Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora [TV]
After catching an infectious disease called hepatitis A, Yuuichi Ezaki had been confined to a hospital away from his friends and family. Bored to death, he developed a habit of sneaking out of the hospital, which usually ends with him getting beaten up by his nurse.
One day, Yuuichi meets Rika Akiba, a girl who is also hospitalized in the same hospital. Their friendship slowly blooms into love, but is challenged by Rika’s death that was just waiting outside the door.
About the Show
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Looking Up at the Half-Moon), also known as Hantsuki, is an anime adaptation of the romance light novel under the same name, written by Tsumugu Hashimoto and written by Keihi Yamamoto. Produced by Group TAC, the anime series aired a total of 6 episodes between January 12, 2006 and February 23, 2006.
Episode 1: Akiko-san, the Girl and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Tired by Yuuichi’s nightly habit of sneaking out, Akiko, his nurse, barricades his door to prevent him from leaving his room. However, Akiko offers Yuuichi for a chance to lift her restriction, given that he will manage to befriend a fellow patient. Soon enough, Yuuichi meets Rika Akiba, a patient from the eastern ward who spends most of her time reading Ryuunosuke Akutagawa’s works. With the help of Akiko, Yuuichi pretends to have the same interests as Rika, but the latter easily sees through the former’s façade. In exchange for her forgiveness, Rika asks Yuuichi to take her to Mount Houdai, the same mountain her father hiked before his death. Rika insists on going despite her weak condition, for she believes that climbing the mountain will rid her fear of death.
Episode 2: The Inheritance of the Tada Collection
Tada, a perverted old patient, had died earlier in the day and left Yuuichi his enormous pornography collection. Despite Yuuichi’s efforts in hiding his inheritance, Rika soon learns about it and becomes furious. He immediately tries to apologize, but Ri