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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Alt titles: Looking Up At the Half-Moon

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Yuichi is a teenage boy who was diagnosed with hepatitis; and as staying at the hospital is boring, he often sneaks out at night to hang out with his friends. However, each time he is caught by the slightly sadistic nurse Akiko, he just prolongs his stay at the hospital. After his most recent escape, instead of striking a punch or kick at Yuichi, Akiko says that she'll overlook his sneak outs if he becomes friends with 17-year-old Rika, another hospital resident. Rika doesn't open up to him at first, but she has her reasons: she has a weak heart; and though she may come off as selfish and rude, Yuichi looks beyond the surface to help both of them enjoy what life has to offer.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Light Novel) 2003 TBD
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora 2006 TBD
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Mitsuru OHARA Character Design
Yukihiro MATSUSHITA Director
Shinkichi MITSUMUNE Music
Tatsuya ISHIGURO Producer

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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora babyeinstein12 6/10 Dec 31, 2009
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Looking Up At the Half-Moon Glitch32 8.2/10 Dec 13, 2012
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When Asaba sneaks into the school at night for a quick swim, he doesn’t expect to see a strange, vacant-minded girl with orbs stuck in her wrists right there with him. Stranger yet is when the police come to take her away... but to his surprise, he sees her the next day at school, a new part of his class! His interest in the girl piques the jealous curiosity of his friend Akiho, but between air raids, military operations and a possible alien invasion on the horizon a love triangle is the least of Asaba’s worries. Will Asaba come to terms that the fate of the world and the fate of the girl he loves are two very different things?

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Himitsu

Hantsuki and Iriya no Sora are both enticing and drama-filled anime. The main female character is strong, but at the same time weak. Both anime gave a longing feel for the ending and left similar impressions. Iriya was an interesting character because of the neat science-fiction deals.

Cythraul

Both Hantsuki and Iriya no Sora have a similar format and pacing, and they place emphasis on similar themes when it comes to romance.

Hantsuki has a little more comedy, while Iriya no Sora has a science fiction spin. Despite the comedy, Hantsuki isn't really "lighter" than Iriya no Sora: the shared idea of tragic love in spite of severe illness precludes that. So if you liked the romance in one show, you should like the other as well.

abunai

There is a certain bittersweet tinge to all good romances, in that dramatic style requires the lovers to be tested by circumstances -- they must prove to the audience that their love is true. This much, nearly all romances have in common.

However, sometimes the nature of the trial is beyond the normal. Sometimes, the romance is faced with such a weight of doom and tragedy that it seems impossible to bear. This is the case with both Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora; with Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu; and with Saishuu Heiki Kanojo. In a sense, these anime form a triad of tragic love stories, each of which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes the others.

Without a doubt, HanTsuki is the most upbeat of the three, and SaiKano the heaviest. But the overall principle of the story applies -- a romance burdened by more pain than anybody should have to bear.

Ran

Both Hanbun no Tsuki and Iriya no Sora are bittersweet love stories in which a boy has to take care of an ill girl, and tries to save her, or at least do his best to support her.

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AngryJellyfish

Although the circumstances are very different in both anime, Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien are bittersweet tales of romance and tell of how an accident or illness can affect a relationship. And both series also have some funny moments too!

wolfangel87

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora and Kimi ga Nozomu Eien both deal with romance and tragedy. They both end up with people in the hospital in which that venture effects the lives of all the characters in the series. The accident or illness can even affect the relationships of the main characters and the trials and tribulations that they have to go through to keep their relationships going.

apursansar

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien and Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora deal with the desperate search for love in unfortunate circumstances. Apparently desperate situations, misunderstandings and the inability to communicate oneself adequately play an important part, as well as the consequences of permanent psychological strain. Both series are excellent tragedies which never decline into stereotypes, creating a rich atmosphere of profound sadness.

JSai

At first, it might seem that these two series have nothing in common but the genre of romance. I actually think that these two have the same melancholy feel into them. They are both very emotional and makes you sympathize with the characters. Both are tearjerker animes, too.

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wolfangel87

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signed222

These are both very nice love stories with likeable characters and the theme is quite similar because both female protagonists have limited time in a certain point of view and the male protagonist knowing this still stays by the side of the girl.

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XXOSSISXX

If you like Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora then i am pretty sure you should find "Air" rather interesting because They both have to do with conditions of health thought Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora plot takes place in the hospital and while Air Takes place outside these two animes should be rather similar ways both have  a beautifull ending

signed222

both of these revolve around life and death in a cute and sad way, but in the end the characters don't regret that they have to face such hardships because it is all the part of what we call life. Both made me shed a tear after the last episode

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Saikano

In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.

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abunai

There is a certain bittersweet tinge to all good romances, in that dramatic style requires the lovers to be tested by circumstances -- they must prove to the audience that their love is true. This much, nearly all romances have in common.

However, sometimes the nature of the trial is beyond the normal. Sometimes, the romance is faced with such a weight of doom and tragedy that it seems impossible to bear. This is the case with both Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora; with Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu; and with Saishuu Heiki Kanojo. In a sense, these anime form a triad of tragic love stories, each of which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes the others.

Without a doubt, HanTsuki is the most upbeat of the three, and SaiKano the heaviest. But the overall principle of the story applies -- a romance burdened by more pain than anybody should have to bear.

rdnetto

Both are serious romance/dramas where the couple must endure hardship. Hantsuki has better characters IMO (Rika has much more depth to her than Chise), but Saikano's ending is more powerful. Both have bitter-sweet endings that remind the viewer that life, whatever the trials, may still bring happiness.