true tears 06

true tears

Oh god, the cat has left the bag. Sometimes I hate how right I can be.

Despite Ai-chan’s protests, Shinichiro opens the door for Miyokichi, who gets excited seeing the half-complete sweater. Ai gets visibly irritated and kicks them both out. Walking back in the rain, Shinichiro reproaches Miyokichi for being busy the last weekend, to his surprise. Back at the store, Ai-chan reminisces on how she got together with Miyokichi under Shinichiro’s persuasion.

The next day at school, Hiromi is publicly approached by Jun, who asks her to meet him at a park nearby after school. This becomes a hot topic, and Shinichiro is visibly irritated, walks out alone to the lunch spot. Noe appears and shares her bentou with him, and he chomps it down with a sour face. When Noe reprimands him for not enjoying the food, he tells her to leave him alone, as he’s confused when he’s with her. Noe tries to stop him from leaving but fails, getting his belt as a “souvenir” in the process.

Hiromi meets Jun at the park and he asks her for a date the upcoming Sunday. Commenting it might snow, he asks her if she likes it, and she replies… “I like it…but I hate it too.” Jun replies cryptically with, “It’s hard when you love someone to the point of breaking.”

Back at home, Hiromi has a flashback of a snowy day where she is at the Nakagami’s household and she is told something shocking by Mrs. Nakagami, and after that day she has hated the snow. Hiromi’s thoughts are interrupted by Shinichiro’s arrival. She tells him about Jun’s invitation and leaves angrily after that.

Sunday arrives and Hiromi leaves for her date. Jun is also leaving, and spots Noe holding a belt and he’s taken aback when she says it’s Shinichiro’s, but is relieved when she says she is holding on to it for a while. Noe asks where is Jun going and he replies it’s a date, sparking her curiosity, but it’s dampened when he says it’s with Hiromi.

Hiromi and Jun watch a movie on their date, with Hiromi commenting that it’s the first time she’s watching one with a guy. Jun explains about their family situation and says it has always been him and Noe together until he understands her feelings clearly… even the ones that she herself doesn’t realise yet.

Miyokichi and Ai are also on a date that day, with Miyokichi deciding to buy a sweater for her. He chooses one but Ai refuses and storms off. Miyokichi explains that he wanted to buy a better looking one for her, since Shin’s choice was a bit plain. Ai tells him that it wasn’t his choice, but something that he picked up for a look, so she decided to buy it. Miyokichi dawns on realization and he’s taken aback by it.

Hiromi and Jun’s date end with him sending her back. Jun asks her to tell Shinichiro to hurry up with Noe, and when Hiromi inquires why, he replies that they’re both going out, putting her in a state of shock. Jun takes the chance to touch her face, but she snaps out of it in time.

Later at night, Hiromi is helping out on the computers when Mrs. Nakagami enters and tells her to take care of her conduct, since she’s been coming back with a guy lately. Hiromi bursts out for the first time, saying that it is because that she’s her mother’s daughter that’s she’s suspected like that. Hiromi tells her that she hasn’t forgotten that incident, not even once. The heated exchange is overheard by Shinichiro and he asks his mother why is Hiromi treated so badly.

Hiromi storms out from the room and catches Hiromi at the courtyard. Hiromi reveals that Shinichiro might be her brother, to his shock. Hiromi runs back to her room, crying. Shinichiro goes in to one of his “picture book” phases, saying that the tears left behind by the girl who left was so deep, that he feels crushed by it.

The episode ends with Noe, cooking with Shinichiro’s belt tied around her.

Yes. My theory is proven correct, but sometimes, I really do hate it when I am proven right. /me sighs. Somewhere in my heart, I wanted my theory to be proven wrong :(.

In any case, the tension of the series has truly risen up, with bubbling feelings reaching the simmering point and the shocking revelations made in this episode.

There is still an uncertainty to the truth of Hiromi’s statement of her being Shin’s sister, but undoubtedly, this will definitely put a stopper towards both their burgeoning feelings for each other, with Shin realizing what burden that she had been carrying for the past year or so (or since that day when Mrs. Nakagami revealed it).

Coincidentally, the situation is also similar somewhat to Jun, since he has hinted that he has a deep love for Noe, which could transcend more than just feelings of sibling love. Jun has also proven himself to be rather perceptive to the feelings of Hiromi, perhaps in part because they share the same situation as well.

Noe, meanwhile, provides the comedy and comfort of this episode, especially with the belt. But god damn, that scene of her cooking with the belt wrapped around her just had some really (but probably intended) bad timing. Yet, she herself is still clueless on her true feelings for Shinichiro.

Lastly, the development between Ai-chan and Miyokichi is expected and it does throw another spanner in to the works. I wonder how will Miyokichi accept the news and Ai-chan’s true feelings that are not for him, but for Shinichiro instead.

In any case, the next episode will prove to be an interesting one, based on the preview of Noe and Hiromi duking it out, Noe crying and Ai with Shinichiro together.

14 Comments

  1. ShadowFang Said,

    February 10, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    After I watched it, I don’t think Jun has a sister complex … maybe it’s just brotherly love? But then again, I could be wrong.

    Hiromi and Shin should still be together even if they’re half-siblings because they’re better off than Shin X Aiko or Shin X Noe in my opinion. I think Noe is the one that leads everyone into the right direction or something, also something I picked out from the ending song how Noe’s in front. Just a random assumption.

    Anyway, I think Jun might later on start liking Hiromi or become somewhat close to her due to their similar situation, and he might admit his true feelings for his dear sister to her. Then she might build the confidence to be with Shinichirou despite their sibling relationship.

    I really liked this episode and I agree that Noe’s part in the end was kinda random and ruined the “OMFG” mood for me. I don’t think Hiromi’s really Shinichirou’s half-sister though … something’s up. Lawls, I hoped for siscon from Jun … it would be so cool if he had feelings for Noe … it’s anime, so anything can happen and I don’t really care if there’s siscon … just not in real life, that’s all.

  2. Chumara Said,

    February 10, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

    Man I cannot wait too see this now, hell I always am impatient to see the next ep of this, never ceases to amaze me.
    I do hope that Hiromi and Shin are mistaken by that sibling possibility though cause then either there’d just be Noe or Ai for him or the go incest on us or something and that’d be weird.
    Then again if she isn’t his sister, then thats just one more step towards a harem type situation that I hate to see great shows die with, ie. School Days IMO.
    Whatever, I still have high hopes for this show and I love every minute of it.

  3. Runningkid Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 3:39 am

    hmm.. interesting, especially the possibility of being blood related since forbidden relationships are always “epic”. Even if they are half siblings, true love won’t stop there!

  4. EmOtakuVu Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 4:15 am

    I had a similar theory as well regarding Hiromi and Shin’s “relativity”. I have to agree that it’s hardly set in stone as truth that they are indeed half-siblings. Part of me could totally see Shin’s mom telling Hiromi that just as a mean spirited way of keeping her away from Shin romantically. There is also the chance that Shin’s mom is mistaken about her husband’s possible tryst and the whole thing is just completely a huge misunderstanding. I have a feeling Shin’s dad is gonna serve as the big source of clarification at some point down the road.

    I guess this episode, combined with the previous one, makes it pretty clear how Hiromi really feels towards Shin. I never quite felt it appropriate for her to be upset at Shin for trying to set her up with Noe’s brother, since all he was doing was expressing his love for her in a way he thought she would want, since in his mind he was out of the game. She was the one that made him think her eye was somewhere else after all.

    I’m wondering how the Jun/Noe relationship will work out now too. If the accuracy of the subtitles are to be believe, Jun referred to “his” grandmother and “his” father etc. rather than “our”. Perhaps I’m overanalyzing, but maybe Noe isn’t blood related to him. Maybe it’s one of those situations where his family took her in at a young age or something. That might explain his conflict, he loves her as more than a sister, but his love for her also prevents him from taking advantage of that since he knows she does not think the same way. Pure speculation at this point of course.

    I’m glad that Ai finally gave Miyokichi some idea of her true feelings, though he probably already had an idea, though was probably in denial about it. Seeing that he brought her all her favorite snacks, her comment about being an idiot might be a hint that her mind is finally starting to give Miyokichi some real chance, at least a little bit. Gotta say, why is it the second string guy in these series usually turn out to be so much more appealing guys than the lead? Either way, I hope those two make it when it’s all said and done.

    Next episode should be interesting. I guess Noe will finally start to realize her true feelings, Hiromi might decide to continue to fight blood relation be damned, and maybe Ai will finally have her infatuation with Shin cast aside by harsh reality. I can’t wait to see cause at this point, practically all roads are open for how this will turn out!

  5. ShadowFang Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 5:13 am

    I sure do hope Jun and Noe aren’t related

  6. JohnG Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 6:10 am

    Reminds me of a news story I read recently where two twins separated at birth ended up married but then found out that they were you know… twins. How terrible for Hitomi to be in love with Shin practically her whole life and then finding out something like that, and then having to live with him afterwards. What we need here is a paternity test :P

  7. Zzz... Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 6:42 am

    It’s really funny how so many people, after Hiromi’s parentage came out (yes I’ll admit it’s not set in stone but I see no reason for Nakajima-mum to lie about that point, it is after all her best weapon and one best used honestly), either want to dismiss it off hand or ignore it as non-consequential. Hell yes it has a lot of bearing on relations all around.

    It also amuses me how Jun, who I described before as creeptastic and I still think so, is the only one that’s responding to the issue correctly. Who would have thought…

    Also this episode truly revealed how much sheer utter suckage Aiko embodies. Die.

    Well this is the second series this week to offer some truly compelling reasons for the conflicts taking place. I just hope that True Tears can resolve the issues in a more compelling and believable manner than that other example. *cough* H2O *cough*

  8. EmOtakuVu Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 8:13 am

    Ha, I have to agree with you on the H2O viewpoint Zzz.., to think so much animosity and ill-will could be deflated so quickly…bleh.

    I certainly don’t disregard Hiromi and Shin’s potential blood relation as a minor thing, quite the contrary, it’s huge. Shin gets some insight into Hiromi’s past behavior, but also gets a big kick in the face regarding his own feelings for her up to this point, I’m sure the internal conflict must be something. Whether it turns out to be true or not, the damage or changes it causes right now are inescapable. Hiromi and Shin’s interactions will be fundamentally different from now on.

    It’s interesting to see how this series is shaking out into various pairs of unrequited or unobtainable love. Ai for Shin, Miyokichi for Ai, Jun for Noe (arguably), Noe for Shin (though she doesn’t realize it herself and he hasn’t really even thought about it), and of course Hiromi and Shin (in both directions). Gonna be real interesting to see how they pull this all together.

    And I don’t hate Ai at all, sure she’s not being honest with herself or Miyu, but she’s not a bad person, just conflicted. I’m rooting for her and Miyu, she’s a spunky gal and I like that!

  9. anon Said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

    tl;dr!

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    February 11, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

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  11. Owned4eva/PhAzEsHiFt Said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 1:37 am

    Man Miyokichi’s Reaction Was Truly A Painful One…..
    And Lawl At The Ending Scene With Noe Wearing Shinichiro’s Belt XD

  12. TheBigN Said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

    “Also this episode truly revealed how much sheer utter suckage Aiko embodies. Die.”

    That’s kind excessive. But I think you could see how she felt about Shinichiro from what we saw in episode one. This wasn’t a surprise to me, but it sucks for both Miyokichi and Aiko.

  13. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

    God.. I really hate all this mindless mudslinging. Is it really that cool? If you back it up with valid reasons, it’s fine. But just randomly saying “xxx sucks. die” is just lame.

  14. DrmChsr0 Said,

    February 15, 2008 @ 3:36 am

    Kuro: It could mean they are good at oral :P

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