Full Moon wo Sagashite was one of those animes I started on a whim. I had already read the manga, and decided to give the anime a try to see how much I liked it in comparison. To my surprise, I <i>loved</i> it, possibly even more than the manga version. The changes it makes from the manga were actually ones I (for the most part) preferred.
While Full Moon wo Sagashite may not see like much on the surface -- little girl has a life-threatening disease, wants to sing, and becomes sixteen years old with the help of two friendly shinigami -- it becomes so much more deeper as the series move on. This anime doesn\'t shrink away from the uncomfortable subjects of death and suicide, and that is wonderfully refreshing. While initially cutesy on the surface, Full Moon wo Sagashite has a deep, moving storyline that touches upon every human emotion. I don\'t think I\'ve ever cried so much while watching an anime, and I doubt any other can truly touch me as much as Full Moon wo Sagashite did.
Many people complain that the first half of the series is comprised of filler episodes. While this may be true when first watching them, I don\'t think the second half would come off nearly as well without those \"fillers\". They developed the characters, showed you who they really were and what they were looking for, and prepared you for the emotional roller coaster that is the second half of Full Moon wo Sagashite. So, even if you\'re bored during the first half, I implore you to see the series to the end. You won\'t regret it.
I initially didn\'t like the character designs all that much, particularly that of Full Moon. After a while, however, the art smoothed out and became even pleasing. So, not the best, but not the worst either.
There\'s only one way to describe the music of Full Moon wo Sagashite: absolutely astounding. Every song (most of which were sung by myco, Mitsuki\'s seiyuu) was wonderful in its own way. While I didn\'t particularly like the two OPs, they grew on me after a while. Still, nothing can touch the four EDs this show has. My personal favorite is New Future, although Eternal Snow is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Another plus of Full Moon wo Sagashite are the characters. Meroko and Izumi have become two of my favorite characters, although Izumi doesn\'t really come into his own in the anime. His soft side is only shown in the last episode, but that moment is definitely worth it.
The one quibble I have concerning the characters is that their back stories aren\'t as fully explained as they were in the manga. Meroko and Izumi\'s pasts are barely brushed upon, which is a real disappointment. Still, Meroko comes off as one of the best -- if not THE best -- characters in the entire series.
I will never forget watching Full Moon wo Sagashite. It is certainly an experience, especially for the last fifteen or so episodes.
One thing that really struck me was the ending. I\'ve never come across an anime with such a perfect ending. Everything was tied up, and the emotions that came across were just... mind-blowing. I think I actually sobbed the entire last episode.
So, as a parting note, I urge you to give Full Moon wo Sagashite a try. I did, and it became one of my top five anime.
Pros: Incredible story, characters, and music; best anime ending EVER
Cons: So-so character design at times, not enough back story read more
Suitable for all audiences, young and new. Contains some bloodless violence.
Story - 10/10
At first, this looks like the typical shoujo series directed at young girls, thanks to all the bright colours and cute characters. From the synopsis, it looks like a sad and depressing anime about death. But it's so much more than that.
We meet the main character, Mitsuki, who is a young girl with throat cancer and whose biggest dream is to become a great singer and maybe one day meet the boy she loves, but who left for America two years ago. One day she is visited by two death gods (the Shinigami) - Takuto and Meroko, who tell her she only has one year to live. But instead of sulking and feeling sorry for herself, Mitsuki decides that since she only has one year, she'll make the best of it. Instead of being stuck at home, always worrying about her health, she'll give it all and try to achieve her dream of a singing career. When she goes to audition, the shinigami Takuto decides to help her a little bit, by transforming her body into a healthy 16-year-old. Against all odds, Mitsuki is chosen at the audition. In that moment, even going against the Shinigami rules, Takuto and Meroko decide to help her with her dream, in the time that she has left.
This series is slightly similar to the "magical girl" genre (examples: Fancy Lala, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne or Pretear), but not exactly. Takuto has the ability to transform Mitsuki's body into a healthy 16-year-old's, but she doesn't gain magical powers. Even though this is a show about a dying girl, it manages to be very positive and inspiring. There's a very good mixture of comedy and drama, with some scenes that will make you laugh hard and others that will make you cry like a baby.
In the first half of the series there are a lot of filler episodes. I guess they contribute to the development of the characters and to add realism to the story. As Mitsuki progresses in her career, she has to go through photoshoots, sound checks, clothes' design, interviews, autograph sessions, etc. If you're patient and watch that, you'll get to the good stuff.
In the later half, there are considerably less filler episodes. The plot gets much more complex and interesting. The mood changes to a darker tone. The last 13 episodes are really the best ones and will make you stick to the screen waiting to see what happens. There are a few plot twists.
At last, the ending. I'd say it's the BEST ending in anime that I've ever watched. There are no loose ends. Everything gets explained.
Visuals - 8/10
The light colours really make it look like an anime for young kids. I'd compare the overall visuals of this anime to those of Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. The characters were appealing and the shading was well done. Don't expect something 3D-like. There is little computer animation, only present in a few scenes. But although simple, I though it had good visuals.
Audio - 9/10
Full Moon wo Sagashite has one of the best anime soundtracks ever. Even though you'll hear many, many times songs like "Myself" or "Eternal Snow", you'll never grow tired of them. "Myself", "Eternal Snow", "New Future", "Smile" and "Love Chronicle", by the band Changin' My Life, are sang by Myco, who is Mitsuki's voice actress. So you don't have to worry about Mitsuki's 12-year-old voice being different from the 16-year-old... because they were done by the same person.
I absolutely hated the openings. "I Love You" and "Rock'n'Roll Princess" by The*Scanty. Why? First because they don't sound good. Second because they make the whole anime look so childish that only 4-year-olds would watch it. Ignore the openings! The anime isn't THAT childish!
And, best for last, the voice actor for Takuto, Yasuo Saitou. He has a really nice voice and can be very expressive. But best of all, there are scenes where he has to sing... and he does it perfectly.
Characters - 9/10
This anime has all kinds of characters. Some that you'll instantly fall in love with, others that you'll instantly hate. And you might even change your opinion on a few of them, once you get to know them better. I really like the character development in this anime. You'll progressively learn more about each character... it's motivations or even it's past. You'll be impressed! Each character is unique in it's own way and you can't apply a stereotype to it. They interact extremely well with each other and you'll definitely feel connected to them.
Overall - 9/10
I absolutely loved this anime. At first I thought it was really childish, but my friends ASSURED me it was worth watching... so I endured the more boring parts and kept watching... and it was totally worth it. It has become my favourite one. You'll want to re-watch it many times, even if it does have 52 episodes. I've watched the whole thing 3 times, in 6 months.
The anime is very different from the manga, but it's still faithful. And you'll find this intersting: when they made the ending for this anime, the manga still hadn't ended. But still, they made an extremely good ending.
Give it a try! It'll be worth it! No matter how old you are or even if you're a guy or a girl, it can be appreciated by anyone!read more
I guess most people who are anime fans just constantly look for those anime that really leave a deep impact on you, lift you up, and help you gain a further appreciation for anime. Sometimes we wonder if that special one will ever come, that one that is so special to us on a personal level that we will forever remember it as long as we continue to watch anime or even think about it. This time for me, I think I found one of those in full moon wo sagashite.
On the surface full moon wo sagashite is a very (very) cute story of a young twelve year old girl(Kouyama Mitsuki) who develops a cancerous tumor in her throat despite the fact that she desires to sing(with all of her heart) in order to keep a promise with a childhood friend and lover. She then encounters two shinigami(death gods-Takuto and Meroko) who tell her that she only has one year left to live and they help her fulfill her last wish to become a singer by transforming her into a sixteen year old girl and allowing her to successfully go to an audition. The story then tells of Mitsuki's adventures in the idol industry(There are some pretty hilarious events and cliffhangers that will keep you upright in your seat) and her battle against the fate that was predetermined from the very beginning. There is a huge emphasis on Mitsuki's strength of character and her ability to change people's attitudes for the better with her energy and enthusiasm.
All in all I think that this is such a heartwarming story. Mitsuki's voice and her songs really do speak to people. I for one was really amazed and awed by the powerful and beautiful songs that were featured in the anime, and her songs are so great to listen to that I would love to continue listening to them in the future. At the start of the story when Mitsuki goes to the audition, her voice immediately astounds all the judges with it's power and beauty. I swear I was sitting right alongside with them with my jaw wide open. What's even more is all the emotion she stacks on top of her voice with each and every song. Just by listening, one can tell that Mitsuki truly does enjoy singing and that she wants her songs to reach the hearts of all those who listen to them.
Despite the very lighthearted and happy beginning, some stronger, more emotional themes do come up later in the anime. Some of these themes include: the broken thoughts of those who attempt to take their own lives, the concept of predetermined fate, the despair of losing a loved one, and the struggles of those who are unable to do the very things they love to do the most.
A major theme that comes up is the importance of living life to its fullest. There is infinite joy one can obtain by just living to see another day and we should enjoy life while we still can.
Returning to the theme of music, there really is a certain beauty to music, the messages it can carry, and the impact it can have on people. Mitsuki's voice is surely strong, beautiful and powerful enough to reach the heavens, to the people who now watch over her from above.
Endings are often the toughest part to create when writing a story, yet here we get a beautifully and masterfully written ending that manages to make the audience smile even as the tears form in their eyes. The longing feelings of being separated from companions that you have so long taken for granted is a feeling that is really hard to understand fully unless you have experienced something similar. But even if you haven't, it's hard not to feel anything as you take a look at this powerful, tear-jerking ending. Viewers experinece sheer joy and sadness at the same time as we see a happy reunion along with the farewell of a very close friend (who has grown so incredibly beautiful and more mature looking :')
Full Moon wo Sagashite really is a timeless tale that people of all ages are able to enjoy
My rating: Very good 8/10
I know that for me personally, the story of full moon wo sagashite will always remain in my heart because it was just so beautifully and masterfully written. In the end, I think that it really did end up being something special.
There's nothing wrong with living each day like it's the last~!read more
To pursue one's dream with unrelenting dedication with little of even a sliver of hope is a not-so-easy pursuit for anyone, and even less so, when a fatal condition shackles that diminutive hope to the realms of the harshest realities. Twelve-year old Mitsuki, diagnosed with sarcoma (a rare cancer) in the throat, strives to fulfill her promise made with Eichi (to become a professional singer), despite the harsh restraints and limitations set by her illness, doctor and grandma. One fateful day, she is confronted by two shinigami, bearing an unembellished "truth", that death will befall her, in just one years time. Her ambitions now challenge the race of time. While dealing with a life-threatening disease which limits her singing capability, Mitsuki must also deal with her strict grandmother. And to top it off, the entertainment industry is NOT something to be underestimated. Never has been, never will.
Story - 10/10
In essence, Full Moon wo Sagashite falls nothing short of what a sentimental drama should achieve. Normally, from our perspectives on Earth we see only one side of the moon, though Tanemura provides an insight to a metaphorical "dark" side of the moon, thus glimpsing cutesy screenshots and previews of Full Moon will inform you very little of the darker themes residing in Full Moon. Don't be discouraged by the ambient & solemn appearance. Full Moon fails not, to disappoint. I guarantee. Of course, that isn't to say, that Full Moon is not without flaws.
Full Moon, clutching to the standards of the dramatic arc, begins its exposition with what appears to be a childish & naive concept, though matures through time, into a sensational piece bearing unexpectedly profound themes, breaking away from the stereotypical shoujo anime. Despite its "convenience" and seemingly illogical developments at times, the story remains consistent within the high quality outlined at the start, only to undoubtedly improve.
Art - 8/10
To those already familiar with Arina's works, her artwork bears a distinct, unorthodox style, paralleled to none. Whilst not being the greatest of artwork/design, the sheer detail in each individual's appearance - hair and eyes is piercingly sharp, yet simultaneously, not such a burden to the eyes when watching. It is visibly well drawn with little debate over such.
Animation - 5/10
The animation appears nothing of real significance, yet at the same time, nothing of disastrous levels. "Average" seems to fit the mark perfectly. Despite this, the animation remains fluid and consistent throughout the whole series, and affects the series in no manner at all. Of course, keep in mind that this anime WAS made in 2002-2003, so if you're comparing it with a recent anime, it obviously will seem pretty low quality.
Sound - 8/10
As expected from an anime revolving around music, the sound department practically antagonises the definition of "lacklustre". Dulcet yet meaningful songs are as presented from the associated band - "Changin' my Life". Of which, the lead singer "Myco" also voices the MC of Full Moon, Mitsuki. The band provides the majority of songs used in Full Moon, though two in particular, "Myself" and "Eternal Snow" carry uncontroversial significance throughout the story. While they may not cater to some people's musical preferences, it is undeniable that these songs, are imbued with intense and impassionate meaning. A common point of disagreement is the repetition of these mentioned songs, though when watching Full Moon, I cannot emphasize enough, to take note of the time frame - how many songs can people honestly produce within a year?
To be blunt, I personally think the two opening songs for Full Moon are crap, but more so, the second opening. Not only do they sound ridiculous, they essentially add to the childish essence of Full Moon, which only leads to invite more misunderstandings on the nature of Full Moon. The ending themes however, are at high quality, all four being performed by Changin' My Life.
Character - 8/10
In regard to quality of characters, albeit being at an amazing level, actually falls SHORT in comparison to the quality of characters shown in the manga. Despite what I may say, the protagonists are developed realistically and certainly may prove to be more complex than initial impressions may suggest. Within fifty-two episodes, character development may diminish in some anime, and some may argue that this is the case for Full Moon. And I would be inclined to agree - there isn't so much character development in this anime, thus I'll go 100% asspull and say that "Quality over Quantity".
Enjoyment and Overall - 9/10
You may have already inferred from my rating (9/10), this anime is one that I thoroughly enjoyed; though what is to note, is that I seldom bestow such high ratings. Would I recommend Full Moon? Without a doubt. If someone as I, can find enjoyment from such an anime, you can too. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised from what Full Moon essentially appears to be.
-There IS a weird little timer on the top left of any Full Moon episode. Don't mind it much, seriously. I don't think there are any available versions without that timer, so there isn't much point looking for one without it.
-Don't watch the OVA. Seriously, don't. I don't recommend it anyway.
-If you don't like it by the 4th episode, then I recommend dropping it, since the atmosphere/tone remains the same for a good while to come. read more
I watched "Full Moon wo Sagashite" because it had one of the highest average user ratings at one point on this other anime site that I visit. So it probably comes as no surprise that I was sorely disappointed to find that it's only good, but nothing special. So the main purpose of this review is to provide a different viewpoint from all those other rave reviews that can be found for this series.
"Full Moon wo Sagashite" is quite a heart warming anime about a little girl who wants to become a singer, but only has one year to live because of the tumour in her throat. Spanning 52 episodes, it was one of the longest anime I watched at the time. To be honest, I think it could have been amazing if it was reduced to half its length - I found the series as a whole to be a bit of a struggle to get through, as most of the episodes up until about episode 40 are actually disposable, girly fluff. Watching "Full Moon wo Sagashite" will pretty much give you the very definition of what a "filler" episode is, because it contains so many of them. I disagree with people who say that these fillers are necessary for character developments purposes - most of them they don't really reveal much beyond the fact that Mitsuki is a boringly nice person. I've seen anime that's done waaay more and waaaay better character development in its first THIRTEEN episodes than this anime's done in its first THIRTY *cough*SeikaiNoMonshou*cough*, which just goes to show you don't need a mass of filler episodes to do a decent a job. Most of these fillers aren't even very enjoyable to watch. They're mostly very generic shoujo material and generally fall somewhere between the "dull" and the "mediocre" sections of the scale in terms of entertainment. This is not to say the first 40 episodes of "Full Moon wo Sagashite" is totally worthless. Some of those episodes do progress the storyline a bit (like, a couple of inches) and there are some pretty good standalone episodes as well, but they tend to be few and far in between.
Another thing I found odd is why everyone seem to rate the music from "Full Moon wo Sagashite" so highly - just because it's an anime about music doesn't automatically make the music on it good. To me, the music production for "Full Moon wo Sagashite" is very good at best and awkward at worst. For starters, what's up with Mitsuki's singing voice? Her voice sounds nice when she talks, and fits that pure and innocent image that she plays, but when she sings, she sounds completely different, and not in a good way. For one thing, she sounds about 10 years older, and her voice has an irritating sandy quality to it. For another, she sounds like she's trying too hard to inject emotions into the songs, to the point where she starts to sound really fake and unnatural. I'm really surprised to hear the person who does Mitsuki's voice is a pop star - I'd never have guessed from her singing. It really says a lot when I much prefer the music box version of "Eternal Snow" to the proper vocal version. In fact I don't think much of the vocal tracks in general. Normally, it is expected that that music in an anime would supplement the show by enhancing the atmosphere. But some of the vocal songs in this series are so bland that at times, it feels like it's the anime that's supplementing *them*, causing them to sound better than they actually are by playing them during emotional moments. In addition to this, a lot songs are criminally overplayed... especially the more mediocre ones, which might have been a good thing in a way, because it took quite a few hearings before I got used to the grating vocals. The background music proved to be far superior than the vocal tracks. From the gentle, warm moments to the occasional eerie, chilling ones, it consistently does the job perfectly whenever called upon.
The original idea behind story's was good, especially with twists building up towards the end, but it is diluted by the massive amounts of filler episodes and took too long to get going. There are times when any resemblance of realism goes out of the window. Normally this happens when Mitsuki's talking to her shinigumi friends in a dead loud voice - even shouting at times - with other people standing around. She could at least pretend to whisper, but no, she has to talk in her normal voice and it seems that hardly anyone notices, which really bugs me. An example of how it could have been done better would be in "Hikaru no Go", where people would actually look at Hikaru weirdly when he gets too noisy interacting with the spirit. There's also the cancer aspect that's so wrapped up in sugar coating that it's totally unconvincing. Like many people, I've experienced the pain of losing someone close to me to cancer, and the fact that this anime completely failed to connect to me on this front is saying an awful lot. All they've done is have Mitsuki clutch at her throat every 10 episodes or so, and occasionally fall ill at the storyline's convenience, for the most part there is no sense of urgency, no resemblance of the terrifying progression that's so typical of the condition. All I'm left with is a sense that it's just essentially used as a plot device, and not much more than that.
"Full Moon wo Sagashite" has got some good characters, but again, they're no where near as good as they're hyped up to be, and they don't really do much in the early part of the series (when there's a downpour of the supposedly character developing filler episodes, ironically), and only broke out of their 2D personalities when the plot got going later on. I also have major issues with the relationships that goes on in the anime, specifically with the romance aspect of it. I'm surprised that not many people have said anything about this, but hasn't anyone else noticed that when Eichi, the boy Mitsuki's in love with, made his "declaration of love" to her, he was about 15-16 and Mitsuki was about 10?! Is it just me that finds this a "tad" unrealistic, not to mention a "tad" dodgy as well?! I can kind of imagine where Mitsuki's feelings might come from, but Eichi should know better at his age than to try and seduce a 10 year old :P Perhaps Eichi should change his name to "Ecchi", as that's more inline with the kind of things he seems to be into. I don't know why they insisted on making this a romantic relationship - it would have been far more appropriate to play the relationship off as a big brother and little sister one rather than this sickening "ooooh Mitsuki, I love you! Even though I'm nearly a young adult now and you've barely entered double figures in terms of age" cack. Those scenes never failed to make me cringe. Also, Takuto was supposed to be 12 when he was in a band (yeah this seems a bit young too, considering his band didn't exactly look like a kids band), so why is he seen riding a motorbike during one of the flashbacks? Now, the explanation may be because he was in the band for a number of years during which time he'd grown up into an adult and was able to learn to ride a motorbike... but this raises the question of why he started falling for a 12 year old girl if he was already so old when he became a shinigumi?!? I wasn't under any impression that the anime is trying to portray all the boys in it as perverts. What is this obsession with shoehorning romance into absolutely everything these days? Is it really so hard making a shoujo without resorting to this? It's because of this apparent obligation to make a love story that we're stuck with these plot holes and rather contrived relationships.
This otherwise stale series is salvaged from mediocrity by the sheer brilliance of its final ten or so episodes that really breathed life into the show. I always thought there was too much sunshine in the early episodes given the premises of the story, but here, the anime rectifies the situation by taking a darker and more depressing turn. With the previously pedestrian story suddenly breaking into a sprint, and the character interactions suddenly becoming interesting, it's here that the anime really starts to earn its praise. It's so good that it's probably worth wading through the previous 40 episodes just so you can watch the last 10. With so many compelling twists happening in the last part of the story, I was actually expecting something more original than the most cliched ending imaginable that I got, especially considering that it's so often touted to be "the best ending ever". Still, I'll admit it is a very good ending - they've taken something pretty predictable and executed it pretty much to perfection - but like the rest of the anime, it's just no where near deserving its "best" label.
Overall, I think "Full Moon wo Sagashite" is an enjoyable, "feel-good" anime, even if it did need the last ten or so episodes to drag it kicking and screaming up to this level of praise. I think the makers made a pretty cunning decision to save those best parts till last - I suspect the strength of those later episodes made people forget how unremarkable most of the rest of the series is. I however, haven't forgotten, and I stand by my claim that this should really have been condensed down to 26 episodes, not left at 52.read more
Sometimes in life you stumble across things, and they surprise you in multiple ways. This was Full Moon wo Sagashite (Searching for the Full Moon) for me. The more I watched this anime and the farther I got in, the more I became invested in the characters and their struggles. This anime is nothing like you would think it to be. Beneath the exterior of a cutesy shoujo aesthetic, there is struggle of trying to find out what one's purpose in life is on this world and finding true joy and happiness. Full Moon wo Sagashite is one of the saddest anime I have ever seen disguised as a cute shoujo comedy.
STORY - 10
No doubt the best part of the show. This is what makes this show shine. Granted, the first half has a few filler episodes, BUT, in my opinion, this greatly helps us get to know our main cast a lot better. The meat of the plot happens within the last 20 episodes when a bomb is dropped in the story. Seriously, I had no idea it was coming. In the end, when all was said in done, when the credits scrolled up one last time, I found myself doing everything within my willpower NOT to cry. The ending was one of THE BEST endings I have ever experienced in an anime.
ART - 7
The art was a little stiff and weird for me at first. I wasn't used to it as it has sort of a unique style. But as the show progressed, it became more fluid, and I had no issue with it. The colors in the show are very bright when they need to be, and dark and dreary when they need to be. All in all, very solid, but not at all a visual masterpiece.
SOUND - 8
When I review the SOUND of an anime, I'm mainly reviewing the soundtrack. And the sound track of this anime was . . . near perfect. Not just the instrumental music, but also the songs the main character sang as her music career progressed. Granted, the first song she sings is used too many times in the first 20 episodes, but when the song "Eternal Snow" plays for the first time, you will find yourself holding back nostalgic tears as it plays. Seriously, the music does an AMAZING job at setting the emotional tone of the anime.
CHARACTER - 10
The story would be nowhere near as good without the amazing characters in this anime. We see them struggle and grow; we see them find their meaning in life; and we see them discover just what real love is. The main character, Mitsuki, is played by a Japanese singer named Myco. It was refreshing because her voice wasn't high and squeaky like most shoujo main characters. Her singing voice was amazing as well. Definitely a highlight of the anime. Also, her only voice work in anime. There are two shinigami in the anime that tag along with Mitsuki everywhere named Takuto and Meroko. And wow. The seiyuu for these two characters did an OUTSTANDING job. Some of the best voice acting I have experience so far in anime. What made it even more surreal (and heartbreaking), is that both seiyuu, Yakkun Sakurazuka and Chieko Honda, passed away back in 2013. May they both rest in piece, and thank you to them both for leaving behind this wonderful tribute to anime.
ENJOYMENT - 10
If you couldn't tell already, I really enjoyed this anime! I felt what the characters themselves were feeling as they experienced the trials of the story. When they were happy, I found myself happy, and when they were sad, I was sad. There were multiple times in this show where it took everything for me not to cry. And now, looking back, I wish I had just let it all out.
OVERALL - 10
I HIGHLY recommend this show to everyone. Even if it isn't your preferred taste in anime, this show has a lot to tell. It's a journey that I know I will NEVER forget, and it taught me many things. It left an impression on me. And to me, that's the sign of a great work of art. Something that sticks with you always.read more
I discovered this anime via the song "Eternal Snow" (I wouldn't recommend listening to it before watching thoug). It directly catched my attention. And I wasn't dissapointed.
Full Moon wo Sagashite is a must watch if you like the shoujo style. A more well know anime in the same style is Card Captor Sakura (CCS). If you liked CCS then you should watch Full Moon wo sagashite. As you could imagine from the synopsis, the story has a serious and sad note although the characters can be funny.
I liked the song of the anime a lot. Characters were awesome and likeable.
Once I started watching it, I couldn't stop watching.
Also the anime version is very different plot wise than the manga. But I think the anime plot is better and makes more sense than the plot from the manga.read more
Studio Deen pulled off another heartwarming and emotional anime that will tug at the strings of your heart.
The story of Full Moon O Sagashite is very unique. Sure that it falls under the magical shoujo, typical idol-singer genre, but there existed an aura, an unmistakable atmosphere that persisted throughout the show—There’s a build up of emotions waiting to explode, and it felt like a time bomb the entire time. This definitely cannot be considered the normal stereotypical anime, regardless of what it may seem initially. It also has its own share of drama and slice of life theme – exploring life and death that adds up to the twists and turns of the story, making it a somewhat deep-themed , but not a complex kind of anime.
Comprising of 52 episodes, I can’t say that it has an excellent pacing because there are some filler episodes. It started slow, but gradually develops thoroughly as the series progresses. It definitely has a HUGE plot twists, around ¾ , that turns up the drama to really high levels. For every cute and funny scenes, there is an equivalent sad and emotional scene. It’s amazing how Full Moon pulls off both comedic and dramatic elements at the same time. It doesn’t go from a happy, goofy anime to a depressing drama with little transition, but rather the change in the mood/ genre is very smooth. As the series comes to an end, the mixed emotions accumulated throughout the anime blooms into an ending that is far from what you can expect. Honestly, it’s one of the best endings for an anime in its genre.
When it comes to art and animation, it seem to fall between mediocrity and excellent. The character designs are cute and nicely done. The voice acting matches each character perfectly, and the music is downright awesome and addicting. Both 2 OP songs are upbeat while the ED songs are mellow. One minor quirk is that youn might get tired of hearing the same songs in the anime over and over again.
The characters are what make this series stand out. At first, they start out very stereotypical and generic. Mitsuki, who leads a boring life and has a throat cancer, uses music to escape from the harsh world she lives in. takuto starts off as an antisocial and rude guy, unwilling to help Mitsuki achieve her dream, and Meroko, is clingy to Takuto and wants him all for herself. But as the series unfold, they slowly emerge into amazing characters with intricate and delicate relationships. One notable factor is that there remains no antagonist throughout the anime. The fact that the characters drove the entire series without a central villain speaks volumes.
Full Moon o Sagashite is an anime that is not afraid to tug at your emotions. Having recently watched the anime, I can say that it’s an anime that won’t be outdated. I highly recommend this emotionally powerful anime to those who are looking for a different and unpredictable magical shoujo and idol-singer themed anime with well rounded characters coupled with superb soundtrack. Definitely a unique classic series that is a must see for people of all ages. read more
The story begins with an interesting concept I've never seen used before. That immediately pulled me in and kept my attention for the duration of the series. Throughout the story, many complex and diverse issues pop up that challenge the characters. Watching their approach to the problems and their interactions with each other strained and strengthened was a treasure to observe.
The artwork is not flashy or especially memorable during any moments, but this shortcoming is easily overlooked thanks to the story and character depth in the series.
The background tracks didn't have a staple sound that resonated with me or even caught my attention but the vocal recordings for Mitsuki's concerts and performances impressed me. A real singer was hired and brought in to make music for an animated character and that is honorable.
The main characters Mitsuki, Meroko, and Takuto have unique personalities. Each one has a trait that stands out and defines them as an individual. These characters are realistic enough to relate to on an actual human level and they are imaginative enough to entertain, frustrate, or inspire you at any point in the show. The characters and their interactions with each other, their adversaries, and the life's curve balls keep you on your toes. There's never a dull moment because they're young enough to make a lot of mistakes but they're experienced enough learn from them and do better in the future.
This is an enjoyable series with the combination of a great story and equally amazing characters to support it. This series is long and personal enough to draw you into their world, wrap you up in their problems, and lift you up with their successes. It's a very emotional journey that challenges important matters of the heart. The abstract concepts and realistic consequences are what make this series entertaining.
Overall score: 8/10
It lacked in a few areas, but the parts it excelled in overshadowed the flaws.read more
This was my very first anime, so it holds a special place in my heart, thus the higher rating even though I'm quite critical of it.
As I was rewatching this, I realized it's many flaws. I guess it's a matter of opinion if these are true flaws, but I'll list them anyway, since, you know, a review is your opinion.
I thought this was way too long. It could have easily only been about 25-30 episodes, but there were lots of unnecessary subplots and fillers that it was 52 episodes long.
I didn't like a lot of the characters. Not even Mitsuki, the main character. I thought she was very annoying. However, I liked Madoka, her rival. Yes, she was mean, but she did have some soft spots and she is somewhat of a relatable character. I think everyone has a little Madoka in them. I liked Mereoko a little too, the pink-haired shinigami bunny, especially when she wasn't goofing off or fawning over Takuto, the cat shinigami. Speaking of Takuto, I hated him. He's like 18, and *spoiler* (except not really because you can tell in the very first episode) in love with a 12 YEAR OLD. That's just gross and straight up pedophilia.
The art and animation is very unimpressive. I guess you can't expect incredible art with vivid colors and perfectly fluid animation from an older anime, but it still could have been better. The character designs weren't very diverse at all and everyone's eyes were way too big.
I got very tired of Mitsuki singing the same thing OVER and OVER again. I liked her songs at first, but after hearing them countless times, they become bothersome. Throughout all 52 episodes, she wrote a total of 3 songs. Only 3. She definitely could have done at least one album instead of only three singles. How did she get so famous for just doing singles??
I think I've insulted this show enough. Now on the the good things about it--it was inspiring and refreshing seeing a young girl so dedicated and passionate about singing that she would risk her health to do it, and I suppose this was a little different from most shoujo anime. The music was good (but like I said before, it got bothersome after hearing it all the time) and it was decent enough for me to watch all 52 episodes.
Overall, I give this a 6/10, and that's being generous. read more
One of my most favourite shoujo anime of all time, Full Moon shows us the importance of wanting to hang on to what we hold dear in life, to regain what has been lost and hold on to it no matter the price. Human love and compassion portrayed on a realistic level, Full Moon is simply a classic anime that will never be outdated.
this anime is about a young girl name Miriko searching for her destiny to somehow become a singer after finding out she has cancer in the throat, with out of the blue two death gods show up and that she somehow can see she finds it by magically becoming a full moon out of a promise she made..
this anime is heartwarming and puts a lot of emotional feelings to a test from death to wanting to have Miriko to live on with both her altered-ego called Full Moon to herself, and searching for her great friend which moved to America with his adopted family to times she was in the orphanage after her dad dies spending time with eichi-kun.
the battle of full moon and Modoka jealous feelings and full moon making friends along the way, which is pretty much a tear to your heart, but having a grandmother distain of music and gripping her past of losing her daughter Miriko's mother and blaming music on her losts gives gratitude of special passion to this anime.
I Loved watching this I couldn't stop I watched every heartwarming tearjerking sometimes comical episode in few days and if I couldn't help but watch there pretty much a great something going on in the anime to keep me stuck on the anime, as much anime i try to watch and gave up on lately, but this one had some special grip that emotionally pushed me forward through the 12 year old Miriko, to the magical created full moon something was especially created with passion and heart , loved the anime and the songs too.read more
It was only in March 2013 that I started watching this Anime after finishing a few other Animes on Youtube. I was on Youtube and I clicked on it. At first, I didn't really like Full Moon, but I gave it another chance and I'm glad I did.
This is just my opinion, but I believe this story is amazing. No story is completely flawless but this was close to it. Twelve year old Mitsuki has lung cancer and two shinigami show up granting her one life to live. If I was Mitsuki I would be crying and upset, but she wasn't upset she wanted to live to achieve her dream of being a singer making Eichi, her childhood love, notice her. Mitsuki isn't a little whiny little kid that wants what she wants either she is very kind and helps out everyone. As the story proceeds, you'll notice a cute setting fade away into a dark very depression one.
I enjoy cute drawings. The art was really good. Mitsuki is drawn very cute and so is her older self, Full Moon. I wouldn't say it's perfect but just the look of the characters made me fall in love with them even more. I'm not all that ''I'll only watch an Anime if it has good art" but the better the art the better I'd not drop it and turn away. The bright colors just add on to the Shoujo genre.
I think the sound, or in other words music was the main reason the story touched me. Mitsuki gets granted a wish from Takuto to become a singer until a year later when her fate comes, and her voice is so amazing when she sings. The deepness of her voice and the sound of the music stays in your heart. Whenever you hear it and listen, you will get those sad moments playing in your head like you're back watching it over again. The music plays at the saddest moments of the Anime making it even sadder than it appeared to be. Imagine being a secret 16-year-old singer that nobody knows is actually 12 years old and has lung cancer.
Mitsuki is brave. She doesn't cry, she doesn't even frown. Her smile shows on her face when these shinigami are telling her she'll die in a year. All she wants to do is become a singer, finish off her dream, and then she said she'll be happy. Mitsuki gets sad at some parts in the Anime but she really just deserved the human nature moment to be sad. Takuto is a really nice guy. He always looks out for Mitsuki. If I had a Shinigami, I wish he was mine. Meroko, yes I agree, can be annoying at some parts of the Anime but overall she's just too cute!
Like I said, at first, I didn't enjoy this Anime. Once I got into it the Anime was the best thing I ever watched. I couldn't take my eyes away from it. Just one more episode... I whispered while clicking until the last episode. I got so into to it and so attached to the characters I never wanted it to end! You know that feeling when you want to see how it ends but you don't want it to end? Well I had that awful feeling. When it ended, I lied in bed brokenhearted, I guess you could I say I was a little Anime depressed. I finally got over this but Full moon will always be in my heart.
Overall, this Anime gave me the ride of a lifetime. It has a lot to offer and will make you cry. If you don't believe me, why don't you watch it yourself? You'll see. The characters will make you get so attached you'll want them to become real and talk to you. I know it sounds crazy but they are just that well made.
This is my first review so it's not that good. I apologize.
This anime is personally one of my favorites. Although, the story strays away from the original plot of the manga a little more than half way though the series. Because they made the anime when the manga was still being written.
But, overall. the story is VERY much tear jerking, because you can't help but cry with the story. You get to know the characters very well. I watched the anime first then the manga, which was kind of a big mistake because they are so different, and end completely different. They changed a lot in the story.
The only downside to having it released in America is that they destroyed it. It sounds like an ear shattering fan dub done by newbs, who can nor say a Japanese name, or voice act for their LIFE. But the over all the translation was terrible.
But con's aside, its still a very good series, and a definite must watch for those who love a good cry.read more
The story line is pretty flushed out but unfortunately, it falls into the magical girl story line. I say unfortunately because it was something I was hoping this would keep out. It didn’t need her turning into a 16-year-old to have the plot moving, just make her look somewhat 16 at the start of it! Another problem I had with the whole 12 to 16 aspect is that, how will her love actually know that its her when she is much older and her songs are pretty much generic to any girl in that age? It doesn’t magically work… like… *facepalm* you know what, all logic is thrown out the window in magical girl shows, don’t they?
Throughout the story, I was about ready to shout out, ‘JUST GET WITH TAKUTO ALREADY!’ I like how she is so dedicated to this one guy but not hearing from him in that freaken long time, I’m with Takuto on what he tells her. She should just get on with her life if she had not seen him in so long. There is also the fact that most of the episodes feel more like playing around then getting to the point. The show was pretty much mostly episodic and some didn’t even have a point to her actual goal.
The characters are fun and entertaining; I especially love the silliness of Meroko who is always getting in the way of most things. She’s most of the comedy that is given to the story I feel and you can tell a lot about her even if you can’t see her past. Actually, I would be very happy if I was able to see her past as well as Takuto’s a little earlier in the show, and not have to learn way late or look it up.
The Animation is really pretty, and showing the love and spirit the characters put into it. Studio Deen seems to always have a rather grainy look but it and it seems to fit this story. It keeps it feeling like a dream and touches the heart, even if it feels somewhat un-realistic how sweet and innocent it is.
The voices for the Japanese dub are done well, capturing the spirit of the characters. The English voices… well they are a little too high pitched for my ears, especially Mitsuki. When Mitsuki sings, she sounds different if you’re watching the English version. It’s because they still sing it in Japanese which… even if it’s good singing for that style, it makes it feel somewhat detached from the rest of the show. I am happy they didn’t try to get the English voice actor to sing because she probably would of broken my ears if she tried to match the Japanese voice but still, its jarring. The quality really feels like it’s from Sailor moon and so feels lack luster. The opening music is cute and I think works out nicely with the animation. read more
Full moon wo sagashite is about a 12 year old girl who has throat cancer but wants to become a singer. One day she is visited by two shinigami or death gods who tell her she has one year left to live, so instead of being depressed she is determind to acheive her dream and meet the one she loves before time runs out, which is made possible with the help of the two shinigami, however, feelings soon develop and this becomes a problem for the shinigami.
The story is very intersting involving several different elements, namely, Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Comedy and music. The story has a slighlty realistic feel as the romance is not your typical happy ending with just one couple, but it is more complex and the choices the characters make influences the stor greatly. It is quite unpredictable especially at the ends of some of the later episodes, so you never know what can happen. However, there is something lacking in this anime, perhaps it is that it is a bit contradictory as they try to make a serious romance story out f a playful fantasy, but other than that the story is pretty good.
The art was ok, and since it is a romantc comedy, th art does not have to be perfect as the style can be more slack or playful to bring out the comic relief. However, i found it a bit cattonish at points which resembles that of a kiddy show, so the art was a bit of a turn off for me.
The sund was quite good since its an anime being about music, but the openings were a bit childish and uninteresting. However, the songs sung by the female lead are not bad at all, though you can get a bit sick of it after hearing it quite often. Also ther was a lot of insert songs and themes incorporated which brings out the mood and enhances the atmosphere in the anime which is what i found good, but it wasn't perfect hence 9 not 10 for sound.
The characters were vivid and each contained a good deal of depth as we get to know the beackground of most of the characters and even the supporting charactrs have considerablysignificant roles in the story and are not just there for comic relief, at times the supporting characters also bring about significant changes or twists to the story and help to bring out the kindness that the maain character displays through the many encounters with each character. Thus even the episodes you think as "fillers" are actually quite important and are not really fillers as they may be related to later in the anime.
I really enjoyed the anime which contained a lot of comedy, though it was a bit slow moving at the start of the show, the pace increased towards the end and it gets quite interesting like 15 episodes towards the end of the series. However, the begining may be a bit boring for those who like animes that carry out the story thoroughly in each episode instead of dragging it out. However, it gives a slice of life kind of feel and depicts the life of an ordinary person with a little supernatural feel yhanks to the shinigami.
Overall, the anime is indeed quite touching and funny so if you are looking for an anime with a happy ending this one may be good but expect twists to it. If your a romance fan don't keep too high hopes for this as the romance is not very deep because of the timespan of the series(52 episodes a bit too long for a romance anime). Also for those who saw the manga, the anime takes on a different adaptation to the story though grasping a similar concept the story is quite different so you might want to give it a shot, though which one is better is subject to discussion.read more
Either you are reading this because:
1# You want to know what the anime is about or basic scores
2# You want to see if anyone else loved this anime as much as you did.
Whichever one of the two reasons, I hope you enjoy my review ^_^
I finished Full Moon Wo Sagashite [Searching for a full moon] a few months back and only realised recently I had not recommended it.
SO here is my long overdue review-
At a first glance this may seem to be a girly, shoujo anime that is about as deep as a paddling pool, but the story revolves around trust, forgotten memories, death and love.
It is a very emotional story line, that young children can enjoy the basic story, while older more mature audiences can relate to the hurt and pain that some of the characters feel.
A whole arc of the anime is spent on the empty emotions and mental scars left by death and loss, which makes the anime more emotional.
But do not think that this anime is all doom and gloom, it is sweet and tender and at some points, even laughable.
The art is perfectly suited for this anime, and I am very happy with this style of anime. Though I am not usually a fan on this kind of drawing, the story line and characters mixed well with the art, and I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if the art was different.
The sound track used for this anime is the best I have experienced so far. I got the song onto my ipod and now listen to them alot.
The intro and credit songs are absolutely terrible, but the songs that Mizuki herself sings [when I say Mizuki I mean her voice actress and band: Changin' my life] are infact stupendous.
At first I was unsure whether I thought Mizuki to be a good or bad singer, but I guess that was only because we first hear her sing without a backing track, and every one sounds better with a backing track.
The voices are amazing and beautiful, and perfectly suited for each character.
The characters of Full Moon, are easy to relate to, as each one of them has experienced a different loss:
They are each their own person, and the main characters all have a riveting past.
I simply loved this anime, purely unique and it's own anime
A superb anime, which I thoroughly recommend for you to watch.read more
This anime can be deceiving, a girly shoujo anime turns into a gripping ending. The beginning is quite slow and people loose interest before they even finish the anime, but the best is till last. At a first glance, it mainly shows a girl and her dream to become a singer, a very simple story line which gets very edgy near the end.
It has cute characters, full of fluffy pink stuff, but as you discover that her unfortunate fate is sealed, there is nothing else for her to do but to fight for her dream to the very end.
It has 52 episodes, a bit longer than some anime, the English dubbed is also no complete, i had to switch from dubbed to subbed just to finish it, it is only dubbed halfway. People say it is too slow and that some where fillers and some complained about the sound and their voices didn't fit the characters. So there is a lot of criticism and i'd say this anime was a risk, but i thought it was very good and i did enjoy it.
Please watch it for yourself and tell me what you think. read more
full moon wo sagashite, is a heartwarming series.
about a girl who has throat cancer. she is visited by 2 shinigamis, they tell her that she only has 1 year left to live in. Both shinigamis becomes surprised when she tells them that she is not afraid to die and to lose her voice is much worse. she has a dream of becoming a singer, so she runs away from Shinigami to take an audition, but is then captured by the 2 shinigamier. she gets frustrated and tells them, If she only has 1 year left to do, so she could just as well carry out her dream.
one of the 2 shinigami get sympathy for her and let her audition. the second shihigami is very against it.the shinigamies are called Takuto and Meroko.they talk about it, and agree that she probably is not as good anyway. but they are wrong.
not very far indside the story, feelings begins to shoe between the characters, and it quickly becomes very touching.
you cry, laugh, listen to really good music and sometimes you get very annoyed.
there are many emotions that play in the series, both for the characters and your self. ( I cried a lot sometimes, and that is NOT a secret ).
it is very good series, and i would definitely recommend it. especially for those who like emotional, romantic, and music-filled series.
I would also say that there is very decent action in the series.
I love this series, and it is one of my Favorites.
the end is also very good, you will feel very satisfied, and you get the feeling that you want to see it again.
~Main | Overall
Full Moon wo Sagashite, for me, is the quintessential shoujo anime. It has all the elements a shoujo addict like myself craves; it's funny, dramatic, emotional, has nice looking characters and great music. There is not much to be said about this series that has not been said already, I would truly love to give this series all PERFECT 10s because it does deserve it, but there are some minor stuff I gotta take points off for. Still hands down Full Moon excels as a shoujo series as most reviews you come across have demonstrated by giving this show nothing but 9s and 10s.
~Art | Animation
The art could be considered “old school-inspired” since it does have that 90's anime look. it kinda reminds me of Sailor Moon a little bit but you can tell it's fairly recent because the movements are a lot smoother and there aren't as many irregularities that you'd normally see in anime from the 80s – 90s.....but there are some [minor] errors and also quite a few scene looping and reuse.
~Music | Voices | F/X
This show has some of the best music anime has to offer.....eventho it's only like, 3 songs. No seriously, I think Full Moon, NANA and lets not forget Lacus Clyne [Gundam SEED] have some of the best songs in anime, if you are into ballads/slow songs and J-POP then you know what I mean. However, the 3 or 4 songs in this series, which in reality is a tad insufficient for a 52 episode series, gets played over and over and over again. This might annoy some viewers, I was OK with it though.
The OPs were not sung by Full Moon but by another group The Scanty. I only liked the first OP “I Love You” because it is very cheerful, playful and makes you want to sing along [I also like the little Mitsuki dance.] However I'm not too crazy about the second OP [Rock n Roll Princess] I do think that song is a little bit on the kiddie side. The title gets on my nerves words like Rock n Roll and Princess clash, I know they [The Scanty] were trying to perhaps be edgy or ironic but it's really lame sounding. Also I know little girls like to dream of being princesses...but the notion is all too very cliché to me.
I watched it in Japanese and the cast was just great, as usual.
~Story | Plot
What a great story! If it weren't 52 episodes long I'd watch it a lot more frequently. Like everyone else, when I first read the synopsis of this show I thought...cancer...CANCER??? How they make a show about cancer and think it's going to be entertaining? But it's really not as dramatic as all that, thank goodness! Full Moon is actually a very light and nice feeling show, which is very similar to Card Captor Sakura [as far as emotional tone goes, not plot-wise] but it can also be very profound at times.
There are a few things you should know though, like I said Full Moon is a 52 episode series, aside from the first couple of introductory episodes everything else seem to be filler. At least to me they seem to be filler, this does not mean that they are not funny or fun to watch. To me they are still somewhat vital since they allow you to see the characters in various situations and settings which allows you to understand and appreciate the characters as well as become attached to them. Now the last 12 or so episodes is when things are on and popping, this is where the story peaks and the biggest dramatic turning point is revealed!!! This is where you aren't going to be able to stop watching the series....I know I was hooked!
~Cast | Character
Not one character I didn't like! My favorite character award goes to both Meroko and Tanaka-san [yes Tanaka-san]. Meroko at first comes off as this ditsy, love-obsessed, brat but deep down she has a heart. This is important because a lot of anime females are like this and they do not have the opportunity to express it or have things turn out the way things did for Meroko [or even Madoka for that matter] and people just write them off as “air-head bitches” when truly that's only a superficial layer for who they truly are. Meroko was the emotional to Takuto's rationale and a person [in this case, Mitsuki] cannot be whole without either. And then there's Tanaka, I loved her she was so funny. Just they way they drew her face always smiling, mischievous...and she's always sneaking around spying, eavesdropping and listening to her music, eventho it's banned in the house where she works. Not since Alice from the Brady Bunch has a maid been this cool.
OK here comes the Bishounen Hunter section: Eichi-kun, what's not to love about this guy? He's smart, sensitive, polite and soft-spoken. He's also somewhat of a classy dresser....I love that white trench-coat! His style is simple yet understated and classy. Eichi wears a lot of white which supposedly is the color of purity and in his case this would be true, Eichi is my favorite bishounen of the series. Takuto comes in a close second, he is one-half of the Negi Ramen Shinigami team with Meroko. Takuto is almost the opposite of Eichi, he wears outlandish costumey,rocker-type clothes and is kinda brash and outspoken. His face is stern-looking most of the time while Eichi's face was always gentle and smiling. But Takuto is very principled and can be self-sacrificing.
What can I say. I really like this series. Some people may hate the art, some people may hate the fact that it's too long, others may hate [Eternal Snow] and [Myself] being played over and over again. It was all worth it, the best way I can describe this show is that it's like one of those dishes you have to cook slowly for hours [maybe even overnight?] for it to come out fantastic and once you take a bite you realize all the labor was worth it.read more