November 21st, 2005

Glowing LED


I won two Ebay auctions this morning: a set of six numerical nixies, and a set of twelve 14-segment nixies (!). I was the only bidder, so I got them for the minimal price.

Finished series: Tsukuyomi Moon Phase

We've finished watching Tsukuyomi Moon Phase. My first episode review is here.

Kouhei, a photographer, always captures ghosts and spirits on film, even though he can't see them himself, or even be affected by them. This makes him the ideal photographer for a magazine on supernatural phenomenon. On assignment, he has to take photos of the German castle 'Schwarzquelle'. While taking some shots of the exterior, he sees a girl sitting on the roof.
The next day, he is sent inside (because he is so insensitive to ghosts that he can step through the barrier with no problems) to take some pictures. There he meets Hazuki, the girl he saw the other night. She turns out to be a vampire, and she bites him in order to make him her servant. Unfortunately for her, Kouhei is also immune for the bite of vampires... Eventually he sets her free, and she finds her way to his house in Japan. She starts to live together with Kouhei and his grandfather.

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Tsukuyomi is what you get when you couple the Japanese national lolita complex with the fixation on cuteness and the recent 'gothic' trend: a cute vampire girl who wears cat ears. And that is, pretty much, the main attractiong of the series. And it's not even executed very well: the makers couldn't decide if they wanted to make her scary or cute, so she is something in between with a lot of brattish behaviour thrown in the mix too.

In the end, it's just not that good. Even the opening theme by Dimitri from Paris couldn't save it.

Good things:
- Great opening theme.
Bad things:
- Fights are not animated;
- Not much of a resolution;
- Main character is an irritating brat;
- After watching this, cat ears make me sick.

Yeah, I don't think we'll be re-watching this one ever again. A 5.