[Anime] True Tears (トゥルー ティアーズ)
For all those fans out there of my anime commentary articles (well, one to be exact), here’s one of my favorites in 2008: True Tears.
And no, this work is not classified under the horror genre (though the picture may make you think so). This is a scene from the TV Anime.
The 13-episode series is an anime adapted from the PS game. However, the storyline is entirely new, and has no connection with the original game (though I’m not absolutely sure because I’ve never played the game version).
The story talks about a stereo-typical love triangle between three characters: Nakagami Junichiro, a high school heir of a brewery who wants to be a professional artist; Isurugi Noe, a new transfer student who’s a bit removed from reality; and Yuasa Hiromi, the adopted daughter of the brewery owner who’s also the classmate of the main character.
The entire story takes place at a small town in Fukuyama Prefecture. The setting, much along the same line of “setting-focued” anime such as “Please Teacher!” (おねがい☆ティーチャー) series, takes into account in-depth details of the actual town.
Now, the details help to make the story more ‘real’, and admittingly the production crew did a good job in incorporating the setting into the overall storyline.
True Tears shines in my opinion not because of any exaggerated plot or impressive love story; rather, it is a work that has great control from the beginning all the way to the last episode.
While the starting point might be a bit idealistic (yeah, show me the chance of a mundane-looking high school students attracting the attention of three cute girls), the entire flow of the series gives the viewers something to look forward to in each episode, but still keeps the series believable.
Now, without spoiling the whole thing, let me just say that my favorite part about the work is the ending. Yes, the ENDING!!!! It’s been quite a long time since I would rewatch the last episode of an animation series multiple times.
Anyways, if you want something good and enjoyable, you won’t want to miss out on True Tears.
By the way, the official TV anime website: http://www.truetears.jp/
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