NSFW/spoiler warning: This is a review of an 18+ eroge. It contains screenshots of NSFW H scenes (put into spoilers). It also contains game/content spoilers.
Included in the Tsukihime ~Half Moon Edition~ CD were a bunch of extra omake material that was later also included in Tsukihime PLUS+DISC (except Clowick Canaan-vail). Each of these are reviewed here separately.
Upon further inspection of file timestamps and comparing it to release dates, I realized some mistakes (on my part) in this article. Specifically, the following corrections have been made:
– “Tsukihime (Preview Edition)” has been corrected to “Tsukihime (Trial Edition)”
– “Tsukihime (Preview Edition) web version” has been corrected to “Tsukihime (Preview)”
– “Tsukihime (Trial Edition)” has been corrected to “Tsukihime (Demo)”
The content of this article has been rearranged and updated accordingly and with more background info.
– MyAnimeList entry
“Clowich Canaan-Vail” is a short manga drawn by Takeuchi, originally included in the doujinshi Angel Voice” published by Takeuchi and Nasu at Comitia 48 (Strife212 has a quick review of Angel Voice here). Based on what I saw (can’t read Japanese, orz), it is about a robot post-woman who helps deliver an important letter to a couple.
In the version included here, the manga is shown as a “digital takenohon”, i.e. the manga’s panels are shown (with some sliding animation) while the dialog is digitally overlayed (instead of being inside the speech bubbles). Essentially, it was like a short visual novel.
Run “rplay.exe” under AppLocale (I can’t tell the difference between rplay.exe and rplayh.exe). The main menu looks like a menu, but I can’t figure out how to navigate it. Pressing ‘Z’ will start the comic, with repeated presses skipping pages. Pressing ‘V’ will show you some debug draw call numbers. Pressing Enter exits the program.Tsukihime (Preview)
Tsukihime (Preview) was distributed during Summer Comiket 56 (1999-08-15) in the form of free 3.5″ floppy disks. Only 300 copies were made, making it one of the rarest Tsukihime collectors items and the earliest of TYPE-MOON’s digital content. Contained in the floppy disk were a series of informational profiles and planning material for Tsukihime in the form of an offline web portal. The web portal includes general game info, a game synopsis, and then character info (including original character designs, face expression sketches, one example scene with CG, and one H-scene with CG. The characters shown were:
– Arueid: アルクエイド = ブリュンスタッド (Arkaid = Brynsted)
– Akiha: 遠野 秋葉
– Ciel: シエル (Ciel)
– Hisui and Kohaku: 翡翠と琥珀
Apparently the original Tsukihime home page was http://tsukihime.virtualave.net/ – this website apparently only lived through three iterations before becoming a redirect. Incidentally, Bamboo Broom’s website also went through a number of changes while Tsukihime was being developed before all offloading it to typemoon.com. Also of note is the inconsistent misromanization of “月姫” to “Tukihime” instead of “Tsukihime”. My favourite TYPE-MOON doujinshi circle, Crazy Clover Club, also seems to have this same issue (see the cover for “Tukihime Complex Complete”). Arcueid’s name also used to be “Arkaid”. Thank goodness for the change!
Open “omake\99年夏コミ無料配布告知版\index.html” in a web browser supporting Japanese Shift-JIS.
Akiha H scene
Arcueid H scene
Ciel H scene
Hisui and Kohaku H scene Tsukihime (Trial Edition)
Tsukihime (Trial Edition) was sold during Comiket 57 (1999/12/24) in the form of 3.5″ floppy disks. Only 50 copies were made, making it one of the rarest Tsukihime collectors items and the first “playable” version of Tsukihime. The game contains a mix of text info, partial plot and CG. There’s 6 menu options. They all run in NScripter visual novel style (but without supporting ‘Z’).
The game script is referred to internally as “月姫冬コミスクリプト – ストーリー” in the NScripter script and runs on NScripter Ver.1.05. Here’s the header of the decoded nscript.dat file:
Run “omake\99年冬コミ体験版\tsukihime\月姫.exe” under AppLocale.
The game will start in full-screen mode. Use the second menu button’s second option to switch to windowed mode. Use mouse to click the menu items and use the Enter key to advance the dialogs.
The first choice seems to give text-only background info about TYPE-MOON.
The second is more blocks of text, possibly the game’s synopsis.
The third is character introductions, with uncoloured sketches – check out how much all the character designs have changed, from Preview (above) to Trial (below) to Remake (especially Ciel!)
The fourth is the game’s first H-scene, with Arcueid Brunestud as the first female heroine. I was kinda surprised they didn’t rape the maids first, given Takeuchi’s love for maids.
The fifth features Kohaku and Hisui in ugly green and blue maid outfits (thank goodness they changed it!) talking about the development of the game, with some fun drawings of Arcueid, Akiha, and what I assume is Ciel.
The sixth menu item quits the game.
HCG draft sketch for Arcueid
HCG draft sketch for Arcueid 2
HCG draft sketch for Arcueid 3 Tsukihime (Demo)
This is a test demo that was created between the Trial Edition and Half Moon Edition. It was released online and freely available for download through the Bamboo Broom website. The “demo” is pretty much a straightforward 3 minute long trailer introducing the characters and some CG with text (all using the NScripter engine). The game auto-starts and auto-closes on finish. Arcueid, Ciel, Akiha, Hisui, and Kohaku are introduced in that order, with some CG in between (including one with Aoko and shota Shiki, and one 18+ one in spoilers below). Nrvnqsr Chaos (Nero) also gets a CG, but no introduction. The preview ends with a promise of the Half Moon Edition releasing in Summer 2000 (which it did, at Comiket 58) and the Full Moon Edition releasing Winter 2000 (which it did, at Comiket 59).
The game is referred to internally as “月姫 -デモ-” and the script is referred to as “月姫 テストフロー – 定義ファイル” in the NScripter script and runs on NScripter Ver.1.21. Here’s the header of the decoded nscript.dat file:
Run “omake\デモ版\月姫デモ.exe” under AppLocale.
The game will start in full-screen mode. Use the second menu button’s second option to switch to windowed mode.
HCG later used in the game – Kohaku and Akiha Valkyria NEAV SAGA
This is the embedded images web version of the first “Valkyria NEAV SAGA Episode00” manga. The manga was first released during Comitia 48, then rereleased as a compilation with “Valkyria NEAV SAGA II (released during Comitia 50) during Comiket 57. It is the first half of the third part of the Valkyria series of mangas released by Takeuchi early on before he and Nasu formed the TYPE-MOON circle.
The web pages are just a series of embedded scans of each 11 pages, with an additional afterword by Takeuchi where he talks about how short it is, talks about adding a next part in the next Comitia (ends up being 2 later), and thanks those who bought the paper copy of the issue.
Not knowing much about the Valkyria storyline (and again, not knowing Japanese), I couldn’t really figure out much of what was going on other than seeing people kill each other, in early-Takeuchi art style.
Open “omake\ワルキューレ「ニーヴサガ」\index.html”.Kara no Kyoukai
These are the first four chapters of Kara no Kyoukai, saved as Microsoft Word 6.0 documents. They are as originally published online. These four chapters were also included in Tsukihime PLUS+DISC, then later published along with the final three chapters at Comiket 61 (winter 2001).
The chapter names are as follows, each with multiple parts
– 第一話「俯瞰風景」 – Chapter 1 “Fukan Fukei” (“Overlooking the Scenery”): ﾌｶﾝ-1.doc, ﾌｶﾝ-2.doc, ﾌｶﾝ-3.doc
– 第二話「殺人考察（前）」 – Chapter 2 “Satsuji Kousatsu (Zen)” (“Murder Speculation (Part 1)): ｺｳｻﾂ-1.doc, ｺｳｻﾂ-2.doc, ｺｳｻﾂ-3.doc
– 第三話「痛覚残留」 – Chapter 3 “Tsukaku Zanryu” (“Remaining Sense of Pain”): ﾂｳｶｸ-1.doc, ﾂｳｶｸ-2.doc, ﾂｳｶｸ-3.doc, ﾂｳｶｸ-4.doc, ﾂｳｶｸ-5.doc, ﾂｳｶｸ-6.doc
– 第四話「伽藍の洞」 – Chapter 4 “Garan no Dou” (“The Hollow Shrine”): ｶﾞﾗﾝ1.doc, ｶﾞﾗﾝ2.doc, ｶﾞﾗﾝ3.doc, ｶﾞﾗﾝ4.doc
Found in “omake\空の境界”.
These are a random series of graphics (not sure why they’re called “wallpapers”.
– aki_his_koha.BMP – Early sketch of Akiha, Hisui, and Kohaku in an alternate style, also appearing in Tsukihime Kurohon
– ark_ciel.BMP – Early sketch of Arcueid and Ciel in an alternate style, also appearing in Tsukihime Kurohon
– frier.BMP – A “flyer” for Tsukihime ~Half Moon Edition~, featuring character bios and some semi-complete CGs (rape the maids!)
– his_koha.BMP – Menu background image for Tsukihime (Trial Edition), featuring early versions of Hisui and Kohaku
– kirihara01.BMP – Sketch of Arcueid, by Kirihara Kotori, a close friend of Takeuchi’s (they frequently contributed guest pages in each others doujinshis)
– kirihara02.BMP – Sketch of Hisui, by Kirihara Kotori
– moon.BMP – CD cover image for Tsukihime ~Half Moon Edition~
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