English: Looking Up At The Half-Moon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2006 to Feb 24, 2006
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.801 (scored by 26167 users)
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SynopsisAfter 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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Related AnimeAdaptation: Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
Characters & Voice Actors
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 Hepatitis A. Not dangerous but he will be relaxing at the hospital for some time. Quickly we learn our main character is the adventurous type and tries to leave the hospital numerous times for self enjoyment if the nurse doesn't catch him and tosses him back into the hospital bed.
Although Yuuichi Ezaki spends time talking to his nurse and a couple of the hospital residents, he seems a bit bored at his bed-resting lifestyle even if his school friends visit him.
This seems to change when the nurse brings up a girl from East Ward:
Yuuichi goes to visit Rika and they slowly grow attached to one another.
However, Yuuichi doesn't have too much to worry about.
On the other hand, Rika is in a different situation and suffers from heart complications that will keep her from living not too long.
The story revolves mostly around the evolving relationship of both these characters as they deal with each others' emotions, pasts, and illnesses.
It all comes down to Yuuichi to decide for himself on what he should do if Rika will die soon.
It follows a realistic pattern without things getting too hectic from the story. You will greatly enjoy the small comedy and laid-back feeling you get watching this as light drama comes in. You will ESPECIALLY enjoy the sudden random bits of huge drama out of nowhere happens, changing your view of the story or characters as soon as you find out.
Dialogue and personality mostly makes this anime what it is which would be a must watch.
~ Art 8/10 ~
The art is lovely. It's not overly done and is greatly nice. Sure, you may not find breath-taking animations or art, but that's not the appeal of the anime. There isn't a need to focus on that. Even so, it does well to add in little bits and extras to atleast make it look pretty nice. Character designs are nice and background designs are also done well.
~ Sound 8/10 ~
As the mood changes quite often, so will the music. Although not major, it's small and fits greatly with the mood. It starts at the right moments, not too early or late and displays the current atmosphere of the scene. Is it playful, sad, shocking? The soundtrack goes quite well to display these emotions.
The opening and ending themes are also quite enjoyable. They both fit the overall vibe of the anime and were great choices.
~ Character 9/10 ~
Characters are lovable and easy to grow attached to. Yuuichi is an average high school kid with a kind heart. He's pretty easy going and a bit of a trouble maker. You grow to like his role more and more as you learn about him and see what he does. You'll laugh, you might sympathize with him, and you might even get pissed off. However, he doesn't let down the viewer when it comes down to being his role of a nice, heroic character type.
Rika is someone with the slightly stereotypical tsundere personality. Although, it isn't a self defense like most. Rika is naturally socially awkward because of her illness which causes her to act out. She can be slightly mean, judging, and harsh. However, she can be kind, intelligent, understands the idea of justice, and even honest. Her character isn't annoying and quite easy to enjoy.
Other characters you will meet and sadly due to the shortness of the anime, wont grow to know too well. However, you will begin to love their roles as you like the nurse's personality, get aggravated at the doctor, root for 'Zebra Mask', and other characters. Sadly, it seems like the story doesn't dwell hard enough to get to the bigger roots of everyone so you can feel attached with every character. Some character don't even seem important at all. With that said, though, most the characters are lovable and hard to forget about.
~ Enjoyment 10/10 ~
I can't find one thing that I didn't enjoy about this anime. Everything was great. Each episode was great and the story progressed so well. Most focus will be on the characters which the story greatly works hard to display great traits of. It seems each detail, story, information, and everything else in this anime is not only important, but it's tender and loving. The comedy isn't too heavy but noticeable. The drama is consistently existent whether it's light and subtle or heavy and heart breaking. The romance isn't always there, but implied quite well. It's not extremely heavy and greatly focused on the entire time. Although, when it shows, the romance counts greatly. Everything about it doesn't feel too extreme and can grow to moments of on-the-edge suspense when things get hectic. This anime feels unique and without a doubt not feeling like a romantic cliche'. It's touching from start to finish and leaves you with a good feeling of happiness and satisfaction. You'll be constantly surprised and not expecting what will happen and what will be said which is mostly what makes this anime a must watch.
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora is such a great anime. I didn't know what to expect when watching it. In fact, I was thinking the anime was going to be an average drama/romance. Quickly, however, I was proved wrong. It was well made and well written. Each aspect was taken well care of. What really kept this from getting a higher score you ask?
This anime has something where it could be great and offer so much but seems to be cut short from time. It was an anime that was squished into only six episodes. Now, yes, not much happens in the anime you'd think as the entire series mostly takes place in the hospital. However, seasons and time passes as you watch and characters change as they speak with one another. Things happen. It feels so....rushed, though. I felt like the anime ended before it even began. One minute, I'm developing into the beginning of a beautiful romance and then it was just over. It was a tasty dish but just too small to enjoy enough. I wanted more from the story, more development, I wanted to learn more about the characters, and just improvement all around. Not because I'm picky, but because there was SSOOOOOOO much to offer.
Even though you'll watch this and feel like you didn't get enough, it's still a great anime.
If you want a good romance and story, this one is worth checking out
If you have any intention to watch this, give the first episode a chance. You've already finished one/sixth of the series. It's not that long. I'm sure the first episode will already have you wanting more. read more
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.
-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 your loved one's happiness. The story takes place in a small town where the protagonist and heroine are both hospitalized for some illness, there is comedy, romance with the main casts and of course the tragic/sad/bittersweet moments. At the end of the show, I have concluded that this couple maybe one of the best/best in all the anime I have seen.
-The art was great nothing to spectacular but just right for this show. The characters were well drawn which brings out the show's beautifulness.
-There wasn't any amazing soundtracks or openings, but, the ending song was so beautiful, it added to the bitter sweetness and was a pleasure to listen
-The relationship between the main characters was refreshing and enjoying to watch throughout the series, there was beautiful romance development and they were executed as more realistic characters. The supporting casts was also enjoyable and played helped you sympathize with the main casts.
Enjoyment/Overall: (9.5/10) or Mal score: (9/10)
I can only say one thing at this point, for those who want an anime with comedy/romance/tragic, watch this hybrid anime. I guarantee you will not waste your time.
Keep in mind this is six(6) episodes but regardless it is still amazing.
similar storiy..a drama and romance type..where the girL has an iLLness that cant easily be cured but she accepted that and what awaits her untiL a guy came into his life abd changed her sights and beliefs about life.=p
powerful romantic dramas. ef is more breathtaking and sweet, whilst hanbun is much more bittersweet, but both express the importance and great power of love.
- Both series have a female lead that has a certain sickness
- Both are great romance to watch!
There's Love and along with that comes Sadness.
2 Young people fall in love, but make things difficult for each other. Whether it's because they don't know, or they just want attention. Soon after spending time with each other, they begin to experience new feelings and enjoy their lives. The endings may be somewhat different but they're still very touching and well thought-out :]
Both shows have somewhat similar in the plot with love,tragedy and sadness are the main ingredients. This is apply to the couples Renji x Chihiro and Yuuichi x Rika, which the lead male must choose between abandon or stay with his loved one.
Each series has it own breathtaking and tear-jerky moments which are key points to make a great drama, romance show.
Anime based on a romance, with a very original story and with a touch of drama
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is also a love story filled with drama .
Both have that slice of life romance, with a bittersweet storyline.
Both are emotionally powerful hospital romance dramas where the male lead is conflicted with whether or not he can rightfully love a girl facing a major medical condition.
These anime share hospital setting as well as some plot devices. Also, they both are realistic dramas, nevertheless their themes are quite different.
Dramatic romance with bits of comedy; books; friends; school and hospital scenes
Both series are tales of romance that takes tragedy and emotional turns and thus aimed more at mature audiences.
Both anime(s) also deals with the hospital that reflects on the tragedy some characters has been through. Thus, there are some psychological theme in both series.
But then, there are also comedy, drama, and of course romance. In the end, both these series shows realism and if you're looking for a serious anime, then both anime(s) might be right for you.
Opening Theme"Aoi Koufuku" by Nobuko
Ending Theme"Kioku no Kakera" by Nobuko
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