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Full Moon o Sagashite  
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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.


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Associated Names
В поисках Полной Луны
البحث عن البدر
ตามหา Full Moon
Full Moon - Canto d'amore
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Ginyu Meika
Ginyuu Meika
Mangetsu wo Sagashite
Searching for the Full Moon
Tìm ánh trăng tròn

Groups Scanlating
Anime Daisuki
Cidsa's Scanlations
Manga Coalition

Latest Release(s)
c.Oneshot by Sins Revival over 10 years ago
v.7 c.Extra by Selene Scans & StarryHeaven over 12 years ago
v.1 c.1 by Cidsa's Scanlations over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (968 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.15 / 10.0
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August 22nd 2017, 5:33am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Ribon (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (7 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #1869 increased(+101)
6 Month Pos #2012 increased(+207)
Year Pos #2234 decreased(-24)

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EichixMitsuki or TakutoxMitsuki over 7 years ago
Why Do People Hate Mitsuki So Much? over 7 years ago
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Beautiful Art, Weird Story   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
May 11th, 2017, 12:23pm
Arina Tanemura draws some of the most beautiful shojo manga out there, but her stories are very weak comparatively. I don't know if it's because she's restricted by the editors she's had making manga for children's magazines (she tries to touch on adult issues but she can't seem to pull them off effectively) or because she's just weak at characterization and story telling.
Full Moon is touching in some ways, especially if you share the religious point of view that those who have passed on are always with us. Still, it's just so quirky and all over the place that the emotional moments aren't as effective as they could have been...
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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I will always love it!   
Rating: N/A
by NegalisticBLAST
April 20th, 2013, 11:22am
This series was mu very first shoujo when I was just getting into manga. Its also the series that gave me the passion to draw as well.

I absolutely love the story, it's tragic, sweet, and heartpounding. My favorite line of Mitsukis was "I've always wanted to try dying once." it's a line that stuck with me through the series. The fact that:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The shinigamis are those who have commited suicide
was a great originsl touch even though she said where she got thr inspiration from. Another thing I like is all the characters are connected, so there all important to Dr.Wakioji to her grandmother.
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Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
December 25th, 2012, 1:31pm
Honestly, I did skim through a lot of this manga because I think for the most part I've outgrown super sparkly, and fluffy shoujos but heck, it's now or never.

The art can at many times be pretty but I do think it's just not my taste. I agree that the somewhat depressing and death-related plot didn't really match the 'magical princess' aura the whole story gave out (pretty much the WHOLE time). But then again, the main character is 12... so I'm not sure if that should be expected (or if the age was a mistake from the beginning). Despite that, the happy and cute disposition did work to level out anything really dampering. If you want something almost deep, then go for this story. Anything more than that? I don't think this will be able to deliver it well. Granted there were some good themes about never giving up, and suggestions about suicide but it was pretty grazed over with all those sparkles and tears in the mix.

The ending however surprised me a bit.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It was one of the most perfect endings. With the plot setup, I anticipated it to be a little bittersweet but I don't think it could have been any more happy. And for some reason, I wasn't disappointed the mangaka went out of her way to make things even more unrealistically flawless, perhaps it kind of flowed well enough I just accepted it.

For a kid shoujo, it was alright. Wasn't bad, wasn't great.

Character dynamics - 7
Art - 8
Theme - 7
Plot - 8

... Last updated on December 26th, 2012, 3:48am
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It's lovely - no matter what others may say...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by We love us
November 27th, 2012, 9:29am
I really enjoyed the manga aspect of this, there was enough comedy to balance the sadness. And the anime aspect was wonderful, and it left a deeper impression on me than the manga...however, it goes to show that [m]Full Moon wo Sageshite[/m] is best, either way.
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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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Very Good!   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
August 1st, 2011, 7:57pm
This is a manga that speaks to all ages, I suggest this to preteens and young adults alike. There's tragedy, romance, childish dreams, and endearing situations. The romance doesn't smack you in the face in the beginning like so many shoujo mangas, but comes along gradually. Well, as gradually as it can in about 30 chapters. The main character's dream to sing is really inspiring, and I think it's a sacrifice that a lot of people could come to understand. Once again, a great read!
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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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I didn't like this at all   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by orangegreendaysuite
January 20th, 2011, 10:47am
I'm a fan of Arina Tanemura's art. It's beautiful and cute. BUT sometimes I just can not stand her manga. Everything is just... So cute to the point that it make me frustrated. Maybe I'm just tired of looking at her mangas (not art, mangas). When I first started reading manga, I could only read Arina Tanemura. But now, my taste has grown. I now prefer the earthy sketches, and the deep, tear jerking plots. I think this was supposed to be tear jerking, but compared to the other mangas that made me bawl my eyes out, this seems like a comedy.
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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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