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Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
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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 confined to a castle in Germany. Kouhei, searching for paranormal entities to photograph, 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 fails (as explained below). 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). She escapes the castle with Kouhei's help and flees to Japan in search of her mother. She is pursued by Kinkell from whose castle she escaped because he was tasked with guarding her and does not want to be punished for letting her escape. In addition, her family is desperate to retrieve her because she is actually a true "daywalker", a vampire who, unlike others of her kind, can withstand direct sunlight. 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 host to 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. Luna can only emerge at the full moon through the use of a pendant but she can communicate with Hazuki mind-to-mind when Hazuki is under stress and can even force her to do as she wishes. Originally, Hazuki lacked any memory from when Luna took over, but following the episode "It's more than a responsibility" both personalities seem to have merged.
Kouhei Morioka (森丘 耕平 Morioka Kōhei?)

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

Kouhei is a 21-year-old photographer who specializes in photographing spirits and the supernatural.

He is an "Ama Lamia" (Vampire Lover), meaning no vampire can make him their servant. Furthermore, the ties of servitude that bind a vampire to their master are broken should they feed on Kouhei, making of him a threat to the very foundation of vampire society. Later, it is revealed that he possesses great spiritual powers or Jyougan which allowed him to see spirits at a very early age. His ability was so strong that the child Kouhei did not differentiate between the spirit world and real world and was able to exorcise spirits even without training by claiming that they didn't exist. As a result his abilities were sealed away by his family to allow him to live a normal life, as they were too strong for him to control at the time and it was feared that the immature Kouhei could end up possessed by spirits. He decides to have the seal removed so that he can fight the vampires at his full strength but is terrified when he sees the extent of Hazuki's vampiric aura. Eventually he overcomes his fear and is able to save Hazuki and the others. In the anime, once the battle is over he voluntarily seals away his Jyougan so that it won't affect his relationship with Hazuki. In the manga, he doesn't seal away his Jyougan and decides to train further to perfect his powers. From their first meeting, he and Hazuki have had a tempestuous relationship. Their growing affection for each other eventually turns into a 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 agreed to take Hazuki in out of kindness, though he appears to have other motives for it as well including 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 his extensive training, his powers are no match for Kouhei's latent potential. 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 same paranormal-investigation magazine as Kouhei and Hiromi. He writes under the name Seiji Mido (御堂 晴爾 Midō Seiji?) (same pronunciation, different kanji).
Haiji (ハイジ Haiji?)

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

Haiji is Hazuki's guardian spirit who takes the form of a cat. Haiji originally belonged to Kouhei's mother, Shizuru, and was known as Akuda. Due to her long separation from Shizuru, Haiji weakened nearly to the point of death, but was revived when Ryuuhei and Seiji performed a ritual that transferred her loyalty to Hazuki. The spirit guardian lost most of her memories of Kouhei's mother as a result of the ritual. Since becoming Hazuki's shikigami, Haiji is able to 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 and charged with the stewardship of Shwartz Quelle castle where Hazuki was confined. He is also the father of Elfriede, having turned her into a vampire himself early in the 20th century. Count Kinkell is determined to retrieve Hazuki and prevent his superiors from finding out she escaped so as to avoid being punished for his lapse. He is able to control and bend light which allows him to create illusions, make things invisible and avoid being burned by sunlight. Kinkell finds out that Kouhei is an Ama Lamia and tries to kill him, but is defeated through the efforts of Kouhei and the others, including Elfriede, and is killed by Hazuki when she is able to drive a wooden stake through his heart, exposing him to daylight via his wound.
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 a Ludo, a human who was converted into a vampire, and is truly Kinkell's biological daughter as well as his daughter in terms of vampire propagation by being bitten. Due to his cruelty to her family when she was converted, she swore to avenge them. Kinkell's control over her was nullified when she fed on Kouhei's blood which is how she was able to aid him and Hazuki destroy Kinkell. She is able to summon creatures and monsters. Being close in chronological age to Rhyuuhei (although she looks much younger), she quickly forms a relationship with him, possibly becoming romantically attracted to him. After she, Kouhei and the others defeated Kinkell, she joined the Midou household and helps protect Hazuki from other vampires and their minions.
Hiromi Anzai (安西 ひろみ Anzai Hiromi?)

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

Hiromi is Kouhei's childhood friend and co-worker at an occult magazine, who assigns him various photo jobs. She 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 that of 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. Although Hazuki told Hiromi about the hypnosis, she remains unaware of Hazuki's true nature as a vampire.
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 constantly picks fights with Hazuki. Kaoru, the quieter of the sisters, is somewhat clumsy and shy. Despite her shyness, she can also be quite mean to Hazuki, but this is likely due to jealousy of the fact that Hazuki 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)

Artemis is Hazuki's younger half-sister as they were born to different mothers. Artemis envies Hazuki because of the attention their family dedicated to her. Because of this Arte is determined to deprive Hazuki of everything and everyone she truly cares for; either taking it by force or destroying it completely. In the series finale, she is taken in by Kouhei's family after the death of her guardian (and grandfather?), Balgus/Vargas. Arte is determined to remain alone because everyone who becomes close to her goes away (apparently only Balgus was willing to play with her) but Kouhei reaches out to her and is able to connect with her to such an extent that she falls asleep in his lap. Afterwards, she opens up to a new life with a caring family and friends. She is a Shadow User, meaning that Arte can manipulate her shadow, turning 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 is callously rejected by her father and given into Kouhei's care as a "replacement" for Hazuki, whom their father has reclaimed. Furthermore, in Chapter 77, it is hinted that Arte may be related to Kouhei in some way.

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]

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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