Full Moon O Sagashite by Arina Tanemura is a short shojo series that tackles the dark topics of death, affairs, fame, and suicide. Mitsuki is the main character of the series, a young human girl suffering from throat cancer with the dream of becoming a musician like her departed parents. When two shinigamis (death gods) appear before Mitsuki, they notify her that she has one year left to live. Promising to go quietly when her time is up, Mitsuki convinces one of the shinigami to make her into a teenager so she can audition to become a singer. What follows is a dark, twisty story of a lost love, hope, and finding your own family.
TW FOR SUICIDE, MARTIAL AFFAIRS, DEATH, STALKER BEHAVIORS, CHILD ABUSE, AND DEPRESSION
I absolutely adore and love this series. As one of the first publications under the new Shojo Beat label by Viz, Full Moon really captures the fagileness of humans and how they can hope even in the darkest of times.
The characters are all different with their own traumas. Young Mitsuki is carrying the sadness of her parents passing, her grandmother’s hatred toward music, and the death of a fellow orphan whom she had fallen in love with before he was adopted.
The shinigamis Meroko and Takuto became death gods because they commited suicide. What I (sorry) love about this is that each character is connected somehow back to Mitsuki (minus shinigami Izumi and other side characters).
If I had to explain why you should read this story, it’s that although the topics are dark and heavy, there’s love, acceptance, and humor to soften the blow. Also, it’s a short series being only 7 books long.
While the shinigamis all deal with their unresolved issues, Mitsuki is there to listen and work through their problems together. My favorite shinigami Izumi is always my favorite platonic relationship with Mitsuki because of how he became a shinigami. (I have a thing for guys like Izumi.)
I am trying not to spoil any of the book, the story is just that interesting and wonderful. I love how everything is connected and the family that Mitsuki finds in the end. Also, the ending is also a killer thing.
This is my Manga Monday choice because Mitsuki was always a light for me, reminding myself that even the most dark, twisted life events gives out rays of light (or something). Also, Mitsuki’s outlook on life is just…wonderful.
Happy Manga Monday, and here’s to another great read! You can get Full Moon O Sagashite from RightStuf as well as other book sellers. Also available digitally.