Family is more than blood, pun intended

Posted: May 3, 2011 in life lesson
“Everything you need to learn in life, you learn from Anime”
Part 3: Moon Phase Tsukuyomi

spoilers abound. you have been warned.

Moonphase Family

The Mido Family

The theme for Moon Phase takes a little digging to get at. It is really only obvious if you pay attention to the internal dialogue from the heroine, Hazuki, and the reassurances from the other cast members. You can also see it if you look at the bigger picture to the structure of the family itself.

Hazuki (purple hair, center in the photo) is a vampire, confined to her father’s castle. Her mother’s whereabouts are unknown, but its presumed that she’s dead. She is released from her captivity by biting the main character, Kouhei, while he was on a photoshoot at the castle. Unbeknownst to Kouhei and his family at first, he is the “Vampire’s Lover.” Instead of making victims their slaves after biting them, a vampire is released from their own servitude instead. Hazui ends up joining the Mido family, Kouhei’s family and an elite line of spirit fighters and mages.

The anime chronicles the events of protecting Hazuki from the other vampires that seek to return her to the confinement of the castle again. On multiple occasions, she seeks to runaway, because she feels guilty for having to put them through all of the trouble and grief. Toward the end, she even gives in and agrees to go back in order to spare Kouhei from suffering.

Each time this happens, she is reminded by the grandfather or Kouhei himself that she is a part of the family, so they will go out of their way to protect her. So there it is; that’s the theme. Family is not where you’re born or raised, its where you call home. Hazuki’s half sister and fellow vampire (pink hair, bottom right) is awakened to this notion, and it takes her awhile to warm up and be a functioning member of the household after being isolated for so long.

Prior to Hazuki’s sister moving in, Elfriede (blonde, left side), a renegade vampire, also joins the family as the grandfather’s love interest (trust me, she’s actually older than he is, by several hundred years). Kouhei himself was adopted by his grandfather after his father left and his own mother disappeared (also presumed dead). Kouhei’s cousin Seiji (megane danshi, top right) and twins Hikaru and Kaoru (short haired, at the bottom) frequently drop by the household, and even live with them for a time at main family estate during the second half of the anime. The random giggly brunette in the photo is Kouhei’s best friend and coworker who also drops by often, mostly to provide tons of clothes for Hazuki.

Though they are not a typical family, with no mothers or fathers, they look out for each other and protect each other with their lives. Built upon extended family and three vampires, they couldn’t be happier. Family is more than blood, and yes, the pun is totally intended.

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