Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora (Hantsuki for short, aired in the first quarter of 2006) is the story of Yuuichi, who got into hospital because of a hepatitis A infection, and Rika, the girl he meets there. While his disease is rather easy curable Rika’s state is much more serious and chances are high that she might not survive the necessary operation. Due to her condition she isn’t used to make friends easily, but after having pierced her cool shell they soon develop friendship and affection toward each other in the short time that might be left.
With focusing mostly on its two main characters Hantsuki manages to deliver a very touching drama over its six episodes. Yuuichi and Rika are well drawn characters and its very easy to sympathize with their fate. The bittersweet feeling I got while watching this series reminded me strongly of the graphic novel narcissu and I recommend Hantsuki especially to those who liked the latter.