March 7, 2006
3 ISBN 4-8470-3395-7 April 2001 ISBN 1-59532-950-1 June 13, 2006
4 ISBN 4-8470-3423-6 December 2001 ISBN 1-59532-951-X September 12, 2006
5 ISBN 4-8470-3432-5 June 2002 ISBN 1-59532-952-8 December 12, 2006
6 ISBN 4-8470-3443-0 February 2003 ISBN 1-59532-953-6 March 13, 2007
7 ISBN 4-8470-3457-0 October 24, 2003 ISBN 1-59532-954-4 June 12, 2007
8 ISBN 4-8470-3469-4 May 22, 2004 ISBN 1-59532-955-2 September 11, 2007
9 ISBN 4-8470-3486-4 December 24, 2004 ISBN 1-4278-0163-0 December 11, 2007
10 ISBN 4-8470-3509-7 July 25, 2005 ISBN 1-4278-0164-9 April 8, 2008
11 ISBN 4-8470-3535-6 March 25, 2006 ISBN 1-4278-0726-4 August 8, 2008
12 ISBN 4-8470-3578-X October 25, 2006 ISBN 1-4278-0727-2 November 4, 2008
13 ISBN 4-8470-3597-6 April 25, 2007 ISBN 1-4278-1161-5 Postponed By Tokyopop and never released.[5][6]
14 ISBN 4-8470-3619-0 November 24, 2007 ISBN -
15 ISBN 4-8470-3647-6 July 24, 2008 ISBN -
16 ISBN 4-8470-3677-4 March 24, 2009 ISBN -

Anime[edit]

Staff

Episodes[edit]

The English title listed here are official episode titles and may be different from original Japanese title. Each episode ends with still image drawn by illustrators and listed below as endcards. The series consists of 25 episodes and one OVA.

# Title Endcard Original air date
01 "Big Brother, Be My Slave"
"Onii-sama,Watashi no Shimobe ni Narinasai♥" (おにいさま、私のシモベになりなさい♥) 
October 4, 2004
02 "Call Me Mistress"
"Go-shujin-sama to Oyobinasai♥" (御主人様とおよびなさい♥) 
Nono Ahara October 11, 2004
03 "Big Brother, Let's Live Together"
"Onii-sama, Atashi to Issho ni Kurashite Kudasai ne♥" (おにいさま、私といっしょに暮らしてくださいね♥) 
Suzunari Shimokitazawa October 18, 2004
04 "Big Brother, I Feel Like Kissing"
"Onii-sama, ...Kisu Shitakunacchatta♥" (おにいさま、...キスしたくなっちゃた♥) 
POP October 25, 2004
05 "Big Brother, It's a Full Full Full Moon"
"Onii-sama, Furufurufurumūn♥" (おにいさま、ふるふるふるむーん♥) 
Nobuyuki Takagi November 1, 2004
06 "Heart Throbs in Kyoto"
"Onii-sama to Kyoto de ...ufu♥ Wakuwaku♥♥" (おにいさまと京都で...うふ♥ わくわく♥♥) 
Yasuhito Kawamura November 8, 2004
07 "Well, I Wanted It..."
"......Datte Hoshikattandamon♥" (......だって欲しかったんだもん♥) 
Humikane Shimada November 15, 2004
08 "Mother Came to See Me! Happy!"
"Okaa-sama ga Kitekureta! Ureshii♥" (母様がきてくれた! うれしい♥) 
GotoP November 22, 2004
09 "Save Me From This Dream"
"Onii-sama, Atashi wo Yume kara Tasukete... Onegai" (おにいさま、私を夢から助けて...おねがい) 
Takehito Harada November 29, 2004
10 "You're My Slave and I won't Forgive You"
"Yurusanai... Hajimete no Shimobe no Kuse ni" (ゆるさない...初めてのシモベのくせに) 
Bukichi Nadeara December 6, 2004
11 "Big Brother, Get Some Rest!"
"Onii-sama, Ansei ni Shitenakya Dame♥" (おにいさま、安静にしてなきゃダメ♥) 
Dr.Moro December 13, 2004
12 "I'll Never Forgive Him!"
"Yurusenai no, Aitsu Dake wa...!" (ゆるせないの、あいつだけは...!) 
NIΘ, Ringo Kick (Nitroplus) December 20, 2004
13 "Let's Defeat the Count!"
"Onii-sama, Minna de Hakushaku wo Taoshimashō ne♥" (おにいさま、みんなで伯爵を倒しましょうね♥) 
E=mc² December 27, 2004
14 "Big Brother, Will You Walk with Me?"
"Onii-sama to Issho ni...... Osanpo shitai desu♥" (おにいさまといっしょに......お散歩したいです♥) 
Bow Ditama January 10, 2005
15 "It's More Than a Responsibility!"
"Onii-sama, "Sekinin"-totte Kudasai ne♥" (おにいさま、"せきにん"とってくださいね♥) 
Noizi Ito January 17, 2005
16 "I Have to Eat Cat-Ear Buns!"
"Onii-sama, Doushitemo Furufurudou no Nekomimi Manju Janakucha Dame nandesu♥" (おにいさま、どうしてもふるふる堂のネコミミ饅頭じゃなくちゃだめなんです♥) 
Ōji January 24, 2005
17 "Big Brother, Why Is This Happening?"
"Onii-sama, Nande Konna Koto ni Naruwake?" (おにいさま、なんでこんなことになるわけ!?) 
Higashiguchi Chūō January 31, 2005
18 "Yahoo! I'll See You Soon!"
"Yahho♥ Haiho♥ Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu ne♥" (ヤッホー♥ ハイホー♥ 今、会いに行きますネ♥) 
Gayarō February 7, 2005
19 "Day on the Mountain, Monkey in the Spa, the Cat's Whiskers... And Who Are You?"
"Oyama no Hi Yukemuri no Saru Neko ni Hige ...de, Antatachi Dare?" (お山の日 湯けむりのサル ねこのヒゲ♥ ...で、あんたたち誰?) 
Kengō Yagumo February 14, 2005
20 "Grandfather, Why Are You Dressed Like That?"
"Ojii-sama, Doshite sonna Kakkō shiterun desuka?" (おじいさま、どーしてそんな格好してるんですか?) 
CHOCO February 21, 2005
21 "Big Brother, Where Is This Nursery Rhyme From?"
"Onii-sama, Sorette Doko no Chihō no Temari Uta?" (おにいさま、それってどこの地方の手まり唄?) 
Misato Mitsumi February 28, 2005
22 "I Didn't Know You Were Like That!"
"Onii-sama, Sonna Hito dattandesuka!?" (おにいさま、そんな人だったんですか!?) 
Nishida March 7, 2005
23 "Big Brother, Am I That Scary?"
"Onii-sama, Watashitte Sonna ni Hen desuka?" (おにいさま、わたしってそんなにヘンですか?) 
Takashi Takeuchi, Takao Aotsuki March 14, 2005
24 "Good-bye Big Brother... I'm Going Back? I'm Really Going Back?"
"Sayonara, Onii-sama...... Watashi, Honto ni Kaecchau yo? Kaecchau yo?" (サヨナラ、おにいさま......私、ホントに帰っちゃうよ? 帰っちゃうよ?) 
Yoshitsune Izuna March 21, 2005
25 "Big Brother, They Say It's The End! Will You Always Be My Slave?"
"Onii-sama, Saishūkai dasō desuyo♥ Zutto Watashi no Shimobe de Itekudasai ne♥♥♥" (おにいさま、最終回だそうですよ♥ ずっと私のシモベでいてくださいね♥♥♥) 
Keitarō Arima March 28, 2005
26 (Omake) "Up and Down, In the Sun, Floating Away... What Is It?"
"Onii-sama, Yurayura Kirakira Donburako Korette, Nānda?" (おにいさま、ゆらゆらきらきらどんぶらこ これって、なーんだ?) 
February 22, 2006

Theme music[edit]

Opening
  1. "Neko Mimi Mode" by Dimitri from Paris (eps 1–8, 10–13, 15–24)
  2. "Tsuku Yomi Mode" by Dimitri from Paris (eps 9, 14)
Ending
  1. "Kanashii Yokan"
  2. "Nami no Toriko ni naru you ni" (ep 7)
  3. "Pressentiment triste" by Marianne Amplifier featuring Yuka (ep 19)
  4. "Neko Mimi Mode" by Dimitri From Paris (ep 25)

Reception[edit]

Hyper commends the anime for its "character design and animation which are uniformly quite good and the series boasts some very nice Gothic background art". The scripting is criticised for being "too cluttered to allow any immersion".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beveridge, Chris (May 17, 2007). "Moon Phase Vol. #6 (of 6)". AnimeonDVD.com. Retrieved January 1, 2008. "Episode twenty-six however just goes over the top in trying to be an outright comedy that makes no sense." 
  2. ^ "Tokyopop License Updates". Anime News Network. August 5, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Funimation Announces Rights for Moon Phase". Anime News Network. October 28, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2006. 
  4. ^ "月詠Moon Phase (01)" (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  5. ^ "TokyoPop Moon Phase #13 Release Information". Animenewsnetwork. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "TokyoPop licenses revert back to Japanese owners". Animenewsnetwork. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase". Hyper (Next Media) (166): 84. August 2007. ISSN 1320-7458. 

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