Mitsuki is a 12 year old girl who's only dream is to become a pop idol, so she can be seen by the one she loves, but she has a sarcoma which needs surgery that could damage her vocal cords. When she sees two shinigami (death gods) who say she only has a year to live she's desperate for her dream to come true. Since she wasn't supposed to know she was going to die the shinigami make an agreement with her. They will let her transform into a healthy 16 year old version of her self to try and become a singer as long as she doesn't fight them when it comes her time to die. Will on year be enough to become a singer and reach her lost love?
Takuto: A shinigami in training, it was his idea to allow Mitsuki the chance to become a singer, though he did not expect her to succeed. At first he doesn't remember his life as a human, but as he does, he feels even more drawn to Mitsuki. I find Takuto to be a completely adorable character. He's a nice guy, though a little rough around the edges, and he had trouble dealing with his grown feelings for Mitsuki, especially knowing that he and his partner will be the ones to take her life.
(Image is of Meroko and Mitsuki)
I originally watched the 52 episode anime and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed the sound track as well as the story. When I first tried to read the manga I got a poorly translated scanlation, and was confused, but I loved the anime so much that I gave it a second try. I am so glad that I did, because I loved the story in the manga as much as the anime. While the story in both is similar (Mitsuki is dying in a year, and wants to become a singer to reach Eichi, so she gets the shinigami to help her). Much of the rest of the story is differento. The story in the manga is perhaps darker and sadder in a lot of ways, and there is aslo more connection and character back stories. I adore both versions of this story and think that if you like one version you should look at both. If you are interested in Japanese pop idols, this story might be interesting to you. If you are like a cute romance, this one might also be for you.