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Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (月詠 Tsukiyomi?) 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 TV anime 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 and the iTunes Store.

Plot synopsis

The story is about the relationship between freelance photographer Kouhei Morioka and Hazuki, a teenager 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

Hazuki (葉月 Hazuki?) / Luna (ルナ Runa?)

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

A 14-year-old selfish but adorable vampire, Hazuki was separated from her mother and restrained in a castle in Germany. She escapes the castle with Kouhei's help and flees to Japan in search of her mother. A vampire's "kiss", the act of drawing blood from a mortal, normally turns the mortal into the feeding vampire's unwilling servant, but Hazuki's attempt on Kouhei fails. According to the storyline, Kouhei is narrated as the "Vampire Lover", and therefore is immune to the binding power of Hazuki's vampiric "kiss". Despite her continuous claims that Kouhei is her slave and must obey her every command, Kouhei refuses to do so. Her family is desperate to retrieve her because she is actually a "daywalker", a vampire who, unlike others of her kind, can withstand sunlight. She is plagued by an alternate personality named Luna that was forced upon her by her vampire relatives to keep her under control.
Kouhei Morioka (森丘 耕平 Morioka Kōhei?)

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

Kouhei is a 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, vampires who feed on him have their servitude ties with their masters 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. 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 and exorcist. 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 and Kouhei's mother. Later in the tale, Ryuuhei develops a relationship with Elfriede.
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, he is slightly jealous of Kouhei. 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.
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, 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 and walk under daylight.
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 joined his and Hazuki's side. She is able to summon creatures and monsters.
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. She is also a horrible driver. Her relationship with Hazuki is much like a doting older sister.
Hikaru Mido (御堂 光 Midō Hikaru?) and Kaoru Mido (御堂 薫 Midō Kaoru?)
Hikaru and Kaoru are two girls 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 she 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, 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 into Morioka's family after the death of her guardian and grandfather, Fargus. 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. 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

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]

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 1-42780-163-0 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[5]
14 ISBN 4-8470-3619-0 November 24, 2007 ISBN Unknown Rerelease Date
15 ISBN 4-8470-3647-6 July 24, 2008 ISBN -
16 ISBN 4-8470-3677-4 March 24, 2009 ISBN -

Anime

Staff

Episodes

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, Atashi no Shimobe ni Narinasai♥" (おにいさま、私のシモベになりなさい♥)
October 4, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
02 Call Me Mistress
"Go-shujin-sama to Oyobinasai♥" (御主人様とおよびなさい♥)
October 11, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
October 18, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
October 25, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
November 1, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥♥)
November 8, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
07 Well, I Wanted It...
"......Datte Hoshikattandamon♥" (......だって欲しかったんだもん♥)
November 15, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
08 Mother Came to See Me! Happy!
"Okaa-sama ga Kitekureta! Ureshii♥" (母様がきてくれた! うれしい♥)
November 22, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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)
November 29, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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)
December 6, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
December 13, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
12 I'll Never Forgive Him!
"Yurusenai no, Aitsu Dake wa...!" (ゆるせないの、あいつだけは...!)
December 20, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
December 27, 2004 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
January 10, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
January 17, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
January 24, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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!?)
January 31, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥)
February 7, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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?)
February 14, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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?)
February 21, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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?)
February 28, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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!?)
March 7, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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?)
March 14, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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?)
March 21, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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♥♥♥)
March 28, 2005 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
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 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}

Theme music

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

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".[6]

References

  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. Script error
  5. "TokyoPop Moon Phase #13 Release Information". Animenewsnetwork. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. "Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase". Hyper (Next Media) (166): 84. August 2007. ISSN 1320-7458. 

External links

ru:Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase tl:Tsukuyomi -Moon Phase- zh:月詠

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