It seems like lately, the only good vampire movies or shows out there come in the form of anime. Hollywood destroyed, murdered, incinerated any faith in American vampire movies. That's including the Blade series. The second one was actually pretty good, I liked it, but the rest of the other vampire movies are pretty bad. That's why it's nice to have animes like Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Blood: The Last Vampire, and the name that doesn't have an English translation, Shingetsutan Tsukihime--unless I'm flat out wrong on this, one way or another. If you want to know something, it's probably the hardest anime name to memorize. But don't let its name get to you; this is one fine anime that deserves a look by everyone.
The first episode pulls us into a rather pyschological ride. The main character, Tohno, can magically see red lines that are embedded on everything that exists in the world. When he cuts these lines, they are cut clean as if sliced by a powerful swordsman in Rurouni Kenshin. During his childhood, he was given glasses that would filter these red lines. But years later, soon after Tohno moves in with his sister, he meets a mysterious person named Arcueid. For some reason, visions of him chasing her with his knife without his glasses started appearing in his head. Arcueid then claims he killed her not too long ago.
After what I just described, you're probably expecting something in the veins of Evangelion. You'll probably rewatch the first episode multiple times, yet you'll never get it. The story at first seems confusing as hell, but it starts making more sense as you progress with the show. It's a nice mystery that is just right. There's enough to keep you satisfied, but not too much to ruin the momentum. The pacing and atmosphere is what got me the most about Shingetsutan Tsukihime (by the way, what does its name mean anyway?). It never feels too dark like a horror movie, yet during daytime, it's never too cheery. It's amazing how the same mood can be maintained even through night and day. This anime also makes great use of the episode it's provided with. It never feels like it's being rushed; it just stays cool.
While there's nearly nothing wrong with Shingestutan Tsukihime, aside from its brilliant atmosphere, there's also really nothing excelling about it either. The characters are rather average, and their relationship is nothing too deep. The story pulls a few things in here, but the ending is pretty disappointing. However, the music is stellar that makes the atmosphere even more interesting, and the designs are solid. If you want a great anime that's nearly flawless, Shingetsutan Tsukihime is a great watch, especially for retro vampire movie fans.