Gekkou, or "Moonlight", is about the peculiar relationship between a cynical boy and a perfect girl. Said cynical boy is Nonomiya who spends day in day out in boredom, taking refuge from his dull life in his imagination. One fateful day, he happens upon the notebook of the much-rumored beauty Youko Tsukimori, neglected on the ground. Poking out from it is a scrap of paper with the unexpected title "Murder Recipe". His interest ignited, he immediately stuffs it into his pocket, only to find out the promising recipe contains nothing but scenarios that may or may not lead to deadly accidents, not even worthy of being called a plan. When he tentatively asks her about it the next day, she hasn't lost anything. But then her father dies. An accident...
So before I start this review, I just want to say that this is my first time to do such a thing and please go easy on me :P.
Now, let's get started:
Gekkou was the 3rd LN I've ever read, and to date it is probably my most favorite LN of all time. I've always favored manga and LN over anime, and my special favorites was romance. However, I've been known to enjoy some oddballs and in this case, Gekkou definitely fits the mark.
Now, I use the term "oddball" as a compliment in this situation: Gekkou is probably the most unique mix of romance and mystery
I have ever experienced.
As I read this on BT, the entire novel was presented in a full pdf file as opposed to other big name LNs (such as Campione, SAO, etc.) with multiple volumes. In this respect, the plot felt very short to me. However, the story is one of the most unique I've ever read; the male and female MC meets through a "murder recipe". While that short preview itself initially lent me to believe that this was a mix of murder, mystery that leads to a gruesome romance, it was instead a light, psychological romantic novel. I won't spoil the ending for anyone, but I guarantee that this novel provokes the mind through the facade of an innocent romance story, has several tricks up its sleeve, and the ending makes me yearn for more. In fact, while I was initially unsatisfied with the ending, I do understand the appeal of the mysteriousness of the novel as a whole and I do hope that sequels will be in place.
Here is where I believe the story truly shines. Character development's not as good as Berserk, but it is damn a lot better than I expected. With such a short plot, Gekkou somehow manages to present characters that I can relate to, but also seems to have a mysterious side to them that I could never reach. To be honest, each character and his/her actions aren't realistic at all, yet as I read I can imagine myself performing the actions with the MCs. Character development in such a short story compared to normal, serialized LNs was very well done in my opinion.
I can't comment on art because I never really pay too much attention it in LNs, but the few pictures I see seem very well done.
Overall, Gekkou was a great short LN that I read one day while I was relaxing in the summer. At first, i went from expecting it to be a typical rom com to then suspecting some sort of School Days gruesome plot (especially since the preview mentioned a "murder recipe"). I was pleasantly surprised when I was met with a mysterious and tricky plot that definitely tickled my mind and made me think. I greatly enjoyed the novel and while I wished for a more traditional ending, I do believe that the ending suits the style of the story itself. I do hope for a sequel and I will gladly recommend Gekkou to anybody interested in a light romance mystery novel!
Gekkou ("Moonlight") is about the relationship of a pessimistic boy and a 'perfect' girl, who are united from a murder case. Nonoymia, the male lead, is trying to escape his boring and orthodox life, with his only comfort being his imagination. Whereas Tsukimori, female lead, is the well renowned and school-beauty. Nonomiya finds a notebook belonging to Tsukimori, which contains a scrap piece of paper titled ‘Murder Recipe’. But these ‘recipes’ are just scenarios that may or may not lead to fatal accidents. Upon planning to dismiss the ‘recipe’, Tsukimori’s father dies from an accident. On the surface, Gekkou is about a fatal misfortune leading
into a murder case. As progression occurs the plot moves away from its initial intentions and voyeurs into something different.
One point that makes the novel interesting and unique is the lack of universal morals and laws. The characters act out of personal reasoning as there is no 'wrong' answer, if they can justify their actions. Because of this the characters have a sense of maturity despite still being growing children. For Nonomiya, the typical thing would be to not take the idea of ‘perfect girl’ Tsukimori, being related to the murder recipe seriously. But for him, the ‘murder recipe’ couldn’t have been better, since it’s the first time something out of the ordinary has happened in his life. As well as the truth that no one else knows the unknown side of Tsukimori. Their relationship of the two is founded from the initial case which changes from anonymities to a sense of affinity between them. Rather than the changing in ethics and morals, the characters go through conflictions of their own beliefs. Conflictions are overcome by fighting for their own sense of righteousness. Individually each character is an enjoyment to read, but their true personalities shine when they are together; by talking metaphorically and witty there is never a dull moment.
There are only three secondary characters worth mentioning; Usami, Samejima and Konan. Usami, she is a straight forward and ordinary classmate of Nonomiya’s. Samejima is a female senior at Nonomiya’s workplace, but has an abrasive and self-cantered personality. Konan is a detective and due to his similar thought patterns with Nonomiya, they become rivals. These secondary characters are all likeable and advance the plot in different ways. They all have different relationships with Nonomiya, which gives him more insight of the world around to base his decisions from. There is only a single character acting as the law and that is Konan. His job is to find the murderer of Tsukimori’s father, but becomes more interested in Nonomiya. They drift off from the typical murder investigation to a battle of wits and survivability. Tsukimori also benefits from these side characters, as they give hints to Nonomiya’s personality.
While the plot is intriguing, the characters overshadow the plot at times. Not to say that the plot is inconsistent, but rather the characters become more than the plot, which is enough to lose focal on the story at times. The murder plot doesn’t essentially revolve around the murder, but instead the protagonists involved. Thus the characters become of a greater relevance to the murder case than the actual mystery, making it appear that the characters have a greater priority. While this isn’t an issue, it’s just to say that Gekkou isn’t plot driven.
The writing style is concise with short explanations and uses the bare minimum to engage one into the story. The novel is short despite many events occurring and thus immense detail is cut into shorter and more abridged sentences, usually containing metaphors. For example, the concept that Usami is the ‘orange juice’, while Tsukimori is the ‘wine’, says a great deal. While some might not be able to take it all in one sitting, reflecting over the ideas presented is pleasant. The reader is pushed to the focal point of the story since each argumentative point for solving the case is countered. Because it breaks logic of society to some extent, it is obvious author is aiming to break into a specific ending to satisfy the audience.
There are still a few unsolved mysteries at the end, which may be dissatisfying to some. The overall development keeps the reader’s mind attentive and imaginative throughout the course of the novel. While it is short, the style of writing is concise and every page is entertaining. Highly recommended, especially since the light novel has been translated into English and other languages.
Upfront honesty: I'm not that much of a 'Light Novels' reader. Nothing too deep really, I'm just not the biggest fan of 'A lot of dialogue, little details' when it comes to the writing styles. While that is not the case for every Light Novel, for sure, I mostly found myself coming to those conclusions.
Gekkou isn't really that different - expect a lot of dialogue between the characters and, while there are some detailed descriptions, most of what's written is either monologue or dialogue. But, despite all that, I didn't mind.
Gekkou is rather short - so short I read it whole in one
go. The main reason being, obviously, that it was quite an interesting read. It follows the story of Nonomiya and his everyday adventures. The story starts off slow, with a decent amount of built up and, while it ties up all too perfectly (in the vein of a lot of mystery stories, to be honest), right up until the ending it had me tied down, thinking about the possible outcomes. There's a decent amount of twists and surprises and, while none of them will truly drop your jaw, they are tasteful enough to keep your attention. However, the ending did not pay off the build up, at least for me. As I said beforehand, it tied up way too perfectly to the point where I had to suspend my belief in order to actually believe it. Other than that though, I really can't complain.
The story in itself is completely carried by the characters. There's not all too many of them, but I'd rather not describe them because the fun-factor about them comes from discovering their personalities. I will mention that Nonomiya, the MC of the story, is an interesting characters and, while not many will be able to relate to him, his perspective and point of view is really interesting, albeit kind of annoying at some parts. All in all, cast, while not that diverse and numerous, carries the story on their backs with their quirky and not-so-seen personalities. The 'perfection factor' also plays a part in their characters as well, but it didn't bother me that much really.
All in all, Gekkou was a very good read, as my grade suggests. For all the fans of mystery it should be a welcome distraction from the everyday life and for all those that are yet to venture into the genre, it can be a good entry. I'd like to point out that it's extremely easy to read because, as I said in the beginning, it mostly consists of monologue and dialogue. While, at times, it does sound a bit over-the-top, it's nothing you can't swallow. The writing style doesn't differ that much from the western young-adult novels, so if you like that kind, it should be right up there in your alley.
Gekkou is a Light Novel written by "Mamiya Natsuki". If you're fond of Persona franchise. You probably hear him/her once or twice. It's revolves around a Boy named Nonomiya which is a bit pessimistic and sarcastic guy. *cough Hachiman.
He want's a peaceful way of life but it turns out to be another way around, since showing in his manners how bored he is in life.
Story : 9
I honestly not know how to say it, maybe i can't put it in words to express it but Gekkou is one of the hidden special treasure under pile of treasures. Why i said so because of it's
uniqueness to the other formidable LN is spectacular in a way.
I even say that it's one of the UNIQUE LN I read so far. And reading it's page is thrilling it's self. When I have a concrete deduction of what will happen next, there will be happenings that is out of what i think.
Art : 10
What i say to myself when i saw the illustration. "Oh this is ***** good".
especially the last illustration of Nonomiya and Tsukimori!.
Character : 9
The Character design, especially Tsukimori *grab at my heart
Enjoyment : 10
Why i enjoy it the most is because of my simlarities with Nonomiya, his attitude and boredom about life is about the same as me, though i have no tsukimori on my side lol. back to the main topic
The mystery, thrill, romance, and the sarcastic replies of Nonomiya i enjoy every bit of them to the point that i pull an all nighter just to finish this LN (currently 4 am).
Final thoughts :
Not much to tell , i guess i put every thing of it in the texts above. but let me encourage you some more to read this. and here to end my review