Posted by psgels on 4 March 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews




Well, well, what have we here. Another anime show featuring a girl becoming a J-Pop-idol, this time featured by two shinigami in cat- and bunny suit in order to help her. Recipe for failure, isn’t it? Well, guess again. Our main character has namely been blessed with a throat cancer, which immediately takes this anime away from all of the other J-Pop-shows.

The series consists of a massive 52 episodes. The first thirteen episodes feature Mitsuki (our main character) getting introduced to being an idol, making her first single, and doing all sorts of stuff beginning artists do. Even though these episodes may be somewhat inspirational, they also remain boring. It will indeed be difficult to sit through these scenes if you don’t have a lot of patience. The second part consists of a few very good episodes, in between a number of boring ones. Even though these boring episodes may be a pain to watch, the juicy episodes totally make up for it, ending with a satisfying climax to end the first half of the series. The third part is just like the second part, but then with a bit less boringness and a bit more awesomeness. It was also good to see that the creators finally managed to include a bit of humor.

Then the fourth part comes. Believe me. The first five episodes WILL blow you off your chair, and you WILL end up crying. These are without a doubt the saddest scenes ever to be seen in anime. After these fantastic episodes the tension tones down a bit, but the remaining episodes will still be very enjoyable to watch. This goes on, until the final episode, which waltzes you down again with some of the most amazing scenes.

The following paragraph may be a bit of a spoiler, so be a bit careful. The final couple of episodes were indeed incredibly awesome. Why? Because the emphasis didn’t go to the two main characters, but the side-characters finally came into the spotlights and got to shine. The result is magnificent. I guess the creators were also aware that if this was to be handled by the main characters only, than it would have turned out to be incredibly cliché.

Because this is a singing-anime, one would not expect less than an amazing soundtrack. And the series delives on that. Even though I’m not interested in J-Pop, I found myself enjoying every note of the music. At least, most of the times. There’s a minor issue in which the creators make the mistake of using one particular song a bit too much. This results in a bit of repetitiveness, and some annoying moments.

When you start with this anime, you’ll immediately notice that this anime has a slight problem in the Seiyuu (I hope I spelled that right). Mitsuki’s voice just doesn’t sound like one of a twelve-year-old. It’s just too mature. But this problem fades away very fast, as you get used to it pretty quickly.

The characters are another strong point of Full Moon wa Sagashite. Even though you have to get used to them for a while in the beginning, the character development is awesome, and you will be feeling along with every single one of the main characters during their important scenes.

Overall, this is an amazing anime. The only bad part is that you need a lot of patience to get through the boring parts in order to enjoy the juicy stuff.

5 Responses

  1. Anga says:

    Ah, someone else liked full moon too. Sometimes i feel i am only one. Anyway, for me this has best ost in anime and is also best shoujo i have seen. Without those fillers it would be #1 on my list.

  2. lolo says:

    good review I really loved this series and I think it deserves a higher rating the story line is so emotion evoking and the music is beautifull :)

  3. Al says:

    This is not a music/singing anime. it is full of emotion you will cry and the last episode is incredible, you’ll have mixed emotions through out the series joy, sadness, anticipation… etc

    I didn’t particularly like any of the songs (not enough variety and not catchy) never the less it is an amazing show.

  4. takuto luvaaa^^ says:

    i havnt wactched all of the anime yet, im on ep 36, man and even so i have been crying on and off, wow i cant believe it get sadder, im just hoping that the ending wont be crap, because thats what most animes do such as the final episode of fruits basket was a disappointing one. if im not happy with the ending of this anime i will seriously start to cry, it is such a beautiful anime and i want to see it end beautifully…*cries*

  5. P-chan says:

    This is a rare anime you and your young kid/sibling can watch together and both actually enjoy. I really loved this anime. It was one of the few that made me cry my heart out. I liked the ending too. But as all Arina Tanemura anime, the manga is better. But the anime is pretty damn good too. While not 100% faithful to the anime, it is very good when viewed as a companion versus a faithful adaptation. I’d say your 83 is accurate.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.

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