Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
|Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase|
Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Volume I
|Genre||Comedy, Romance, Supernatural|
|Written by||Keitarō Arima|
|Published by||Wani Books|
|Original run||March 2000 – March 27, 2008|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Akiyuki Shinbo|
|Network||TV Tokyo, TV Osaka|
|Original run||October 4, 2004 – March 28, 2005|
|Episodes||25 plus omake OVA|
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.
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.
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. On May 31, 2011 Tokyopop announced that all of their licensed titles would revert to their Japanese owners leaving the series incomplete.
|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 978-1-4278-1161-5||Postponed By Tokyopop and never released.|
|14||ISBN 4-8470-3619-0||November 24, 2007||-||-|
|15||ISBN 4-8470-3647-6||July 24, 2008||-||-|
|16||ISBN 4-8470-3677-8||March 24, 2009||-||-|
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♥)
|Yasuhito Kawamura||October 4, 2004|
|Kouhei's job photographing for a tabloid takes him to Germany's Schwartz Quelle, an ancient castle build during the Middle Ages. While photographing in the castle, Kouhei comes across a mysterious young girl that can't be photographed. Can this get any more paranormal than it already is? And who is this mysterious young girl?|
|02||"Call Me Mistress"
"Go-shujin-sama to Oyobinasai♥" (御主人様とおよびなさい♥)
|Yasuhito Kawamura||October 11, 2004|
|Hazuki bites Kouhei hoping to make him her servant. While Kazuki is trying to manipulate Kouhei, Kouhei's cousin Seiji is fighting a spiritual battle against Vigo, another mysterious character in the castle. What has happened to Kouhei? and will he be able to escape the castle?|
|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♥)
|Yasuhito Kawamura||October 18, 2004|
|Kouhei finds himself living with Hazuki, a vampire he saved from Schwartz Quelee Castle. Kouhei tries to fulfill the promise he made to Hazuki, to find her mother. They go on a trip into the mountain to find Hazuki's mother. Kouhei soon learns more about Hazuki and her split personalities. Whose side is Luna, Hazuki's other personality, on? and who is this mysterious figure following Kouhei and Hazuki?|
|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♥)
|Yasuhito Kawamura||October 25, 2004|
|It's been about a month since Hazuki came to live with Kouhei and they are approaching another full moon. Along with the full moon, comes Hazuki's split personality Luna who seems to know more about Hazuki that she herself does. Will Hazuki ever learn more about her past?|
|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♥)
|Yasuhito Kawamura||November 1, 2004|
|The mysterious stranger reveals herself to be the servant of Count Kinkel, one of the most feared vampires. She continues to reveal that she came from Germany to take Luna back to the castle. Hazuki refuses to return to the castle and a battle breaks out. Will Kouhei be able to protect Hazuki?|
|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|
|A trip to Kyoto becomes a little complex for Hazuki. She meets two new enemies and an old one. What will happen to Hazuki?|
|07||"Well, I Wanted It..."
"......Datte Hoshikattandamon♥" (......だって欲しかったんだもん♥)
|Humikane Shimada||November 15, 2004|
|The household found some peace at last which doesn’t seem to last long. Tired of Kouhei, Hazuki brainwashes Hiromi to become her slave. What will Hazuki do with trouble follows?|
|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|
|Just when Hazuki thinks that she will never see her mother, she happens to stumble upon her. She gets her hopes up and walks into a trap. Will her friends be able to save her?|
|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|
|Hazuki under a sleeping spell inside of Count Kinkel’s castle and Kouhei save her just before she loses all her memories and reverts back to her other self, Luna. Will they be able to escape the castle?|
|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|
|After the battle to save Hazuki, Kouhei is gravely injured and is in the hospital. Mistress Luna, Hazuki’s alter ego was the one that injured which could place a huge gape between Hazuki and her friendship with the group. Will they fear her and will Kouhei survive?|
|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|
|After troubling experience, everyone is looking forward to some peace and quiet. Will this peace last long?|
|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|
|Count Kinkel kidnapped Grandpa to lure Hazuki. Hazuki and the friends return to the castle to save Grandpa. Will they escape the castle alive?|
|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|
|With the help of Elfriede, Hazuki and the others have discovered Count Kinkel’s weakness. Will they be able to outsmart the Count?|
|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|
|Hazuki and the others finally kill Count Kinkel and Hazuki is finally safe. She soon finds herself dealing with emotional pain. Will she be ever herself again?|
|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|
|Luna and Hazuki start their battle for the body. Will Hazuki be able to beat Luna and keep control over her body?|
|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|
|Hazuki’s battle with two crows leads her to discovery about her powers. Kouhei later makes her the subject to his photography. Just as they are about to start, there is a knock on the door. Who can this person at the door be?|
|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|
|Kouhei feels powerless to protect Hazuki, he wants to train in the art of supernatural powers. Kouhei experiments this by himself. Will this lead him in trouble?|
|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|
|It has been eight months since Hazuki’s home had been destroyed. She continues to wait for Kouhei to finish his training at the Mido shrine as well as mourning for her lost friends. Will she be able to stop mourning and when will Kouhei finish his training?|
|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|
|Hazuki takes Kaoru, Yayoi and Hikaru to the mountain refuge where Kouhei is suppose to be training. While Hazuki and Kouhei catch up with all the time they had been apart, few vampires attack. Will they be able to survive their attacks?|
|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|
|Kouhei’s training continues but masked stranger steps in with a test and Kouhei’s finds himself alone. Will he be able to find the others and survive?|
|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|
|Hazuki and Hikaru rush into the trap of the enemy. Meanwhile, Kouhei is at the mercy of a child vampire. Will they be able to force the vampires to retreat?|
|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|
|Mistress Arte is forbidden to kill Luna/Hazuki instead Arte decides to kill Kouhei. Will Kouhei be able to fend off Arte and save Hazuki?|
|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|
|As the Puppet Master attacks Hazuku and Kouhei, can Kouhei conqueror his fear of Hazuki's true form? Will they survive the battle and will Seiji be able to drive the vampires back?|
|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|
|Yayo, Hikaru and Haiji attempt to rescue Hazuki, will they be able to resuce her without Kouhei's Jagan?|
|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|
|Hazuki is finally rescued, the vampires have been banished, and the Mido family is returning back to normal. Well whatever normal is for them at least. But can Hazuki get back to normal?|
|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|
|In this special episode, The Mido family house has mysteriously moved to the middle of the ocean and no one but Seiji has noticed anything weird after this. While their lives have changed without knowing, can the Mido family get used to their new lives and will Hazuki learn what it means to be a sister?|
- "Neko Mimi Mode" by Dimitri from Paris (eps 1–8, 10–13, 15–24)
- "Tsuku Yomi Mode" by Dimitri from Paris (eps 9, 14)
- "Kanashii Yokan"
- "Nami no Toriko ni naru you ni" (ep 7)
- "Pressentiment triste" by Marianne Amplifier featuring Yuka (ep 19)
- "Neko Mimi Mode" by Dimitri From Paris (ep 25)
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".
- 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.
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- "Funimation Announces Rights for Moon Phase". Anime News Network. October 28, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2006.
- "月詠Moon Phase (01)" (in Chinese). Sharp Point Press. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
- "TokyoPop Moon Phase #13 Release Information". Animenewsnetwork. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "TokyoPop licenses revert back to Japanese owners". Animenewsnetwork. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- "Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase". Hyper (Next Media) (166): 84. August 2007. ISSN 1320-7458.
- Japanese Official site (Japanese)
- TV Tokyo official site (Japanese)
- Official Tokyopop site (Archived)
- The Official MOONPHASE Anime Website from FUNimation
- Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia