Archive for March 12th, 2008

true tears: The Twisted Path Towards Resolution

In a surprising twist of events, Miyokichi is given more depth than in the entire series to date! I think that was the part of the episode that surprised me the most (in an episode full of suprises) for some reason. For someone who I’ve always seen as a kind of extra character who isn’t going to be major in any way, I think the fact that they gave him a short moment in the spotlight a showcase of the technical merit of this series. No one character is without some kind of depth to them. Even Jun has some personality to him, especially after this episode.

Probably the best part of the episode, though, was the scene–punctuated by a new song from eufonius, no less–of Shin’ichiro chasing after Hiromi on his bike. The episode was about disaster after disaster piling up on him, and he passively accepts all these events, not betraying any of his true feelings, until the pain of losing Hiromi is just too much. Shin’ichiro has always been about being stoic in the face of adversity, but the toll of the events the series documents is beginning to exact itself upon him. His world is crumbling around him–Aiko wants to move on from him, Noe is feeling somewhat betrayed by him, and Hiromi is moving out of his house–and, true to any human to whom this has happened, he decides not to take it sitting down.

The series is winding to a conclusion, one which will probably be painful and heartbreaking for some, or many, or all. I still don’t have a clue how they could end up the story, or even if they could, if we’ll be left with an open-ended ending. Not that I think an open-ended ending is bad per se, but it’s a possibility for the series. The previous ten episodes have astounded me in quality and sheer force of pathos, and there is no reason for me to doubt that the remaining three episodes will not do the same. I don’t want it to be over, though, but, alas, all good things must come to an end.

Maybe there’ll be a sequel: true tears 2: cry harder. Possibly with some vengeance.


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