Tohno Shiki is an ordinary kid when he is involved in a near
fatal accident. Following the accident Shiki is sent away
to the care of a relative. But, ever since the accident Shiki
can see things - no, not dead people - but lines of death.
In order to lead a normal life he is given a pair of glasses
by a woman he meets that he knows only as Teacher. When his
father dies he must return to his own household and start
Two of Tsukihime (2003) contains episodes five to eight
of the twelve episode run. Episode five (Bow of the Sky)
continues the Buffy the Vampire Slayer type stories,
with Arc (a vampire girl he previously killed. The boy has
a way with girls) turning up at Shiki's school much to his
chagrin. They continue their hunt for the reincarnated being
known as Roa. But, when Shiki cuts his arm, it looks like
Arc's vampire side might get the better of her.
episode six (White Dream. Pay attention I said "White
Dream") all the boys in class 2B have gone missing. This
is a more romantic tale with Arc turning up at school again.
At first Shiki has a problem with this and Arc leaves, but
when Shiki finds that Arc is making money as a model he changes
his mind and asks her for a date. Strange that! Oh, and for
no real reason the class of 2B have been turned into shishas,
only to be defeated by Arc and Shiki. All in a days work really.
Episode seven (Blue Ruins) really should be called
Teen Blues as it consists of nothing other than Shiki's
love life. The story doesn't really advance the ongoing story
except at the end when some more vampire victims are discovered.
eight (Origami) find the vampire story starting to
kick in properly. Roa finally turns up and Shiki finds out
some freaky things about his family - like why no one seems
to have died a natural death. He discovers his sister Akiha
drinking blood from one of the maids, and he thought she had
hit rock bottom after the sherry stealing incident... Ah,
extras are very thin on the ground. You get a non-credit closing,
as if the credits did such a good job of spoiling something
you're not going to pay attention to anyway. Still, the orchestral
arranged song is nice to hear one more time. And just to prove
that they really have scrapped the barrel on this one we have
the usual trailer section and the DVD credits. Now I know
these guys do a great job and without them we wouldn't have
any DVD's but who is going to want to see that?
comes in either English or Japanese stereo, with subtitles
for all you non-Japanese speakers. Still, all in all, the
sound is clear as a bell and you can't really expect anything
else from a television program. The title song is really quite
haunting. Continuing their run of good prints the picture
is clear and artefact free.
a bit of a lacklustre offering, though it's nice to seen four
episodes on offer (who mentioned Trigun?). They really
represent the middle section of the twelve episode arc, so
if it floats your boat, I suggest you invest in all twelve