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Full Moon is a manga by Arina Tanemura. It was first published in the Shueisha shojou magazine Ribon from January 2002 till June 2004.
It's about a young girl called Mitsuki who loves to sing. However, she finds out that she has throat cancer, and that if she gets surgery she will no longer be able to sing. When the shinigami come for her, she makes a deal with them: for six months, she transforms into a healthy sixteen year old singer so she can fulfill her dreams, and then she will go with them peacefully. This manga chronicles that journey, and everything that happens to her, making her into a better person.


  • Shueisha (Japan)
  • Madman Entertainment (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Viz Media (North America)
  • Glenat (France, Spain)
  • Grupo Editorial Vid (Mexico)
  • Planet Manga (Italy)
  • EMA (Germany)
  • JBC (Portugal)

Publication History

Full Moon was first serialized in Shueisha's Ribon shojo magazine from January 2002 till June 2004, and the individual chapters were collected in seven tankobon volumes, with the first being released on June 14, 2002, and the last being released on October 15, 2002.

In North America, the series was licensed by Viz Media, but distributed by Madman Entertainment. It released every two or so months, from July 5, 2005 to October 3, 2006. 


In the English release, the title of the manga was shortened from Full Moon o Sagashite to simply Full Moon, although the full title is still visible on the front covers.


Mitsuki Koyama
The main character. She has throat cancer and is about to be escorted to the land of the dead, but manages to strike a deal with the shinigami so that she can transform into the idol Full Moon for six months and perform. Mitsuki wants to become a singer because she wants to tell her childhood friend Eichi she loves him, and because singing has always been her dream.
Eichi Sakurai
Mitsuki's childhood friend. The two met at the orphanage where Mitsuki grew up. Eichi confessed his feelings for Mitsuki before moving to America
Takuto Kira
A trainee shinigami who was assigned to take Mitsuki's soul. Takuto is a cat shinigami who wears a backpack with wings; without it, he wouldn't be able to fly. He can also transform into a stuffed cat. He was moved by Mitsuki and granted her request to become Full Moon.

Meroko Yui
The partner of Takuto, who was assigned to take Mitsuki's soul. Meroko is a rabbit shinigami with long ears, who can transform into a stuffed bunny, albeit one that can move and tak. She claims to love Takuto, and is always jealous of the attention that he constantly gives Mitsuki.
Book # Name Rating Release Date
Volume 7
July 15, 2004
Volume 6
June 15, 2004
Volume 5
Jan. 15, 2004
Volume 4
Aug. 8, 2003
Volume 3
March 14, 2003
Volume 2
Oct. 15, 2002
Volume 1
June 14, 2002
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English Name Full Moon
Japanese Name: 満月をさがして
Romaji: Furu Mūn o Sagashite
Publisher Shueisha
Start Year 2001
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Aliases Full Moon o Sagashite
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