These TYPE-MOON public service messages are just hilarious to say the least. Please do not bring in any audio visual recording equipment while in theaters, for you may find your lines of death being cut.
At least 5 people have been found dead, brutally murdered and mutilated beyond recognition. These heinous crimes are suspected to be committed by the same perpetrator, as strange markings are left behind at every crime scene. Struggling to suppress her murderous tendencies arising from her other self, Shiki is led to believe that she may well be the person who killed all these innocent people in cold blood.
Years before the fated accident which led to the attainment of the 「Chokushi no Magan」 that forever altered her life, Shiki stood out from the rest of her high-school peers, due to her reclusive, antisocial nature. Destined to become the Ryougi bloodline's sole successor, Shiki has a deep rooted hatred towards people, which can be partially attributed to her split personality disorder. While having distinct traits and priorities of their own, both personalities of Shiki see Koukoto in a more positive light compared to the others, as the latter is the only person who has shown genuine concern and the kind of persistence that's hard to shake off.
Even as a student, Kokutou had that air of maturity and wisdom well beyond his years, who took a keen interest in Shiki after being intrigued by her enigmatic personality. Despite given the cold shoulder, Kokutou eventually succeeded breaking the barrier Shiki cast around her and become her only friend. From a simple doting classmate, Kokutou's feelings towards Shiki grew stronger as time went by which was put to the ultimate test when evidence from the random murders all point towards the latter.
Kokutou's senior and friend, who abruptly quit school due to some unknown reason. He seems to know of Shiki being somehow related to those incidents.
A detective working with the local law enforcement, Daisuke is a family friend of the Mikiya household who also serves as an elder brother figure to Kokutou. Despite his scruffy and laid back appearance, Akimi is a diligent investigator who's put in charge of unraveling the truth behind the murders.
You know, if this is anything like Tsukihime, then Shiki IS NOT the murderer which the show trying to portray. Consider the fact you never actually see her performing those deeds is good enough of an alibi, though that scene of her going berserk towards Kokutou might prove otherwise. Still, I'm willing to bet Shiki's delicious flat chest that things are not what as they appear, which is a staple in the convoluted Nasuverse; Impulse Inversion, anyone? The lack of action in this chapter was understandable as they had to introduce the main characters, with Shiki being a whole lot cuter in her younger days, which can be seen whenever the wayward SHIKI manifests himself, which brings up the all important question: is it considered gay to find the male persona of Shiki far more attractive? :razz:
Not sure how this chapter stacks against the source material, but I found it to be a decent attempt to delve deeper into the backstory of key players, especially Shiki, whose conflicted dual personalties are at odds seeking control over one another, though this whole, which might prove confusing to those who aren't at least familiar with Tsukihime. Either way, events from the end of this chapter will take a back seat with focus shifting to Asami Fujino, another heroine of the story in what I've been told is the darkest chapter yet. She will be voiced by the venerated Mamiko Noto, so that alone is something worth looking forward to.