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Old 2006-02-27, 05:13   Link #281
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Just bought the first volume of the Hantsuki manga today, subtitled The skies of the rising half-moon.

Since I do not read the Dengeki Gaoh magazine, I was wondering how the manga adaptation would go, and upon skimming through the tankoubon, Volume One is identical to its novel counterpart, which doesn't come as a surprise.

This means that it is basically in synch with Episode One of the anime as well. The artwork is done by the same illustrator of the novel, B-Tarou, so readers of the novel will surely enjoying seeing more Rika, Yuuichi, and the gang fully illustrated.

I assume that the manga will follow the storyline of the novel, which concluded at six volumes, but since Gaoh is published on a monthly basis, it would be another 6 months until the next volume comes out, and I doubt that the series would continue as it is for the next 3 years, often the fate of a manga based on a novel/game/anime due to subsiding interest.

Therefore, the manga may cover the important plots and divert to a different direction in the future.

Compared to the novel, the manga is of course much easier to read, and sutiable for translation/scanlation, but the overall timeframe until completion of the story may be overwhelming, whereas in the novels it has already been concluded.

I'll save my judgement until i have read it, but I do think that those who have enjoyed the anime will like the manga as well.

Also, there will be a Hantsuki compilation of short essays coming up in summer, which sounds interesting.

Finally, if you liked Hantsuki, be sure to watch Shinigami no Ballad, which airs on the same timeslot starting this Thursday.
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Old 2006-02-27, 06:52   Link #282
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I thought that it was a good series overall, and there were some really outstanding moments. But I was wondering what Yuuichi said to her on the mountain. The fansubs I had read:

Yuuichi: "I will definitely... you..."
*Wind blows*
Rika: "This is the second time you've used that word. You said it when we were here before."

Does anyone know what he actually said or have a good idea what he said? I first thought that he said that he liked her, however that doesn't really make sense here. Maybe it was marry? (But sounds strange coming from him in the first episode)

Or is it something to do with the Japanese sentence structure which makes it look strange in English? (and the missing words really are "I like you")
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Old 2006-02-27, 06:53   Link #283
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Yuuichi: "I will definitely... you..."
*Wind blows*
Rika: "This is the second time you've used that word. You said it when we were here before."
Nauuuuughty
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Old 2006-02-27, 07:20   Link #284
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Good death? Her heart is going to give out. This show isn't about a good death, it is about having a good life.
Is this another one about the living who can't help but die and the dying who can't do anything but live?
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Old 2006-02-27, 16:59   Link #285
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i don't know, i found this to be an amazing anime despite it only being 6 eps, but i think they could have done a few more eps to see rika get out of the hospital and have them truly show love to each other. as for the ending i cant think of any that would be sadder than this. yuuichi decides to suffer for most of the rest of his life just to be able to get at the most 5 more years with the one he loves, knowing no matter how hard he tries or how painful it feels she will be gone in such a short time and there is nothing he can do. near ep 3 i really hated the doctor, natume(sp) but after seeing the parallelism between yuuichi and himself and knowing the heartbreak and sacrifices that will be made, he tried to achieve a different path for him.
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Old 2006-02-28, 10:13   Link #286
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This show reminded me too much of K-drama series that are popular in Japan, especially the (in)famous Autumn's Tale.
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Old 2006-02-28, 11:10   Link #287
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The thing is that Yuiichi wants Rika to be happy in no matter ways. Rika was happy when he beside her, so he tried to be closed to her as possible as he can. Rika was happy when he loved her.

The best thing in our life is that we can make happiness out of making our love onces happy. Everybody will die anyway but before that time, they deserve a tiny bit of happiness at least.

Rika was lucky because she got what she deserved, Yuiichi was lucky too because he is the only one who could give Rika to get what she deserved.

There is no painful side in this story anyway.
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Old 2006-02-28, 13:13   Link #288
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The best thing in our life is that we can make happiness out of making our love onces happy.
Yes, I think so too.

I believe that everyone of us that is or has been seriously in love with someone could confirm: when in love, the thing that makes us the happiest is when we get our beloved person to be the happiest, no matter what. Nothing has as much as value as the smile of your love.

The anime worked very well from this point of view imho, smudging here and there between characters personalities in order to give that very precise idea (to put yourself in second place, first being your love). And since most of the comments I'm reading here (and not only here), probably that work has been done successfully.
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Old 2006-02-28, 13:22   Link #289
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I loved this series. The romance, the ending -- and especially Takahashi Mikako as Rika -- all wonderful. She broke my heart and refreshed my spirit. Her final scenes in the hospital bed and on the mountain were just sugoi. What a voice, and what expression.

I understand people being leery of "melodrama" and "K-drama", but that is just their preference. For me, the human emotions and the story in this are far superior to Fate/Stay Night, to give an example someone else cited as being better. By comparison, that is a dry, cold thing, for me. The so-called melodrama in a dorama is not a bad thing; it's just that doramas tend to draw their stories out too long and overdo the expression of emotion. Not the problem here, where the story was told so quickly and the emotions were made stronger by being restrained.

The only thing I have some hesitation about is the swinging from a rope business. which was pretty hokey, in my opinion. It was worth it for the emotional results, however. And I still hate the doctor, who let his own suffering blind him to life, and to other people's independent lives.

If you were able to give yourself to this story, it rewarded you with deep and cathartic feelings. That emotional "cleansing" was what the ancient Greeks considered the highest aim of drama, and Hantsuki gave it to me. (catharsis: "...A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience....") Hantsuki operated at a deeper emotional, and even philosophical, level than most anime.

We were all debating whether she would live or die, and it turned out to be...both. Just like the rest of us.
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Old 2006-02-28, 16:36   Link #290
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It was alright i was awaiting a tragedy of some kind I guess because I'm used to Key's works. I wish there was more romance between them I mean I barely felt that vibe.
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Old 2006-02-28, 16:48   Link #291
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Everyone is dying..... from the moment of birth.... its just a matter of when.
This is one area where Buddhist philosophy is focused on ...

Even if the happy couple were perfectly healthy, a car accident or illness could take them in a few years.... so being more aware of the mortality of a relationship helps to cut away the "wasted moments". *every* relationship is subject to that and realizing it should help one to focus more on the "now" instead of the "whatif". Every single time you see someone, it might be the last time --- so make it good.

All-in-all I applaud the series if it whacked a few reality checks into some folks.
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Old 2006-02-28, 18:43   Link #292
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It seems that volumes 5 and 6 go beyond the final episode. Can anybody confirm this? I doubt that they would ever make any sort of sequel to the anime so I would definately want to see any little bit extra that seems to be out there.

I'm so glad I saw the name for the KuroNeko torrent and said, "Hey, what's this. Sounds interesting," watches the 6 episodes straight through, "Wow." Thanks Kuroneko for the great job.

Seriously, this show is a gem. And it doesn't try to hamhandedly feed us melodrama. It's sad without being cliche. Probably one of the best animes of the last 2 years.
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Old 2006-02-28, 18:55   Link #293
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Thanks Kuroneko for subbing this! I wouldn't say it's one of the best animes though, it's pretty solid. (My criteria for best anime would be leaving me totally mind-warped and unable to function normally between two hours to half a day after completing the final episode...which it didn't). Easily ranks with Iriya no Sora UFO no Natsu as a recommended made-for-TV OVA.
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Old 2006-03-01, 06:45   Link #294
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i cant bring myself to watch the last episode :O

but at least i know it ends happily... not like when they blew up mahoro... i still have nightmares.
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Old 2006-03-01, 07:27   Link #295
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i cant bring myself to watch the last episode :O

but at least i know it ends happily... not like when they blew up mahoro... i still have nightmares.
I think that you should, then you will be able to see the sheer brilliance of this title at its finest.

The ending was superb and reading what NSW said, I couldn't have put it any better.
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Old 2006-03-02, 16:39   Link #296
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Old 2006-03-05, 04:49   Link #297
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I thought that it was a good series overall, and there were some really outstanding moments. But I was wondering what Yuuichi said to her on the mountain. The fansubs I had read:

Yuuichi: "I will definitely... you..."
*Wind blows*
Rika: "This is the second time you've used that word. You said it when we were here before."

Does anyone know what he actually said or have a good idea what he said? I first thought that he said that he liked her, however that doesn't really make sense here. Maybe it was marry? (But sounds strange coming from him in the first episode)

Or is it something to do with the Japanese sentence structure which makes it look strange in English? (and the missing words really are "I like you")
I just blasted my speaker just to hear for that words..from what i heard Yuuichi said something like "....kara".. my first guess is he said "mamorukara" which means "protect"

any other thoughts on this?
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Old 2006-03-05, 06:55   Link #298
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Alright, laugh all you want, but the ending made me cry,


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Nevertheless, great series, Yuiichi is definitely one of the best, if not the best protagonist in any anime drama I've watched in the last 3 years or so.....And thank God this is not exactly a harem show.

Finally an anime which showed how a guy who desperately chased a girl and was willing to do anything just like in real life. Not like previous ridiculous un-realistic (but fun ) harem shows( 2 or more girls like one guy ).

One question still bugs me,

Spoiler:


Oh btw, I think this show is better than Iriya no Sora.
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Old 2006-03-05, 13:22   Link #299
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Finally an anime which showed how a guy who desperately chased a girl and was willing to do anything just like in real life. Not like previous ridiculous un-realistic (but fun ) harem shows( 2 or more girls like one guy ).

One question still bugs me,

Spoiler:


Oh btw, I think this show is better than Iriya no Sora.
They didn't show a more drastic form of the 'willing' part, aside from Yuuichi attempting a dangerous climb to her room just to see her. Other than that, it's all those small actions that count.

Who knows? I don't think we would ever know...Unless the novel states that there will be something more...

And I have to disagree with you, since these are the only two animes (Iriya no Sora and Hanbun) which actually made me shed tears so far....
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Old 2006-03-05, 17:18   Link #300
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It's been a while since I watched the last episode of this show, but I guess it's the kind of show that's hard to forget about. So I'm also re-watching it now while I'm making this post.

The first thing that struck me about this show was the music. Both the opening and ending songs are wonderful and beautiful and do a great job setting the tone for the show.

I also really liked the character designs and animation. Rika couldn't possibly be cuter, and her voice actor did a tremendous job making her come to life. The voice actors in general were very good, very believable, and suited their characters well.

This was a very thoughtful show, "short and sweet." It was also very touching. Despite there only being six episodes, I walked away with a genuine affection for all of the characters, especially the nurse, Akiko, who cared far more than she let on. It was also a good feeling realizing that the doctor did as well.

During my first viewing I think I was a little disappointed with the ending because I thought Rika's mother's actions were unreasonable and seemed to come from out of the blue. She must have been aware of Rika's feelings and how happy she was since meeting Yuichi? The photo taped to her leg should have been proof enough of how important Yuichi is to her and how important he will be towards her recovery. I think that suddenly, right after Rika's operation, her preventing Yuichi from visiting Rika was a little too much to swallow--to me, it came across as somewhat of a forced plot device. I also thought Yuichi's water tower stunt was a little over-the-top. It was important to show Yuichi's conviction but was that the best way to do so? Upon watching the episode a second time, though, I realized that these are small complaints for a show that was, in general, very well written and realized.

Overall I thought this show was cute and sad and I'm really glad I was able to experience it.

I'm currently reading Night on the Milky Way Train, hoping to get a better understanding of the show and what some of the motivations were for the characters and the writers.

I wanted to share this, too. I was listening to this song earlier and I think it really fits both Yuichi and this show very well:

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"What Sarah Said"
Death Cab For Cutie

And it came to me then that every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself
that Id already taken too much today
As each descending peak of the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines
And year old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind
That our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds
And I knew that you were a truth
I would rather lose
than to have never lain beside at all

Then I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself
Cause theres no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
Then the nurse comes round
And everyone lifts their heads
And Im thinking of what Sarah said
That love is watching someone die

So whos going to watch you die?
So who's going to watch you die?
So who's going to watch you die?
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