Tsukihime has an old anime called ”Shingetsutan Tsukihime” that was released on October 10, 2003 with a total of 12 episodes, the anime is based on Tsukihime’s VN.
The Tsukihime anime directed by Katsushi Sakurabi and written by Hiroko Tokita, with the studio J.C.Staff responsible for the animation, is hated by many fans. But what is the cause of all this hatred?
The story revolves around a young man named Shiki who has a near fatal accident. After this accident, the protagonist realizes that he is able to see ”death lines” and, with them, he is able to cut anything, even people easily.
Shortly after, he receives a special pair of glasses from a beautiful woman named Aoko Aozaki that makes those ”death lines” disappear when Shiki is wearing them. And from there the story of Tsukihime unfolds.
Why do fans hate the Tsukihime anime?
This ended up becoming a meme, fans think Shingetsutan Tsukihime is so bad, they like to pretend there isn’t a Tsukihime anime. Many have played VN and then watched the anime and hated it, saying it’s dull and not as deep as VN.
We went after some extremely disappointed fan comments about this Tsukihime anime. Let’s check out some of these comments regarding all this hate?
”I confess I only watched one episode, after that, I really don’t think I could suffer anymore. My concern was that everything that should have been high voltage like really engaging and intriguing scenes totally fell short in comparison with VN.
Even on its own, it all feels stale and generic and didn’t engage me at all. Granted, you could say that Nasu’s ideas themselves aren’t very original, and I’d be inclined to agree with you, but I don’t think originality itself is the issue at hand.
It was Nasu’s writing that made Tsukihime good. He creates an immersive atmosphere incredibly well. So when you leave Nasu’s ideas to a mediocre writer and director, you get, at best, a mediocre anime.
Compared to really engaging and visceral source material, a lot of people were really, really disappointed and I think that’s what drives the general opinion of the anime. Even so, I’ve met several people who have never played VN and still say the anime was completely mediocre.”
”A big factor in that is the studio and the people involved with the adaptation and the original author’s involvement with it. If you look at the good adaptations of VN, you can almost immediately find out why with a little digging.”
”It’s not something I would recommend to anyone or watch again. However, it still sits on my shelf in the Type-Moon section as a reminder of my past mistakes.”
”Personally, I think it’s much more often the case that when translating from one medium to another, fans of the original are likely to be extremely critical of the translation.
Just look at how many movies really suck, even out of really good books. Even when trying to go from a VN to an anime, you only get about 4 hours of storytelling in a 12-episode season. Of course, a lot has to be left out.”
Shingetsutan Tsukihime is known as an adaptation of a Visual Novel that shouldn’t exist. Nowadays, many fans dream of a Tsukihime anime remake being produced by the Ufotable studio.
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