Anime Review: Tsukuyomi Moonphase

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Genre: Fantasy/Romantic Comedy

Studio/Creator: Shaft/Keitaro Arima

Distributor: FUNimation, also streams on Hulu

No of Episodes: 26

Suggested Age:  13+

My Rating: 9/10

Summary: Kouhei is a photographer for an occult magazine.  One night on an assignment at a haunted castle, he discovers a cat-eared girl named Hazuki.  She’s actually a vampire who tries to enthrall him, only to discover to her chagrin that because Kouhei can’t sense magic, her bite won’t work.

Review: This one’s been on my watchlist for a long time.  I’d heard how funny it was and thought I’d give it a try. It was cute!

Hazuki is adorable. Sure, she’s got crazy mood swings. One moment, she’ll be clinging to Kouhei, the next she can’t stand him.  The Japanese have a word for this kind of woman–tsundere. It means a woman who is both hot and cold. Sometimes characters like her can be annoying, but I don’t see her that way.

Ryuuhei is a spirtualist and Kouhei’s kind-hearted grandpa.  He takes in Hazuki out of kindness, causing her to slowly come to love Kouhei. He was a fun character and I liked his easy-going nature and inability to be surprised.

Hiromi is a childhood friend of Kouhei’s and treats him like a younger sibling.  She is very kind towards Hazuki as well, treating her like a sister.  She never learns her secret, and it’s fun to see them interact.

Rounding out the cast are twin sisters Hikaru and Kaoru.  Hikaru is pledged to Kouhei despite their vast differences in age, while Kaoru is pledged to Seiyu, Kouhei’s cousin, who is also an exorcist.  They were somewhat annoying on their own, but when Hazuki got involved, it was fun.

This was an enjoyable comedy. I highly recommend it.

Music/Score: The opening theme is another one of those surreal anime themes that make no sense. But then, neither does the opening animation.

Sub/Dub: Stick to the sub. The dub isn’t all that great.

Violence: (3/10) Mostly slapstick and magical violence.

Language: (2/10)

Nudity: (2/10) I saw a few shower scenes.

Sexuality: (2/10) Some mild sexual humor.

Religion: (3/10) Kouhei’s entire family has different degrees of magical ability. Seiyu uses shinto-based abilities in his exorcism techniques.

Related Media: Based on the manga published in America by Tokyopop.

 

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