Full Moon wo Sagashite

Searching for the Full Moon

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Synonyms: Full Moon o Sagashite
Japanese: 満月をさがして
English: Searching for the Full Moon
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2002 to Mar 29, 2003
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Saturdays at 07:30 (JST)
Producers: Nihon Ad Systems
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: MusicMusic, ShowbizShowbiz
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.941 (scored by 4798147,981 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1949
Members: 109,827
Favorites: 1,847

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Two years ago, Mitsuki Kouyama's friend, Eichi Sakurai, moved to America before she could confess her feelings to him. Though she cannot contact him, they made a promise to fulfill their respective dreams: Mitsuki wants to become a professional singer, and Eichi an astronomer. She hopes that one day her music will reach him across the world with a brilliance like that of the full moon.

There is just one catch: Mitsuki suffers from throat cancer, which makes her voice quiet and singing strenuous. Her grandmother, who has a hatred of music, insists that Mitsuki undergo surgery to remove the cancer, but she refuses due to the risk of losing her voice. One day, two shinigami—Meroko Yui and Takuto Kira—appear to tell her that she only has one year left to live. This sudden revelation spurs Mitsuki into action, and she decides that with Meroko and Takuto's help, she will become a professional singer in the time she has left.

Full Moon wo Sagashite follows the emotional story of Mitsuki and her shinigami friends as they discover what it means to sing—and ultimately, what it means to live.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Full Moon wo Sagashite only follows its manga source for about one episode before going down a different route.

VIZ Media had licensed the series, but released only the first 28 episodes on DVD before dropping the title. It was later streamed in its entirety in subbed-only form on Hulu before expiring from the service in August 2013.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yamakawa, Norio
Miyake, Masanori
Assistant Producer
Katou, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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1: "I ♥ U" by THE*SCANTY (eps 1-26)
2: "Rock'n Roll Princess" by THE*SCANTY (eps 27-52)

Ending Theme

1: "New Future" by Changin' My Life (eps 01-06,52)
2: "My self" by Changin' My Life (eps 07-26)
3: "Eternal Snow" by Changin' My Life (eps 27-42)
4: "Love Chronicle" by Changin' My Life (eps 43-51)


Jun 11, 2022
One of the first anime I encountered that actually left a great impression on me. I essentially watched this series in Korean back when it was popular, then got back to it later down the road.

Generally thought the anime was good--original songs (unfortunately not sung by the CV herself) that's worth listening to even now and it also helps that there are Openings and such sung in Korean so definitely check that out I'd say.

I suppose the issue I have with this series was that it relied too much on fantasy to create drama to the point the conflict that characters would go ...
Mar 29, 2013
Mixed Feelings
The story line is pretty flushed out but unfortunately, it falls into the magical girl story line. I say unfortunately because it was something I was hoping this would keep out. It didn’t need her turning into a 16-year-old to have the plot moving, just make her look somewhat 16 at the start of it! Another problem I had with the whole 12 to 16 aspect is that, how will her love actually know that its her when she is much older and her songs are pretty much generic to any girl in that age? It doesn’t magically work… like… *facepalm* you know what, all ...
Jan 5, 2019
This a precious story that moves through love, fame, life, death, cliches, annoying characters pedophilia.

Starting this review is difficult because nobody is prepared to hear the truth. When I first saw Searching For The Full Moon's common 10\10 reviews, I was so prepared to watch it. As of course, it has all the tools to make a "heartwarming" story-- an orphaned kid with cancer who has ambitions who, did I forget to mention she's orphaned and had cancer? Wow. Heartwarming and sad.

The main character's motivation is clear--which isn't so disappointing--to reunite with her orphanage love before her time ...

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