Sunday, 3 February 2008

True Tears - Episode 5

It's nice to know that it isn't just me whose been left purring over True Tears, with Bandai Visual already snapping up the series, licensing it for a Western release.

Although episode five felt a little close to losing its way for a few minutes with what seemed to be a slightly rushed (and visually slightly below-par on the animation front) opening, it soon settled down into its usual groove of beautifully realised characters, situations and conversations. It's really rather hard to find much to talk about beyond glowing praise of the way this series handles all its main players, weaving a subtle yet powerful blend of emotions that can't help but drag you into its fold - Little emotional moments that would hold little interest in other shows grab you by the heartstrings here with expert ease.

After a few minutes of this episode where everything seems to be falling into place far too easily with regard to the main relationships on show, things soon inevitably get shaken up again, leaving the episode closing with yet another "No, don't end it now, I want to see more!!" ending. The guys behind True Tears really are experts at exerting their emotional hold over the viewer, down to the very last second of each episode. I should probably hate them for manipulating my feelings so easily, but far from it, I really don't ever want it to stop. I think it's going to take a lot to knock this show from its current 'series of the season' perch...

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