Ranked #1135
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: 7.641 (scored by 52656 users)
Ranked: #11352
Popularity: #365
Members: 95,267
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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 She, too, is quiet and withdrawn in their house, quite unlike at school.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
Andou, Aiko
Andou, Aiko
Iguchi, Yuka
Iguchi, Yuka
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Nakagami, Shinichiro
Ishii, Makoto
Ishii, Makoto


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 5:02 PM
“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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Oct 10, 2008 3:32 AM
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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Feb 17, 2008 7:07 AM
True Tears is a fairly typical Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy, Drama based on an unusual theme of tears (amongst other things); nonetheless it’s just another “visual novel” – to – “anime adaptation”. From the beginning the story is pretty ordinary, for this type of anime, as it has a male protagonist (Shinichirou) and it introduces him, his surroundings and the heroines involved in the story (Noe, Hiromi & Aiko). However it is really difficult to tell what the story is entirely about or where it is headed, until things reach a certain point. That is when some major developments arise but it’s a shame read more
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Mar 30, 2008 10:54 PM
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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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: 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: 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: 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. 
reportRecommended by Stark700

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