true tears 11

true tears

Smiling Hiromi always catches my heart.

Just when you thought it was over….

Preparations for the Mugiha Festival are in full swing as Shinichiro visits Hiromi’s room and gets dragged out by her to watch the snowing sea together. Catching up with her, she plants a kiss directly to Shinichiro’s mouth.

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Smiling Hiromi always catches my heart.

Miyokichi is moping around when he receives a phone call from Ai-chan, who asks him for them to start over again, this time as friends and slowly moving forward. Ai is surprised when Miyokichi walks in to her shop in the middle of the phone call, and Miyokichi says he’ll strive to be worthy enough for a sweater from her.

The next day, the girls basketball team of Mugiha High are having a match with their Hotarugawa counterparts, and Hiromi is quite visibly pushed around by her opponents, until Jun walks in and stops them, to the wrath of the referee. Shinichiro only manages to look helpless and heads for the chicken coop instead.

Later that day, Hiromi is enjoying her bachelorette life when she receives a call from Jun asking for them to meet.

The next day, Hiromi is helping out at the Nakagami’s and she delivers Shin’s laundry to his room, to find his picture book on his desk. Shin returns soon enough to stop her from looking at it, and he tries to say something about the incident with Jun yesterday, but Hiromi only shrugs it off.

Hiromi later meets Jun at the park where they first went out together and she repeats her request to split up. Jun continues to refuse but Hiromi retorts back that the one Jun truly likes isn’t her but someone else and he doesn’t care about anyone else but her, and Hiromi leaves after that.

Night falls and Hiromi is awakened by Jun’s call, asking her to tell Shin that Noe’s gone missing already. Hiromi contacts Shin about it and he rushes out to find her, with his completed picture book and Hiromi holding on to the disconnected phone.

Noe is at the chicken coop, in soliloquy, and she asks Jibeta to make her fly. Shin manages to find her at last at the edge of the artificial pier.

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Well…. just when we thought the show was heading towards a Hiromi ending, they’ve masterfully orchestrated another dramatic turn of events.

Shinichiro turns out to be still undecided on his feelings, and yes, people will perceive it as a sign of weakness, but one cannot just ignore someone else who loves you that much. I think it’s a sign of how kind Shinichiro is, even if he doesn’t realize that kindness might cost him a lot.

Shin has definitely realized Noe’s feelings over the past 2-3 episodes, and it has changed the balance of feelings in his heart, even if it’s still weighed in Hiromi’s favour. His perception of Jun as a rival is also another factor here, and while I think it’s pretty stupid of him… but hey, I guess you can’t just get rid of men’s pride.

Hiromi, I guess as well, has noticed the change of balance in Shin’s heart, and definitely notices he has developed feelings for Noe as well. It will definitely be interesting to see how she will cope with that, given that her heart has always been for Shin, and it’s only Shin’s fault that he hasn’t accepted it fully yet, even given the circumstances.

Definitely, the next episode will be pretty important, and I’ll say that chances for any ending is still very much up in the air here. I’m definitely still in the Hiromi camp, but this episode will definitely revitalize the Noe camp as well.

Finally, for Ai-chan. I’m glad to see she’s making the better choices for now, and reconciles with Miyokichi. I’m happy for both of them, and they’ve been a fun subplot to follow, especially given how nice of a guy that Miyokichi is.


  1. Blissmo Said,

    March 16, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    I definitely would’ve chosen Noe ages ago, but that’s just my opinion. I feel sorry for Noe and hope that she can be happy again. I think it’s now a fact that Jun has feelings for Noe and he should resolve those feelings by the next episode, hopefully. I don’t mind who Shinichirou ends up, as long as the animators make it really good.

  2. sh@wn Said,

    March 16, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    come on!! make it a NICE BOAT ending!!~!


  3. 8ghosts Said,

    March 16, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

    it is only Shin’s fault? Was the end of episode 3 his fault? After that he started his relationship with Noe and all that. Was it shin that accepted to date Jun? That also helped him get close with Noe. Only thin Hiromi has done for him was this kiss and it may have been too late. I am a Hiromi fan and hope it he ends up with her but to make her seem like an angel is just *shakes head*

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 16, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

    It is Shin’s fault this episode, mostly for not taking a solid stand with Hiromi, after all that dramatics in the last episode, with him promising to do things right this time.

    Still, it’s not too late for him yet, and he can still redeem himself. I’m actually somewhat regretting the usage of “fault” there, as I could have used a lighter term.

  5. Lindus Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    >it is only Shin’s fault?
    After episode 10, it is. I’ve been hard on Hiromi, but after episode 10 she’s taken care of all her shit. Even with her jealousy, she still called Shin to tell him that Noe was missing; I find that a drastic change from what she would’ve done in the beginning of the show. The ball is in Shin’s court now, so he better decide what to do with it soon.

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    Yes, that’s another valid point too.

    Hiromi’s gone past her problems, and all she wants now is Shin’s love. However, Shin is getting tied down by his own misconceptions and also his pride.

  7. Leviahan Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 5:21 am

    >”Shinichiro turns out to be still undecided on his feelings”
    So did Makoto, and look how he ended up.

    Seriously, I hope Noe could find happiness in the end, if not with Shinichiro than with someone who truly loves her (like myself ;_;) I hope everyone could find happiness.

  8. Jumpyshoes Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 6:54 am

    Interesting viewpoint on this anime.

  9. JohnG Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 7:15 am

    I dunno how harsh to be on Shin. Hiromi’s road to Shin was considerably less complicated once the incest thing was out of the way. Shin has always been the only one in her heart, and the only possible rival is obviously not into her. Meanwhile, Shin now has two people in his heart, though I think he still feels much more deeply for Hiromi. Unlike Hiromi’s situation with Jun, Shin knows that Noe is in love with him (not to mention she is mentally unbalanced IMO, the he probably isn’t thinking about that). Whereas HiromixJun has always been about surrogate love, ShinxNoe at least had a basis in mutual attraction. I think right now Shin is legitimately confused as to what to do, and it’s not like he’s been dragging it out for a really long time (it’s been like two weeks at most from the end of ep 10 to end of ep 11).

  10. EmOtakuVu Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 9:05 am

    I have no idea how this is gonna end up, but I’m not sure I’m all that keen on the last minute Noe resurgence, even though I was expecting something a long that lines since there were still a few episodes left.

    Throughout the show Shin has always been about Hiromi. Even when he was “dating” Noe, I always felt it was more a situation that he was licking his wounds from Hiromi and was fond of Noe as a person, but more responding to the knowledge that she liked him rather than out of genuine attraction to her, more like he liked her because she knew he liked him, and that felt good.

    With the path seemingly clear to Hiromi, and especially with that kiss she planted on him now, I’m not sure why he suddenly is conflicted. I guess he’s maybe coming to appreciate Noe in his mind as more than just a substitute, but it just seems to me that things were resolved and his heart should have been free to do what it had always wanted to, be with Hiromi.

    This last minute juke may be necessary, but I just don’t know if I like it.

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 10:21 am

    >>Interesting viewpoint on this anime.

    Not so interesting for me.

  12. lol_matt Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    No H2O? T_T. Everyone’s starting to go into crazy mode, even repeating, “Gomennesai”…

  13. Setsukyie Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

    I’m in the Noe camp.
    I don’t like the fact that Shinichiro is still uncertain about his feelings..
    Because of that, I feel sorry for both Noe and Hiromi..
    And NICE TEARS..

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  15. Derek Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

    While somewhat understandable, the fact she hesitated so much, and was far more concerned with Shin’s feelings for Noe than for Noe’s well-being, greatly disturbed me. Clearly she did not feel it, and was even perturbed at the urgency that Shin gave the issue.

  16. Cipher Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

    *shrug* Who is Noe to Hiromi? Sure, as a fellow human being and a schoolmate (as in going to the same school, not like they’re friends or anything), she’s expected to worry about her disappearance. But as rivals in love for the same person? It would be only natural for Hiromi to worry if prompting Shin to search for Noe would somehow further the distance between Shin and herself, compared to worrying about Noe who is her love rival. She was perturbed at the urgency Shin gave because she (mis)took it as a sign of his affection for Noe, legitimately so considering how she expressed herself to him in this episode. And when you consider how she saw the picture book in Shin’s room, well…

    In fact, had this happened before she moved out of the house, I doubt she would’ve even told Shin at all due to the lack of contact with Shin which resulted in less trust in Shin remaining with her. It’s a forgivable sin, so I’m not particularly distressed over what I see as a normal reaction given her disposition.

    Oh and yes, I second ‘no Nice Tears’. The one reason I hate School Days as an anime is that it introduced/promoted the bloody ending concept to the school love genre. Now every single ‘jilted girl’ fanboy cries for NICE BOAT. Really, School Days is bad enough. No more.

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 11:19 pm

    @Derek: Hiromi isn’t actually clo-.. oh, Cipher just said all I wanted to reply to Derek, plus more.

    Good going!

  18. Derek Said,

    March 17, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

    Oh, as I said, it’s understandable, but not any less disturbing for me, though it is admittedly in character for her given past events and present circumstances.

    She’s been either sad, jealous, or just plain mean for so much of the series that perhaps I was hoping to be shown something of why Shin has put her on a pedestal.

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  20. Bob Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 2:49 am

    Its a bad sign that the Ai & Miyokichi subplot is so much more interesting and emotional than the socially retarded main characters

  21. tokko Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 5:39 am

    Arrrghhh its going to end, I want watching good ending -_-

  22. matt Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 7:56 am

    no more happy endings.
    I want a real GOOD ending.
    nuff said.

  23. bakaneko Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

    The thing about Aiko’s subplot is that I don’t see how it adds to True Tears. It doesn’t do anything except to kill a little time. In fact, her character did not make any impact that is on the level that should put her equal with the other two girls in the OP. Really don’t understand that subplot.

  24. grace Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    maybe, though i AM getting more and more intrigued in the ai subplot….

  25. Dirian Said,

    March 19, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

    Hmmm very interesting. As I thought(though I admit I had my doubts after last episode) this show insists on keeping you guessing right to the end.

    Till we know how it works out, Ai can still serve as either a parallel to the “main” relationships(YAY FOR YOU AI! I hope you do find happiness.

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