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Gekkou, or “Moonlight”, is about the peculiar relationship between a cynical boy and a perfect girl.

Said cynical boy is Nonomiya who spends day in day out in boredom, taking refuge from his dull life in his imagination. One fateful day, he happens upon the notebook of the much-rumored beauty Youko Tsukimori, neglected on the ground. Poking out from it is a scrap of paper with the unexpected title “Murder Recipe”. His interest ignited, he immediately stuffs it into his pocket, only to find out the promising recipe contains nothing but scenarios that may or may not lead to deadly accidents, not even worthy of being called a plan.

When he tentatively asks her about it the next day, she hasn’t lost anything. But then her father dies. An accident…

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Katsono rated it
September 2, 2016
Status: --
Be aware that if we were only talking about literature, without taking into consideration how the prose is intentionally light and the whole light novel culture, I am unsure of what grade I would give this book. But nonetheless, my enjoyment of it was true no matter what I treat this work as.

Be it out of boredom or some slight interest accompanied by hope, I've been reading many Japanese light novels throughout the years. Having grown up with literature classics, I did mind the simplistic writings of these and how... more>> crude they could often be. I've only been seldom pleased by light novels, and there are only four cases I can quote, two of which should perhaps not count. The first such novel I ever enjoyed was No.6, but as far as I know it is not counted as a light novel and the only reason I would mention it is because it is related to mangas and annexed on mangaupdates. The second one is Rakuin no Monshou but I only thought it succeeded at what the others failed and not at light literature. The third would be many Chinese and a few Korean novels for they have great story telling and such, but I like to think of them as another type of literature, and not really different from classics such as Xi Youji (A Journey to the West). But then, the morning of the day I am writing this review, I wished to check novelupdates for opinions of others on a certain Korean novel with moonlight in its title, and through my search of this single world I got to know Gekkou. And here ends my trip through Japanese light novels, for I have finally found a precious ore among mud.

I do happen to read even books simply because of their covers, and in this case it had both a nicely drawn and attractive cover along a really intriguing title, Gekkou meaning Moonglight. I had to check it and I did so eyes closed, without even reading its synopsis lest I would spoil myself my new discovery. I was not disappointed.

Gekkou is satisfying from the get go. Who among light novel mongers hasn't seen that stereotypical beginning with an ordinary school day, a protagonist complaining about his boring life, his friends and such, yet why does this novel make it different ? Simply because it's well written, and this is why I proclaim it as true light literature ! It's not just the rant of a lambda bored highschooler, it's about a being put into more words than that, it's about a life that's not limited by the word boring, and dialogues which aren't one sided from the author.

Narrated through the protagonist's cynical point of view, Mamiya Natsuki tells us a mystery story I found extremely great and refreshing, bringing originality even among western polars for I have never seen a similar story. The novel is the length of a typical book, being only a volume long, and while I do feel saddened at how there's neither any continuation or other work from the author, it certainly was the perfect length to conclude such a story, making it way greater than novels lasting tenth of times longer.

The words used are not complicated, the descriptions don't take much place, yet they are here when needed and they do manage to embellish the novel without making it any harder to read. The main character's thoughts are easy to follow and to relate to, but at the same time they are his own and can be doubted or disagreed with. Being a mystery novel, it of course manages to keep the reader intrigued about the events and ends things in a more than satisfying way. And what it does even better than mystery is its romance between the two main characters. For I who never liked that genre in books, this is certainly a first. The opposition between the main character and the heroine brings at the same time a special relation between them, but the enmity and doubt present all along makes it really interesting and the outcome hardly known without reading through the whole thing. Their interactions really couldn't be any better.

I'm truly glad to have found Gekkou, and I enjoyed it very much, maybe more than I should have. Be it the characters or the story, I liked them all and it had a great impact on me. Still, if it leaves the bitterness of finishing a good work, there's none of the unsatisfaction of a bad ending, or a not so good work. Still, it's unpleasant to know that, when eight out of ten people got a prize, this author didn't, although fortunately he was published, and that we haven't yet seen anything else from him apart from a Persona 4 fanwork.

Like another reviewer had said, Gekkou should be the first title to come when recommending light novels. And I don't believe so only because it's the most fitting but by far the best I've read and a memorable one. <<less
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ninish rated it
February 17, 2016
Status: --
This novel... is different. in an excelent type of way xD

awesome read. it's short, and is warranteed to surprise you.
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Sumire rated it
October 6, 2016
Status: Completed
Amazing novel, 10/10 on everything.

Not some mediocre characters, but someone that actually think and act like somewhat a normal human. Original plot with clever wording that exploits ours emotions. Humor was also blend in perfectly along side with romance and plot development.
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YellowFlash103 rated it
May 30, 2019
Status: Completed
I really like parts of it, but I read it hoping for good romance was was extremely letdown, fair warning to all!
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Garknight rated it
December 27, 2015
Status: --
If you love Mystery Novels then you're going to love this. Gekkou is a mystery-thriller novel where we follow the protagonist thoughts, perspective, and plans. The flow of the story is smooth giving it more of a tension atmosphere as you engrossed yourself with the plot. And as the plot thickens more mystery is being laid out. I can say for sure that it didn't waste my time.
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OrderedChaos rated it
June 9, 2017
Status: --
Found this a while ago on baka-tsuki (the good old times when I spammed the site for sao) when I couldn't find anything to read so I visited the old sidebar with all the translated novels A-Z. I went through it and found Gekkou.

I really don't need to say much about it other than the fact that I read this about 5 times due the fact that it was so well written (at my age at the time) and the fact that when I finished and looked for more things... more>> to read, not many came close when compared to Gekkou and I ended up rereading it, until I eventually discovered things aside from the JP ln scene. All in all, a diamond in the rough. <<less
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MarkMyWords rated it
October 25, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't really know how to describe this novel, but right now, I'll describe it as amazing.

Everyone maintains their personalities throughout the course of the story, the mystery aspect is decent, the comedy is fine (I didn't laugh though), and the romance isn't anything special but nonetheless enjoyable. The FL is kind of overpowered though, giving the "all part of my master plan" feeling.

The words were imbued with emotion, making me feel sad, mad, or happy at times. Although, most of the time I was just annoyed at the ML.

In... more>> all honesty, this left me wanting more material to read. The story (not plotwise) was just utterly staggering. <<less
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June 15, 2019
Status: Completed
I signed up to this website just to express my joy at how great this short story is. While it definitely ended, I am not at all left unsatisfied with its ending. Great story, interaction, plot, and characters. Romance too. Overall this just gets a 5 star rating from me. A definite recommendation for romance readers as the mystery helps immerse you in the story! It's also simple to read, and the relatibility is there. Quality short story. I would never ask for more.
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misa3012 rated it
May 16, 2018
Status: --
I like it. It is my favourite novel of all time. It is fun, a bit mystery, a bit adventure, a bit teenager, a bit comedy, and generally easy to read and short. It feels very much like the detective games we played when we were in elementary schools, every time something interesting happened such as the mood changes of the teacher, the hole in someone's clothes, etc. Very predictable, but I think based on the way the author phrases it, it seems that s/he deliberately does it this way.... more>> 5 stars, mostly because of the nostalgia. <<less
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EvilGenesis666 rated it
October 30, 2017
Status: Completed
As a very short novel, it did it's job pretty good. U shouldn't expect the characters to be extremely developed neither can you expect much of their backstories shown as the novel is short, but the mystery aspect of it was amazing as well as the interaction between the characters, especially between the male and female lead, it also depicted the characters as realistically as possible. Unfortunately, I can't rate it 5 stars, since I'm not a very big fan of mystery novels but it's a nice refreshment after all... more>> those mindless deus ex machinas from fantasy novels. <<less
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clowred rated it
March 8, 2017
Status: Completed
A short and very surprising novel. It dealt surprisingly well with both the childhood friend which in almost all novels becomes the shackles that blocks the progress of the plot and at the same it managed to bring the love interest in a way that made it impossible to discern what was hidden behind the unusual confession. Perfection brought to the absolute and imperfection brought down to the elemental sins. Sloth and Divinity. But then again, this novel tried from the beginning to put some question marks in both Nonomiya... more>> and Tsukimori's personalities. These questions marks grew bigger and bigger as misfortune seemed to get closer to Tuskimori's family. Only the ending made it possible to catch a glimpse of the true nature of Nonomiya and Tsukimori, and only because the last photo.
A novel that managed to bring something closer to the ideal while dealing with imperfection and false appearance. If you want something short and enjoyable, read it. <<less
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I_UwU_I rated it
September 14, 2019
Status: --
I can see that the author really put his/her thoughts on his/her craft. I could say that the this novel is perfect for me. The only thing I would complain is it is very short, it is very short to the fact that I finished this novel within 2 hours. And after reading this short novel it gives you a hangover that makes you feel empty after because you keep wanting for more. Good job author I am really looking forward to the time that your works gets animated.
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Jadin rated it
January 22, 2019
Status: Completed
I enjoyed this a lot. I usually don't enjoy shorter stories but it was just really good. Although in the end some questions were not answered, I like it better that way.
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caffeine_and_salt rated it
September 15, 2017
Status: Completed
This one is good. I really enjoyed it. It's not flawless of course. I have few problems with it:

    1. Some predictable stuff like...

      i knew from the start that this murder recipe is a trap of some sort (it happened to be Youko's way to get closer to MC). There's no way reader wouldn't think about it. So from this scene I wasn't thinking what this recipe is about and all of this crap, but why she decided to show it to him.

    2. Inconsistancy (for the lack of better word) in... MC smartness/s*upidity

      the scene when the next day he was like "hey, looking for something?" - oh, so much cringe just for itself... And by the end "but when did you realized that I have this murder recipe?" - ooohhh, the cringiest cringe. You f**ing told her yourself, you idiot, so even if she really happened to lose this recipe by some misfortune, you just told her "hey, i've found something that belongs to you"

    3. Spoiler

      Kind of overpowered main female character. She is like some female Moriarty or whatever. Hahaha, it was planned all along! - kinda like that, but without "hahaha, it was planned all along" actual line

      Had to hide it under the spoiler, cause that's what it is even if you try to express it in vague words or maneer.
Now, besides that, everything is really enjoyable. I had fun reading.

4 stars, one cup of coffee and a couple of cringes. Quite good!
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October 17, 2021
Status: Completed
A masterpiece of peculiarity. It's short and the ending is not as conclusive as some may like, but it manages to be satisfying. I love the wine and orange juice metaphors, so applicable to real life.
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v.o.i.d rated it
June 20, 2021
Status: Completed
This story is kind of 4.3/5.

It isn't possible to write mysteries that readers can never guess unless author intentionally hides key point which is just bad writing or a plot not meant to be guessed which isn't intriguing for readers to begin with. Keeping that in mind, this novel gives you most of the required information to make conjectures early on. Then, it does a great job of making you doubt your guesses repeatedly. You feel like you understand it now, but the plot's direction keeps you speculating and denying... more>> your own hypothesis, which comes off as solid writing to me.

Plot is relatively good and causes your body to release the right hormones at the right times. So 4.5/5

Characters are good, not great. 4/5

All lead characters (ML, FL, Konan) of this novel are characterized to be 'unique' because they are bored with life, and their only avenue of entertainment is to f*ck with people around them. This recycling of nature on 3 out of 4~5 characters of the novel is kind of meh.

FL is supposedly perfect and blah blah, quite the cliché (don't care, don't mind), but her mental state is in a deplorable condition if one looked from the other angle.


She was raised by some non-ideal parents, which led her to become estranged from them over the years and lack some common sense when growing up.

She knows how to please everyone, and she knows what to respond to and when to respond. She isn't mean or intentionally malicious to people that are being spiteful to her. Still, she is indifferent towards familial relationships and is very proactive in murdering her own mother. The latter cherished her daughter (at least much more than her husband).


ML is a prideful person with an attitude that doesn't necessarily put women on a pedestal. Usual Japanese 'high-school' literature seems to portray males to be lowly creatures that should take anything coming from a beautiful girl to be a godsend, and be grateful about it. ML here is just the opposite and is pretty much needlessly rude plenty of the time to show off his differences to the above-mentioned norm.


His actions seem like he's being protective of his ideology and is prideful, but if you peer closely, he is just impolite, which is happily accepted by FL, blame for her masochistic tendencies.

He is mostly a narcissist that considers himself to be unique and sub-consciously maintains that image by continuously self-deluding himself that he is mentally superior to his adversaries.


All this is not to say that characters are bad; it's to say that they have their own pros/cons, which makes it all the more interesting to read (even if their development is disagreeable morally).

Ending 4/5


Like I said previously, FL is seriously mentally ill. Still, her omniscience and pro-active romantic advances are a fatal attraction to ML towards the end. Allowing him to effectively gloss over the fact that she had no issue killing two individuals she had been living with for ages for a reason: 'I felt like it'. Just because she was beautiful and was romantically interested in him, he denied his caution and detested for killers that he had in the beginning.

This was a bit of pooper for me as I don't like patronizing criminals, beautiful or not. But that's just me; I guess since a romance ending with FL going to jail/dead is just not going to work.


Anyway, it was a queer and enjoyable ending if you removed ethics and morals from the equation.

There's a lot more depth in the novel, and worth a read, but since it uses gimmicks like: all characters are bored and seek interesting things in life, psychologically immature reasons for plot progression, it couldn't match up to the greatness of novels like Lord of the Mysteries. LotM builds up the mystery, thrill over world setting and multiple ideas instead of singular ideologies like in this novel. I understand this is a short novel and shouldn't expect everything, hence: 4.3/5.

All these odd characters and their interactions build up to few hours of reading with sufficient intrigue and thrill. <<less
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DableUTeeF rated it
November 5, 2020
Status: --
A story for those who think "I'm adult so I must read smart novel".

The mystery is naive. Romance is probably the only thing keep me reading.

Author wants to make a smart adult character but failed miserably as all he can do is make that character talks as annoying as possible and said "I'm adult".

... more>> And next line, it's not normal to lose both parent in such a short time so I suspect her murder one of them?, That's the most s*upid line I've ever read for a long time.

20% of the text is pointless talk of said "adult", maybe to make him look smart or something?

If you love having bad guys doing villain laugh and speak evil just to be miraculously killed by protagonist after a heroic grand speech then this might be a good story for you.

But if you think that's childish then use your time on something else. <<less
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Tampj rated it
April 12, 2020
Status: v1c10
I have to register to be able to tell how overrated this story is. Although the story makes to want to see through the end, it was boring throughout the story, and on top of that the ending does not satisfied how the story built up. The characters of both MC and heroine are also too vague, especially the MC, his character is not in any way lovable.
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WelpThatsit rated it
March 31, 2020
Status: v1c6
(I'll start with "I suck at reviews.") I got excited at first since MC wasn't the classic bland, dense Protag that's easily taken advantage of and has no personality whatsoever. I had hope that Tsukimori was more mysterious than she actually is, that Gekkou would focus more on the mystery than the romance (romcom). Maybe I just got the wrong impression of the beginning of the story, an impression that was different from what the author intended. I dropped it at the end of chp 6 as the initial... more>> interest waned and the story started to feel bland, I skimmed a lot around there. While I like anime, I don't like classic anime tropes or tsukkomis that can be overused in JP LNs, or light novels that try to go for that 'anime' feel. It's most likely just not my taste, and some people might be able to tolerate that for a hopefully decent ending, but I don't have that kind of patience. Overall, it started interesting, but went to a 'classic romcom, ' and even though it may change later on, and I liked some dialogue, I can't force myself to continue.


Not a spoiler, kind of random, more like a slight suggestion if someone wants a decent JP LN without too many tropes or a romcom. "Kamisu Reina."

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LRC rated it
October 18, 2019
Status: short story 2
It's a really great novel, awesome mistery, all characters keep their personality. The FL is overpower but I really liked it.
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