Moonlight Mile (manga)

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Moonlight Mile
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The logo of Moonlight Mile
(Mūnraito Mairu)
GenreScience fiction
Written byYasuo Ōtagaki
Published byShogakukan, Inc.
MagazineBig Comic Superior
Original run20002011
Anime television series
Directed byIku Suzuki
Produced byTsuneo Takechi
Kenta Takiguchi
Kazuo Shimizu
Tokuji Hasegawa
Written byAkinori Endō
Music byKan Sawada
StudioStudio Hibari
Licensed by
Original networkWOWOW
Original run February 4, 2007 May 26, 2007
Anime television series
Moonlight Mile 2nd Season - Touch down
Directed byIku Suzuki
Produced byTsuneo Takechi
Kenta Takiguchi
Kazuo Shimizu
Takayoshi Takeuchi
Written byAkinori Endō
Music byKan Sawada
StudioStudio Hibari
Original networkWOWOW
Original run September 13, 2007 December 13, 2007
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Moonlight Mile (ムーンライトマイル, Mūnraito Mairu) is a manga by Yasuo Ōtagaki, which was also adapted into an anime television series. The manga was published by Shogakukan, while the anime was directed by Iku Suzuki and animated by Studio Hibari. The first episode of the anime aired on Japan's WOWOW satellite network in a special advance broadcast on February 4, 2007. The regular broadcast schedule began on March 3, 2007.

The story follows a pair of mountain climbers who decide to become astronauts. Ōtagaki says, in the preview special of the anime, that his goal in writing the story was to create a realistic space drama that features the political elements involved in modern space missions. Ken Noguchi, a professional mountain climber, provided inspiration to the creators of Moonlight Mile for their depictions of ascending Mount Everest.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Gorou Saruwatari and Lostman are mountain climbers who have ascended some of the highest mountains around the world. At the peak of Mount Everest, they see the ISA Space Station in the sky above and become determined to go into space. At the same time, ISA begins a program to research and obtain a new energy source which has been discovered on the moon. Gorou and Lostman attempt to join the program through different approaches: Lostman becomes a pilot and Gorou takes a job as a construction worker.



The anime is split into two seasons. The first season, Lift off, is composed of 12 episodes airing from March 3, 2007 to May 26, 2007. The second, Touch down, is composed of 14 episodes airing from September 13, 2007 to December 13, 2007.

Episodes Season 1[edit]

# Title Original air date
01"To Beyond the Sky"
"Sora no mukou he" (宇宙の向こうへ)
February 4, 2007 (2007-02-04)
Gorou and Lostman are inspired to become astronauts after seeing the ISA Space Station from the peak of Mount Everest. They set out in different ways to achieve that goal.
02"Neverending Dream"
"Hatenaki yume" (果てなき夢)
March 10, 2007 (2007-03-10)
03"Last Swing"
"Rasuto suingu" (ラストスイング)
March 17, 2007 (2007-03-17)
04"Desert's Oath"
"Sabaku no chikai" (砂漠の誓い)
March 24, 2007 (2007-03-24)
05"From the Streets of the Star"
"Hoshi no machi kara" (星の街から)
March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31)
April 8, 2007 (2007-04-08)
April 14, 2007 (2007-04-14)
08"Returning Alive from Track"
April 21, 2007 (2007-04-21)
09"Moon Walker"
April 28, 2007 (2007-04-28)
10"Current of Doubt"
May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)
11"The Data Which is Altered"
May 19, 2007 (2007-05-19)
12"Star Fighter"
May 26, 2007 (2007-05-26)

Episodes Season 2[edit]

# Title Original air date
01"Moving Out to Space"
"Ugokidashita Uchuu" (動き出した宇宙)
September 13, 2007 (2007-09-13)
02"Memories of the Viola"
"Omoide no Viola" (思い出のヴィオラ)
September 20, 2007 (2007-09-20)
03"A Hero's Return"
"Eiyuu no Kikan" (英雄の帰還)
September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)
04"Cold War Resumes"
"Reisen Futatabi" (冷戦再び)
October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04)
"Hoshi no machi kara" (ドッグファイト)
October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11)
06"Rocket Boys"
October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18)
07"Twelve Pioneers"
"Juuninen Kaitakusha" (12人の開拓者)
October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25)
08"Orion's Shield"
"Orion no Tate" (オリオンの盾)
November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
09"Maggie's SHOW"
"Migi's show" (マギー'S SHOW)
November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08)
November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15)
11"Guardian of the Sky"
"Tenkuu no Shougosha" (天空の守護者)
November 22, 2007 (2007-11-22)
12"Moon Base"
November 29, 2007 (2007-11-29)
13"Tears of the Moon"
December 6, 2007 (2007-12-06)
14"My Sweet Home"
December 13, 2007 (2007-12-13)


Licensing in the United States[edit]

ADV Films acquired the license for U.S. distribution of Moonlight Mile on July 21, 2007 for $156,000.[2] This was announced at Otakon 2007. The series began its US DVD release on March 3, 2008 and the third and final volume came out on 05/20/2008. A box to hold all three volumes was released with the second volume. As it is currently known, only the first season LIFT Off has been licensed for a North American release. In July 2008, the anime became one of over 30 ADV titles transferred to Funimation.[3]


  1. ^ Yasuo Ōtagaki, Ken Noguchi (2007). Moonlight Mile Interview Special! (Television special). Japan: WOWOW.
  2. ^ "ADV Court Documents Reveal Amounts Paid for 29 Anime Titles - News". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  3. ^ Anime from FUNimation Entertainment - THE BEST IN ANIME Archived 2008-07-10 at the Wayback Machine

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