true tears 08

true tears

Hiromi… T_T

Noe informs Jun the good news about her going out with Shinichiro, while back home, Shinichiro reminisces on the events of the past few days, from Hiromi’s shocker, his confession to Noe and Ai-chan’s kiss. The continuation of the kiss is seen from Ai’s POV; Shinichiro rejecting her feelings and promises to forget about the incident. Ai cries on remembering it.

Back to Shinichiro and Noe, their relationship is progressing well enough, and Shin even reveals the picture book of Raigomaru he is writing, which Noe loves, spurring him to write more.

On the other hand, Hiromi is having nightmares about their relationship. It’s a weekend, and Hiromi excuses herself for an outing, when Shin’s father tells her that she can tell him about any problems she has, as she’s part of the family already. Her spirits are brought down soon after, when Mrs. Nakagami spouts more rudeness about her resemblance to her mother.

She meets up with Jun, and says that she wants to go to a city without snow, but instead, Jun suggests them to play basketball, since it’s their only similarity. Jun suggests a free throw game of 3 rounds and whoever scores will get to answer the same amount of questions. Jun gives her a handicap, by shooting from the 3 point line, but Hiromi insists that he shoots from the center, prompting Jun to remark that she hates losing.

In the end, Hiromi scores twice, while Jun fails to get any points. The first question she asks him is “how many men has Noe been together before?” and she’s surprised to hear that Noe hasn’t had any relationships yet. This prompts Jun to point out that Hiromi has misunderstood Noe and he tells about how Noe was a crybaby but after an incident she became strong… yet she’s still fragile inside. Hiromi stands up and comments “Siscon” to Jun… causing him some shock.

The next question that Hiromi asks is “Why did you decide to go out with me?” and Jun explains everything candidly. This prompts some disbelief from Hiromi and she asks if one side splits will the other side split too, which Jun replies that it’ll be troublesome, so he’ll listen to what she says.

Noe and Shin, who are going out together, come to school as well on Noe’s suggestion. They bump in to Hiromi and Jun. Noe tells Hiromi that she’s changed her opinion of her, but Hiromi replies with the same hurtful words that Mrs. Nakagami used on her, and when she realizes that, she takes her leave. Jun takes off after her as well, and Hiromi reflects back that she couldn’t control her feelings. Jun replies by saying that if humans could control their feelings based on ideals, it would be a much easier world.

Hiromi returns home first and discovers the half-burned photo of her parents and the Nakagami’s. She confronts Mrs. Nakagami and says that she understands her position well… but that person is still her mother. Saying that coming to the Nakagami’s was a mistake, she apologizes for everything and runs off in to the night, as Mrs. Nakagami looks on with an expression of regret.

Hiromi runs towards the Isurugi’s and demands that Jun bring out his bike. Jun initially refuses, but Hiromi threatens him. Jun gives in and asks where she would like to go to, and she replies “A town where the snow doesn’t fall.” As they both head outside town, they pass by Noe and Shinichiro, surprising the both of them… つずく.

Another well-done episode of true tears. Hiromi’s drama just really keeps me in to this show.

Noe and Shin’s relationship is actually pretty cute to watch, and despite the many detractors of her, I find that her ability to heal people’s worries a positive trait rather than a “weird” one. In fact, I think I would be rooting for her, if I hadn’t already decided to support Hiromi all the way. Sure, she might be a little “weird” at the surface, but so far, she hasn’t done anything that actually hurts people directly. I find her eccentricities a breath of fresh air, and it’s not like she’s that far out gone to be troublesome or anything.

On the other hand, Hiromi continues to suffer under her burden of her love towards Shinichiro and the fact that she is possibly his sister, now added with the pain of seeing him go out with Noe. She does show a less gentle side of her this episode, towards Jun especially, and I do think that it was quite a good change of pace for her. It was cute seeing her tease Jun around, and especially when she calls him a “siscon”.

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Jun’s reaction to that was pretty priceless too. I think Stripey would’ve loved that.

Sadly, Hiromi is finally pushed to the edge, and her jealousy is definitely going to levels where she’s losing control over it, evidenced by her little outburst towards Noe. This however, does bring her to some level of realization as well, and I found it really painful to watch as she apologized to Mrs. Nakagami and ran off. I really feel for Hiromi for having to shoulder the sins of her parents generation.

Lastly, for Ai-chan. Too bad for her *shakes head*. I admire Shin for being straight out honest and rejecting her.


  1. asdf Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 5:41 am

    In all seriousness, Noe should stay with her brother

  2. Semtex Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 7:07 am

    I don’t like where this is going ‘preview’.

  3. semtex Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 7:13 am

    I don’t like where this is going, what the preview might indicate

  4. EmOtakuVu Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    I agree that Shin was atypically standup in being so direct and honest with Ai. In most other series, he probably would have hemmed and hawed and half-ass considered her before finally making any decision. Points to him for being direct.

    I’m loving the shear cuteness of Noe as she falls more and more in love with Shing, yet it makes me uneasy as that means that the crash will only be that much greater if or when Shin turns his eyes back on Hiromi. I’m still wondering just how much Shin genuinely likes Noe, or if his liking her is more a reflection of her intense like for him, him simply taking comfort and licking his wounds in the glow of a clear and reassuring affection.

    It was sweet to have Jun called out by Hiromi for his “siscon” I guess like and smell like (though the blood ties of either sibling pair is still quite in the air).

    The drama continues to deliver, can’t wait to see where it goes!

  5. JohnG Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 10:10 am

    Damn, the only thing that would hvae made the Jun-Hiromi convo better was if he had said “same to you.” It was kinda jarring for this kind of show to kill one of the paths (Ai) so quickly, which I think goes to show that Shin really is not a typical harem lead and his actions pretty much make sense and stem not from the weakness of his character but the difficulty of his situation. Clearly, even though we as viewers saw obvious hints of Ai’s feelings, Shin honestly could not see Ai in that light and so probably interpreted the signs as mere friendship, and once he was faced with the reality of the situation he stepped up immediately rather than gazing at his navel.

    It seems that the only one not in pain over the current couplings is Noe; obviously Hiromi is starting to fall apart and Shin seems to be trying to convince himself that he loves Noe. Jun came off as much less creepy this episode but it seems to me that he is in the same emotional state as Shin though it manifests itself as creepiness and detachment rather than emo brooding. Considering the messed up emotional states of Hiromi, Shin and Jun, I have a feeling that the preview is either not what we think it is, or something that Jun is going to shoot down. Of course if Hiromi does do something with Jin, I’ll predict that ep 10 is going to be about the emotional breakdown of Shin and Hiromi going down the path of self-hatred she has already started down (talking about her bitterness and then self-awareness concerning Noe).

  6. dx Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    Agreed. The best anime so far of 2008 by a landslide…and I despise drama animes.

    Does this mean Ai Chan will “settle” for Shin’s best buddy out of pity? I don’t want to be in that situation, accepting pity just to be with the woman you love.

    5 more episodes to go? and I just can speculate with the rest of your guys who will be the lucky gal here.

    I also have a feeling Ai-Chan’s relationship isn’t over…it may look like it, but there are more surprises in the future based on the flow of the story.

  7. Lindus Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    >she might be a little “weird” at the surface, but so far, she hasn’t done anything that actually hurts people directly.

    I don’t know how anyone can not like Noe, if only for this reason. She might be a bit naive but she is too cute. I die every time she’s on screen; her presence just makes me giddy. So to all of the gods out there, please let her off the hook. I really don’t want to feel like shit for like a week.

    In other news, even though I’m not a huge Hiromi fan, I don’t really like what was shown in the preview. I really hope they don’t add that type of drama in the show. I did like seeing her more playful side this episode, though.

  8. Jack Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    Man, this show is just getting better and better. This crazy director is different than many of the directors out there which is shown by the amazing parallelism and symbolism in the show. The symbolism of snow and Jibeta, the chicken, being paralleled to to Hiromi.

    What I love the most out of this show is how Noe maintains her innocence even when her observational skills are far from normal.

  9. matt Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:29 am

    .. man one thing that distracted me in this series is how really pointy their chins are XD haha just being random.

    but wow.. this episode was just… amazing so much development.
    it feels like shin is just going out with noe out on a whim tryna make himself feel happier. personally i’d go for noe, shes like my girlfriend when ever im down she tries to cheer me up in the weirdest ways.

    noe… i dont know shes just cute.
    hiromi should just brave up and fix things
    and Ai… i like her and everything but she is too much of an older sister figure to shin. i know how that feels like. growing up with somebody since childhood then bam feelings. weiiird

  10. Dirian Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    I have to echo the admiration for Shin in being forthright with Ai-chan. I feel bad for Ai-chan but far better for her to have confessed her feelings honestly and being outright rejected than for her to wonder forever what might have been had she confessed, or confess and then have Shin string her along. Major major points to Shin for that.

    I hope you find happiness Ai-chan. It didn’t work this time, but hopefully something better awaits you down the road. If they do pair her up with Nobuse I only hope it comes with the awakening of real feelings on her part though. Not fair to either of them to just take back up a relationship based on a lie. I also feel her story isn’t over yet though, this series keeps combining things you see coming with blindsides you wouldn’t have expected.

    Course that may just be the Ai-chan fan in me because it’s just as likely that given their time they thought Ai-chan really was more a distraction than a serious contender and the other storylines will take the rest of all their time to hash out, which I understand and at least they let her confess and be rejected before shunting her aside, assuming that is what they’re doing. Not ready to call it either way.

    That being said not ready to call anything on the Hiromi front either, so once again I curse how long I must wait for the next episode.

  11. THAT Animeblog » True Tears 8: The Legend of the Isurugi Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

    […] disagree with the Kuro, Stripey, Shirukii and the HiromixShin-chan demographic that the double sis-con ending is definite. […]

  12. voodoomage Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

    Noe all the way.. There has not been one redeeming quality in Hiromi yet…. What has she done to deserve the win…nothing… Noe has constantly gone out of her way and encouraged and help Shin along… It pisses me off that the likely victor will be Hiromi… grrr….

  13. Xela Gnoz Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Episode 8 was what i expected. It was good tho. I personally dont like Hiromi that much. I think shes a retard. I really dont like Jun cuhz he’s a dildo. It’s gettin really drama-y and intense.

    As for Episode 9 i think the Cop car was probably Shin’ichiro’s parents calling the police because Hiromi ran away. It also shows her stripping infront of Jun which might indicate that in her frustration, anger, confusion, and pain that she will try and seduce Jun. Part of me thinks that they will do it but somehow they arn’t going to. Jun myte possibly say no, or Hiromi myte come to her senses. But in a lot of Drama-Romance-Harem anime one of the main girls have sex with someone because they are hurt. Also, it shows Shin’ichiro getting in a fight with some nobody guy at school. At first i thought it was Miyakocki (or however you spell his name) because he is pissed that Ai is in like with Shin’ichiro, but it’s not. I think the guy says something bad about Hiromi (possibly shes a slut or something for running away with Jun) and Shin’ichiro overhears and gets pissed and ends up getting in a fight. And i think Noe sees it and realizes that Shin has feeling for Hiromi possibly break up with him. I dont kno if i like where this show is goin.

  14. usagijen Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 6:37 pm

    I just hope all the “signs” I’m seeing in this episode points out to a Noe x Shin ending… They are perfect for each other ;___;

  15. woo Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

    I don’t know how anyone can not like Noe, if only for this reason. She might be a bit naive but she is too cute. I die every time she’s on screen; her presence just makes me giddy.”

    I think she’s a bit forced. Everything she does is pretty cute and she’s always smiling and really only wants Shin to be the best. Maybe that should be a good thing, but I still find Hiromi more interesting. She’s also not really outwardly nice (she picked a stupid fight with Hiromi) to anyone but Shin and Jun. I’m not against Shin x Noe, but I could see why people don’t fall all over her. Not that I want Hiromi with Shin really though. :D I rather like the strange relationship between her and Jun.

    Anyway, interesting episode…. I think people will be harm on Hiromi for being a “bitch”, but at least she knows what she did. I think she’s in a lot of pain and a lot of fear of being left alone.

  16. Jauken7 Said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

    I like all three girls, they each have their endearing qualities.

    You can’t blame Hiromi for her outburst at bitch mom. She’s been putting up with harlot insinuations and jabs even since she moved in. She finally had enough and gave some back for a change. I think Hiromi’s apology was more a slap in the face than a sincere apology; you know like when you say “well pardon me for living!” I for one do believe Hiromi is Shinichiro’s half sister and they may not want to cross that line.

    Poor Aiko, she should’ve confessed a long time ago. It’s not going to be good for her or Nobuse if she just “settles” for him. It’s going to be a pretty uncomfortable situation.

    You gotta like Noe, she’s a real spark of light. She just adds some spirit with her quirkiness. I think there is a good reason for Jun’s affection for his sister. My concern started even before Jun told Shinichiro that he’d better hurry up and go out with her… and with the preview of Ep 9, I think Noe is in for some serious and likely fatal health issues. I fear it’s gonna be AirTV – Misuzu all over again. That would suck; I hate seeing the cute little quirky sweetheart end tragically. That’s why she wants someone to give her their tears and she chose Shinichiro.

    That being said, Aiko is in a good position to be there for Shinichiro if the inevitable happens… I think Noe is going to see grandma soon. I just don’t see it in the cards for Hiromi x Shin… but I could be wrong.

  17. Lindus Said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 12:22 am

    “Everything she does is pretty cute and she’s always smiling and really only wants Shin to be the best. Maybe that should be a good thing, but I still find Hiromi more interesting. She’s also not really outwardly nice (she picked a stupid fight with Hiromi) to anyone but Shin and Jun.”

    She’s blunt and to the point. She’s happy around people she enjoys, neutral around people who she doesn’t know/care about and angry at people who have hurt the people dear to her. It is a breath of fresh air to see someone wear their heart on their sleeve; there is no unnecessary drama with misunderstandings. With a smile like hers, I’m glad she uses it often.

  18. Derek Said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 3:39 am

    Sometimes, it takes stepping away from something to realize that it was not what you wanted all along. Since I like Noe, I am hoping this is the case for Shin here. This episode does show some hints in this direction and I particularly liked Shin stating that his hair was “happiness.” Ironically, Hiromi calls it weird.

  19. cebukitty Said,

    March 2, 2008 @ 4:55 am

    i really love this anime. at first i was rooting for hiromi… but as noe got to have more screen time, i began to like noe better. and noe and shinichiro are just soooo cute together ^ ^

    i feel for ai chan too tho… they should give her more screen time so we can get to know her better :)

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