Main character of the series is Tohno Shiki, a boy who got into an accident eight years ago. Ever since then, he can see lines running through things. He always carries a knife with him, and when he cuts along those lines, he can destroy anything... He hasn't lived at home ever since the accident, but after eight years, his father dies and his sister asks him to live in the Tohno-mansion again.
On his way to the mansion, Shiki has a weird vision about murdering a woman. When he comes to, he is lying in bed in the mansion. He meets his sister and the twin serving girls, who tell him they found him unconscious in the park. When he asks whether anything was out of the ordinary, they tell him they saw nothing special... The next day, on his way to school, Shiki has to go past the park again, where he meets the same woman. She tells him he killed her, and that she is now out for revenge!
Shingetsutan Tsukihime is a creepy series. Blood flows, but it doesn't splash around like in, say, Boogiepop Phantom. The creepiness is more subtle and just below the surface: the way the serving maids look at Shiki, the way his sister seems to have secrets for him. It's all out of sight, but you constantly have the feeling there's more going on than they show you.
The woman Shiki killed is called Arcueid, and she is a vampire princess. She is hunting down other vampires (of a different sort), and she convinces Shiki to help her with his power. And yes, the Tohno family has a lot of dark secrets and skeletons in the closet! Only after a traumatic experience can Shiki remember something of his past. Only at episode 11 do we get the full picture, and Shiki has to make a lot of tough decisions.
I really liked the amusement park episode, because there is nothing spectacular going on, but we get Ciel, Akiha and Arcueid exchanging snide comments, while Arihiko and Satsuki try to salvage the atmosphere. It's a good example of the 'feeling' of the series: not much overt action, but just below the surface there are lots of things going on.
- The creepy atmosphere;
- While it's pretty violent, the blood doesn't splatter everywhere;
- Character designs are pretty cool.
- Too short;
- The ending seems a bit rushed.