Ranked #1101
True Tears

True Tears

Alternative Titles

Japanese: true tears


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


Score: 7.661 (scored by 49971 users)
Ranked: #11012
Popularity: #333
Members: 89,422
Favorites: 641
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comedy drama romance school


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 She, too, is quiet and withdrawn in their house, quite unlike at school.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)


Episodes  13
Aired  Jan 6, 2008 to Mar 30, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Spin-off: True Tears Specials
Sequel: True Tears Epilogue
Other: True Tears: Raigomaru to Jibeta no Monogatari
Character: Utopia

Characters & Voice Actors

Andou, Aiko
Andou, Aiko
Iguchi, Yuka
Iguchi, Yuka
Yeo, Min Jeong
Yeo, Min Jeong
Isurugi, Noe
Isurugi, Noe
Takagaki, Ayahi
Takagaki, Ayahi
Jeong, Mi Sook
Jeong, Mi Sook
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Ishii, Makoto
Ishii, Makoto
Eom, Sang Hyeon
Eom, Sang Hyeon
Yuasa, Hiromi
Yuasa, Hiromi
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Lee, Ji Yeong
Lee, Ji Yeong


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

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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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Oct 10, 2008
True tears is a story that focuses on the life of a high school student and his interactions with the three heroines of the story. The story focuses on the romance and drama in the lives of the characters.

I think that the storyline was one of the best i have seen for a 13 episode anime. It was just the right length for such a story. The anime incorporates a lot of realism and really brings out the drama of a love triangle. The story looks at love from a path less ventured on and is different from your typical love story. Some may call read more
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Mar 30, 2008
True Tears was an anime adaptation of visual novel of the same name. Although, I’m hesitant in calling it an adaptation as True Tears the anime has nothing in common with the game. The story, characters, setting, and even the themes employed are different from the game version, with the exception of the name. I was initially excited a few years ago when I heard about it, but when I heard how poorly the game was received I had extremely low expectations. Thankfully, the anime was also extremely different in terms of quality.

The story itself is extremely read more
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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.

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.
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.
Both slice of life, bit dramatic. Also they started airing around the same time =)
-Both animes focuses very deeply into the story that involves love triangles and one-sided love as well as problems surrounding it.
-School Life
Both have characters with tragic circumstances with a dramatic/realistic plot (kimi ga is more intense ) and both series look at love from a destructive side and how one can hurt the other when falling in love-kimi ga is focused on one guy and his relationship with two tragic females and true tears is focused on three males and three females with lots of jealousy ,desperate love ,so if u liked true tears u might like kimi ga nozomu eien as well ......

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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