Posted by psgels on 29 March 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, True Tears


Love triangles and myself don’t have the best relationship. They’re often predictable, usually get nowhere and really like to distract from the main point of a series. True Tears shows that things can be done differently, though. This series has really been built around a love-triangle, and somehow, it’s managed to avoid the pitfalls that has caused the demise of so many series.

The key is good scriptwriting. The series is originally based upon a visual novel, though the creators made the smart decision to just ignore the storyline and come up with their own. True Tears is a slow series, but because it’s slow, it’s able to really dive into the minds of its characters. The result delivers, because the characters in this series are deep.

This is one of these series where the characters and their intentions can’t be easily described in one sentence. A major theme of this series is sorting out your own feelings, and feelings like that aren’t that simple to describe. Shinichiro, our main male lead also keeps hopping from one girl to the other, making the viewer wonder about who he’ll end up choosing until the final episode. The side-characters also for once aren’t stereotypes. The best friend has an actual personality and his own problems, the main character’s father and mother play a big role in the series as well. There’s just one character whose role remains ambiguous throughout the series: Aiko. I’m still not sure what her purpose actually was.

The visuals are another reason to check out this series, because they look absolutely gorgeous. A lot of attention has been put in the animation, and you can see that this series has received a big budget to work with. Even though there are definitely better series, True Tears remains a worthy series of your time.

12 Responses

  1. Windspirit says:

    I think Aiko’s role in the story was to show that the hero isn’t a random harem lead who’s happy with whoever and seizes the opportunity to kiss any girl who’s interested in him. It’s just some boy who happens to have problems sorting his feelings between TWO girls.

  2. marmot says:

    While I liked it’s down to earth plot developments and loved the relationship between the guy’s parents which really feels authentic, it just felt like there wasn’t enough here for 13 episodes. That’s a shame because the director really created an interesting, and wholly believable, atmosphere.

  3. nahrub says:

    though i really like this anime, i still don’t get the reason behind shin’s mother crappy treatment towards hiromi. or am i the only one missing this?

  4. Westlo says:

    Okay this is just speculation since it involves a lot of reading in between the lines but I believe I’m close enough to be right. I think Shin’s mother went through a similar experience to Hiromi when she was younger.

    Shin = Shin’s Dad
    Hiromi = Shin’s Mother
    Noe = Hiromi’s Mother

    Remember how Shin’s mother (I wish she had a name….) cut out the head of Hiromi’s mother in that picture. Remember how she mentioned that Hiromi looked just like her and also had eyes that could seduce men. The latter line Hiromi used on Noe before realizing she was becoming like Shin’s mother was another clue imo.

    So Shin’s mother (who I have to say is hot) didn’t really hate Hiromi, she just hated Hiromi’s mother and you could say she transferred her hate onto Hiromi. Having a constant reminder of the woman you nearly lost your husband too must’ve been hard on her.

    I don’t think she honestly realized how much she was affecting Hiromi. She was shocked when Hiromi brought up the “You’re related to Shin” barb which was probably just a random dart she through in frustration, sadly for Hiromi it hit her heart.

    Episode 7 she tried to talk to her about it but got interrupted by Shin, from episode 9 onwards she treated Hiromi as an actual person and not “that persons” daughter. In the last episode at the scene from the 8 minute mark onwards I think she picked up that Hiromi was in a similar situation to her which caused the visit to her flat later on.

    Shin’s dads reaction to Shin’s question about when you cry was another hint, notice how Shin said that Noe made his heart waver which was the response Shin’s dad said.

    Anyway I haven’t read the rest of the Suki thread since yesterday (page 5) but I’m sure someone on their has posted something similar, but more well thought out and articulate.

  5. Papilo says:

    Hitomi won and i fell a little frustrated with this. I loved Noe since the start. Spontaneous, open heart and a little out of place, Shinichiro cried at the end because he knows that Noe deserves to be truly loved. But he can’t do it. But, I don’t fell the same tension in the last episode. It is hard to explain, I was expecting more. Well, overall that was a good anime to watch. =)

  6. nahrub says:

    @Westlo

    lol, i thought of the same thing few minutes after posted here n posted the same thing u did elsewhere. good to know that someone else had the same opinion.

  7. kirsten says:

    A GREAT series!

  8. AlexS says:

    This series was definitely a miss for me. Maybe I’m just not cut for this kind of shows. I found Clannad unbearable. True Tears is much better, but still… the characters seemed fake, the events that shaped their lives artificial, and their personality quirks shallow (the whole chicken thing never flew for me).

    I mean, I don’t mind the slew of clichés (sister-complex, harem, high-schoolers, cute girl living with clueless hero, even Hiromi wearing glasses during the last third of the series, etc…), it’s all fair game in the name of a good story. But please how about some deeper characters and less contrived situations?

    I don’t even ask more realistic characters. I would just be happy with a bit more depth in their development and behavior. And the short length of the anime is not even an excuse, most of my favorite shows are exactly of the same length.

    I’d really like to watch more good shounen romance series, but often it’s a disappointment. So far only Asatte no Houkou and Koi Kaze worked for me, which shows that I’m not really averse to stereotypes, if they are properly done.

    I really hope someone someday will finish Natsu no Sora fansubs, it looked promising,…

  9. Oya says:

    It was a nice one.

  10. acejem says:

    Ah True Tears. Probably my favourite seinen romance/drama anime outside of Makoto Shinkai movies. P.A. Works’ debut anime and in my opinion by far the best one. In comparison, Angel Beats was just a cash cow and part of the reason it’s popular is because it has “Key” branded on it.

    I do admit though that there were some problems with the plot pacing and direction, but almost every 12 episode anime has this so I can’t it completely. Making it a 24 episode anime wouldn’t have done it justice either because that would make it too dragged on. Too bad you can’t do something in between (say 16 episodes)

    Things that I loved about True Tears was the animation quality, which is just as good if not better than say Kyoto Animation, solid musical score and the general mature atmosphere, at least in comparison to say other seinen romance/series such as Clannad or the ef series. In fact, the more time goes by, the more I think Clannad is overrated, and how big of a cop-out ending After Story was.

    I was also one of the rarer Hiromi shippers, which is probably the reason why I enjoyed the show more than the average person. I really liked the way how the anime made Hiromi human, particularly how they portray her jealously, which is a real human emotion and they don’t overdo it either.

    Not to say Noe was a bad character either. In fact, she is probably one of the better “moe-blobs” (if you argue to even call her that) designed in a romance anime aimed at males.

    On another note, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming series Hanasaku Iroha. From the PVs, I’m getting a True Tears vibe in atmosphere, Toradora vibe in the number/cast of characters with a Honey and Clover vibe with the coming of age setting. Hopefully this turns out to be true. Also yay for it being 24+ episodes!

  11. The Dude says:

    The last few episodes of this anime i stopped watching because of all the angst. This anime has so much of it. If this anime didn’t switch back and forth between who he was going to end up with it would’ve been fine.

  12. summerberries says:

    I was expecting high standard since it is higher rating.

    I almost died watching the series (boring and “huh?” reaction). This series really for drama lover.I tried my best to clear all episodes since so many people rave about it. I still find true tears is painful to watch.

    If you are not drama lover, stay out. Don’t let the high rating lure you. I would go for honey clover.

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