English: Looking Up At The Half-Moon
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 13, 2006 to Feb 24, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.831 (scored by 23785 users)
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May 14, 2013
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
May 3, 2013
-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.
Jun 14, 2013
Story - 5/10
There is so little story that I could explain it, in detail, in a single sentence; while it isn’t particularly bad, it definitely isn’t good either. Being a 6 episode romance, however, I understand that the story needs not be more than basic so as to give a platform for the characters, with whom we are emotionally attached, to stand. Thus, with a lack of story, I look to the characters to redeem the series.
Characters - 5/10
Basically, the characters do not redeem the series… at all.
Firstly, the male lead, Yuuichi, is nothing but a self-insert, perverted try-hard who’s either being a tantrum-throwing wimp, or doing something so incredibly dangerous (When there are excruciatingly obvious alternatives) that one must seriously consider whether he has a cognitive disorder as well as hepatitis. I wouldn’t be surprised if whoever wrote Yuuichi used Ctrl+V to do so, such that in comparison to good examples of the romance genre (e.g. Toradora, Clannad) he has no distinguishable personality whatsoever.
His destined-lover Rika has some redeemable qualities, which seem to change from scene to scene as she makes her somewhat rare appearances. Over the 6 episodes, *SPOILER ALERT* they fall in love (Who would’ve guessed?), though why, how and when they fall for each other is a mystery to me, it’s almost as though they just woke up one day and mutually decided they were in love.
Apart from those two, there’s a tsundere nurse who works get them together and a doctor so psychotic you’ll be left wondering how on earth he still has his job (Yes, he has issues, but seriously… that doesn’t excuse him).
Then there’s the childhood friend who does… nothing; some guy in a zebra mask who was clearly put in for nothing other than a cheap laugh; an old man who, again, is just there for a cheap laugh (as well as some epiphany at the end – seriously, what was with that?); and then some others who appear for an episode, do very little, and disappear again.
Sound - 5/10
So… the sound was there. It wasn’t bad, I guess.
Art - 5/10
The character design was bland and unoriginal – Yuuichi even looks like a copy-paste self-insert harem-leader-esque male lead. The only character design worth praise was tsundere-nurse, who was interesting, at least.
Enjoyment - 6/10
The series was bearable, zebra-mask even made me chuckle a couple of times, and despite knowing exactly what was going to happen at least 5 episodes in advance I was still intrigued enough to finish watching it. While the majority of the characters are cringe-worthy the majority of the time, they each have their moments; in the end, I almost actually cared what happened to Rika (almost).
Overall - 6/10
If you’re still going to watch this show, do so with low expectations. It’s only a short 6 episodes, and a lot of people even seem to think it’s some sort of masterpiece, so either way it won’t be too much time wasted. read more
May 19, 2008
Though Hantsuki is limited to only 6 episodes, its still a wonderful story which leaves no questions open. The story is about a boy, Yuichi, who is hospitalized due to hepatitis over the winter. He’s really just bored having to stay in this hospital the whole time and keeps on trying to escape, thus having to run away from and deal with the nurse. While in the hospital he encounters a girl called Rika. Amazed by her beauty he kind of falls for her, but she keeps on acting very selfish. After Yuichi figures out why Rika is in the hospital, he begins to understand and feel sorry for her - she doesn’t have very long to live.
That said, the story goes through how the doctor of Yuichi had a similar relationship with a girl quite some time ago and gets mad at Yuichi because he sees himself in him. It even gets to the point where he lashes out and beats him up. Other then that, the story is all about Yuichi and Rika finding their love. It’s really interesting though how, although Rika is acting really mean and selfish towards Yuichi, you still begin to like her character.
The story ends both very happy and very tragic, which makes the perfect ending for this show, though it is very short.
BTW: Be careful to watch past the ending of the last show.
The animation is very well done. I found the characters to be designed in a very “realistic” way, making it easier to identify with them. I don’t really now what else to say, except the animation at no point bothered me.
The sound, as in most romance/ drama anime, is made to fit the mood perfectly and make the experience more immersive. This show succeeds in doing so.
All but 1 character (the friend of the nurse) are very easy to sympathize with. At the end of the show you don’t really hold a grudge against any character, since they all had their reasons for doing what they had done.
I found the characters to be very well fleshed out, especially Rika. The show also does a good job showing the situation Rika is in - already ready to die, but yet falling in love.
I enjoyed this show very much. I think that 6 episodes is the perfect length for this series, since it is really fast paced and doesn’t “dick around” as many other senseless romance/ drama anime do. I’d maybe only like to see an OVA showing how life is after the hospital or after Rikas death. Still, I highly recommend this show!
Oct 30, 2007
The simplest way I could described Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (or simply HanTsuki) is by saying that it’s bittersweet. I’m sure that the people who have watched this would have a similar opinion.
The reason why it’s so bittersweet for me is that even with the fun, happy comedic moments (a stack of porn and zebra man), I still get the feeling that something will go wrong, and it does happen. Even if it’s like that, I still think it couldn’t have gone in the better way, because if things went the way you wanted it to, wouldn’t that be boring (hey this applies to real life too, huh)? It doesn’t sugarcoat anything (specifically Rika’s condition) and I guess in that way, it’s realistic.
As for the two main characters, I have to say Yuichi and Rika is the best anime couple I’ve ever seen. They have chemistry, and I love their individual characters. They’re both so different, but they go well with each other. Akiko the nurse was also hilarious, and I hated Doctor Natsume at first, thinking he was some sort of lolicon, but in the end I understood why he was so protective of Rika.
From one shonen romance to another, Kenichi Suzumara (Kyoichi Kanzaki from Boys Be…) played the male protagonist of HanTsuki very well. I thought his voice was gentle, yet it had a hint of mischief in it, which is perfect for Yuichi’s character. Mikako Takahashi (Rika) is another familiar name for me, but her voice was different this time. Her voice was tinier (but resilient). Maybe it’s because of Rika’s loli and slight tsundere character.
Visuals were okay. There wasn’t really anything that I haven’t seen before in other series, except maybe for the shiny (possibly oily) faces. It kind of bothered me that the characters looked chubby though, but I guess that’s part of the cute look they were going for.
The music was okay too. It’s your typical shoujo music, except this time it’s for a shonen romance. I’m not a fan of mellow music, but it wasn’t really that mellow.
The greatest strength of this anime is its story and the character interactions. I overlooked all the other details and focused on the relationship of Yuichi and Rika, and the circumstances around them. That is why I was entertained from beginning to finish. read more
Jul 18, 2008
After watching just the first episode, however, I realized that I was wrong.
Story - 10
Even though the anime is a mere six episodes, the storyline and plot was very well done. What I liked about it the most was that there was not a boring, or unneeded moment; everything was there for a particular purpose. Allthough this kind of story may seem typical to some viewers, I found it to be more than that. At times it could be very depressing, seeming that there would be no room for any happiness or comedic value whatsoever. But then I would be surprised when they could throw in funny comments or situations, while still keeping the plot intact and staying true to the original concept.
Another wonderful thing about the storyline was the ending - it was both a happy and sad moment, but fitting. It answered all the questions that the viewer needed to know, and it was executed very well.
Art - 10
I really enjoyed the artwork in this anime as well. It wasn't the over-dramatic, big-eyed, crazy style that you might usually see, but a more realistic, simplistic style that fitted the storyline quite well. The scenery was also well done, and as said before, was in a more "realistic" style.
Sound - 9
Not much to say about it, but the important thing is that it fit. The OP and ED were touching, and were relaxing and easy to watch. Allthough the background music was nothing groundbreaking, it had its moments, and fit the anime's concept quite well.
Character - 9
Every character was likeable in his/her own way - whether it be Tanizaki the crazy but caring nurse for the more upbeat, comedic moments, or the wonderful chemistry between the somewhat shy Yūichi, and the stubborn, but loving, Rika. The only character that I had trouble connecting at first was Natsume, but by the end of the show you realize that he had reasons for his actions.
Enjoyment - 10
Obviously, I enjoyed this anime very much, or I wouldn't have given it such a high rating. There were times when I laughed, and there were times when I cryed. Allthough I felt this anime was very depressing at times, it was still very enjoyable to watch.
Overall, this was a great romance/drama. It didn't have any excessive crap that you see in some romance anime's now-a-days, and it kept me interested until the very end (and when I mean the VERY end, I mean it. Make sure to stick around after the credits ;) ).
So, if you are looking for a good romance/drama anime with no frills attached, then watch this. You won't be disappointed. read more
Dec 14, 2011
The concept was good if you like slice of life and drama or whatnot, but I didn't like the way it was executed.
Part of the problem is probably due to the shortness of it. In only short 6 episodes, it's hard to care about the characters. However, its length wouldn't be a problem if they hadn't tried to add so much information in every episode. For instance, in the first episode alone, Yuuichi is already practically professing his love for this girl who's acted like a brat for the previous 20 minutes of screening. It just didn't feel believable.
The characters and their actions felt forced, too. I can't decide if Rika is a major tsundere or just really bratty. Hell, even if she IS a tsundere - which I usually love - I don't like her at all, and I honestly don't know what Yuuichi saw in her in the first place. In turn, Yuuichi needs to grow a backbone. My favourite character was Sekoguchi, and seeing he's got such a minor role, that's just sad.
The art was good, the soundtrack decent, but the animation definitively could've been better. There were scenes where the characters' movements looked really unnatural.
Overall, I found this somewhat enjoyable. Maybe if this were a full length series - with better character development and an unrushed plot - I'd give it a rating higher than fair. read more
Dec 19, 2009
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora had a simple story with no real twists to it. A boy meets a girl but both are very ill.The relationship between the two beings to change both of their lives. Something we have not heard before in romance animes unless you do not watch a lot of this genre.
Since the story was short, I thought the change from one mood to another was too sudden. That gives away from the previous mood making the viewer uncomfortable. However, this anime did a good job conveying one mood to another. There was a purpose for all the events and obviously no fillers (Yay). The ending of the anime was also very good. One could expect a open cheap ending for such a short anime but I thought it was very satisfying.
Overall i thought the art was well made. The character design was ok, not great nor was it bad. Nothing original about the character designs. The hair styles were a bit more thicker than normal but I saw this in one other anime. There was also some minor defects in that anime. Since they are minor, it did not have a big impact. The only noticeable thing about the art in this anime was the scenery, which looked more realistic the further one gets into the anime
The sound effects effectively and beautifully amplifies the mood of the movie. The theme songs was not too outstanding. It felt like just another theme song one can find from another anime. It was hard for me not to skip it, unfortunately i ended up skipping the intros. The closing song was much more noticeable than the intro. The songs played in the end had a nice feel to it and smoothly matched the ideas of the anime. The voice acting was decent although there were some moments where it felt like the show is skipping scenes due to the voices. Maybe it might the the video I was watching, well I can't be 100% sure at the moment.
I think the main characters, Akiba, Rika and Ezaki, Yuuichi characters were nicely developed. All the characters had their own unique problems which applied each others problems making the story more deep in meaning. Natsume, Goro played a huge role in this anime supporting the thesis. Although he might sometimes be portrayed as the antagonist, he is a necessity in making the ending the way it is. The The Third degree characters such as Miyuki Mizutani were very poorly developed even for third degree characters. It would be nice to learn more about them and examine their relation with the main characters. I blame it on the producers for making this anime so short.
This anime was quite enjoying from start to finish. There was sad moods, happy moods, ecchi moods and moods that make you reminisce. I highly doubt there would be a second season with the current amount of people happy with the overall outcome. The ending gives out a bundle of emotions at once. There was no "I want more" or "emptiness" in the ending. The anime made me want to watch one after the other due to lack of dullness. Watching this anime felt shorter than it actually was because of how entertaining it was.
This anime was nicely done for a 6 episode anime. I think it could use one or two more episodes but it was good non the less. I would say this anime would get a higher rank if supporting characters were also developed more deeply but i guess this anime did not intend on doing that from the start. Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora would be highly recommended for ages 13+ who is just thinking of starting to watch animes. read more
Aug 1, 2011
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Looking Up at the Half-Moon) is an anime that unusually has a hospital setting for the most part. When I found this, I was looking for recommendations to Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (The Eternity You Wish for) (I think, or it must have been Ef - a Tale of Memories/Melodies.), hoping to find a tragic story (which is hard to do), and this seemed to fit the bill. Though I thought it was a pretty good series, I was actually disappointed by how it ended (I will leave it at that to avoid spoilers) and, to a lesser degree, the artwork in some areas (more on that later).
Ezaki Yuuichi has hepatitis (liver infection caused by a virus) and has to skip school to remain hospitalized for a while. He likes to sneak out sometimes, only to be caught and beaten up by his nurse, Tanizaki Akiko. One day, he sees a new girl in the east wing, which is reserved for serious cases. Akiko tells Yuuichi that there is nothing wrong with the girl, but he should go talk to her. He does, but accidentally lies by pretending to read the same book she, Akiba Rika, reads. When Rika finds out, she makes Yuuichi do her bidding to make up for it, and thus begins their bossy relationship. However, when Yuuichi decides to take Rika to Fortress Mountain, where the latter wishes to go, they have a fight, and he collapses on the ground while trying to say something . . .
As you would expect from six episodes, the development is quite fast, but not too much. There is time for both comedy and drama, with no fillers. In every episode, important events happen and, at least in most of them, new characters are introduced who affect the plot in one way or another. What is admirable is Yuuichi's perseverance despite being sick himself, putting Rika always ahead. This is how a man should act.
What is good about this show is the characters who you will grow to love (except for two that you will hate). The protagonist, Ezaki Yuuichi, is a kind-hearted man who wants to leave his small town for possibly Toukyou. On the other hand, the heroine, Akiba Rika, is a hard-to-please girl who has spent her entire life in hospitals, is always angry and bottles up her emotions (except in front of Ezaki). One of my other disappointments with this anime is Mizutani Miyuki, Yuuichi's childhood friend, who could have been a rival to Rika for the former's affection, but unfortunately never develops to be one; she only appears in the fourth episode and beyond, but it is never explained why she had not visited sooner, despite Yuuichi's other friends frequently showing up. Natsume Gorou has been Rika's doctor for years, and can be quite cunning; he always remembers someone when he looks at his lighter, and is known for being a very good physician, even among his older peers. The nurse, Tanizaki Akiko, is a young, tough woman that smokes and does not like to take crap from anyone; she has a good heart, though. A perverted old man, called Tada Yoshizou, roams around the hospital, and is on good terms with Ezaki; he has a large collection of pornography books. Another good friend of Yuuichi's is Sekoguchi Tsukasa, who can turn into "Zebra Man," which consists of just wearing a mask to conceal his identity in dangerous situations; Yuuichi thinks that the moment they became friends is when he saw Tsukasa searching for a home to some stray cats in a rainy day, and the former offered to help, in spite of not being able to keep them in his place, but Sekoguchi thinks they have been friends ever since they met. Lastly, Yuuichi has one more classmate that visits him sometimes, Yamanishi Tamotsu, but quintessentially has ulterior motives, bothering Ezaki.
Like I said before, the art is actually at a high level, yet there are noticeable errors. When Natsume cries (I think it happens in episode three), I could see that one of his eyebrows is missing at the lower camera angle. Even more annoying is the fact that they flashback that very same scene with the very same mistake. Also, a number of times when Ezaki looks at Akiba while they are talking, it feels like his pupils are not really focused on her and he has "Itou-Makoto-on-School-Days" slow reactions to important events. I also do not like how Sekoguchi Tsukasa and his brother's eyes are drawn similar to a straight line. Other than that, everything is fine.
Still, the seiyuu here are pretty annoying. The heroine in particular, Rika, has the same voice actor as Machi, Ayane's older sister from Nagasarete Airantou, which I have seen first, who barely speaks, mostly in a very low monotone, so that killed Rika, who is energetic and talks more frequently, for me. Moreover, One Piece fans should recognize Natsume Gorou's seiyuu, the same as Sanji's (ironically, they both smoke and have a similar personality (i.e., they are realistic; Gorou is not perverted like Sanji (then again, the former is older)), who I have seen first, too. Maybe they was supposed to, but Tsukasa's sounds weak and Akiko's sounds muscular. They still could do a lot worse, though.
However, the soundtrack is brilliant. More so with the opening sequence, but the ending sequence as well, it is one of those songs you want to listen, and watch, over and over again. They are both quiet, sad, soothing and simply beautiful. They hint a sorrowful finale.
Despite its flaws, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora is an anime I am glad I watched. There are a few (albeit important) loose ends, but the show still manages to provide a somewhat-satisfactory conclusion. I intend to read the manga (as I do with all great anime and vice versa) because I felt some things are left out here. If you are looking for a short, young drama, you will not regret watching this.
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Jan 27, 2009
Story: Although not a stereotypical romance anime, it was nothing that blew me away. Many parts of the story I found useless; the time used for these excess things should have been spent focusing on Yuuchi and Rika's relationship. I wouldn't have minded the additional parts if the anime was longer and it had more time expand on things. The first episode really got me into it, but the way the anime didn't concentrate on the actual story when they were limited 6 episodes, bothered me. Not putting enough focus and time on the relationship caused me to feel emotionless at parts where I shouldn't have been.
Art: The animation is very clean and neat, but nothing special. The character's looks are unique, almost like a breath of fresh air. My one complaint is the colors used; they were always very bold. At times they worked, at others they seemed almost obnoxious.
Sound: Hantsuki has a wonderful opening song that fits the series well, and a pleasant, calm ending. But the background music during episodes was seriously lacking: very plain and boring.
Character: Every character was very realistic. Nothing spectacular, but they did a good job at developing everyone just enough for having only 6 episodes.
Enjoyment: Hantsuki was pleasant to watch and there was never a time where I simply didn't want to watch the next episode. The way they paced the story bothered me a great deal, and it was hard for me to feel any emotion. read more
Mar 25, 2008
Hantsuki does sound and play out like a stereotypical Asian drama. In fact, I hear that there was a live action adaptation of Hantsuki. However, what makes Hantsuki is the execution of the story and the short run. This anime title was only 6 episodes long so they had to focus on the main story of Rika and Yuuichi. Very little is wasted and everything seems to push the story forward. Even Natsume’s story is related to the main story of Rika and Yuuichi. On the other hand, Hantsuki suffers from several ‘extremes.’ Hantsuki lacks subtly, many of the things the characters do push the borders of reality. For example, Yuuichi’s friend zebra mask, the crazy nurse, and various other events.
As for the characters, here where things start to get interesting. The interactions between Rika and Yuuichi are quite nice to watch as they grow closer to one another. Rika is a tsundere however, her ‘tsun’ was too pronounced, especially for the first 2 episodes. The things she does borders on abuse and can be very uncomfortable to watch. This is primarily why I stopped watching Zero no Tsukaima II. I don’t find anything funny when one character abuses another in a realistic fashion (think of this, what if the genders were reversed?). Yes, she has her reasons but, her actions were way too much for me. Thankfully, she gets better after the 2nd episodes. In addition, Natsume also does similar things to Yuuichi. Once again he has is reason but, the things he does are quite extreme
Much of my enjoyment of Hantsuki comes from the 2nd half, when the drama hits. In particular, I enjoyed the scene with the book and Natsume’s own story overlapping. However, Hantsuki isn’t completely sad as there are plenty of comedic moments to lighten up the mood (although its a bit much sometimes). Hantsuki doesn’t fall for the trap of going straight to the drama, as many stories do. The first half did its job to build up the characters to make the 2nd half, when the drama hits, have more impact.
I rather enjoyed the music in Hantsuki. There are typical violin and piano pieces however, there are a good about of guitar pieces. In particular, the OP really stood out for me. The simple use of character stills, minimal animation, symbolism, and music really worked for a series like this. In addition, a series like this doesn’t need the highest budget for animation. Never the less, I would have liked it if they had spent more money on the animation. Art/character design is another story, while it doesn’t need a very high animation budget the art/character designs should at least be good. Sadly the art and character designs for Hantsuki were very simplistic. Overall, Hantsuki had mediocre animation/art.
Hantsuki is a well executed romance/drama that does feel like your typical Asian live action drama. There are times where the characters and the situations feel a bit too over-the-top, thus lose a bit of the realism. Although, the story may be short, 6 episodes, they use this time effectively and very little is wasted. read more
Mar 21, 2013
Its the perfect love story between lovers who dont have a long time left. If you watch this your eyes will be filled with tears of joy and tears of sorrow. If you truly pay attention and understand and emphasise with them this story is full of emotion.
Every character in the end you will accept and feel that they fit in well with the story. Even the friend of the nurse helped portray what kind of relationship problems he faces. read more
Mar 9, 2013
Although diagrammatically, him be not very beautiful, without being unpleasant necessarily to look, what we shall have held of this series, it is the beauty of the context, the (story), who, although the characters are ordinary, original rest with regard to(compared with) most of the others liven up( plays.
From a personal point of view, I shall note this series 10/10, because it really marked me, and I think that it deserves him, if we stay in the dramatic kind(genre). read more
Jul 23, 2010
Other inexplicable elements include the random actions of the nurse's friend, who seem to have a touch of madness in her, and the random appearance of this Zebra mask character... but, if you can manage to sweep all these unrealistic elements into a dusty corner of your mind and ignore it, the rest of the drama elements aren't too bad, as there are some rather touching moments. Despite the show's tendency to resort to the usage of cheap plot devices in order to conjure up melodrama, it's during the quiet periods of melancholy when not much is happening that the anime is at its best. Thinking back on it, I think I actually enjoyed "Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora" more than I should, considering all the contrived plot "twists", but what can I say, I guess I'm just a sucker for those melancholic moments. read more
Apr 21, 2010
I dont regret it at all.
Within six episodes, the characters develop around each other so intensely that you feel like Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora has been running for ages. It may seem like a run-of-the-mill romance, but it has its originality. Its set in a hospital, and outside forces are seeing to it that romance is always put to the test.
I recommend this anime to any who like romance anime. I laughed, i cried, and now im depressed that i finished it. It reminds me of other top-class romance anime like toradora and clannad. Only 6 episodes long, but there are no regrets from me. read more
Aug 6, 2007
Art (10): The graphics are simple but they are fine with the type of this anime.
Sound (10): I simply love the OST from this anime. It matches perfectly.
Character (9): even thought some times they act a bit clichê, its does not ruin the series.
Enjoymen (10)t: Well... If you like to see realistic series, which shows real love (not those lame rom/coms) and more, check this series. Its worth of 11, not only 10. xD
Overall (11): Yeah, eleven, ya didn't read it wrong, i really wanted to give 11 for this series... I really like this type of storys. read more
Mar 16, 2009
This nurse that beats on him for sneaking out ask him help her with this patient that has no friends and always lonely. He falls in love with her, one way to get a girl, and is willing to do anything for her.
For an anime for only 6 episodes, it is a wonderful peace of work. A boy that is willing to help her and completes her wishes. But the story builds up to the story about the girl, Rika's sickness. Sad and is good. The ending is good and is worth to watch, if you like to watch romance and tragic anime like this. read more
Mar 14, 2008
Original Airdates: 1/06 - 2/06
Genres: Drama, Romance
Also known as: Looking up at the half-moon, Hantsuki
One sentence description: "Boy meets a girl who probably has less than a year to live"
During the winter, Yuichi was hospitalized due to hepatitis. Randomly he would try to escape from the hospital but would get beat up by the nurse. One day, he happened to meet Rika, a girl of his age, in the next building. He was fascinated by her beauty, but she was very selfish girl. Although she led him by the nose, he began to be attracted by her. However, when Rika told him about her illness, he knew why she acted so selfish; she didn't have long to live.
(From Anime News Network)
This was the next anime I saw after completing "ef - a tale of memories"... so my expectations were somewhat inflated.
Besides that... this was your run-of-the-mill romantic drama. On that note... it wasn't bad... but it wasn't good either.
First off... the anime length almost felt tooo short. With 6 episodes, I can't care about the characters, and from that, i can't really understand the emotions that the characters have to deal with.
Also plot developments were somewhat awkward and felt forced. Again probably from the fact that the anime was only 6 episodes
Actually when i think about it now... all my problems w/ this anime can be traced down to it's shortness
I mean besides that... the anime was decent... it had good characters... just not enough time to develop them
Guy falls for a girl who's death is imminent.
Jul 16, 2013
First of all: the story.
Actually let's start with it's premise. This is a story about a boy that has hepatitis, he stays at hospital all the time because of that and doesn't go to school. In hospital, he meets a girl named Rika. Ezaki (boy's name) starts spending more time with her and learns that she has a heart disease because of which she probably won't live long, and she needs an operation which chances are pretty low as well. Now the synopsis of the story sounded like i was going in for a very good story if not a brilliant one, as some reviews stated. I was hoping to see a very interesting characters and an amazingly developed storyline which wouldn't probably end well seeing how high it's rated. Well, wrong again.
This story has absolutely nothing interesting in it. The characters feel like they have no connection at all and honestly the most interesting part of the anime was its opening. There is too much comedy in this, which would be forgivable, if it was perfectly executed with a very delicate manner, but this comedy was far too exaggerated and out-of-place at any time. I honestly felt offended of all the joking about death and there was even a scene when the last wishes of a dying old man was to give porn magazines to the main character which stayed in the same hospital. This is just too much. Or a random scenes when guy dresses as zebra and fights people, main character hanging from a rooftop by a rope to get to Rika's room (was those scenes even supposed to be funny), i didn't smile even once during this and honestly i don't know how anyone possibly could. Further examples involve beating a patient on the rooftop of a hospital, nurse driving in a race car at full speed in town, nurse's friend trying to sleep with Ezaki and quotes of almost every character.
Because of this failed comedy and exaggerated drama, the show didn't feel believable at all. Every action any character took was painful to watch and by the time i got to episode 6 i felt like i was in Rika's condition, because of the writing. Nothing was in place, nothing fit in the anime. This was suppose to be a drama about a dying girl and a boy falling in love with her, instead, i just didn't know what i saw at the end, it was ridiculous.
This is very, very surprising considering that the script writer and creator of the series is the same guy who worked on an anime EF, to which i gave a 10. Guess he only used source material in Ef anyway so that should explain it.
The story is undoubtedly the weakest point of this show and seeing how i judge almost every anime by it's story, this had to have gotten a score that it got. It truly deserved it. I thought that maybe the ending was so good that it convinced people to change their opinions of this show, but it was horrible as well.
If I could name only one thing this story lacked it would be subtlety. Is it too much to ask for a mature drama anime? I guess so.
One of the weakest characters in terms of emotional connection i had the pleasure to see. They didn't feel like characters at all. Every action that any character took was out of place and i think that's mostly why it happened. I didn't care for them at all, especially for what will happen to Rika which is the worst thing to say when the anime is based on her condition.
Maybe if the show focused more on her and showed more of her story, this could've look different. The show however skipped very important subjects focusing on horrible comedy and background characters too much.
Rika is a quiet girl that reads books all the time. She has no intention of making any friends in the beginning and when she finally makes friends with Ezaki, when she finds those magazines she starts to hate him just like that. She quickly forgets what he's done for her and hates him one day, while being friends with him the other. She also tries to occasionally quote something from one of her favorite books, which almost always seems out of place. Despite that, she is probably the best written character on the show, which just shows how terrible it is.
Ezaki is a normal boy that stays in the same hospital. The nurse tells him about Rika one day and orders him to go talk to her, which he does. The biggest issue i had with him is that i couldn't find any emotional connection between the two. He always did what he was ordered to do. It's like he didn't have any emotions at all. He just didn't seem believable at all to me. He was also the most boring character in the anime so there isn't really much to talk about.
The background characters include:
- The nurse which always yells at her patients or hits them (seriously who even hired her to do this)
- The doctor who beats Ezaki at the rooftop for no apparent reason and is also a heavy smoker and has a drinking problem (wow, what a nice hospital it is)
- Tsukasa, Ezaki's friend who occasionally dresses as a zebra and fights with people (very creative)
Other characters aren't even worth mentioning. The don't bring anything to this anime and i have no idea why they were even featured at all.
There isn't much to talk about in terms of music in this anime. There just wasn't any good. OP and ED both are very average one's in terms of text and music, they're not horrible and are, for me, the best part of this anime but they're just not much to talk about. The instrumental tracks weren't really disturbing but weren't memorable either.
I have to say i liked characters designs. They weren't anything special but they felt nicely done. Also background designs were very nice as well although they could've been a little more detailed. What i didn't like was the animation of the moving vehicles. Absolutely horrid. But that was the only negative thing that stood out so it was good overall.
Enjoyment? I'm just going to skip this part. Absolutely none.
This is the worst anime i have seen so far. While the first episodes was promising something average at least, with every episode it just got worse in every possible way.
At the end it was so painful to watch i had to turn on some good music and just watch it muted with subtitles. Comedy sucked from the very beginning, overuse of drama could be seen all the time and the characters didn't feel believable at all as every action they took made absolutely no sense. But the most interesting this are all the good reviews that were written. Maybe I just don't have any kind of good taste when it comes to anime. All I'm sure of is that i honestly hated it as much as i have stated in this review.
I think this was a complete waste of time and a dissaster of an anime. (1/10) read more
Dec 28, 2010
We follow life through Yuuichi’s eyes when the storyline takes place in the hospital. One day he sees a girl almost to beautiful and wishes to get to know her.. When He goes to meet the girl after finding out her name was Rika he finds out that there is more behind her than just her looks.. She is pretty yet also lonely as few, Due to this she is rude and mean to him.
able to see through her actions Yuuichi stands by Rika’s side and eventually they fall in love.. Forbidden love through, they face their many obstacles…
This anime is an absolute if you are into sad animes..