Posted by psgels on 24 February 2008 with categories: True Tears


A relative quiet episode, but you can see where it builds up to. Shinichiro and Noe are now properly dating, and Hiromi and Noe’s brother also get a bit closer together this episode. Both Shinichiro and Hiromi hide with their partner, to forget about each other, but it’s apparent that this can’t go on forever.

Still, it’s been eight episodes, and I’m still not sure what Aiko is doing in this series. What can she offer, besides the role of a red herring that keeps popping up once in a while? Right now, if both she and Miyokichi were left out of this series, it wouldn’t have made any difference at all to how the rest of the main cast would have developed, and I’m missing a bit of interaction of Aiko with Noe and Hiromi. It would be interesting if in any of the following episodes, she actually met one or both of them.

In any case, this episode served its purpose well. The creators did a really good job to show how much Noe likes Shinichiro, and I liked how Shinichiro finally became happy again by hanging out with Noe, after all his worries of the past few episodes. What I’m hoping for the final episodes is that each of the three couples will get closer together, while sorting out their own feelings. I’m not really sure whether it’ll be good for this series to become some kind of love-variant of musical chairs.

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  1. Derek says:

    I think my favourite part of this series, apart from the visuals, is how natural everything has felt. There are still actions/decisions that are questionable, but mostly everything has occurred in such a way that makes you feel that is how they ought to have happened. I think a large part has to do with the attention and care that seems to have gone into the conversations between the characters.

    Then again, even School Days started believable enough…

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:40 PM)
    @Ninja: the thing about decisive factors is: you’re never going to find a single one. These things are always an amalgamation of various ecological, economic, political, environmental and cultural factors; but this is no excuse to write off the vast difference of military technology as not a major contributor.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:37 PM)
    So it seems that you both agree with my point that the African and the American campaigns were too different for one-to-one comparison.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:36 PM)
    @Bam Yes, I have read plenty of examples of European technology being used to devastating effect against pathetically under-equipped indigenous people. I have also read of many examples where that superior weaponry didn’t make a difference because the Europeans over-played their hands. Yes, the difference in technology was huge, but I don’t think it was the decisive factor in shaping the course of colonialism.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:32 PM)
    @adgm we are all educated about this.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    @Bam Africa is a vast continent and the people there were very spread out, with the exception being West Africa. So of course there would be little resistance. The resistance was thinned out.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    @Bam Europeans succeeded in taking control of the government, but ultimately, in most of Africa, they did not dominate the people in the sense that most Africans never stopped resisting colonialism and ultimately toppled it, in some cases by sheer force of arms. Most of the Americas have been utterly-dominated by Europe and the region has essentially been transformed into a pseudo-Europe.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:31 PM)
    And it doesn’t matter if you talked about it or not, a faulty assumption is false indeterminate of time. go read about an incident known as the “Massacre in the Main Temple” and see how a thousand people were massacred due to a little disinformation coupled with technological superiority.
  • afgm
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:30 PM)
    Where is all of this information coming from, btw? Does anyone here actually have primary sources for their claims? Or is this all speculation.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:27 PM)
    @Ninja: no they didn’t care as much in Africa since the environmental condition/resource balance was tipped in disfavor. Places like Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Aouth Africa that were good for colonizations were pretty much settled with little resistance.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:23 PM)
    @Bam Although on the subject of weaponry an interesting distinction there is that while the stone and wood weapons used by the Indigenous Americans were extremely effective against soft targets, they had a tough time against European Armor. African Iron spears had no such problem, and the reason for that will be obvious to anyone who has handled iron.

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