I watched the first two volumes of this anime and I can say that it is hooking and interesting that I couldn't get enough of it. Ok! I know that the English dub is horrible, so I went for the Japanese language with the English subtitles. I always go for the Japanese with the English subtitles because it sounds more original. If you can just overlook the English dub, you will love this anime for sure.
The story is about a 12-year-old Mitsuki who wants desperately to become a singer, so she can fulfill her promise to her first love, Eichi. She always wanted to be a singer but her grandmother is against her dream because she is blaming Mitsuki's father who used to be a singer, for her daughter's death. There is another problem, which is that she has a malignant tumor in her throat and she has to go through an operation but she might lose her voice with this operation, so she refuses to go through with it.
That's when she met the two death spirits, Takuto and Meroko...
All Mitsuki Koyama wants to do more than anything else in the world is sing. She faces a few obsticles, though. First, she's too young to make the auditions; second, her grandmother and guardian hates music and anything or anyone associated with it; and she is suffering from throat cancer.
Her life changes with the appearance of a pair of shinigami (death gods) whom only she can see. Mitsuki ends up living a double life, trying to balance the life of a grade school student and a new singing idol, all while keeping secrets from most everyone.
The shinigamis gave her only a year to live. How long can she keep things going?
This is an excellent story. It can get intensely emotional at times, though, so parents should prescreen for younger viewers.
I've watched a lot of anime in both english dub and subtitled. To me everything is perfect about this series. Mitsuki Kouyama is such an innocent character that you'll fall in love with because she's so dedicated to her singing that she'll risk her life for it. Takuto and Meroko are quite a pair too. Meroko means well but she always causes trouble for poor Mitsuki and is often the comic relief. It may be a little slow paced at times, but overall it is one of the best anime if you're into romance with the typical drama. It is more upbeat than the manga though, and there are significant differences, but sometimes you may need some tissues handy. ;)
I've only seen the first couple episodes in english so far, but I love the voices. They fit so perfectly! This is a must buy. They didn't dub the songs though, prob because they couldn't possibly compare to the originol! Anywayz you won't be disappointed. =)
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