Ranked #450
Full Moon wo Sagashite (Manga)

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Alternative Titles

English: Full Moon wo Sagashite
Synonyms: Full Moon o Sagashite, Searching for the Full Moon, Ginyuu Meika
Japanese: 満月をさがして


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 30
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 3, 2001 to May 3, 2004
Authors: Tanemura, Arina (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ribon Magazine


Score: 8.211 (scored by 12076 users)
Ranked: #4502
Popularity: #142
Members: 20,267
Favorites: 1,459
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Jul 27, 2008 4:46 PM
Admittedly at first I expected this story to just be cute. Something light, something fluffy to "baw" at for a while. It is as sure as hell cute, but there is a hell of a lot more to this manga that initially meets the eye.

For one, it's PAINFUL. For all that the ending feels a little deus ex machina, there is a lot that is not idealized. Suicide, death, and loss permeate the characters' lives. There is a focus on letting go of loss, on being held back by past tragedies, and having the courage to keep living when you have to reconcile that your read more
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Mar 25, 2008 11:01 AM
A story that will have you crying, laughing, smiling and hoping throughout. Full Moon wo Sagashite is a manga for, mostly girls, or anyone who enjoys a classic love story... with a twist. Mitsuki is a character everyone will love, and will have you deciding who is best for her and who isn't the right guy. But anyway, onto the review!

Story - Arina Tanemura's best yet. I have never seen such a detailed and sad story about a tail of a love triangle(s) gone wrong. You find yourself wondering what will happen next with each page.

Art - I'm a real fan of her artwork. The read more
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Jan 4, 2009 11:40 PM
This is one of the best shojo manga ever. At first I thought it would be just another girl-loves-boy, happily-ever-after story, and I wasn't exactly psyched when I saw the girl was a singer (I don't like celebrity manga too much). After I started reading, though, I realized it was so much more than you typical shojo flick. This story deals with pain and loss, and at times (especially when I'm reading the lyrics that Mitsuki sings) I just want to cry. Mitsuki's love is so sad and moving, it hurts to see her put on a happy face.

The art is--what can I say? Arina read more
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Jun 4, 2010 9:28 AM
If I could summarise the review in a single short sentence it would be that this story is a trainwreck. It started slow and then couldn't decide how to develop.

There has to be some sort of universal criteria for calling things a shinigami. You just can't have fun, happy looking kids (the main characters) turn out to be DEATH GODS. Honestly, these characters are an embarrassment to every serious shinigami character out there and Deathnote fans would simply kill themselves if they were masochistic enough to read this.

When a group of shinigamis appear on the scene and say something along the lines of:
I am read more
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May 25, 2008 1:58 PM
This Manga is a must read! If you've seen the anime; the manga in many points is alot better

More on Izumi's past! - In the anime his past is never even mentioned and displayed as a villain, meanwhile in the manga it is, and reveals he's a tramatic boy who really suffered out of all the shinigami. Once you read the manga you'll really shed a tear for him. Unlike the anime that you just want to shoot him.

More on Meroko's past- Meroko isn't even explained either in the anime. Here you see that she really did have a sad and horrible events happen read more
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Mar 16, 7:34 PM
*Disclaimer: The TLDR is at the bottom.*

Not your typical magical girl transformation shojo, to say the least: 'Full Moon o Sagashite' is much more than that. It's a story about second chances and the pursuit of self-love, forgiveness and redemption.

The characters are layered so wonderfully, and grow naturally as the story progresses. Arina Tanemura does a fantastic job interweaving the relationships and back-stories within Full Moon's universe; you'll find yourself falling in love with all of her characters over and over again. She masterfully and delicately handles the topic of childhood illness and young love. Somehow, she is able to keep the atmosphere of read more
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Feb 2, 2012 10:57 AM
Wow. I am not normally a big fan of supernatural works because often the scenarios are so outrageous the characters themselves become unbelievable and the story suffers. This, however, is a huge exception. I didn't really notice any "fluff" characters, even the supporting characters had their own backgrounds and seemed real. Unlike many similar works, where you have to make yourself believe everything, here you only have to believe in shiragamis. After that, everything just flows and the characters behave as, with their respective personalities, you would expect them to. I laughed. I cried. I cheered them on and at the end, felt like I read more
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Mar 2, 2010 3:50 PM
This is a great anime/manga. the plot follows around a girl who has cancer and cant sing or else she starts coughing. One day 2 shinigamis takuto and meroko arrive and they (next is not really a spoiler.it happens in first episode) transform into a very pretty 16 year old girl wtih a perfectly healthy body so she can sing but what happens next at the audition will change her life. The characters are very deep and each are different. there arent a lot of side characters to keep track of or remember so it's very easy for those with trouble with names(like me) and read more
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May 13, 2010 3:18 PM
My eyes still have the beginnings of tears in them from this story. I laughed and I cried it was so good. The story is amazing and it really makes you think about certain things. A lot of the time there isn't one clear answer and thats what makes it so interesting. I really wish that I could hear the songs that she sings because they would be so rich with feelings. It ends so beautifully.

Read it.
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May 26, 2009 6:07 AM
Well, I though it was really: Funny, Sad, Touching, Cute, Sweet... and lots more! It can make you feel so many feelings at the same time!
Mitsuki's actions and emotions were sad yet touching... plus she can be really funny at times. She is really loyal to Eichi and it's funny how she always makes Takuto so jealous ^^ I think Meroko's story was quite touching too... the fact that she was so distant to everyone else... it was tragic really... but that doesn't stop her from being her!
The art is WOW... the best I've probably ever seen...
The characters are all really cute... but I thought read more
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