Project Mangetsu

Kouyama MitsukiDo you still remember that bit I said SHiN-gx Fansubs is going to remaster Full Moon wo Sagashite? I mean, remaster ALL of it? If you did, well, yeah, that was a failure mainly because of uh… Uh… I got lazy. I’m making this post because we are still doing the darn thing.

What is Full Moon wo Sagashite?

12-year-old orphan Mitsuki Kouyama is a talented singer who dreams of becoming a singer, but she is afflicted with sarcoma, which is curable only through a surgery that could ruin her vocal cords, and destroy her ability to sing. The tumor in her throat already affects her ability to breathe well and sing loudly. Her grandmother also hates music and is completely opposed to Mitsuki’s wish to audition. Mitsuki’s dreams seem impossible to achieve, until one day she is visited by two shinigami, whom only she could see. The shinigami, Takuto and Meroko, inadvertently tip Mitsuki off that she has only one year left to live.

I really love this show. Heck, it’s one of my all-time favorite shows. Sure, the first half is generic, the VA for Mitsuki is a newbie and the songs got a little repetitive, but once you get past those and got to know more of the characters, the second half is a damn good roller coaster ride. It’s very emotionally packed for a kids’ show and I never cried in a kids’ show since The Story of Perrine. Yes, I am that old. The music is very, very good as well. MYCO, your songs are… are.. Don’t make me listen to this song again. The memories… The tears… ;_;

Current Situation

We have the first few episodes and we have to encode them into the recent 10-bit format. My biggest problem right now is handling the DVD sources. You see, the quality of the files I have are horrible. There are like a ton of broken/bad frames and fixing them is pretty annoying. They are doable, but there are some scenes that are impossible to fix because they have no duplicate good frames for me to use. Below screen shot is an example of a bad frame with no good duplicate.

Full Moon wo Sagashite - 01
I’m not sure if the ISOs I got were badly ripped or the original source is poor in quality, so if you happen to have a copy of the DVDs, please let me know. If the ISOs were badly made, then we either look for a different source or purchase the DVD boxset ourselves. You can help lighten the burden by donating.

Reviving Full Moon

We will begi—resume this April after Sakura Trick. I want to restrict the project to 2-4 people because having more people complicates things. So far I haven’t talked to our Typesetter Calyrica if she’s interested in typesetting Full Moon and I haven’t really talked to our editor nx0 if he’s interested. I might put a recruitment add if I’m having trouble finding help.

I guess that’s about it. If you got any questions, please feel free to write in the comment section.

—SHiN