Anime Review · DVD Review

Moon Phase (Volume 6)

Headline: Full Moon

4/5 Stars

Originally posted September 3, 2014

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(Original version)

This is the last of my six-part review for the different volumes of Moon Phase.
The final 4 episodes can be cut into two halves. The first two episodes (23 and 24) are the climax of the series, showing the characters battling their innermost demons, and ultimately testing their love and loyalty to each other. The stakes are raised and the tension is good – though some fans may not feel it’s as tense as the final conflict between the characters and Count Kinkell earlier in the series (Episode 13,
Volume 3).
The last two episodes (25 and 26) are non-climactic, and only focus on the lives of the characters after the danger has past. Given some of the darker elements leading up to the finale, however, having a purely light-hearted ending was the best way to conclude the series, in my opinion.
The only criticism I would give this volume is that the climax, while intense, does seem a bit too easily resolved. Plus, any fans of conflict might find that the last two episodes offer very little to them.
As for me, I feel the episodes of
Volume 6 do well to round-up the series and they really help to show the pinnacle of the characters’ development. This is especially so for Hazuki. In the beginning, she was a cute, but bratty and immature, vampire, who often manipulated and distrusted people. In the last two episodes, however, we see that she has come to love her surrogate family very much, and she has matured to the point of being a loving older sister to Arte – even Hikaru admits she’s a natural at it.
Another thing I want to mention about the last two episodes is that Kauro, Arte and Haiji (aka Brina Palencia, Carrie Savage and Luci Christian) all seem to be trying to out-cute each other for the finale. Kauro fails miserably with her pitiful cat-girl routine; Arte does better with her youth and innocence; but the clear winner for me is Haiji. Haiji is exposed to humiliation, threatens to cause mischief, and – in her cutest moment ever – sings her
Scrubby Dubby song in episode 26. I may’ve made a mistake in my last review (Part 5) when I said that Arte singing the Neko Mimi nursery rhyme was my favourite moment in the series. If you listen to Haiji’s Scrubby Dubby song you’ll know what I mean.
Finally, I want to give an overview of episode 26 (which is technically an OVA, and not meant to be taken as a serious part of the series). Here’s a quick summary: the Mido family house is inexplicably floating out at sea; Seji is uncharacteristically paranoid; Elfriede and Grandpa Mido are uncharacteristically lovey-dovey; Atre is desperate for attention; Hiromi swims with the dolphins (literally); the Mido twins are there; Haiji is at her most vulnerable; and Hazuki and Kouhei are … well, just Hazuki and Kouhei. Basically, if you thought the Neko Mimi opening credits were random, this episode takes randomness to a whole new level. Sometimes it looks like it’s being filmed in an actual studio (complete with unconvincing props) and by the end of the episode the characters are in the belly of a whale (literally).
It was well worth the wait for all 6 DVDs to be made available on
Amazon. Watching the series back, it’s understandable why some people would call Monica Rial “The Queen of Anime.” With more than 300 different voice-acting roles under her belt (including Moon Phase), it’s little wonder why she’s (currently) the “most prolific voice actor in the United States,” (Watchmojo.com). I think now she and Luci Christian are tied for my favourite anime voice actress.
For one final time: my recommendations for this DVD (and the series as a whole) are as follows. Be sure to buy it if you’re a fan of
Funimation Entertainment, Negima, cosplay and Neko Mimi (cat ears). I hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews. And I hope you enjoy Moon Phase – if all the volumes are made available again. See you at another of my reviews.

When I read back this review I found it was terribly written. Nearly every line was confusing and should’ve been worded better. Also, the episode summaries were either too subtle (23-24), too full of spoilers (26) or forgotten about entirely (25). The facts and personal comments didn’t help either, since they were copied from somewhere else or just random things I thought up.
I don’t know why I wrote this review the way I did. Maybe I was too eager to finish the series. Maybe I’d run out of interesting facts. Or maybe I didn’t take the time to proofread it. Whatever the reason, I know it wasn’t written well. It was so bad, I decided to re-write the whole thing for this post. (See below).

(Edited version)

This is the last of my six-part review for the different volumes of Moon Phase.
The final 4 episodes can be cut into two halves. 23 and 24 are the climax of the series with all the characters being tested to their limits. The stakes are high and the tension is good, but I felt the conflict was too easily resolved and the final battle wasn’t as thrilling as the one with Count Kinkell (episode 13,
Volume 3).The remaining episodes (25 and 26) are non-climactic and focus on the characters after the danger has passed. They might seem a bit boring. However, given some of the darker episodes in the series, I think having a light-hearted conclusion was the best way to end it.
Overall the episodes do a good job of rounding up the series and showing how much the characters have developed – particularly Hazuki.
In the beginning Hazuki was a cute, bratty vampire, who manipulated and distrusted everyone. But in the last two episodes, we see how much she’s grown to love her surrogate family and matured into a big sister – even Hikaru admits she’s “
a natural” (episode 26).
Another thing I noticed about the last two episodes was Kauro, Arte and Haiji (aka Brina Palencia, Carrie Savage and Luci Christian) all trying to out-cute each other. Kauro fails miserably with her cat-girl routine. Arte does better with her youth and innocence. But Haiji is the clear winner for me: she gets embarrassed, threatens to cause mischief and – in her cutest moment ever – sings her
Scrubby Dubby song (episode 26). I think I made a mistake in my last review (Moon Phase Volume 5) when I said Arte’s Neko Mimi nursery rhyme was my favourite moment of the series. If you listen to the Scrubby Dubby song you’ll know what I mean.
Finally, here’s a summary of episode 26 – which is technically an OVA and has nothing to do with the main series. The Mido family’s house is floating on the ocean (for some reason); Seji is uncharacteristically paranoid; Elfriede and Grandpa Mido are uncharacteristically lovey-dovey; Atre is desperate for attention; Hiromi is swimming with dolphins; the Mido twins are…just there; Haiji is being fed to the fishes; and Hazuki and Kouhei are…well, Hazuki and Kouhei.
The randomness in this episode is almost too much to bear. Sometimes it looks like they’re filming in a studio – complete with unconvincing props – and, by the end, all the characters are (literally) inside the belly of a whale – a
Pinocchio reference maybe?
It was worth the wait for all 6
Moon Phase DVDs to become available on Amazon. Watching the series back, it’s understandable why some people call Monica Rial “The Queen of Anime.” With more than 300 voice roles under her belt, it’s little wonder she’s the “most prolific voice actor in the United States,” (according to Watchmojo.com). I think she and Luci Christian are now tied for my favourite anime voice actress.
My recommendations for this DVD are the same as for the whole series. Be sure to buy it if you’re a fan of
Funimation Entertainment, Negima, cosplay or Neko Mimi (cat ears).
I hope you’ve enjoyed my
Moon Phase reviews and will enjoy this anime as much as I did.

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