Ranked #933

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Alternative Titles

English: Looking Up At The Half-Moon
Synonyms: Hantsuki
Japanese: 半分の月がのぼる空


Type: TV
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2006 to Feb 24, 2006
Premiered: Winter 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Light novel
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.741 (scored by 30,899 users)
Ranked: #9332
Popularity: #744
Members: 56,766
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After contracting hepatitis A, Ezaki Yuuichi has been confined to a hospital, away from his friends and family, much to his displeasure. To relieve his boredom, he has taken to sneaking out of the hospital, usually putting himself on the receiving end of a beating from his nurse. Upon meeting a girl his age also staying in the hospital, he is immediately captivated by her beauty. Akiba Rika's personality is not quite as captivating as her beauty however. In fact, she is rather selfish, moody, and bossy. But as the two spend more time with each other, they become closer, sharing the ordinary joys and trials of a budding teenage romance, even when darkened with impending tragedy—for Rika's condition does not leave her much longer to live.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Akiba, Rika
Akiba, Rika
Takahashi, Mikako
Takahashi, Mikako
Ezaki, Yuuichi
Ezaki, Yuuichi
Suzumura, Kenichi
Suzumura, Kenichi
Tanizaki, Akiko
Tanizaki, Akiko
Kodaira, Yuuki
Kodaira, Yuuki
Sekoguchi, Tsukasa
Sekoguchi, Tsukasa
Kobushi, Nobuyuki
Kobushi, Nobuyuki


Matsushita, Yukihiro
Matsushita, Yukihiro
Director, Storyboard
Yatabe, Katsuyoshi
Yatabe, Katsuyoshi
Episode Director
Takeuchi, Nobuyuki
Takeuchi, Nobuyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takayama, Katsuhiko
Takayama, Katsuhiko
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(0/6)

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Opening Theme

"Aoi Koufuku" by Nobuko

Ending Theme

"Kioku no Kakera" by Nobuko

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Dec 20, 2014
Well I'm new to reviewing, but I'll just wright down my feedback. Short and simple.

Story 8/10 :
I find the story enjoyable and not too cliche. The story had its sad and touching moments. The show is actually a slice-of-life, since the story was made to be realistic, it doesn't have any supernatural stuff in it at all just pure realism. I gave it a 9 probably because the story was short and that I felt like it had more potential for the show to be longer. Anyway, This show does have its moral lessons and well in my point of view the show tells you read more
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Aug 12, 2015
What to expect: Heartwarming romance without unnecasary fanservice and a dramaturgic touch

Story: ( 7/10)

The premise and plot for this short series are simple: A boy has to stay in a hospital where he meets a girl with a serious illness. He tries his best to make her happy and has to face few obstacles on the long way.

Characters: ( 9/10)

The main characters are the sick girl Rika and the protagonist of the series Yuuichi. They are fairly fleshed out, believable and likeable, although I sometimes got a tsundere vibe from Rika . While they get enough development to justify it read more
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May 14, 2013
I'm really glad I actually sat down and watched this one fully. It only took a day, but what a day it was worth. I've watched many popular romance animes such as Clannad and Konan and can say nicely that, if it wanted to, this anime could have been on their level IF not greater.
There are a few things holding it back, though, which makes an unsatisfied feeling. I'll fully explain that through this review.

~ WARNING: possible spoilers ~

~ Story 8/10 ~
The story is nice and not over the top. It's realistic which blends well for it's dramatic feeling. Our main character is sick with read more
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May 3, 2013
For those who are familiar with Clannad/Clannad After Story (for those who aren't, it is a fantastic romance anime) this anime in my opinion is at its level, yes it is and I am not being sarcastic or joking or f**king with you. If you doubt my opinion, its fine, if you agree that's great.

Story: (10/10)
-Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Looking Up At The Half-Moon), you will understand what this beautiful tittle entails by watching the show, it has more to it than you might think.
This anime portrayed and executed beautiful bitter sweetness and made me realize what is more important, your happiness or read more
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