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English: Searching for the Full Moon
Synonyms: Full Moon o Sagashite
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2002 to Mar 29, 2003
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.131 (scored by 20639 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagscomedy drama music romance shoujo
Jul 17, 2007
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
Apr 4, 2007
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
Feb 17, 2014
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 seldomly 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
May 27, 2010
"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
Aug 8, 2009
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.
Jul 17, 2014
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.
Feb 10, 2009
Sep 5, 2010
Full lit of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
Most people reading my reviews would think that I hate anime and that I review just to trash them no matter how good they may be. Which is not true as I occasionally make positive reviews too… like this one.
What is going here? Why is an adult brute like myself giving a good score to an anime that is aimed at little girls while burying a ton of more male-oriented works. I clearly said many times I prefer action and gore over cute girls and fuzzy animals. Am I following Tite Kubo’s legacy and I am trolling you or something? Am I obsessed with series about underaged girls? Or perhaps I see that this series from an objective point of view is damn good?
Ok, here is why. All those amongst you who have watched many anime (and by many, I mean more that 500 and not just the mainstream crap on tv) you will have noticed that most of them have great ideas and interesting premises that at first appear to be elaborating and interesting. Yet along the way they usually get ruined because of bad directing, pathetic plot twists, cheaper animation and loss of focus. So now imagine that this series happens to be doing the exact opposite. It begins with a ridiculously naive premise, yet along the way it builds around it to create a story that is actually very dark and deep at times. So unlike most series, it makes you begin watching it with low expectations yet along the way it manages to become a lot more than it appeared to be at first.
Then it’s the actual pacing of the story which is good from first to last episode as far as I am concerned. There are no actual fillers or useless episodes in this anime, and being 50 episodes long it’s a real feat. So it is laughable when other series with more episodes have far less effective duration and even claim that “The first 60 episodes are shit, but then it becomes great” (aka Hitman Reborn or Gintama or whatever).
Then it’s the actual story, which begins semi-childish and semi-dramatic, yet manages to change, evolve, mature its cast and still maintain that same cozy feeling to the end without becoming Bleach shit. How many anime do you know that can do that? Half of them don’t even have an overall plot yet still manage to lose the feeling, while most others who do have a plot usually mutate to Shiipuuden garbage. Another feat for it.
Then it’s the cast that although naive at first, along the way it becomes likable for other reasons than its cute looks. I can even say most of them are memorable without being original. Yet another feat.
If I am to be more analytical, the story is about a girl who has cancer and who wishes to become a singer than do an operation which will cost her voice but save her life. All of which are done just so she can show her love to the boy she likes that lives in America. I know it sounds far-fetched as heck and frankly speaking the manga version pulled it better with the “actual” reasons she wants to do it. But anyways, the premise, despite sounding silly, is grim and builds enough tension to keep watching. I mean, she only has 1 year of life, her voice is rather off, and she is still too young to be accepted as a pop model, so WTF? Here comes the “magic convenience” in the story, in the form of two cute death gods, who so happen to magically make her older and prettier, thus fulfilling her wish before she dies, which could result to her becoming a ghost if she doesn’t. Yes, it sounds silly, but just try to see between the lines. It’s a story about a dying girl who just wants to show her love. Isn’t that powerful enough? The magic part that makes the show appear like a Sailor Moon rip-off is not of actual importance. For the lead girl does not use it to beat demons and make people happy with it; she simply uses it as means to shine forth her true non-magic talent of singing.
Not only that, but the story is still grim enough as it involves the hardships of being a pop-idol, being treated bad because of jealousy, being controlled by her strict grandmother, being marked for the things her dead parents did. Heck, the death gods themselves don’t get away with it for cheating on the rules. When was the last time you saw the cute critter that gives the shoujo her magic wand being targeted for punishment by its own order?
I could go on about various other details that make the story awesome but all that would count as spoilers so I will end here by saying “it is not a silly, passable, average, story that gets ruined along the way”.
The actual story is of course simple and the progress in each episode is not much, yet the atmosphere is good enough to make you keep watching.
The actual cast is again not fully developed or exposed in the fullest and does end without proper catharsis for most. All I can say is that they still get ten times more exposure than most anime casts and that the manga version did a much better job at providing backdrop stories and fewer events. So on paper (lol) it is superior to the anime version.
The animation is nothing great yet manages to captivate you with its simplicity, being the cute characters or the whole pop idol fascination with clothes, promotion and song making. Voice acting is also good, with humorous high-pinched voices for most, yet still cruel for others who work as antagonists. The lead girl’s voice may be hard to accept at first, as she does sound weird with that cancer of hers. And while her songs are very good (performed by the same voice actor) the do lack in variety, repeat too often and may eventually tire you (two songs, twice heard per episode).
Now about the dying part, I have seen it before in other anime. There was also Mahoromatic and Saikano, which were about dying girls who just wanted to have a happy time until their demise. Both those shows ended in quite the WTF ways and felt very alien with the rest of the series. Once again, the ending of this anime is not unexpected, and it sure is not mindfucking weird. So again, Full Moon manages to excel even in its final impressions with a powerful and solid ending, another hard thing most anime seem to miss.
In conclusion, not all anime are bad at storytelling, even if they have a high amount of naivety in them. This anime is the living proof of it that most anime producers should take notes from instead of going for the brainless moeblob shit of the late 00’s.
That’s it from me; I did a positive review for a chance. Now excuse me as I return back to my usual self while looking angrily at all those mediocre anime I intend to criticize.
The manga version
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Jun 12, 2008
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
Mar 29, 2013
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
Aug 19, 2010
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
Mar 23, 2013
Apr 15, 2011
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.
hope you liked it. And hope it helped a litte ^.^
Feb 14, 2014
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
Feb 23, 2013
I gave Full Moon wo Sagashite a nine due to its heart melting plot about a girl who wishes to be reunited with the boy she loved through a singing career, but isn't allowed to, because of her throat cancer. Two shimigami come and tell her that she only has a year left to live. With the help of the shimigami, she is able to become a famous idol and begins to pursue her career before she dies. A lot of the anime I felt wasn't necessary. Example: things like jobs, trips, etc. This anime starts off pretty...."boring", but the ending was so amazing that it makes up for the first half.
***If you choose to watch this anime, WATCH IT TO THE END!!! The beginning is a little hard to watch, because it doesn't really lure you in, but I felt that the ending was absolutely amazing. It didn't overdue it and left you guessing. (which is usually not a good thing) but in this anime, you could literally imagine and know what would happen next.*****
For those of you out there, who love comedy and touches of romance, this is definitely a must-watch anime for you.
It's not horrible to look at, but I personally am very harsh when it comes to judging art. I mean, when you're watching the anime, it's what you're going to be looking at the entire time!
It is a very "cute" style, but overall, I thought it was acceptable.
When you know that an anime is about a girl trying to pursue a career as a singer, you automatically assume that it will have good music, which is pretty true in this case. The main character's voice is very beautiful and the songs leave you wanting to sing them along with her.
Like in most animes, you have the extremely kind female lead who goes through a time of depression, but gets back up. I felt the characters were very well introduced. You got to see flashbacks from their pasts, shedding a little light on why they are the way they are, and there's character development as well.
The only reason I gave this anime an eight out of ten for enjoyment is from the beginning. I felt it was really boring, but the ending completely blew me away, so I think that you will love this anime when you finish.
Full Moon wo Sagashite has a few spots where I thought it could have been better conducted, but overall, it was truly a great anime that is a must-watch.
I hope this review was at least a little bit helpful.
Dec 18, 2009
However, I was deeply surprised by the truly emotional story line and depth of the characters in the series, after having watching a few episodes.
The storyline was fairly unique; thumbs up for the director -and each episode develops the story and characters whilsts they are faced with differing events and placed in alternative situatons. Basically, the story revolves around a young girl - Misuki - Burdened by such tragedy, she was coerced to abondon her dreams of becoming a vocalist, until one day she had a fated meeting with 2 shinigami (Meroko and Takuto) ~This meeting changes Mitsuki's life; and is the beginning of a riveting emotional rollarcoaster for the youngen.
The art is slightly obsolete as compared to newer anime however it does not subtract from the quality of the anime. The style is the typical large eyes, long anime haired girls etc.. The art is cutesy to sum it up.
NOW! this is definitely the main attraction of the anime - the music is beautiful and awe-inspiring, toppled with moving lyrics and a competent vocalist it definitely made me love this anime even more!
The main character - Mitsuki- displayed definite character traits from the first episode, omitting any complaints of slow character development. She exerts a modest; almost reserved temperament which is fostered by lack of social experience and an overprotective grandmother.
However! Misuki's character develops into a confidence and independent woman as she is faced with inevitable situations; though she never loses sight of her kind and submissive self.
Meroko - The female shinigami is strong-headed and eccentric with her loud persona and rash decision making; which were very entertaining at times.
Takuto - The male shinigami whom slowly falls in love with Mitsuki - but is constantly in denial -unaware of his true emotions. He is kind and protective - often displaying an indifference to Mitsuki and Meroko's actions but is always there to help them when trouble arises.
Oba-chan (granny) - She is slightly aggro at first; cold and overprotective of the obedient Mitsuki; fueled by a disenchanting past and enmity for all things music --- granny gradually becomes more capable of displaying emotion and thus realises the importance of those around her. etc etc.
ALL IN ALL! it greatly exceeded my expectations and was a thoroughly entertaining experience. - so. WATCH IT!
i dare you.
Mar 17, 2008
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
Jan 21, 2012
I have a friend who loves dark, gory, horror anime. Although I am a fan of mystery/horror stuff, I don't like mindless gore (where gore happens for no reason except to show guts flying everywhere. It doesn't contribute to the plot in any way). However, my friend does-- if it's blood, she likes it somehow. And then she told me that the liked this anime-- And I was SHOCKED. I had to check it out, and at first I didn't see how someone like her could like such a stereotypical romance.
And then I watched further. I realized this isn't the cutsy happy determined romantic little girl. She started like that, but-- Well, we shall discuss that in the character section. The plot delves deep into emotions, suicide, sickness, character development, etc. As I've stated in other reviews, I love love love character development. But this development was... Interesting. Ok, basically the story IS the characters, so I'll talk more in that part of my review.
Uhhhhhh... I dunno. I like the whole big-eye cute happy face art (sometimes), but this was just... different. Maybe it's because I watched Death Note literally right before I watched this, so the stark contrast of going from realistic, dark art style to bright, happy shoujo just killed it for me. As I watched more, it grew on me though, and certain uneven parts smoothed all their bumps later. You could tell the animators were getting better at what they did. All in all, it's cute and it gets darkwhenitneedsto later on, but stays bright where it should. It starts out stereotypical and bumpy, but seems to grow more dark and unique all while keeping the same style. How do they do that?
It went unnoticed for me. The soundtracks sort of... well, they just weren't there most the time. Sure they improved the mood, but they did just that and nothing more. They were stereotypical and that was that. Voice acting for the Japanese version was again, stereotypical, but the actors did an amazing job at really coming out believable with their emotions later on. It improved from just another romance (that I would have given a 4 or 5 by the way) into the... Er, 7 I think it deserves. I'll explain that rating later. Anyway, the songs that were sung by "Full Moon" were very nice and pretty. The first one was sweet, but Eternal Snow just sticks out in my mind. It's just pretty yet so sad to me, perfectly displaying the emotion of the show at that time. It was just amazing.
Oh me, oh my! The characters were quite the annoying beasts for me. You have the sweet little girl who wants to be with her love again. A girly... Shinigami who is just jealous and protective of her "guy". And then that same "guy" who is obviously falling for the cute girl who is in love with some other guy. Soap opera, much? I hate soap operas. I don't know why. Maybe I find them stressful and just plain dang annoying. I gave up on this for a little but came back to it after about maybe a month or two. Unfortunately, I had left right before the characters' true feelings deep inside were fleshed out, and their personalities were exposed then seemed to be torn to shreds through some kind of evil depression. It's hard to explain, but I found myself both enthralled and slightly disgusted at their changes. But then it occurred to me-- just because she's the heroine doesn't mean she can't falter. She doesn't have to stay on the perfect path all the time. Look! We're humans! We falter all the time, we give up, we become afraid, we fall depressed. We are people with emotions. That's why these characters enthralled me in that dark yet saddening way. One of the reasons I gave the series a 7 is because of how dark it turned out. Yes, dark anime is fine. Things that go from bright to depressing are fine. But there was something different about this... yes, it was genuis how they did it, but it wrenched my mind and almost my very soul. It was just odd, and even though it's amazing how the creators did this, I was still a little turned off. I had to take a little break to avoid the depression. All in all though, the characters are interesting and, for the most part they change in a very realistic way... Yes, most the time. But when they do change, I warn you, you might be confused and saddened. But it all works out... Erm, I think it does.
That brings me to my overview. All in all, Full Moon wo Sagashite is engrossing and takes an unexpected turn for the dark and cruel, yet surprisingly realistic. But that ending? I've heard a lot of people like it, but it's too abrupt. I can't describe it without spoilers, but I will try to do my best.
In that very last part, there was a hint that a certain person recognized a certain other person. But did that person really, or was it just a fading memory they couldn't place their finger on? And how did Full Moon return to her... you know, position? It all confused me, and if you think about it think you'll know why it confused me. If you have an explanation, by all means send it to me. I just thought the ending was abrupt and rushed, though agreeably cute.
All in all, this show was hard for me to get through, since I'm not a romance fan too much. But the twists and turns this took were totally unexpected, and took me for a depressing ride that... I'm not sure quite how it ended out. I definitely don't regret watching this, but it somehow isn't my taste either. I guess I'm just too picky?
Anyway, if you enjoy shoujo but also like a nice peek into those dark human emotions, watch this by all means. Even if you claim not to like depressing shows, give it a try anyway, since it really is a small gem in its genre. I enjoyed it for the most part, but for some stupid, insane reason I couldn't give it anything above 7 overall. But I hope you enjoy it, at least more than I did. read more
Sep 13, 2009
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
Sep 3, 2009
This anime is at the top of my favourites. The character development is strong, the plot line, while being fairly standard, contains enough surprises and comedic moments to keep one on the edge of one's seat, even re-watching one cannot help but seek the next episode smiling.
I would classify this as a fantasy musical.
My rating 5/5 stars.