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“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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Anime Review: Moon Phase

Posted: April 26, 2011 in reviews
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no spoilers here.

Moon Phase

Hazuki, aka Luna

Moon Phase (Tsukuyomi) is about a vampire girl who is rescued from her captivity in a castle by amateur photographer Kouhei. After she bites Kouhei, she is freed from her servitude and chooses to follow him home, claiming him as her slave. Unbeknownst to her, and the rest of the vampire community, Kouhei is the “Vampire’s Lover,” or a human who, once bitten, will free vampires from their wills. The rest of the vampire community is outraged by him, and want nothing more than to bring Luna home. Luna, or Hazuki, learns what family really means, and that its not just all about blood (pun fully intended).

For me, the anime started slow. I got to episode 5, and then I stopped watching it over a year. Recently, I picked it back up and forced myself through it. After another episode or two, it began to pick up and get a lot more interesting.

Overall, it was worth a watch. The Neko-mimi (Cat-girl) shenanigans gets old really fast, but its not horribly distracting. And there’s Seiji Mido, a megane danshi, whom I will have a post on later. There are about two arcs, and about half way through the anime is a major plot shift which separates the two. Though the “first” final battle is entertaining, the last one is less than stellar and ends almost too abruptly. On a positive note, there is a wrap up episode (25) which was really nice.

Episode 26 is an encore filler, and I could have done without seeing it. The characters seemed to be either too much in character or completely out of character, and the whole episode was complete nonsense.

Another downside is that some loose ends are never tied up, especially when it comes to Kouhei’s mother. They appear to get close to an answer, and it may be inferred as to what happened, but no definite answers are given.

3.5/5

Futago: Twins!

Posted: April 21, 2011 in random articles
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Hitachiin Twins

Kaoru (left), and Hikaru (right) Hitachiin

spoilers abound. you have been warned.

A subject I relate to: Twins, or in Japanese, Futago! I am also a twin. Her name is Alicia, and she is also a Japanese and anime fan like me!

If I say Hikaru and Kaoru, you might think of the Hitachiin twins from Ouran Highschool Host Club, right?

These two trouble makers go on a self discovery journey in the Host Club, started by Tamaki’s persistence in playing the “Which one is Hikaru” game and inviting them to expand their world by joining the Host Club. Their borders are further broken down when Haruhi reveals she can tell them apart based on their personality, despite them wearing hats and dying their hair.

Hikaru is generally more outspoken, and a little more dense in the emotional state of others. Kaoru is more observant, reserved, and gentle.

Kaoru (left), and Hikaru (right) Mido

Now what about the Mido twins from Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase? They’re also named Hikaru and Kaoru. Weird, right?

These two little girls are basically elemental mages (World of Warcraft analogy, sorry ^_^) and are the cousins (and betrothed) to the the main character Kouhei (Kaoru) and their cousin Seiji (Hikaru). Whether the betrothals are serious or not is debatable, but it does strike a lot of initial animosity toward Hazuki (the title character) who has a strong tie to Kouhei.

Their names are not the only things in common with the Hitachiin twins. Kaoru is shy, quiet, and a bit of a crybaby, while Hikaru is outspoken and somewhat aggressive. Though similar dynamics exist between both twins, the difference is more obvious between the Mido twins.

In comparison, my twin and I are more like the Hitachiin twins; she is more reserved than I am, but our dynamics are not as pronounced.