Tsukihime, Lunar Legend

Tsukihime, Lunar Legend is an anime series in the Lunar Legend Tsukihime franchise
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Tsukihime, Lunar Legend is an anime based on the visual novel from Type-Moon. It follows the story of Shiki and his ability to see the lines on people that if cut will cause their death.


It is created by Type Moon. Originally, the anime is based on the visual novel made by Type Moon, Tsukihime. The anime aired in October 9, 2003 and ended in December 23, 2003.


Injured in a mysterious childhood accident, Shiki Tono suffers bizarre after-effects. These include his belief that he can see strange lines emanating from objects around him, which can only be repressed with the aid of special spectacles. He is sent away to stay with relatives until eight years later when his father dies and he is ordered home by his older sister Akiha, the new head of the family.

On his first day back he dices up a woman in a murderous rage-seen in graphic detail on the home video release, but not in the original TV broadcast. He is, however, still understandably disconcerted when she shows up later, alive and well, and asks him to be her bodyguard. Strange things are going on in Shiki's very traditional family-the revenant woman turns out to be a vampire, one of the True Ancestors, who is charged with eliminating their bastard offspring, the Dead Apostles, the result of True Ancestors feeding on humans. And it seems that his big sister Akiha may not be entirely human.And then there is the new girl at school, who is stalking him. Shiki has to find out where his past is leading him. It turns out that the things he can see are "deathlines," the threads that bind all life together, which he can manipulate to cause destruction.


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Other Media

Since it is created in 2000, the story originated in a visual novel made by Type-Moon which generated considerable merchandise. The visual novel comes before its anime adaptation. Due to its lengthy format, the anime is a compression of the visual novel in 12 episodes. Similar to Type-Moon's other franchise, Fate Stay Night (a visual novel).

Similarities to other Anime

Tsukihime is similar to Fate Stay Night due to its visual novel's main, male protagonist's origin story. Shirou Emiya (Fate Stay Night) and Shiki Tohno (Tsukihime) both suffer from a tragic event in their past that links to their future. For Shirou, it is the great fire that killed everyone but him, and for Shiki, it is an "accident" that left him scarred for life. Both visual novels have routes that ends accordingly to the decisions made. Yet, the anime of both visual novel follows one route.

Theme Music


"The Sacred Moon" by Toshiyuki Omori (Episodes 1-12)


"Rinne no Hate ni" (輪廻の果てに) by Fumiko Orikasa (Episodes 1-12)

Season/Ep# Name Airdate
1 - 12
Lunar World
1 - 11
Misfortunate Night
1 - 10
Vermilion Crimson Moon
1 - 9
1 - 8
1 - 7
Blue Sin Mark
1 - 6
White Dream
1 - 5
A Bow Of The Sky
1 - 4
The Cradling Garden
1 - 3
Mystic Eyes of Death Perception
1 - 2
Black Beast
1 - 1
Reversal Impulse

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Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Takashi Takeuchi
Katsushi Sakurabi
Hiroko Tokita

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General Information Edit
Name Tsukihime, Lunar Legend
Name: 真月譚 月姫
Romaji: Shingetsutan Tsukihime
Publisher J.C. Staff
Start Year 2003
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Aliases Lunar Legend Moon Princess; Moon Princess; True Lunar Chronicle Tsukihime; Shingetsutan Tsukihime
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