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September 5, 2012

Anime Review: True Tears

True Tears may bring you to tears if you involve yourself deeply in the romance and drama of this anime. Although the feelings in the anime are emotionally motivating, the anime does not want you to feel sad in the end and thus gives us a nice ending we were hoping for.

True TearsSynopsis:

Shinichiro is a student living in what would be a dream come true for most high school boys, but for him is mostly a frustration. A well liked girl in school named Hiromi has lived in his house for a year along with his family. Her father was a close friend of the family, and when he died they immediately took her in. She is popular and well liked, always smiles, is talented in sports- but Shinichiro knows there must be tears inside her. Having an artistic tendency, he makes watercolours of her and thinks about wishing to ease her tears. Yet he cannot bring up the nerve to talk to her even in his own home. She, too, is quiet and withdrawn in their house, quite unlike at school. Shinichiro is also distracted by teasing from his friend Nobuse for watching Hiromi from afar, a curse of bad luck from a strange girl named Noe, and being forced to perform Muhiga dancing. By helping Noe he hopes to ease his own problems, yet he seems to have difficulty helping himself.

Review:

True Tears stays true to real-world love by providing near-real life experience of love triangles, misunderstandings, and assumptions. Of course though, there are some exaggerated, overly emphasised, or deliberate misunderstandings that any other anime would portray as slice of life. The story however, is quite simply told through the use of picture book imagery that reflects the events and feelings of the main character and his dealings with the people around him. I felt that the story was quite excellently told, and really touched my heart. I was glad though that the ending was a good one, and also what I had predicted would happen. There are a few plot twists along the way to keep us on our toes as to what will happen next. It was a simple yet effective story to immerse in.

The art was simply wonderfully and beautifully illustrated with nice use of watercolour-like textures and colour pencil drawings for some still images. The use of such artistic technique in the anime really effected my viewing experience for the better. I felt the emotions and feelings pour through such use of imagery and really reflected the mood and feelings of the characters. Aside from the still imagery, the characters looked great and the backgrounds were full of detail.

Voice acting was quite good for all of the characters. Although there weren't many characters involved in this anime, I never once got annoyed or bored with them. The theme songs were nice and pleasant to listen to and suited the anime really well. There were also nice use of background music to enhance the mood of the scene.

I would say that I quite liked the personality for the main character, Shinichiro. He starts of being indecisive, independent, withdrawn to being protective, understanding, and kind to the three girls that he meets. I liked how the anime did portray a love triangle, but did not fully drown the characters in it. Meaning, they all had some mutual relationships, and they did not openly or quickly admit their feelings for each other. I felt that the characters were well presented and properly positioned in the end.

Overall, it was a nice dramatic romance anime to enjoy once in a while. There was very little comedy or action, but there were some surprising and unexpected events that do happen. The anime was though-provoking and emotionally motivating. If you are into these type of anime, then True Tears will fill your cup. Other recommendations you should try are Clannad, Kanon, and Air.

STORY: 8
Simply wonderfully told through imagery and still images in some parts.

ART: 8
Simply unique and beautifully illustrated and animated.

SOUND: 8
Voice acting was rather good for all of the characters. Theme songs were nice and background music was emotional.

CHARACTER: 8
The anime portrays a few main characters are explores their feeling, emotions and thoughts. Well compiled and presented.

ENJOYMENT: 8
It gives us a happy ending that we will all enjoy watching. Other than that, the love triangle was predictable and some dialogue was slightly cheesy.

OVERALL: 8
You will find that the first time watching this anime will emotionally move you, but the second time, you may think the dialogue will be cheesy.