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Review: Shingetsutan Tsukihime

The previous review was incomplete. It read as follows:

There is a man with a gift. He can see the weakest point of everything: with his knife, he can destroy anything. This is unnatural and creepy to him.

He eventually makes friends with a vampire, and they fall in love, and everything works out perfectly. That is, it’s a unbearably tragic ending, but it’s extremely well done and satisfying for the viewer.

Other things happen, too.

Genre: Vampire
Emotion: tragic romance

This series lies halfway between horror and mystery. One of the most appealing aspects is that it plays with reality, and the viewer knows only what the main character does. This heightens the sense of mystery and horror, and is generally well done. The series manages to be suspenseful through its entirety.

The setting is interesting: behind the scenes of normal, everyday life, monsters lurk in concealment. This second world doesn’t get much exploration, but it would dilute the series too much: in 12 episodes, you only have time for the most essential elements. The monsters are generally called vampires, but they depart in many ways from traditional stereotypes of the genre.

One suspicion occurred in the second viewing, which research proved correct: this series was derived from an H game of a different name. There’s almost no sexual content in the series itself (save one episode where it seems appropriate plotwise), though there is a noticable amount of romance. I find it generally well done; the romance subplot adds to the overall story, and is generally handled realistically and tastefully. Still, if you hate series where the male:female ratio is less than 1:3, this one isn’t for you.

The other point where the second viewing differed from the first was that the ending seemed less like an incredibly powerful tragedy. It was still powerful, but the second time I was more concerned with the fact that I actually understood what was happening in the main plot, and it was resolving. It ends well either way.

One downside is that there is a major plot event for which not even an attempt at an explanation for its cause is given. However, as this happens early in the series while you’re still trying to figure out what’s going on, you might not even notice the lack.

Genre: horror
Emotion: bittersweet romantic ending
BTFS: .75

(Beyond the Fifth Star ratings are normalized from 0 to 1)

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