Full Moon wo Sagashite Episode 1

Full Moon wo Sagashite

"No Matter What, I Want to Sing"

I couldn't help but think about the joy of watching American Idol auditions while watching the first episode of Full Moon wo Sagashite. With the irresistable force of a train wreck, once you start watching one terrible singer after another, it's hard to stop.

Full Moon wo Sagashite is pretty much nothing like that.

At first blush, the show appears to be a lighthearted, happy series about a girl who realizes her dream of becoming a singer, thus fulfilling a promise with her childhood love, and enabling her to live happily ever after. Rapidly, however, it becomes obvious that this is not the case. It is lighthearted and happy, but it isn't going to be easy for our heroine. Because of a tumor in her throat, she's unable to sing loudly (not to mention the pain it causes).

On top of that, she's then visited by angels of death, who tell her that she only has one year left to live. When you look at the bright, sunny animation and art, it's almost amazing how morbidly depressing the underlying story is. Luckily, however, the show lives up to its first appearances, and it looks like there might be room for a happy ending after all. Takuto, a grim reaper in bright blue with cat ears, makes it possible for her to sing in an audition without any handicap, and she's able to wow the judges.

It's silly and fun, and I'm more than a little curious to see what's next.

Rating: B+

Posted by Kei at 02:14 AM | Comments (2)