And just like that, it’s time for another anime A to Z review!
Feels like just yester- it’s been a month since my last A to Z post?!
The closer I get to the end of the anime A to Z challenge, the more time I seem to spend watching and writing about things outside of the A to Z challenge. I guess there’s no rush though!
This time around I decided to watch True Tears, a drama anime that I’ve had my eye on for a while. I’ve never really jumped into a drama anime because it was a drama anime. I’ve seen drama before in anime, but this anime is designed around it.
So, how was True Tears?
It’s A Drama Anime
Yup, turns out, True Tears really is a drama anime. You may have expected this, so just consider this a confirmation. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, so luckily the anime spelled it out for me almost immediately – this is a drama anime.
While the immediate confirmation was nice, it felt a little too soon. First episode soon. It almost felt like the anime was trying to create something from nothing – here I am still trying to remember names and I am presented with some cryptic messages, sad undertones and the beginning of a potential romance. And then to try and end episode 1 on a cliffhanger made me chuckle as well.
I’m not going to say that the pacing was an issue or anything like this, the fact is I don’t know much when it comes to drama anime. I could just as easily assume this is the norm. Best way I can describe it is that the anime came out punching in episode 1, but it missed many of its punches in the process.
That was my experience for the first few episodes.
Afterwards though, once I knew all of the main characters and had a grasp on their present / past situations, the anime really started to come together. The cliffhangers started to leave me hanging, the drama pulled me in. I’ll tell you what, there were many moments where I couldn’t believe what had just happened, and I just HAD to know how everyone would react. “That didn’t just happen!” felt like a common theme, which was actually pretty amazing.
I really loved that aspect of True Tears. Just when everything and everyone has seemed to level off, something happens that throws everything out of whack again. And you just can’t help but get excited at watching what will happen next.
So despite the fast start, True Tears manages to pull it all together and create a really exciting and dramatic story.
One of the prevailing themes in True Tears is the cryptic messages that are provided via Isurugi Noe, one of the main female characters / love interests in the anime. Right from episode 1 she doesn’t hesitate to say things that don’t make a lot of sense right away, or seem obvious. Sometimes I picked up on their meanings, and sometimes I may have forgotten about the messages completely in the midst of everything going on.
While I won’t spoil anything, I will say that there are two major messages like this that prevail throughout the entire anime, right from episode 1. At first I felt like the anime was trying too hard to be edgy with them, but once I made it through most of the anime I began to sort of appreciate them. They end up adding a lot to Isurugi Noe’s character, as well as protagonist Nakagami Shinichirou even if they seemed ridiculous at times.
Multiple Love Interests
Really this ties in heavily with the drama aspect of the anime, but I’ll at least mention here that I liked how the romance played out in True Tears. There are three girls that end up crossing paths with Shinichirou at times, and that each contribute to some great moments. I’ll pass on nominating a best girl here, but I did like all three girls for some reason or another.
The whole relationships side of the anime obviously really added to the drama. An all around exciting and enjoyable series of events, often with the girls / Shinichirou at the center. You really can’t let your guard down for a second with this stuff.
First off, while he is a side character, I really liked Myokichi. In the beginning he comes off as a bit pompus, or a bit too sure of himself, but very quickly you learn that he’s actually a really good and genuine guy with his own issues and concerns. I think his character was very well done.
Secondly was this math lesson:
What is this? I don’t remember learning anything like it.
What are the u and n looking symbols between the letters?
What does the line above the letters denote, a fraction?
Anyone know anything about this? I’d love to hear it.
When I saw this I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on here.
I expected a drama anime, and I got what I now know is a drama anime.
I also really enjoyed it!
While the fast pacing early on threw me off, True Tears did a great job at putting everything together and creating a story that had me invested and excited to follow – especially when there was drama involved. And there was pretty much always drama involved… that many cliffhangers just isn’t fair.
I’m going to give True Tears a 8.5 / 10.
As someone who is new to the whole “only drama” style of anime, I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try that kind of anime out.
I’ll also be giving True Tears the “That Didn’t Just Happen!” award, because a lot of things actually did just happen when I didn’t think they would.
Perhaps it isn’t the best idea to write a spoiler-free review for a drama anime, as all I can really say is “I really enjoyed the drama!“, but I also really don’t want to spoil anything for any of you who may be interested in trying something like this.
If you have never tried a straight drama anime, why not give True Tears a shot?
That’s it for anime T.
Anime U is currently ongoing, but it shouldn’t take a month this time!
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!