|Medium:||video game, anime, manga, novel|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||official Japanese site|
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Tsukihime is a Japanese visual novel developed by TYPE-MOON that follows Shiki Tohno, a second year high school student of Misaki Town, who suffered a life-threatening injury when he was young. When he regained consciousness, Shiki was able to see "death lines", lines by which things will eventually break when they die. The game went on to be adapted into an anime and manga series, as well as having it's characters appear in several Type-Moon crossover games.
Shiki Toono sustained a life threatening injury as a child, and due to that incident he was sent away from the Toono household and was given to a relative to be raised. Years later, when Shiki is in high school, the head of the Toono household—his father—dies, and he is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. However, Shiki holds a huge secret. Ever since that injury, he has been seeing lines on objects, and only with a special pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Also he is unable to remember anything well from the time before his accident. The day he moves back to the Toono household is the day he stumbles upon a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and decapitates her with one stab of his knife in a temporary fit of insanity. When she suddenly showed up beside him later alive and well, and ask him to be her bodyguard, Shiki's journey to unravel the mysteries of his past begins. 
Tsukihime has an extensive cast of characters, some of the key characters who appear in fanworks include:
The anime adaptation, Lunar Legend Tsukihime, aired in late 2003 and was for some English speaking fans the first chance to see the Tsukihime's story as the visual novel had not been translated yet. The anime was received poorly among some fans and has lead to a community joke of saying "there is no Tsukihime anime" when it is brought up in forums or other discussions.
The visual novel has only been officially released in Japan, but an English translation patch for Tsukihime was made by mirror moon, a TYPE-MOON fan translation group, on November 5, 2006. The patch translates the entirety of the original Japanese text to English.
Like many Type-Moon properties Tsukihime has a huge doujin community surrounding it and continues to have new doujin's created each year. doujinshi.org lists over 1400 titles, however this number does not truly reflect amount of works created as many more are still unlisted.
- 月姫 tag on Pixiv
- i marathoned tsukihime manga last night by shunao
- Pixel art illustration of Arcueid from Tsukihime I did for Pixel Dailies. by pixelfromhell
Resources & Communities
- Beast's Lair forums (one of the oldest Type Moon communities)
- Tsukihime reddit
- Tsukihime fanworks on Ao3