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Summary:

Without saying anything, Shinichirou watches as Noe lets Jibeta go and tells the chicken to fly. When Jibeta doesn’t, Noe picks the chicken back up and raises it above her head, but she realizes that it’s no good. She understands that if they don’t decide for themselves, then they can’t be happy or laugh or cry. Noe feels that she disdained Jibeta because she thought the chicken was the same as her in that it couldn’t fly, but she knows now that it chose not to fly and that facing straight ahead with confidence is the same as flying. Seeing that Noe is okay, Shinichirou eventually returns home and wonders what she was talking about because he feels that he’s the one who identified himself with Jibeta, the one who didn’t notice that Jibeta was amazing, and the one who avoided facing everything. He realizes that, whereas Jibeta chose not to fly, he did not personally choose a single thing, whether it be the dance, the picture book, Noe, or Hiromi. He didn’t want to dance not because he couldn’t do it well, but because he didn’t want to be compared with his father. He wasn’t able to write the picture book not because he didn’t feel up to it, but because he was scared of finding out his limits. Noe meanwhile returns home and finds Jun cooking, so she hugs him and thanks him over and over again.

The next day, the day of the festival, Hiromi finds Shinichirou dozing off while finishing changing clothes. She asks him if he was able to sleep properly after things calmed down last night and apologizes because she knows that he had practiced for this day. Hiromi then wonders where best to see him for the main dance, and this reminds Shinichirou of what Noe had once said about watching him from the front. He responds by telling Hiromi that since it’ll be really crowded, she doesn’t need to overexert herself to see him. A short time later, Shinichirou takes his place with the other dancers, and they begin the procession. While this is going on, Aiko arrives late to help out the Nakagami family and sees Hiromi again for the first time in a long time. Aiko then notices Noe watching them from a nearby corner, and after Noe realizes that they’ve seen her, she runs off. Aiko thinks that Noe came to see Shinichirou and suggests that Noe is still his girlfriend, but Hiromi declares that Shinichirou’s girlfriend is actually her, and she decides to chase after Noe. This surprises Aiko, but she accepts that it’s all stuff that she doesn’t know.

Hiromi eventually catches up to Noe and questions what Noe said to Shinichirou last night. Before Noe can answer, Hiromi reveals that he had told her that he’d do everything properly, and not only does Hiromi admit to having always liked him, she thinks that he’s had the same feelings for her. Realizing that she’s saying some really selfish things, Hiromi apologizes, however she nevertheless asks Noe to leave them alone since she and Shinichirou now finally understand each other. Hiromi starts crying as she finishes saying all this, and Noe comments on how pretty those tears are before walking off. Elsewhere in town, Shinichirou visits the imagawayaki stand during a break and finds Nobuse manning it. After serving him, Nobuse asks Shinichirou what he’s doing coming here since he’s one of the main dancers, and to Nobuse’s surprise, Shinichirou agrees with him and wonders the same thing. Noe meanwhile returns home and tries to cover her ears so that she can’t hear the music playing everywhere. She hears the phone ring though, and after answering it, she digs an envelope addressed to Jun out of the trash and runs to the motorcycle shop where he works.

The phone call had been from a Tokyo printing company, and Noe now confronts her brother about deciding on his own that he’d find a job instead of going to a technical college after high school. In trying to explain himself, Jun talks about how Noe shut herself in her room for a while after their grandmother died. He felt that he had to protect her, but he hadn’t understood that he only wanted to think that way. Jun goes on to confess that he loves Noe, and when she immediately says that she loves him too, he clarifies that he likes her a little more than that. He admits that because he knows that having those feelings are weird, he asked that person to do such a thing. Noe doesn’t know who Jun is talking about and doesn’t quite understand what he means, so Jun decides to ask if he can kiss her. She agrees to let him if he rethinks his plan of looking for a job, and Jun starts by kissing her on the forehead and on the cheek. He then attempts to kiss her on the lips, but right as he gets close, Noe realizes what he’s doing and backs away. With Noe in shock, Jun admits that this was probably the kind of kiss he wanted to do and that staying by her side was too painful for him. He then starts crying and walks out, leaving Noe behind thinking about how she didn’t notice the true feelings of her brother, of Hiromi, or of Shinichirou. All this causes her to wonder if tears can really flow from her eyes that don’t see anything.

By this time, the main dance at the shrine has begun, and as he performs, Shinichirou thinks about a reworking of his story where Raigomaru stands on the hill with the desire to fly. He understands now that him feeling that he could write a picture book was due to how those eyes believed that he could fly. The desire to fly in the sky isn’t for anyone’s sake or for glory or a record, and, in the story, Raigomaru took off. As she watches Shinichirou from the audience, Hiromi suddenly notices that Noe is also watching from nearby, though by the time the dance ends, Noe is gone. Shinichirou notices this too and tries to look for Noe afterwards, but he instead runs into Hiromi. She knows that he’s searching for Noe and reveals that she had told Noe to leave them alone. When she asks if he’s angry about this, Shinichirou claims that he’s not really and excuses himself to go. As Shinichirou walks off, Hiromi quietly tells him not to leave her behind and even takes off her right shoe, but he never realizes any of this. Shinichirou’s mind is instead filled with his desire to show Noe his newly finished story and to get her feedback on it. He figures out that Noe is probably at school and rushes there, but what he doesn’t know is that she’s climbing the big tree because she wants to know how the view is from the sky and if she’ll be able to see if she looks down from above. Shinichirou arrives just in time to see her jump out of the tree and land with a thump.

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Once again I have to give credit to the writers for keeping things so interesting. Hiromi declaring that she was Shinichirou’s girlfriend was a big enough flag in my mind (reminded me a little of School Days even), but for her then to say the same don’t-leave-me-behind line and for her to take off one of her shoes right after Shinichirou leaves her to look for Noe raises even more flags about their relationship. And then Noe had to jump out of the tree… We know she’s probably okay because she speaks again in the preview, but it’s unclear what’s really going to end up happening between her and Shinichirou.

The main argument I would make for Shinichirou still ending up with Hiromi is how he only really wanted to show Noe his completed story, and so maybe there are not enough feelings of love in him towards Noe for complete Noe ending. On the other hand, the way he treated Hiromi and the way he was thinking about Noe all the time are kind of damning, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Hiromi decides to let him go because she thinks that he cares about Noe more. These kind of balance each other out, so I’m sticking to my original assertion that he’ll help Noe get her tears back and end up with Hiromi. But the point is that the fact that we can still be debating this after what happened at the end of episode 10 means that the writers have really done their job well. Hopefully the finale will be just as exciting as all the stuff that’s led up to it.

March 22, 2008 at 2:36 pm
194 comments »
  • March 23, 2008 at 3:17 pmarigatou

    Hiromi and Jun become desperate as it was highly noted in this episode. Shin ignores Hiromi as he thinks of Noe all the time that triggers Hiromi to cry and ask Noe to fallback (Ai is also routing for Noe which Hiromi disagree with) and Noe retreated when Jun tried to kiss her in the lips.

    The key on tbis final episode lies on Shin so he better choose Noe to make True Tears epic.
    I don’t want another Kimikiss Pure Rouge ending (Mao X Kouchi, I still feel pity towards Hoshino).

  • March 23, 2008 at 3:23 pmvio55555

    @yahiko

    That’s because it was the socially acceptable answer. Hiromi’s a star bball player, and he’s a star bball player from another school. When Hiromi’s friend asks her who she likes, she can’t answer Shin even though her friend already knows she has a thing for Shin because its a socially unacceptable answer. They live under the same roof, it’d be scandalous for her to answer with Shin, and Hiromi accepts that as long as she’s under the same roof she can’t act on her feelings.

    Shin misunderstands the whole thing and starts the pact with Jun…; I honestly think you’re grasping at straws here trying to attribute situational blame to Hiromi. Certainly, she’s not nice to Jun, but it is Jun who uses Hiromi for the most part, not the other way around. Hiromi didn’t think anything would happen when she answered “No.4″ but Shin took it and ran with it.

  • March 23, 2008 at 3:27 pmMomboos

    Well, i’ve just watched kimikiss and yes have to agree that i too pity hoshino. But it is better to make it clear than never. One that i find great is kazuki, he is damn right focus and clear on what he wants.

  • March 23, 2008 at 3:30 pmvio55555

    Honestly, I don’t want to come off as defending Hiromi per se, but I don’t think either of the girls is to blame here.

    The ball has been in Shin’s court most of the time, for example when he took the initiative in the whole contract mess with Jun, and after Hiromi kisses Shin and tells Jun what his real feelings are for Noe, the ball is 100% in Shin and Jun’s court. Needless to say, Shin and Jun put the girls through this.

    Hiromi and Noe are only diametrically opposed because of Shin and Jun’s actions. I think they’d get along well based on their character types if they had met before knowing Shin.

  • March 23, 2008 at 4:51 pmMentar

    Yahiko: I do like Noe alot as a character, but it’s quite a stretch to call her “mature” when she’s sleeping in a chicken coop, dragging a chicken out to the sea to make it fly, and then to jump off a tree. Sorry. She’s lively, she’s benevolent and she’s pretty insightful, but she’s definitely NOT mature.

    arigatou: I’m afraid that True Tears won’t be epic, then.

    Overall, Shin’s wussy indecisiveness (typical romance male lead disease) has cost him alot of my sympathies. Instead of wallowing in self-loathing over his difficulties to sort things out, he should grit his teeth and just DO it. In my reading, this is what he’s finally about to do at the end of this episode. About time, basically overdue. In the meantime, banzai for Miyokichi, and all the good luck to him!

  • March 23, 2008 at 5:15 pmLithium17

    After reading your synopsis, I not going to watch this ep. Instead, I’ll wait a week and watch 12 and 13 in one go….Heh.

  • March 23, 2008 at 5:51 pmRazz

    As a Noe fan, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Shin will end up with Noe!

  • March 23, 2008 at 6:42 pmally

    I dunno, I guess I’m not really a fan of characters like Noe, they’re kinda like default like main girl characters, I kinda like Hiromi cuz to me she’s more real, plus Shinichiro liked her first O_O

  • March 23, 2008 at 7:38 pmdinosaurr

    i hope its a Noe ending though .. i mean even after Hiromi revealed her true feelings or when he ran after her .. his little flashbacks are always of Noe .. cant wait until the last one x]

  • March 23, 2008 at 7:55 pmCrystal

    i wish it is a noe ending too i mean you could see how noe really likes him…i mean hiromi is okay as in person…but i think it is very rude of her to tell noe right in her face to leave her and shin alone…i know they are finally together after all that has happened…but sometimes you need to think of others too not just herself…

  • March 23, 2008 at 7:56 pmgolthin

    People don’t get something. hiromi is to Shin as Aiko is to nobuse!

  • March 23, 2008 at 8:00 pmCrystal

    i dunt think so…i know hiromi finally opened up to shin..but like it was too late and stufff…and noe at first opened up to him a long time ago…sometimes people’s feelings change when they meet other people…maybe at first Shin likes Hiromi but after all that has happened..one’s feelings can change really fast.

  • March 23, 2008 at 8:14 pmdraksig

    I was hoping for a Hiromi ending but with the way she is acting in this episode, I think he will go to Noe, especially if he actually catches Hiromi talking to Noe that way in the next episode. Have you ever seen an anime where a girl who proclaimed herself the girlfriend ended up with the guy at the end. actually, I was originally hoping for a Aiko ending but that was squelched early.

  • March 23, 2008 at 10:11 pmdx

    I was hoping for an Aiko ending as well, Drak.

    Aiko seems to be the most responsible, and less wacky of the 3 but when she “settled” for Shin’s buddy “out of pity”, it just shows that she is what persons like myself call the “transition person”: the person you need to place your love with (for the time being) or the person to be around til THE ONE comes. Pity.

    It looks like a toss up between those 2 with the issues, Hiromi and Noe. What’s Shin’s problem anyways? He already has Hiromi in the bag and doesn’t need to complicate things.

  • March 23, 2008 at 10:11 pmRICE_BAG

    NO MORE AI-CHAN X SHINICHIRO?????
    DAMN ITTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 23, 2008 at 10:30 pmCyrilix

    @arigatou: This is nothing like Mao and Kouichi. Hiromi has been a lot more truthful than Mao, and her development was much more natural, if you ask me.

    @Crystal: I’m still of the belief that Shin never liked Noe, as a lover, but rather, as a cute girl full of hopes and dreams. Noe is to Shin as Noe is to Jun — someone they can’t just ignore, and someone they want to protect.

  • March 23, 2008 at 10:47 pmFelix

    not exactly incest if it’s one side love (Jun only). look up the definition before u conclude its is incest (technically they have to DO IT before it’s considered incest). Yeah i guess Noe ending, i really would like that.

    Only reason Shin’ichiro had feelings for Hiromi was out of pity and wanted to be the shining knight to rescue her. Ending it with Hiromi would be too anticipated from the beginning of the anime and would be kinda blunt.

    People think Noe is wierd or not normal, not true (what is your definition of normal?). Noe ending would make the anime interesting.

    if the ending isn’t shin’ichiro with noe, i still hope that it’s good ^^.

  • March 23, 2008 at 11:02 pmNaka

    I’m still hoping for a Hiromi ending even with a 50/50 chance, but I suppose a Noe ending wouldn’t be that bad for me either. Just as long as they don’t leave Hiromi as she was in this episode, I’ll be ok with a Noe ending. Hiromi seemed rather needy of Shin, but I hope she gets over that. I still feel Shin hasn’t really done things right with Hiromi though. He has to make things right with Noe too, of course.

    As for Jun, I’m glad he admitted his feelings for Noe. I really hope things turn out good for him, even if he may not get Noe.

  • March 23, 2008 at 11:27 pmpenguin

    lol everyone wana Hiromi ending in poll whe i thought most people liked Noe

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:19 amSabil8

    I agree with someone up there who pointed out the picturebook. I feel as if it’s the most important element in this show since it’s the main character’s inner sanctuary. Rewatch the show from ep 12 to ep 1 just looking at the stuffs Shin puts in his notebook and you’ll realize how much Noe affects Shiniro each episode goes by. Everything that happens to him–between him and Hiromi–he always goes back to the picturebook and draws things that are related to Noe and her chickens. From Shin being an ordinary chicken to the idea of being able to fly—-the source only points to one girl, Noe. One thing I’m going to say again, however, before someone contradicts me here, watch the show the second time paying close attention to Shin and his drawings. You’ll see what I’m talking about. Noe’s the one running this show.

    This show is oozing with symbolism. Therefore, I’m going to go ahead and say that this show’s finale is not going to be a conventional one.

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:23 amcrystal

    @Sabil8 are you saying that it would be a Noe ending since there were hints throughout the anime saying that the ending would be that Shin will be with Noe?

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:26 amMakubeX

    such a phenominal anime up to date. . . people are fighting in the forums.. haha

    and wow… i guess this is the episode of truetears that gets the most comments… 119 and still counting… :D

    good job omni for blogging this anime and not abandoning it like the rest…

    and i tot ure abandoning it till epi 3.. haha… this surely hit your blogspot…

    btw where can i get the subbed?! anyone pls…

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:50 amMIke

    No one’s done in fansubbing it yet

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:53 amSabil8

    @Crystal- Depends on the meaning of Raigomaru’s flight in this episode–it can either be love or empowerment. If it were to be the latter, then he’ll most likely go back to Hiromi. However, going by intuition, I don’t see a conventional ending from this show. This show has the potential to ‘fly’ as Noe likes to put it.

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:56 amFelix

    yeah sabil8′s view of this anime is strong. i didn’t realize that until now about the picture book. Noe does have a lot of effect on shin’ichiro. She was the one who had the most interaction with Shin’ichiro throught True Tears. I did noticed the picture book, but i never considered it important till now. BTW does anyone know when the episode 12 subbed version might come out(not asking for it, just wanna kno when).

  • March 24, 2008 at 1:22 amAznSoulBoy

    It’s usually sunday.

  • March 24, 2008 at 3:42 amKagami

    It’s going to be a Noe ending after all!!! w00t!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 24, 2008 at 3:43 amTim

    Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this series at first, but it’s getting really interesting. I wonder how far they are going to go with the sister complex and what Aiko is going to do from here on.

  • March 24, 2008 at 5:01 amsudee27

    i hope noe ends up wid jun
    shin wid hiromi
    all r happy
    perfect end:D

  • March 24, 2008 at 6:16 amRandom guy

    Looks like it’s heading towards a Noe ending judging by the latest episode. I guess the Hiromi camp just got the KO punch and just awaiting the 10 count now. The only hope we Hiromi campers will win is that Shin’ichiro is giving Noe a proper closure to their short stint so he can do everything properly will Hiromi. Sadly, the chances of that is VERY low.

  • March 24, 2008 at 6:43 amSailor Enlil

    Guess it’s time I put my 2c (same post in another forum)
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 24, 2008 at 10:50 amAnon

    Ok so what’s the significance of her taking off her right shoe? Is it some superstition thing I’m missing?

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:17 pmvio55555

    @ Anon

    The whole sandal thing was from the past memory of Shin/Hiromi, she lost her sandal way back then and thought she had been abandoned…, it was like the start of her feeling more for Shin than just a friend.

  • March 24, 2008 at 12:34 pmAnon

    OH right forgot about that, thanks.

  • March 24, 2008 at 1:17 pmtehjonel

    i just finished watching this episode. then went browsing on youtube and found this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGufbuzEks0

    and thought about how shin’ichiro never chosed any of the major events that occured throughout the series. this song totally fits. it’s amazing. just thought i’d share it with the rest of the fans.^^

  • March 24, 2008 at 4:37 pmKonata-chan

    I think we might get a Hiromi-ending, which I wouldn’t mind; Hiromi is a great character, but I think her relation to Shinichiro hasn’t been given as much depth as Noe’s. I feel that the series has developed Shin’s relationship with Noe much more; they are connected by this whole, symbolic idea of “flight” and his picture book. Between Hiromi and Shin, however, the only thing that connects them is their childhood. And that happens far too often in anime: childhood friends ending up together and all. I feel that their childhood has been barely explored anyway, and I am pretty sure the production team did that on purpose.
    Along the progress of each episode, there is this awkward, almost forced tension between Hiromi and Shin, which has carried on to their relationship. They are dating, but Shin’s mind is always half somewhere else; Hiromi is busy being anxious about Noe. When Shin is with Noe, however, he seems much more relaxed and himself. They would be much more comfortable with each other, in my opinion. Hiromi may have been Shin’s crush, but that is all I think it was: a crush. The only thing Hiromi could say about his picture book was some bland remark that I can’t even remember (nor does he, probably). Noe seems much more interested and everything she says he values immensely.
    If Shin were to end up with Noe, that would give way for a HiromixJun ending. Ok, I know it sounds rather random, but I think it could work out if they are given enough time. With a HiromixShin ending, on the other hand, we’d have a heartbroken Noe (who would thus get her tears back in a rather tragic way) and a heartbroken Jun. Now that’s what we call a happy ending! It’s not happy, nor is it bittersweet. It’s not even realistic since, again, HiromixJun has been literally spoon fed to us across the progress of this series. It’s like, “There you go. Shinichi likes Hiromi. Hiromi likes Shinichiro. THE END.”
    I hope the directors won’t go for that kind of path. They might have had feelings for each other, but they aren’t soul mates; Shinichiro and Noe are.

  • March 24, 2008 at 4:55 pmW-General

    As a Noe x Shinichirou guy, I’ve almost conceded that it will be a Hiromi ending…there’s still that glimmer of hope left in me that somehow Shinichirou will end up with Noe after watching this episode, but I am not exactly keeping my fingers crossed.

    Either way would make sense, and it’s not like I hate Hiromi (unlike the case with Kiminozo, I hated Mizuki’s guts), and either endings would make plenty of sense. I just like Noe more, that’s all. When all is over, I would still look back at True Tears as a great show. What’s important is that P.A. Works just established itself as the new studio to watch, just like KyoAni did with Fumoffu/Air 3 years ago.

  • March 24, 2008 at 4:56 pmVictor

    Hmm this episode does seem like he may end up with Noe. Shin’ichiro ignored Hiromi pretty much most of the time in this episode, especially near the end. Again all he thought about was Noe in this episode. Its a matter of him finding what he truly feels.

    I would liek to note though that from past experiences from seeing drama animes like this, whomever declares themselves as someone’s boyfriend/girlfriend never ends up with the main guy/girl. Same goes with childhood “friends”. If this theory is true, then most likely Hiromi may not be with Shin’ichiro in the end.

    1 more episode to go!

  • March 24, 2008 at 5:11 pmAznSoulBoy

    Indeed Victor. The only main reason that I think Shin will end up with Noe is “whomever declares themselves as someone’s boyfriend/girlfriend never ends up with the main guy/girl.” Also the chilhood friend thing always loses.

  • March 24, 2008 at 5:29 pmarigatou

    Yeah the one that becomes desperate just to get something and no longer think of other’s feelings won’t succeed (Sorry Hiromi*as mentioned by others already* and Jun *Finally sis-con attempt failed, good thing Noe is mature enough to reject her brother* …. Ai already learned it first hand (after she force her kiss towards Shin and rejected at the end, that’s why she’s telling Hiromi regarding Noe and Shin’s relationship)

    Expecting event in the finale
    [spoiler]Shin finally realize he can only fly with Noe and admitting his faults for being indecisive and declare his love for Noe. As this is the end of her tears (for the last time). [/spoiler]
    Again Kimikiss type of ending won’t happen.

  • March 24, 2008 at 9:45 pmRes

    Not that I care either way but:

    While childhood friend relationships do not work out all to often in the anime world, it does happen. For example, ToHeart (correct me if I am mistaken) and, more recently, KimiKiss.

    Similarly, there are those cases for the “declare that he/she is the significant” where they do indeed end up together. For example, Nodame Cantabile (of course we all knew Chiaki and Nodame would end up together but that’s besides the point) and Juuousei (bit of a stretch I know…).

    There is rarely a set formula for predicting such things… So why not just patiently wait for the final episode?

  • March 24, 2008 at 11:07 pmAlec

    I already knew that it would be a Noe ending because all the heroines that I wanted to end up with the main character never did end up with each other, thus not getting happiness … this time I wanted Hiromi to end up with Shinichiro so that is probably the reason why I already know that its a Noe ending…. also the title of the anime is true tears which links to Noe searching for her lost tears.

  • March 24, 2008 at 11:58 pmDando008

    Wow..after seeing everyone’s posts we have all types of conclusions here. I’ve always like how this anime gives the right amount of execution just to keep you on the edge of your seat. I’ll give this anime a lot of credit for that…Let’s see how it all ends next week!

  • March 25, 2008 at 12:08 ambuh

    This episode seems almost as one sided for Noe as the episode with shin’ichiro chasing after Hiromi with his bike. Who knows what will happen but boy is it fun.

  • March 25, 2008 at 12:44 amhagges01

    whatever but end now, this series killing me, cant think anymore, Im so rooting for Noe

  • March 25, 2008 at 1:10 amrickar

    Im cheering Hiromi on. She has loved him for such a long time. And in the beginning of the anime all of his drawings were about her. I watched this anime since its first release and I will be so sad if he chooses Noe.

  • March 25, 2008 at 3:06 amRicaryx

    Correction. Not drawingS, drawing. There was only one picture of Hiromi Shin drew, and he was dissatisfied by it. -_- Noe’s drawings however…. ^___^ Well, I’ve been lurking around the official websites of True Tears and seems like the female lead in this show is Noe.

  • March 25, 2008 at 6:24 amcoco

    …..this reminds of i love my younger sister, the brother goes to another skool cause he cant control his feelings…..

  • March 25, 2008 at 10:50 amVictor

    @Res:
    Me saying those things were just to note. I didn’t say that the theory will make the True Tears’ ending set. I do realize that there are very few occasions were those theories didn’t uphold but most of the time, those theories do hold up true. Like most people here, I am just saying my predictions and opinions. I too am anxious and patient enough to see the last episode but I am merely voicing my 2 cents on the take.

  • March 25, 2008 at 1:41 pmoridaily

    http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/da/d/

    bottom 4:
    -idolmaster
    -gunslinger girl
    -kimikiss
    -true tears

    First day oricon daily sales ranking is quite bad.

    I hope true tears can sell well because it’s a great show.

  • March 25, 2008 at 3:01 pmMercfh

    I still think Shin Should just go Super Saiyan and Uppercut both Hiromi and Noe into oblivion, then go out with Aiko. but theirs about a .0001% chance of that happening. BUT it could happen lol.
    Im still all for Hiromi and Shin, ShinXNoe is possible. BUT i dont see a resolution for Hiromi if that happens…and everyone is supposed to get a resolution, and the only way is if Shin gets Noes tears back and ends up with Hiromi, cause Aiko is clearly A-ok now

  • March 25, 2008 at 3:35 pmvio55555

    Mercfh, you’re never going to let that go. Nice that the odds are down to 1% of what they were before …; I love that “BUT it could happen lol” bit. Very nice touch.

  • March 25, 2008 at 3:54 pmCrystal

    Hey people, in the offical website they already gave a summary like thing to episode 13…to me it looks like a Hiromi ending..the website is:

    http://www.truetears.jp/story/#s13

  • March 25, 2008 at 4:58 pmMugan

    Okay this totally did not go the way I wanted it to. First of all the whole incest thing really turns me off. I would have liked it if Jun would have stayed a good, big brother that “held her feelings in the palm of his hand.” Secondly, I really wanted someone to die. If someone died that would REALLY make me cry. Isn’t that what the series about? Tears! That wouldve been so awesome to see Noe jump and die because she wanted to fly but couldn’t. yeah some would call her insane, but still…. OK, I guess theirs still a possibility of some one dying, especially after seeing Noe jump from a tree, (sigh) but I doubt it. Still pretty good though for a shogun(spelling?-shoga, something like that.)

  • March 25, 2008 at 5:04 pmMugan

    Oh by the way, Americanized Anime like Dragonball Z is really stupid, Mercfh. Just thought you should know.

  • March 25, 2008 at 5:11 pmschmittles

    @Crystal

    Its quite likely that the official site would have a vested interest in keeping the fires stoked, so likely what they say in their summary will be about as reliable/deceptive for speculation as the previews.

    While I must admit that I personally find Noe the more likeable of the two main girls, I had long (for say the first 9 episodes) assumed that we were heading towards an inevitable Hiromi ending. The only real problems with such an ending however is that a Hiromi ending at this point would be as unsatisfying and anti-climactic as their resolution of the sibling question. Had the writers truly wished to end the series with Hiromi triumphant, one would wish that they had either resolved that issue better (say by making a fuller explanation of why Kanae so hated Hiromi’s mom) or, preferably, by not resolving the sibling question at all, and thus leaving us wondering at the end if Hiromi had just seduced her brother. As things stand, with Noe just barely holding on to her sanity, for her to lose her last source of support (Shin’ichiro) would be painful to watch.

  • March 25, 2008 at 6:00 pmoridaily

    http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/da/d/

    From oricon site, it seems that true tears has a bad daily sales ranking.

    True tears is a good show, I hope true tears can achieve a higher oricon ranking.

  • March 25, 2008 at 7:30 pmvirox

    I’ve heard that there will be a second season…
    WHY CAN’T THEY JUST LET IT BE WITH ONE GREAT SEASON!?
    I can’t stand this shit, why do they always have to pull the last bit of money out of a grainfull anime?? I think that the second season will be a less in quality.

    Source: Moetaku Fansubs, looks like they get this information from bandai…
    “there will be a second season and Haruhi will make a cameo appearence”
    “it’s information given to us by Bandai!”

  • March 25, 2008 at 8:01 pmyahiko

    Crystal,
    I saw those clips of episode 13 a couple of days ago Just because they didn’t show any clips of Noe does not mean there will be a Hiromi ending. I think the Author put it that way so that people like us would comment on that between Hiromi and Noe.

  • March 25, 2008 at 8:09 pmAznSoulBoy

    Gosh? Are u kidding me? If there is another season I’m going to kill myself. It would ruin everything. Anyway, lets hope they are wrong.

  • March 25, 2008 at 8:31 pmisabelle

    …shinXnoe is so cute… hiromi is boring and not cute (-or original-) at all… she’s just one of those big-boobed( or shows them off all the time…. like hiromi always does…), long-haired and dumb girls that always tries to end up with the main character… lets just hope she doesnt in this show….

  • March 25, 2008 at 10:52 pmAznSoulBoy

    Well it seems its obviously a lie, so nvm what i said earlier.

  • March 25, 2008 at 11:46 pmKagami

    w00t only a few more days till a noexshin ending, hiromi fans prepare to cry in defeat, bwaahhaha!!!!!!!!!

  • March 26, 2008 at 12:39 amcrystal

    i was just wondering about something…i went to the offical website and saw the preview…the pictures that are shown on the website, the first picture, Is Shin hugging Noe or Hiromi? I cannot tell.

    http://www.truetears.jp/story/#s13

  • March 26, 2008 at 1:19 amesco

    I’m actually more interested in why shinichiro is taking over the family business so soon as mentioned by someone in the crowd during the main dance.

  • March 26, 2008 at 3:32 amcrystal

    i was just wondering about something…i went to the offical website and saw the preview…the pictures that are shown on the website, the first picture, Is Shin hugging Noe or Hiromi? I cannot tell.

    http://www.truetears.jp/story/#s13

  • March 26, 2008 at 3:57 amvio55555

    @ crystal

    According to the guys at animesuki who’ve been looking at it since it came out, it’s most likely Shin holding Hiromi (due to the hair which looks a lot more like the top of Hiromi’s head).

    In any case, the fact that all of the pictures except virtually the last don’t involve Noe isn’t surprsing.

    Most likely they want to confuse everyone with those pictures so they just chose some juicy tidbits to put on the site. We’ll see what happens in 3 days.

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:10 amcrystal

    @vio55555: doe it mean that it is definitely not a hiromi ending

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:47 amDiva

    It could be Hiromi’s mom lol

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:47 amDiva

    ‘Stepmom’, I should say.

  • March 26, 2008 at 11:53 amInvy-2pointOh

    A second season?! Why the hell would they make a second season!!! Unless this season will end with a HUGE cliffhanger -_- *please god no…*

    @crystal:
    I am unsure who that is that Shin is hugging. It does look like hiromi (her hair gives it away). However, that hug doesn’t necessarily mean that he is hugging the one he chose. It maybe to fool the viewers. We wont know until we see it ourselves.

  • March 26, 2008 at 11:53 amvio55555

    Well personally I’ve been arguing that for “consistency” the ending has to go to Hiromi otherwise a bunch of scenes in episodes 9-11 don’t make sense… unless Shin really was just a waffling main character or he was lying to himself for most of the series. It just doesn’t make sense for Noe to say things like “Shin’s true feelings are for Hiromi” or for Shin to say things like “I’ll do things properly” after the emotional scene after Hiromi leaves.

    I think that’s the one issue right now that comes up in a Noe ending. We lose the consistency of Shin’s feelings across the first 11 episodes, so unless it’s done in some kind of manner that resolves the issues of consistency, it won’t make too much sense.

    (Disclaimer: I don’t particularly care who he ends up with…)

  • March 26, 2008 at 2:03 pmsesshoumara

    I’m not quite sure if Shin’s feelings towards Hiromi are actually love in a romantic sense. Sure, he might have thought he had loved her romantically in the beginning, but he could be wrong. Furthermore, after he had met Noe, her thoughts and words constantly show up in his drawings (the red snow, the bottle necklace, the chickens). I think the series can end with either ShinxHiromi or ShinxNoe and still be “consistent” because clues for both had been dropped throughout.

  • March 26, 2008 at 5:25 pmt-g8

    People! This is all about feelings. Who is ever consistent about them?! One short cue, one short glance, and ta-da, everything is changed – your are in love :-)

  • March 26, 2008 at 6:35 pmkey05

    t-g8,
    -finally somebody said something that make sense, you are absolutely right. People grow up and feelings change, that’s the reality. In my opinion what Shin feels for Hiromi was a childhood illusion, he thought it was love but it wasn’t, and when he met Noe his feelings changed. He grew up, and he is not the same as when he was 5. Of course the writers can write whatever they want no matter our expectations are.

  • March 26, 2008 at 7:33 pmCrystal

    Can anyone make a assumption of what happened on the first picture up there? where hiromi is playing basketball,,,does it mean she and shin broke up because shin loves Noe?

  • March 26, 2008 at 7:41 pmCrystal

    Can anyone make a assumption of what happened on the first picture up there? where hiromi is playing basketball,,,does it mean she and shin broke up because shin loves Noe? Would it mean that shin broke up with hiromi and went to Noe? it gives me that kind of feeling

  • March 26, 2008 at 8:30 pmschmittles

    @crystal

    That fact that she is playing basketball in that preview pic need not mean anything significant. The pic of her from the http://www.truetears.jp/story/#s13 site, the one in which she is wearing glasses may however be more telling, as she looks upset. Of course that might merely be a continuation of her ep 12 uncertainty and anxiety rather than a true indication of her defeat.

  • March 26, 2008 at 9:58 pmRenton56

    THANK THE GODS! this has been an amazing series.
    Im so happy for the noe ending (im praying for it anyways), but i still dont know why everyone liked Hiromi so much. though it is kind of sad that hiromi gets left behind and jun is a sis-con.

    its also cool that everything worked out nicely with Ai and Nobuse

    This series goes in my favorites, almost as good as shuffle ;D

  • March 26, 2008 at 11:14 pmCrystal

    How can some people be so sure about whether it is a Hirmoi ending or a Noe ending?

  • March 26, 2008 at 11:36 pmvio55555

    There isn’t anything that completely puts a Hiromi or Noe ending out of question at this point.

    Pretty much all of the evidence conflicts although things do seem to be leaning towards Noe at the end of 12, but we don’t know what Shin intends to do for Noe; he could just be helping her get her tears back or it could be something more.

    Everyone will have to wait another 2 days to find out what’s really going to happen. Most people are just guessing or going with their favorites at this point…

  • March 27, 2008 at 12:36 ambuh

    I’d hope for a shin x hiromi ending only for the fact that Noe would be available. ^_- Shin’ichiro does deserve better than Hiromi though. Really good lead compared to so many others out there.
    Whatever the ending is I think we can all agree that this new studio has hit one out of the ballpark. The art isn’t quite as polished or smooth as say KyoAni, but it is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. I definitely think the writing is far more tighter and interesting than Clannad. Can’t wait to see what else they cook up in the future.

  • March 27, 2008 at 4:36 amMomboos

    What makes the anime great is not limited ONLY to that of the author is able to keep the fans guessing all the way till the end. It has show many different values that we are able to pick up while watching the anime. While a nice ending would sum things up perfectly, but even if its a crappy one doesnt really matter tho. I’m sure fellow fans has enjoy yourself so far? That is all that matters aint it?

  • March 27, 2008 at 4:55 amMomboos

    I looked through most of the comments and is able to see that different people has different perceptions towards the anime and the characters, and thats fine. My perspective towards this anime is single word “GREAT”. But i can see many whom are just too childish and start cusring other fans about their opinions. Does it really hurt looking at the comments and thus cursing it. It is you who puts the meaning to the words of others and in return getting emotional about it.

    You know who you are loser….

  • March 27, 2008 at 5:47 pmShinForNoe!

    Ooo i really hope for a shinXnoe ending! this is an amazing anime! although too bad it has to end…. all the really good shows are ending…. but some amazing new ones in april!! yay code geass r2! and vampire knight & special a both of which is a really good manga! whoops i keep rambling on lol anyway hoping for that shin x noe ending!!

  • March 27, 2008 at 8:25 pmjeremy

    god i hope he ends up with noe.

  • March 28, 2008 at 12:33 amliamony

    Gah.. I second what TG8 and KEY05 said……I’m still (and have been since she was introduced) rooting for Noe. I know that Hiromi is the favored choice, but beh…I don’t get what people see in her…in my opinion she lacks personality and looking at this episode…Hiromi is getting a little off the wall….But then again there is ALWAYS an alternate pairing choice in anime-verse ^_^ and without her there’d be no suspense or at the very least something to drive the plot I guess…. it just seems to me like her and Shinichiro, though they have somewhat of a history and all, have nothing but an awkward chemistry…it lacks true substance…it seems like Shinichiro is more himself around Noe and I think he’s starting to realise that she brings out something in him he didn’t see before. I just feel like Shinichiro is still holding onto whatever childhood feelings he had for Hiromi and only after sorting that out can he sort out his feelings for Noe. But I do have to agree with ONMI….I wouldn’t be suprised if the writers just went ahead and blew us away with a school days ending just for kicks …haha.

  • March 28, 2008 at 7:53 amDiva

    Saw the 6 minute long, spoilericious, promotional video of TT, and you can tell the main girl here is really Noe. Writers even make it so that whenever Shin is with Noe, their chemistry just brightens the whole place. Even when NoexShin got together w/ Shin working on his picturebook, they have the complete True Tears theme song as their musical background lol That’s the only time we got to hear it in all 12 episodes. NoexShin is inevitable as long as Shin values the picturebook over Hiromi.

  • March 28, 2008 at 5:48 pmcrystal

    i’m so excited about the ending…i just have to wait for 22 hrs then i can download the episode 13 in a torrent website called Tokyo Toshokan.

  • March 28, 2008 at 8:43 pmhoneyblu

    i really like noe! i couldnt bring myself to liking miromi through the whole series for some reason, not really sure why.

  • March 29, 2008 at 2:10 pmMIke

    all the noe fans will finally die ;D

  • March 30, 2008 at 3:37 amKyle

    oh geez, i’m a noe fan and the ending was a real let-down for me, but not for hiromi fans (good for them d(^_^)b). omg before i was gonna watch i was hoping for noexshinichiro, but omg once i saw how much shin’ichiro was interacting with hiromi and his fixed resolve, i could tell it wasn’t gonna end with noe. good for all the hiromi fans, thats great i guess. for me…i’m sad. i wished they had two seperate episodes so that you could choose the one you wanted him to be with. The hiromi ending was great and all, but didnt drive as much suspense and excitement that i hoped for. It’s interesting though how they seperated noe and the theories of the picture book from shin’ichiro so that he falls in love with hiromi rather than noe. I would just wish that the creators would make one, just one more episode for the noe fans (that alters the story for a different ending), but i know thats not gonna happen. T-T

  • March 31, 2008 at 10:49 amIonic

    Diva

    You missed the whole point of Noe’s impact on Shin. Her impact was spiritual in a sense; it was a more abstract kind of love between them, not really a romantic love like what he had for Hiromi.

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