Full Moon o Sagashite anime review

Full Moon o Sagashite anime review
Twelve-year-old Kouyama Mitsuki was devastated when she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the throat. She had made a promise to the boy she loves that she would one day become a singer, but her illness made singing impossible. To make matters even worse, two angels of death, Takuto and Meroko, appeared to Mitsuki and informed her that she only had one year left to live. This news provides an even greater motivation for Mitsuki to fulfill her dreams, and with a little bit of divine intervention, she begins her quest to become a professional singer so she can be reunited with Eichi before time runs out.

When I first started watching Full Moon wo Sagashite, I felt somewhat thrown off by the sugary sweet ambiance the show gave off. A two-Shinigami duo called Negi Ramen, each flaunting (in typical anime style) some sort of animal ears, reveal themselves in a grandeur manner, only to have Mitsuki rolling on the floor in laughter at their ridiculous name. However, it was precisely at this scene that I had an epiphany of sorts:

I mean, this girl has throat cancer.

And so Full Moon wo Sagashite begins. Throughout the first half of the episodes, Mitsuki undergoes a generally optimistic and sugary sweet view of the life of a pop idol as Full Moon. However, there definitely existed an aura, an unmistakable atmosphere that persisted throughout the lackadaisical pace of the show – the entire time it felt like a time bomb. This definitely cannot be considered the normal stereotypical anime, regardless of what it may seem like initially. And then, as the anime comes to a close, so do the days of happiness, cheerfulness, and the shoujo anime stereotypes. From the mix of feelings accumulated throughout the anime blooms an ending that will stick with me for a long time. This anime definitely left its impact on me.

While the animation was good, that’s all it could be considered – good. None of the characters stood out as ugly, and all character designs seemed to fall under that grey area between mediocrity and excellence. The audio, on the other hand, was nothing short of fantastic. The J-pop in this anime is amazing, and is of the few that I actually listen to on a regular basis. Myco stars a double role, both as vocalist of Changin’ My Life, who comprises the real life counterpart to Full Moon, and as Mitsuki. In both areas she excels beautifully, and definitely blooms well throughout the anime.

The characters in this anime are what make the series stand out from the rest. While the series doesn’t have the most complex plot anime has ever seen, the character relations throughout the story make itself present in an unbelievable way. While the characters start out very stereotypical and generic, by the end of the anime they slowly emerge into amazing characters with intricate and delicate relationships. It’s worth mentioning that throughout the anime, there remains no antagonist. The fact that the characters drove the entire series without a central villain speaks volumes.

While I personally didn’t like the ending, as I felt it clashed too much with the emotional struggles built up throughout the anime, the ending truly is a love-or-hate affair. For me, this, coupled with the slow beginning and fair animation, stops Full Moon wo Sagashite from being perfect as an anime. Nonetheless, it offers plenty of anime to chew on, and will definitely keep you thinking. If nothing else, listen to the soundtrack. It is that good.

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