Posted by psgels on 19 January 2008 with categories: True Tears


I must say that this episode was pretty amusing. Okay, we now know that the third girl likes Shinichiro as well, but that was of course to be expected. Noe’s antics proved to be quite interesting for this series to work with. We also learn that Noe has a brother (whom Shinichiro mistakes for her boyfriend), and she also forces the guy to give her a piggy-back ride by faking an injury. I especially liked how everyone reacted when the two entered the gymnastics-room in that way.

It seems that in terms of romance, Shinichiro and Hiromi both like each other, though Hiromi doesn’t want to admit it. At the end of this episode, we see Shinichiro overhear Hiromi say this, which leads to the cliff-hanger. I can see where Noe fits into the picture, but I’m not sure what Aiko can add to the scene. It would be interesting for her to go after Miyokichi in the later episodes, though. I really must praise the guy. Most “best friends” in similar series make me want to punch their eyes out, though Miyokichi has been really enjoyable up till now.

We also see a small flashback. It turns out that Hiromi has been living with Shinichiro’s family for quite a few years now, and it seems that she once got lost during a festival, and got helped by the younger Shinichiro. We indeed seem to be dealing with yet another childhood crush, though this one is so much better than the standard protagonist who meets a bunch of random girls in his past, and these girls end up still loving the guy even ten years afterwards.

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  1. jake says:

    Very well written characters. I think credit should be given to the writers & seiyuus. Its incredible how well the lines are delivered particularly Hiromi-seiyuu. Complicated character. Great ambient noise background. I’m seriously loving just the technical aspects of this anime. And the dialogue/reactions seem more cinematic then some of the other harem anime. Though story line fits more as slice of life/self-discovery with some romance than full harem.

  2. Deadlyrain says:

    Aiko will obviously be there to ruin the relationship between Miyokichi & Shinichiro. Since Miyokichi obviously is obsessed with Aiko, that when he sees her flirting with Shinichiro, he will get mad & ruin the whole “best friend” thing.

  3. marmot says:

    It’s ironic that things like faking the injury that make the character more ‘unlikeable’, in a sense, is the thing that makes it so promising. I’m sorta turning into a fanboy here which is worrying…

  4. AG says:

    Well, the piggyback thing is a bit of an anime cliche, but otherwise so far so good!

  5. Stripey says:

    “It turns out that Hiromi has been living with Shinichiro’s family for quite a few years now”

    Hiromi only moved in a year before after her parent(s) passed on in high school. It’s important detail because it was mentioned this ep that she sealed her previous relationship with Shin away after moving in.

    Just curious, do you catch this series raw? :)

  6. ShadowFang says:

    lol I’m praying for a shinXnoe ending!

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Stripey: yes, I do, so I indeed didn’t understand the episode perfectly. ^^;

  8. asdf says:

    no, at the end Hiromi admitted to liking number 4, aka Noe’s brother. that’s why she wanted to be friends with Noe, which answers the question from Shinichirou and Aiko’s conversation from this episode of who Hiromi was trying to get close to by befriending Noe.

    and Aiko is Miyokichi’s girlfriend
    http://www.truetears.jp/character/

  9. Stripey says:

    asdf: actually it’s quite the opposite. It’s a plot device to give credibility to Hiromi’s lie.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:58 PM)
    This leads me to ask, what historical people would you all think would make interesting servants in the grail war? Ones that haven’t been covered. What class would they cover?
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:22 PM)
    He wouldn’t be able to do much as an archer though, considering that it does not have presense concealment. But if he was summoned as a Assassin…hmmm…interesting.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 01:18 PM)
    @Bam, there is a sniper class. It’s called Archer. It’s just that the archers in fate/stay night and Zero are not typical Archers. The Archers from Fate/apocrypha are more like real archers. And they would give Simo Häyhä a run for his money. Though funny enough I think Simo may actually qualify to be summoned as a servent of the archer class. Wonder what his noble phantasm would be?..
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    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 10:31 AM)
    The cast of FS/N should thank the heavens that there’s no Sniper class, otherwise all the masters would’ve been wiped out without even knowing who the fuck is taking them out. Shout-out to my man Simo Häyhä AKA The White Death.
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    (Monday, Nov 24. 2014 07:46 AM)
    @K-off: I’ve seen you’re a fan of westerns have you come across this film or read the book it was based on?
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    Meh…feel no motivation right now to give darker than black, school rumble or full metal panic a second viewing…
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    Can’t believe I missed month ago that giovanni’s island was out, do love a good war drama but I wonder if I’ll bother with this one.
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    God damn Kokkuri-san is so fucking good. Wish I had time to write my damn reviews.
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    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
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    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.

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