Full Moon wo Sagashite

Searching for the Full Moon

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Alternative Titles

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


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
Theme: MusicMusic
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.941 (scored by 4054640,546 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6272
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1661
Members: 96,921
Favorites: 1,630

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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
Kato, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Yoshida, Shunji
Episode Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
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)

Jul 17, 2007
Ria (All reviews)
Full Moon wo Sagashite was one of those animes I started on a whim. I had already read the manga, and decided to give the anime a try to see how much I liked it in comparison. To my surprise, I <i>loved</i> it, possibly even more than the manga version. The changes it makes from the manga were actually ones I (for the most part) preferred.


While Full Moon wo Sagashite may not see like much on the surface -- little girl has a life-threatening disease, wants to sing, and becomes sixteen years old with the help of two friendly shinigami -- it read more
Apr 4, 2007
algelic (All reviews)
Suitable for all audiences, young and new. Contains some bloodless violence.

Story - 10/10

At first, this looks like the typical shoujo series directed at young girls, thanks to all the bright colours and cute characters. From the synopsis, it looks like a sad and depressing anime about death. But it's so much more than that.

We meet the main character, Mitsuki, who is a young girl with throat cancer and whose biggest dream is to become a great singer and maybe one day meet the boy she loves, but who left for America two years ago. One day she is visited by two death gods (the Shinigami) read more
May 27, 2010
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
I watched "Full Moon wo Sagashite" because it had one of the highest average user ratings at one point on this other anime site that I visit. So it probably comes as no surprise that I was sorely disappointed to find that it's only good, but nothing special. So the main purpose of this review is to provide a different viewpoint from all those other rave reviews that can be found for this series.

"Full Moon wo Sagashite" is quite a heart warming anime about a little girl who wants to become a singer, but only has one year to live because of the read more
Jan 27, 2021
RuRuLove505 (All reviews)
Spoilers in the second part.

I love, love, love this anime so much. The main character Mitsuki is this adorable character who thinks and cares about the feelings of everyone else. Even though she is weakened by illness and /has/ to care for herself more. She's not selfish, and isn't an annoyingly, over-the-top "cutesy, clumsy" kind of girl. Not at all. And she's not some self-pitying, cowardly, 'I have no friends so I'm going to cry all day' character either. Music is her motivation, and she uses that to be a better, self-dependent, self-motivated, cheerful version of herself. Because of this factor, I was able to read more

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