- What is Tsukihime? Is there an anime/manga version of it?Tsukihime is an 'eroge visual novel' for the PC. Eroge is the short form of 'erotic game', and the term 'visual novel' can be explained better by Wikipedia. Tsukihime was made by TYPE-MOON, the same people who did Fate/Stay Night.
There is an anime and manga adaptation of the game (entitled Shingetsutan Tsukihime), with both following Arcueid's True Route (someone confirm this please) - both still contain elements of the other routes (of which there are five in total), but it is apparent which is the 'core' route. Please note that many 'die hard fans' will assert that there is no Tsukihime anime, simply because the anime adaptation is so appalling at capturing the essence of the original game. It would probably be better said that 'Shingetsutan Tsukihime' is not an adaptation of Tsukihime, but rather merely based upon the events that occur in the game.
The five routes are split into two scenarios: Near-side of the moon and Far-side of the moon. The Near-side routes encompass both Arcueid's and Ciel's routes (both have a True and Good ending), while the Far-side routes encompass Akiha's, Hisui's and Kohaku's routes (Akiha has a True and Normal ending, Hisui has a True and Good, while Kohaku only has a True end). Please note that you can only progress to the Far-side routes after completing at least one of the Near-side endings (e.g., Arcueid True End), and Kohaku's ending cannot be reached without first completing Hisui's. The Tsukihime epilogue occurs after Kohaku's ending.
For further information, visit this page.
- Is there an ero removing patch? On the other side of the coin, is there a censor removing patch?The ero removing patch is built into mirror moon's translation patch. During the translation patch installation process, you may choose whether or not to apply this ero removing patch as well.
At this point in time, there is no censor removing patch.
- Is there a voice patch like there is for F/SN?Sadly, there isn't. Perhaps this is due to the fact that no voiced version of Tsukihime was ever released (in F/SN's case, it was the PS2 port release which had voices). Perhaps the upcoming remake of Tsukihime will have voices, but I wouldn't hold your breath.
- What do I need to play Tsukihime in English?You will need: the commercial game 'Tsukihime' for the PC and the English patch (found at http://mirrormoon.org/projects/tsukihime).
Minimum system requirements are as follows: Windows9x/Me(Windows2000/XP), resolution of 640x480 (VGA) and capable of full color display (24-bit color), compatible Pentium-class CPU running at 200MHz or more, 32MB memory, a CD-ROM drive, sound card.
It is possible to run it on Linux, but that's not a 'frequently asked question'. I think.
- Where can I buy the game?Sadly, it seems this game is rather old, and thus cannot be purchased at 'the usual places' (HimeyaShop and Paletweb). This is spite of the fact that it has been released twice: original release and subsequent re-release in the package 'Tsukibako' (which also contains the Fan-disc 'sequel' Kagetsu Tohya and Tsukihime Plus+Disc).
Your only hope of finding this game is on auction. You can use an auctioning agent such as Akibado to buy something from Yahoo Japan Auctions. Here are YJA searches for Tsukibako (link) and Tsukihime (link).
One good news: there will be (yet another) re-release of this game sometime in the "near" future. So come back in a few months and see if I've updated this. )
- Which versions of the game does the patch work on?As of patch 1.1 and 1.2, both the original release and the Tsukibako version are compatible with the English patch.
- How do I install this game?Insert the CD, cancel the installation process for the Japanese version. Run the English patch installer (version 1.1) that you downloaded earlier (you did, right?), and follow the instructions. It will at some point ask you to point it at the disc location - if the address box does not already point at your CD drive, do change it so that it does. Keep following the instructions, and you'll reach the end. )
Now, run the upgrade patch for 1.2 (there has not been a standalone release of 1.2, so you have to install 1.1 first then upgrade to 1.2).
Please note that the installer does not rip the background music to your computer. The readme that is installed along with the translation patch describes the process by which you may rip the music files to your computer so that you may experience Tsukihime in its entirety. If you have ripped the music and it is not playing, please do the following: open windows explorer -> tools -> folder options -> view -> uncheck 'hide extensions for known file types'. Once that has been applied, go to the CD folder which contains your music, and ensure that the files are named track#.ogg and not track#.ogg.ogg - that is, remove the extra .ogg.
You may need Applocale to play this game, unless you changed your whole computer's system locale to Japanese. Applocale may be downloaded from the Windows site, assuming you have a legit install of Windows XP. It can be installed on Vista as well.
Once you have Applocale installed, run Applocale, browse to the Tsukihime executable, and when it comes to select the language, select the very last one in the drop down box. You may create a shortcut which automatically runs Tsukihime under Applocale, but you will probably want to look up the 'Applocale nag patch' if you plan on doing this.
- Why doesn't the installer recognise my disc?I haven't heard of this occurring, but it may be due to any of the following: damaged disc, dummy-cut pirated disc/bootleg, or it's the wrong/fake disc.
So if it's not damaged, and you've double checked it's 'Tsukihime' (and not Kagetsu Tohya or F/SN or Wind -a breath of heart-) we'll have to assume you don't possess a 'legitimate copy of Tsukihime'.
- How do I play this game?I'll assume you've clicked 'start', and some text has shown up. Click the mouse within the window to advance, and another line of text will appear. To change the speed at which this text appears, check the readme. It's all in there.
If you want to fast forward, press and hold down the CTRL button.
You can save and load at any point in the game. Right click -> save/load.
No, there is no auto-read.
- How long will it take to play this game?It sorta depends on how much of it you intend to view. If you just want to reach all of the real ends and not really aim for all the BAD ENDS and alternative pathways to both the real and BAD ENDS, then it'll probably only take you 32 hours or so. This also depends on your reading speed. And how long you spend on the ero scenes.
As for full completion, this'll take you a long time. A long, long time.
- Where can I see the CG that I have cleared?Go to the main menu, go to 'Options', then to 'Graphic Mode'. It is sorted by heroine.
- Ciel-sensei? Huh? What the hell?You just reached a BAD END, and Ciel-sensei's talk will point out just what exactly it was that you did wrong. Well, her or whoever she invites in to give that lesson's lecture. )
- Is there a savegame? And because I'm so looking for information about non-mirror moon projects, is there a Kagetsu Tohya savegame?
- Is there a walkthrough?You get the choice to install the walkthrough and flowchart during the translation patch installation process. So if you wanted the walkthrough, you would've installed it then.
If you want to try another walkthrough, here's the link.
- Is there a prequel? Sequel?There isn't a prequel, but the fan-discs Kagetsu Tohya and Tsukihime Plus-Disc (or Plus+Disc, depending on which release you got )) are considered 'extensions' to Tsukihime. Kagetsu Tohya and Plus+Disc have been translated. Please note that the initial release of the Plus-Disc (with the minus sign) contains less material than re-release Plus+Disc (with the plus sign), and it is the latter that has a translation patch.
The KT patch can be found here - please note that version 0.5.2 is a complete translation, so don't mind the version number.
The Plus+Disc translation patch can be found here.
- Someone found out I was interested in Tsukihime, and asked me 'Curry + Ass = ???'. It's 'shit' right? Right?!Sorry. You'll understand when you play a Roa certain suppressing route.
Just to be clear, 'shit' is not the answer.