Full Moon wo Sageshite (Searching for the Full Moon)
Watched 2009 roughly
This anime is another anime which was made and completed before the end of its manga, leaving many differences between the two. Though I have not read the manga and can not comment on the difference other than I am aware they exist. From the perceptive of someone who has only watched the anime, I think they did an excellent job.
Full Moon wo Sageshite is possibly one of the earliest example of a Idol anime. Twelve-year-old Kouyama Mitsuki wants to be a singer. It has always been her dream. Except, she has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has one year to live. Literally as two death gods have appeared to ensure she dies in one year. Stopping anything prolonging her life, or shortening it. Upset by this Mitsuki sneaks into an audience but is too young to take part. One of the death gods,Takuto, takes pity on her, the deal being if she is not chosen she has to give up. And so he transforms her to her 16 year old self. Not realising Mitsuki can sing.
And the story is born. We watch as Meroko and Takuto defend Mitsuki from treats and keep her fate on track as she becomes a superstar. While hiding her true identity from her strict grandmother who has forbidden her from singing. Mitsuki is determined to fulfil her dream before her year is up and in the process, falls in love with Takuto.
Mitsuki is ditzy, delicate and your typical shoujo girl. Though she can be delicate as she is dying. Her heart is pure and she is what you would expect of a 12 year old facing death. Not about to let it slow her down. Her dream? For her song to be heard by an orphaned friend who was adopted in America before she could reveal her feelings to him. Best way to do this in her mind is to become a famous Idol.
The anime is sad in many ways because of the contrast reminder of Mitsuki time limit. She achieves great things and the anime does a great job of bringing the world to life. Plus the songs used are lovely songs but very 90’s style in my opinion. But that doesn’t change what is going to happen to poor Mitsuki at the end. Or does it? Without too many spoilers the ending made up for this anime was beautiful and touching.
This anime is adorable in many ways and wonderful in many more. So Silver.