Ranked #1196

True Tears

Alternative Titles

Japanese: true tears


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 6, 2008 to Mar 30, 2008
Premiered: Winter 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Romance, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.621 (scored by 54,229 users)
Ranked: #11962
Popularity: #384
Members: 98,942
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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, always smiles, is talented in sports—but Shinichiro knows there must be tears inside her. Having an artistic tendency, he makes watercolors 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 She, too, is quiet and withdrawn in their house, quite unlike at school.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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Isurugi, Noe
Isurugi, Noe
Takagaki, Ayahi
Takagaki, Ayahi
Yuasa, Hiromi
Yuasa, Hiromi
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Ishii, Makoto
Ishii, Makoto
Andou, Aiko
Andou, Aiko
Iguchi, Yuka
Iguchi, Yuka


Horikawa, Kenji
Horikawa, Kenji
Nishimura, Junji
Nishimura, Junji
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Sound Director
Ando, Masahiro
Ando, Masahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(0/13)

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Opening Theme

"Reflectia (リフレクティア)" by eufonius (eps 1-12)

Ending Theme

#1: "Sekai no Namida (セカイノナミダ)" by Aira Yuki (eps 1-12)
#2: "Reflectia (リフレクティア)" by eufonius (ep 13)

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Mar 15, 2009
“Because I gave my tears away.”

That was the line that first introduced me to True Tears. Now I would like to use this same line to introduce you all to this realistic romance series. The True Tears legacy began with very disappointing visual novel sales that ranked it as 41 among the 50 newly released visual novels at the time. Shortly after the visual novel came a live action film of True Tears that resembles closely to the game. So now you must thinking the anime is naturally just another adaptation to the visual novel as well right? Wrong!

The anime version of True Tears shares read more
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Dec 6, 2013
"-What are tears?
-Let's see, when you're sad...
-Not when... what are tears?
-Well, to keep your eyeballs clean and moist the tear glands secrete..."

True Tears was P.A. Works' debut anime as a solo independent company. It wasn't based on a manga, light novel, visual novel, anything, it was a original production. Because of this, the studio was considered careless by a considerate percentage of the critics, however, this helped increasing the series' audience at its premier, it was an audacious move after all. With the show progressing and popularity constantly increasing, it prof itself a well played market strategy.
Then, someone might say "What is it worth read more
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Sep 14, 2015
True Tears is a title that disappeared in the back of my mind since I had no recollection of the show, however, after giving the show a re-watch I feel that I may have finally grasped what True Tears is meant to convey.

Story-wise the anime dealt with issues in romance and those issues spanning from those who admire from afar to when you are engaged in a relationship and your personal feelings for your partner begin to waver whether it would be from curiosity, trying something new, or the romance simply dying out with no fault to either side, hence the title True Tears where read more
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May 11, 2015
Not a bad storyline on this anime - it's like "warped love triangle meets weird voodoo rituals" which makes it interesting. There's messages within messages and sometimes I found myself over thinking what was trying to be said and was left confused - the chicken. The chicken had my mind... blown.

Story: As mentioned, it was quite interesting. It began to get shoujo feels but right when you go to predict something it takes a sharp 180 and you go down another path. The chicken backstory or philisophy (?) was verrryy6 interesting and borderline weird but in a good way. You take what you can read more
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Anime: ef: A Tale of Memories.
Ef and True Tears are a perfect match to the point that they could almost be mistaken for the same franchise. Both are Highschool romance anime that avoid many of clichés of the genre to focus on love triangles, keeping the emotional development of the characters as their primary goal. In visual terms they present very solid animation values with gorgeous background art that shines mostly in the sky scenes. Fanservice free, these are titles that handle their potentially jaded subject matter with maturity and in a serious, thoughtful and highly emotional way. Fans of one are encouraged to check out the other.
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reportRecommended by Nocturnal
Anime: Kimikiss Pure Rouge
Similar art with both dealing with the relationship of more than one person.
While in True Tears it is mostly focused on one male main character and his relationships and putting the other a bit in the background, are in kimikiss two male leads. 
reportRecommended by Mathes
Anime: H2O: Footprints in the Sand
Both slice of life, bit dramatic. Also they started airing around the same time =) 
reportRecommended by Shinbou
Anime: White Album 2
It's a story of romance and teenage angst.

Both have shown to be more realistic than having standard archetypes for both protagonist and heroines.

Both also deliver a very compelling story with strong music.

In differences, True Tears looks more stronger in terms of animation and coloring, but White Album 2 seems to have the stronger soundtrack. However, it is based around music at first, so having weak music would've been a huge negative.

If one wants compelling, yet dramatic love stories, these are definitely good together.  
reportRecommended by JcobtheKid
Anime: Air
Has a laidback vibe to it like True Tears does, a strange girl, a realistic girl, and a girl who closes herself off from others. Progresses very well, highly recommended if you're into Air. 
reportRecommended by Taksun
Anime: Myself ; Yourself
Realism is one of the many themes you will see in both of these series.

But beyond that, both anime(s) focuses on the characters on what they try to become as the episodes progresses.

Then of course, there is drama, comedy (less so in later episodes), emotional scenes, and romance mixed with various misunderstandings. Ultimately both series reflects the more emotional and sadder side of a romance story. 
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