Living under the same roof with the girl he has a crush on should be a dream for Shinichirou Nakagami, but the reality is closer to a nightmare. At school, Hiromi is bright, academically successful, athletic, and popular. But at home, Hiromi is a completely different person; she’s cold, distant, and encased in the protective shell she’s erected around herself after a painful childhood. At school, a strange girl named Isurugi Noe suddenly takes an interest in Shinichirou. Noe loves the school’s chickens, especially Raigomaru, who she’s convinced can fly. Thus begins a strange relationship where Shinichirou helps Noe resolve her problems, even as he tries to figure out his own feelings about Noe, Hiromi, and his childhood friend, Andou Aiko. All the while Shinichirou is also trying to find the key to unlock Hiromi’s heart, and to finish the children’s picture book he’s been writing. Surprisingly, it’s Noe who proves critical to both… – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
I highly recommend this show to anyone who likes a good romance story, complicated characters, and an in-depth examination of the parts of our lives we too often take for granted.
Real Life Anime Reviews
True Tears is possibly the best romance anime out there and its a shame that it never got the recognition that other romance anime’s got and after watching it you’ll never think of romance the same way.
To be honest it took me awhile to get myself to watch this anime. Every time I read the word romance I kinda lose interest and I tired to watch it 3 times by the first episode and I close it by the end of the first scene. I couldn’t stand this much drama. until one day I was brave enough to watch this much drama xD.
Revisiting this title after a couple of years was a lot of fun since I had forgotten about the nature of the relationships and the fun of the whole chicken and rooster subplot. It is, at its core, a straightforward romantic drama for the first half of it, but it’s not much more than halfway through the show that it turns more into how will they really become involved, can they become involved and what problems do they have to overcome to find their happiness. The search for the answers through young, awkward and uncertain love is always interesting to watch when done well and True Tears is just that. It feels real and honest, not forced and obvious. It’s beautifully animated and done in a way that makes you feel like these places are just outside your grasp. Though in some ways it is predictable, it’s a solidly enjoyable show that moves beyond the norms of high school romances and goes for the real action – resolving issues instead of spending the whole show leading up to a revelation of feelings in the last scene. The best romantic drama material to me comes when the leads are involved and having to experience the relationship, not the lead-up to that. True Tears isn’t quite there, but it’s better than most.
True Tears has its share problems. Some of the conversations, thoughts, and feelings, though dramatic, seem unrealistic. I find it hard to believe some of the things I read can ever be applied to real life in any form for a show like True Tears, which has a setting that is supposed to be very realistic. Concepts such as someone’s “true tears” or “choosing to fly or not” just seem a bit overly symbolic and unnecessary. In addition, you would expect a series named True Tears would make you cry or something of the sort, but I felt no such emotion. The most I felt were some moments of welling up. The ending of the series also left some loose ends…
If you can get past the negative, you will be taken for a very dramatic ride.
True Tears is yet another example for the recent trend of more and more outstanding decent quality shows from this harem genre. The animation is not only flawless, but the cars, school buildings, school grounds and simply everything is designed so realistic that you could actually think you are looking at an animated version of a real contemporary small Japanese town. The character personalities and reactions are just as believable as the animation, but still manage to be original and interesting. Even the few anime clichés that are picked up are presented in a credible way. So far I have high hopes that this story will be interesting.
Yes, I gave it a significantly higher grade than Kimikiss. Arguably, Kimikiss was more believable for a longer period of time and filled with enjoyable moments. But the individual elements that held True Tears together, especially the animation and the music and acting, were of such strength, and the ending so right, that my memory of the show is one notch more positive. This is definitely one of the few genuinely good shows of this lackluster season, and I’m glad I picked it up despite my initial wariness.
Overall, It was a very enjoyable anime. But, the most impressive thing about True Tears was related to its storyline. I would truly like to Thank Lantis Production for bring us (The Anime fans) such a wonderful romance anime that will forever have a place in my romance anime list.
If someone can tell me why exactly the name of the series is True Tears, I’d love to know. Retard Whining might have been a more appropriate title, but for some reason I don’t think it would have garnered the same viewership. On a serious note, though, True Tears does have its mildly redeeming points, especially toward the beginning of the series, and they managed to motivate me enough to actually finish. Watching the romances involving Hiromi and Ai unfold is enjoyable if nothing else, so if you’re out of good romances to watch and are in search of something mediocre, True Tears won’t disappoint too much – yet another potentially solid romance ruined by poor scriptwriting, but ultimately worthwhile enough to merit some consideration.
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All you need to remember is that True Tears doesn’t work as a romance. No romance can survive a cast with the chemistry of inert gasses, and definitely not one led by a dud like Shinichiro. Of course, any series that can have you reaching for the hankies—and it will make you reach—one minute and throwing them at the TV the next can’t be all bad. But a few tears do not a good series make.
Golden Pincers Anime Reviews
“True Tears” is a very realistic, believable and enjoyable romance anime, with an overall balanced amount of drama and comedy to transfer the emotions of the characters to the viewer; has a good cast of characters; simplistic, yet beautiful animation; and a simply magnificent music score. It is not the best anime of its genre, but it is definitely worth a watch, especially for romance and drama fans.
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I would like to truly thank the Lantis production crew for bringing us (the anime fans) a wonderful romance series that will forever have a place in my anime romance list.
So unfortunately I have to take off points for the ending but other then that it’s a fantastic anime I recommend to fans of drama, romance, symbolism, storytelling. Hell you might prefer the ending they went with even, so just give it a shot.
So in the end, it boils down to whether True Tears is a worthy series or not; without a doubt, one of the main highlights currently in my book, and definitely, one to remember for the years to come. Eminently, it is not a thorough perfection in terms of all aspects. As there are many weak joints that seem to be detached with the story. The ending can definitely be viewed from different perspective, although it has its sappy way of conveying ideas, I believe there is some values in the story that is worthy of a praise.
The Nihon Review
The end result of this is that, while True Tears remained good to the end, good doesn’t do justice to what could have been great. While it is still worth recommending, one can only bemoan how much better it could have been, had episode 9 not happened. Because, if the plotquake in episode 9 had been done better with proper transitioning, True Tears might have been as close to perfect as possible.
Beta Is Dead
True Tears is a pretty shitty anime that left me in a real sour mood when I finished it. I’m not alone since I guess this anime has something of a partisan fanbase, some who agree with my sentiments, and engage in a lot of shipping wars over the ONE TRUE PAIRING. All I know is that the way the story was told for most of the series is weirdly disconnected from the last three episodes and then it ends depressingly. I thought about whether I should give this show my first 1 Panda score for an anime. The only reason I decided not to was because I compared it to my most hated anime of all time and asked myself “Is watching True Tears more or less entertaining than that other sack of shit?” The answer is “more”, therefore this show doesn’t fail. Plus I know a lot of people will enjoy it and truthfully had it not gone off the rails and had an actual likeable lead character it would have been a decent show.
My major issue with this series is the characters. None of them are particularly likable, and the entire show has this subdued atmosphere that doesn’t let any character break out and become interesting. Due to the drama (perceived or otherwise) between the characters, it feels like none of them have a strong relationship with each other. Since the characters themselves are not very interesting, and the relationship dynamics between them aren’t interesting either, the show is in general really boring. Not particularly what I expected from a PA Works show, since I can usually find a character or two I enjoy in their shows.
Chickens can’t fly, and alas, neither can this show