Are you looking for anime to cry to? Do you want to think that after about 30 episodes of hopeful bliss that characters will end up happy together forever? Well… in this case, there are multiple answers to that question and I won’t be spoiling anything, but just know you’ll be in for an emotional rollercoaster ride.
The first thing I have to say about this anime is that it’s very very very very different from the manga. The manga is about 7 books long, which could be covered in about 24 episodes, maybe even 30 if you really want to emphasize certain plot points. Please tell me why this series is 52 episodes long???!!! What else did they add in there? Literally the longest lead up to the saddest moment in the anime. At first I thought the anime was going to completely ignore the ending of the book and create its own little happy ending but no… they just made it sadder. How do you manage to make this anime sadder? It’s literally about a young girl who wants to grow up to be a singer but can’t because she has throat cancer. The sadness starts with the plot.
This is a pretty average shojo anime (sadder than most) so if you’re not into that kind of genre, you probably shouldn’t start this one unless that plot description was just so gripping you’re willing to cross genre boundaries.