MoonPhase – Anime Review

The Essentials

Name: MoonPhase
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Episodes: 26
Released: October 4, 2004 – March 23, 2005
Based On: Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase manga by Keitaro Arima
Director: Akiyuki Shinbo
Produced By: Victor Entertainment, SHAFT
US Distribution By: Funimation

Major Japanese Cast

Hazuki/Luna: Chiwa Saito
Kohei Morioka: Hiroshi Kamiya
Ryuhei Mido: Mugihito
Seiji Mido: Takahiro Sakurai
Elfriede: Yumi Kakazu
Hiromi Anzai: Michiko Neya
Haiji: Vanilla Yamazaki
Kaoru Mido: Miyu Matsuki
Hikaru Mido: Mai Kadowaki

Major English Cast

Hazuki/Luna: Monica Rial
Kohei Morioka: Jason Liebrecht
Ryuhei Mido: Randy Tallman
Seiji Mido: Sonny Strait
Elfriede: Stephanie Young
Hiromi Anzai: Laura Bailey
Haiji, Hikaru Mido: Luci Christian
Kaoru Mido: Brina Palencia

Scores

Animation: 8/10 (x 4 = 32 pts)
Story: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Music: 9/10 (x 4 = 36 pts)
Coherence/Story Arc: 9/10 (x 2 = 18 pts)
English Dubs: 9/10 (x 1 = 9 pts)
Gut Score: 9/10 (x 5 = 45 pts)

Total: 176/200 (88%)

Review

MoonPhase is about a young female vampire, Hazuki, who is being held in a castle in Germany by her father and by his servant Vigo. One day, Kohei, who has an amazing ability to photograph supernatural phenomena despite the fact that he can’t sense them at all himself, spots Hazuki and her alter-ego Luna as he is taking pictures of the castle. Kohei goes back to the castle along with Seiji, who knows how to use ancient magic, to take more pictures when Hazuki. However, when Kohei finally meets Hazuki, she bites him, under the belief that biting him will put him under her control and help her escape the castle. However, supernatural things having absolutely no affect on Kohei, the bite has no such result. In the end, Kohei helps Hazuki escape the castle anyway, and she ends up coming to Japan to live with Kohei and his grandfather Ryuhei.

From there, Hazuki gets help from Kohei to try to find out what happened to her mother, while at the same time forces of Hazuki’s father marshal up in order to try to return Hazuki to the castle. The reason for this being that Hazuki has a secret: she is a true day walker – a vampire who can walk in daylight. If other vampires found out about this ability, they would rush to Hazuki to take that power for themselves. However, minions attempting to recapture Hazuki find another important reason to succeed: Kohei himself is revealed to be the mythical vampire lover – a human whom, if a vampire bites them, will free that vampire from any blood bonds which they may be constrained by (such as by being bitten and turned into a vampire by another vampire).

However, despite the pretty hefty-sounding description, MoonPhase still has a pretty good amount of comedy in it, with the continuing interaction between Kohei and Hazuki, as well as between Kohei and Ryuhei almost always ending in laughs. However, on top of the comedy, this series also contains several drama and action-intensive stints as well, which I have to say are usually very well done as well. Some of the sub-plots may get a little drawn out at times, but the story still moves as a pretty reasonable pace.

As for technical aspects, the animation is probably above average, and the music is pretty good, if not unusual for an anime series. The dubbing is also very good as far as I could tell.

In the end, if you’re looking for a very well made supernatural/vampire series or an otherwise character-driven series, I think you should definitely give MoonPhase a shot.

First Watched: August 2007 – January 2008
Do I Own: Yes
Do I Recommend: Yes

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One thought on “MoonPhase – Anime Review

  1. I love Moon Phase, Its just so cute. It has great lines like…” You make it sound so dirty. I like to think of it as a kiss.” (about neck biting)

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