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Full Moon o Sagashite  
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Description
Mitsuki loves singing, but a malignant tumor in her throat has prevented her from pursuing her passion. However, Mitsuki's life turns around when two shinigami appear to grant her a temporary reprieve from her illness--and give her singing career a magical jump-start.

*Includes a short story called Ginyu Meika in volume 2.
Akiyoshi Kiryuu attempts to practice for an upcoming piano competition; however, his practice continually gets interrupted by a girl named Kanon, who claims to be the spirit of a tree.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
寻找满月
星河满月
満月をさがして
满月天使
ตามหา Full Moon
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Ginyu Meika
Ginyuu Meika
Searching for the Full Moon
Tìm ánh trăng tròn

Groups Scanlating
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Cidsa's Scanlations
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Latest Release(s)
c.Oneshot by Sins Revival (2573d ago)
v.7 c.Extra by Selene Scans & StarryHeaven (3356d ago)
v.1 c.1 by Cidsa's Scanlations (2961d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol 7

User Reviews
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Forum
3 topics, 29 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (904 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 28th 2014, 3:49am PST

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Year
2001

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (7 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #755 increased(+271)
Monthly Pos #1535 increased(+233)
3 Month Pos #2122 increased(+91)
6 Month Pos #2202 increased(+108)

List Stats
On 350 reading lists
On 475 wish lists
On 2825 completed lists
On 107 unfinished lists
On 269 custom lists

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Forum Posts
EichixMitsuki or TakutoxMitsuki 1385 days, 14 hours, 59 minutes ago
Why Do People Hate Mitsuki So Much? 1385 days, 15 hours, 21 minutes ago
US releases 2961 days, 11 hours, 52 minutes ago

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So...   
Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
September 30th, 2011, 12:06am
This manga was really difficult to review because of my conflicting emotions towards it. I guess itís easier to split it up into pros and cons.

Pros: The art is extremely detailed and beautiful. You will be staring at many panels for a long time just to have it sink in. Also, there is actually a theme to this story. Itís not just some blank love story Ė itís backed by a young girlís determination to fulfill her dream of becoming a singer even if she were to pay for it with her life. I think the questions it offers resonates with everyone. Iím sure youíve all had a dream like that at one point, or had something you wanted to do no matter what setbacks youíd face. But with Mitsukiís case, she has throat cancer at the age of 12. Somehow Arina managed to turn a really cute, sugary shoujo into a meaningful, sad tragedy with lessons to learn (though itís still cute and sugary). The characters arenít bad though I like most of the side characters a lot more, especially Izumi and Keiichi. There are also some extremely gorgeous moments, ones that arenít just draw well but are filled with emotion. This story is deeper than most and quite touching at parts. The ending was a bit too perfect but it had a holistic, happy feeling so most wouldnít complain about that. The last line and the last spread page really left a strong impression on me.

Cons: The art is too sugary, mainly the bulging eyes, but you get used to it. As for the story itself, Arina tends to oversimplify or make serious topics seem too ďcuteĒ. Full Moon is so cute yet depressing it almost doesnít seem appropriate. (And I personally prefer the anime since itís not as overkill and you hear the music.) Granted the heroine is 12 so maybe thatís why this story lacks a down-to-earth, more realistic feeling but I swear sometimes Mitsuki acts like a brat and something about the way sheís portrayed makes me doubt her real strength (the heroine in 1 Liter of Tears is a similar age in a similar situation but is much stronger imo but thatís a jdrama). Also, her childhood love serves more as a plot device than a real character since he barely has a personality. But anyways, there were many parts in the story that had me cringing just a little from the cheesiness but other parts I must admit were beautifully done. Kinda one after the other so they even out in a way.

Overall, I do recommend you read this. Itís different and takes things to the extreme (of sadness) so itís good to explore. This is Arinaís best series overall so it would be nice to check it out.
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Croann
April 27th, 2013, 7:27pm
Honestly, I wanted to like this manga. I really did. It's foundation seemed promising, dark even, but instead of taking the more realistic ending (which, I admit, would have probably contradicted the "shoujo" label this was given) the author chose instead to supply us with a halfhearted, "everything is awesome now!"

One point I'd like to make, before I talk about the other issues with this manga, is the sheer difficulty I had following the story. It was always jumping around from one thing to the next, with no transition. Also, though this is more of a technical thing, the scanlations weren't the best.

That being said, the below has several spoilers. Proceed with caution.

The biggest problem I had with this manga is the inconsistency. The lighthearted tone of the manga didn't match with the dark premise.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The shinigami only become such after they've committed suicide and Mitsuki has cancer that will eventually kill her if she doesn't undergo treatment.
Despite this, the ending was so sugar coated that I almost got diabetes. They had an explanation for everything, which isn't always good, especially when it comes in the form of deus ex machina.

And the ending... my god, don't get me started on the ending. It makes NO sense with the rest of the story.
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It is established at the beginning that Mitsuki has a cancer that is so bad that if she doesn't undergo a surgery, she will die. The surgery is the only surgery that will help her. This surgery involves removing her vocal chords. There is no "lesser" version. Yet, the ending tries to sell us some bullshit about her still being able to sing. Their explanation? "Because she was Full Moon for so long, the cancer couldn't get any worse. " It was already established that the cancer was already bad enough to require surgery. It "not getting any worse" doesn't mean it was better, and certainly doesn't mean that she can somehow have a "lesser" version of a definite surgery.


Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Takuto is revealed to still be alive, despite being a Shinigami. Because, apparently, you don't really have to be dead to be dead. Guess what everyone? He's just in a coma! That means that true love wins! What's that? He went through the same surgery that Mitsuki was supposed to go through? He shouldn't be able to talk? Welllll, SHINIGAMI POWER! The two most powerful shinigami DIE (again) to make sure that Takuto can talk! That's so amazing! Sparkles, unicorns, and sunshine everyone!


So, it is with great pain that I have to give this manga such a low score. It might be great for the readers who love perfect endings, even at the cost of their own brain cells, but for someone like me... I couldn't help but call bullshit, even if I wanted a good ending.

... Last updated on April 27th, 2013, 7:29pm
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tear..   
Rating: N/A
by sweetkisses8584
August 22nd, 2007, 9:49pm
i seriously cried when i read this.. its sooooo sad!! but i really liked how she made it ... uh unsad ish- like.. ? uh yeah well i liked it i really did.. smile super glad i read it..
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Incredibly hard to follow   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
December 27th, 2010, 9:27pm
But I followed anyway. xD It's a sweet, beautiful story with incredibly disjointed storytelling. You can kind of tell what's going on, but you're never exactly clear on what's happening. It's one of those types of stories.

So overall, it was lovely, but it could have been so much better with a clearer style of storytelling. I really couldn't tell who was talking half the time.
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Probably the best I've read   
Rating: N/A
by therandomcatdemon
November 15th, 2010, 7:27pm
The story line is beautiful and moving, I love how you can watch the characters develop and you learn all of their stories. It's light hearted and heart warming, it has it's funny times and its heart breakingly sad ones too.

The art is beautiful, Arina Tanemura always impresses me and the art in this one is one of the best.

I don't even like love stories, but this touched my heart. This was the first manga I ever read from start to finish, and will always be my favorite, I reccomend it to any one who loves cute love stories, or just likes a good read smile

and if you didn't/did like the anime, the plot is completely different than the book, and the book has a much happier tied up ending so I reccomend reading the manga over watching the anime
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Classic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Artimidorus
October 31st, 2010, 12:50am
Everytime I read this manga, or watch the anime, or listen to the music.. it always has an effect on me. I absolutely love this series. It has cuteness, comedy, sadness, battles (of sorts), and it is a soul satisfying diversion.
This series is one of a very rare few that is a must read for me, right up there with Ranma (Favorite), Aishithiteruze Baby, and others. Different genres, but classics none the less.
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it's alright   
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by TheAlmighty
April 10th, 2010, 4:57am
The plot is actually pretty good considering the fact that the story is targeted for 13-15 year olds. The main character takes on similar characteristics of all other female leads of Arina's manga. They keep a strong front, when they're weak inside. But I'd say Arina gives the best interpretation of this particular female lead's emotions. If you're looking for a cute story, this is the one I would suggest.
Because, let's face it, the manga that she's written after this one all suck.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2012, 1:02pm
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._.   
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by Anonymous
October 14th, 2005, 10:57pm
It's really fun but so horribly sad =( but its happy too...kinda....very touching :D *thumbs up* the drawing is very beautiful! it's top five in my book ;P
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A good read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ohshcfan13
May 20th, 2011, 7:18pm
The art was wonderful. As expected of Tanemura Arina, a perfect drawn characters.

The story was really good. It's not really something you'd expect from a manga where characters are so young. It was deep and touching. It wasn't some silly love story with nothing but girls blushing.

The characters were recognized individually. Most of the time, side characters are just extras who come and go but the characters here were given a role. The have a lot of improvement and they did not seem shallow.

Overall, this is a really sweet and touching manga to read. It can make one cry and laugh.
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Sweet =3   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Fullmoon93
October 15th, 2010, 7:35am
I've purchased all the books for full moon, I'd watched the anime first then decided to read the manga which was a smart choice. The story is much more detailed and you understand the characters more when you read it. I couldn't help but fall in love with the Shinigami (especially Takuto ^^) Her drawings are really detailed and cute.
I couldn't help though get depressed sometimes when reading and end up crying in the sad parts. Mitsuki is such a troubled person for a 12 year old >< I dont ever remembering my life to be that troublesome, but I'm pretty easy going lol. Anyway by the end I felt so bad for Ecchi ( I didnt like him to start, I was routing for Takuto), his story was too sad T.T Though I felt the ending to be a bit empty, for me anyway, but i couldn't really see it go for longer then it did, but glad it was happy ^o^ I was glad there were characters like Johnathon and Izumi, funny =) they gave it some life to the story.^^ All the characters just worked well together.
Even though it was quite sad, it was also funny and cute ^^ I would reckonmend it to anyone who likes Arina's art/manga and anyone for a cute story. I really enjoyed this work, so give it a try =)

... Last updated on October 15th, 2010, 7:36am
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