Looking Up At the Half-Moon

Alt title: Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

TV (6 eps)
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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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Episode 1

Akiko, The Girl, and Ryunosuke Akutagawa

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Episode 2

The Inheritance of the Tada Collection

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Episode 3

The Demise of the Ezaki Collection, And Then…

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Episode 4

School Life for a Day

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Episode 5

The Halted Minute

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Episode 6

Our Own Two Hands

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babyeinstein12's avatar
babyeinstein12 Dec 31, 2009
Score 6/10

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Oh the bittersweet joys of a hospital romance. At least, that’s what Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora tries so desperately to express, but in the end it succeeds in only becoming a six-episode cliché. Yuichi and Rika are trapped within the sterile white walls of their own malfunctioning bodies – the former by a mild form of... read more

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mahius Sep 27, 2014
Score 7/10

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora is a 6 episode romance anime set in a hospital. At first glance, this appears to be touching, gentle story about a potentially tragic romance. However, it wasn't the tear-jerking anime I expected and not necessarily because of the story, but a good deal due to the characters. Is this worth the 2.5 hours it takes to watch? Credits are also story spoilers, so leave them out until... read more

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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Light Novel)
  • Vol: 8; Ch: 41
  • 2003 - 2006

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Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora
  • Vol: 2; Ch: 14
  • 2006

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