Spoilers and true tears inbound.
Shin feels somewhat responsible for Noe's injury and profusely apologizes to Jun for being unable to prevent the mishap. Unable to to find it within himself to forgive the former, he questions our hero as to why Noe is unable to cry, to which he replies with "self suggestion". After commenting on how beautiful the snow was and that it had helped cushion Noe's fall, Jun merely dismisses Shin'ichiro, who leaves without any hesitation . Confronting yet another apologetic person before him, Jun visits Noe in her room who tells him that she was influenced by Shin'ichiro. Lawl wut?
Making it clear once and for all, Jun meets up with Hiromi for the very last time and openly declares that she was right the whole time, as he had never taken a liking towards her. Not. One. Bit.
In school, Shinichiro finds himself being the centre of attention after his splendid performance at the festival. Enter Hiromi, who walks in with a stern look on her face, asking Shin to drop by later at the apartment. Wondering what just took place in her room, I can't seem to shake off the feeling that it was some sort of attempt at seducing Shinichiro, when Hiromi drinks off his mug, as noted by him as being strange. Realizing she's turning into
a slut weird, Hiromi drives Shin out of the place. As he leaves, Hiromi mutters to herself to not having beautiful tears, as she is slowly turning promiscuous....
Back home, Shin receives a call from the publishing company who asks him to submit his piece. He queries his dad on when a person cries, who responds with "when the heart wavers". Right after that, Shin'ichiro finds Hiromi at his doorsteps, who came to apologize on what happened earlier and how she's acted thus far, not to mention telling him to resolve everything once and for all. With that and picture book in hand, Shin heads out to the hospital.
Confronting a stubborn Noe, Shin presents to her his picture book, with the former simply refusing to read it, claiming that she had nothing to do with it. This prompts Shin'ichiro to tell Noe that he wrote it for her, and if she had no interest in it, he would then throw it away. Noe tells him to go ahead, but not before asking where he was going to do so. The sea where Jibeta chose not to fly he says.
At the seaside. Shin'ichiro tears out pages from his picture book and turns them into paper airplanes, tossing them all over the place. As he does so, he notices Noe staggering towards him while struggling to pick up the pieces of paper. I find it difficult to write out the next part, so I'll just go ahead by saying Shin'ichiro finally decides to drop the bomb on Noe, claiming that he had always loved Hiromi though she was a source of inspiration. Noe accepts it with a straight face, leaving him to sing a version of Noe's song while sobbing away.
Having resolved things with Noe, Shin returns to his love only to find her at the bamboo forest where they once shared memories, where he confesses. Bleh.
Some epilogue stuff:
Despite being dumped, Noe is as cheerful as ever, making friends in the process.
Jun attends a rehabilitation centre to rid himself out of his sister complex.
Shin comes up with an ingenuous plan the design the world's first human operated flying machine which he'll call an "Airplane"
Hiromi incapacitates all her opponents with her smelly armpits.
Mr Nakagami and his assistant saw an increase in sales at the sake factory after the latter obtained the ability to see microbes.
Oops, almost forget about this pair. Looks like Aiko's willing to start things over with Nobuse, and it looks like they're doing just fine.
Noe finds herself standing by the chicken coop where Jibeta still resides, as she comes across what's left of the stones Shin'ichiro used to spell out his confession. As she looks into the horizon, the wind blows the tears shed by her which glitters in the sky. The end. SO I GUESS THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT TRUE TEARS ROTFLMAOXDDDD
Here, have some True Tears.
乙wwww* PA Works, you kept everyone at the edges of their seat with your plot twists and cliffhangers, and now finally you deliver the crushing blow in the most despicable manner possible. You set everything up in such a way that made it seem that Noe could have had a shot. Yet, the way you swung between a Noe Good End to a Hiromi Good End before reverting to what looked like an inevitable Noe ending might have suggested that things would have turned out this way. I wouldn't go as far as calling this ending obvious, although deep down I just had a gut feeling that you were going to serve us with this "main girl wins" bullshit.
*Well done, lol
I had always believed that the manner in which Noe regained her tears would be due to something of spectacular proportions, something so dramatic that it will pull my heartstrings and make me bawww. Well I baww'ed alright, if only because it was so poorly executed that I felt shortchanged seeing Noe shedding her tears during the final moments of the show for whatever reason that eludes me. Shin on the hand became a typical Japanese and went for the most mundane choice presented before him by opting for boring missionary love making with Hiromi rather than erotic chicken coop fornication with Noe. Sigh.
Even in another timeline, Noe's defeat is mourned.
And that bit with Shin's mother with Hiromi? More than ever, I believe she saw herself in the latter, possibly antagonizing her for so long due to that fact. Having her go on about how waiting takes a lot energy out of a person would suggest that she herself experienced something similar back in her heydays. Like father like son.
The confession scene left a lot to be desired, and apart from Hiromi fans, I can't imagine anyone actually enjoying it. Even Noe's false good end had more fanfare than this, which was relatively calm and silent for something which was meant to serve as a closure. That, or I'm still reeling over the fact that it could have been someone else. The epilogue didn't really provide any new insights other than just being the usual time passes by life goes on means of making the story move forward.
To be honest I'm not that bitter. Shin, I kinda know why you went for Hiromi after all. Like when I play visual novels myself, I usually go for the unimportant characters first, before finally going after the main girl(That's why I consider this only 20% complete; Hiromi end = 20%, Aiko end = 20%, Other's = 20% Noe end = 40%). Yes, I'm going to consider this a Noe Bad End rather than a Hiromi Best End, not to mention the fact you might have wanted to unlock that elusive CG of Noe crying(If you look hard enough, you'll notice it). Well done faggot, you earned your achievement.
The great thing about dumping Noe isn't making her cry, but showing everyone online you did it.
Well whatever the case, Shinichiro, I hope you're happy with the choice you made. You know, when you marry Hiromi she's going to be nagging at you every moment when you come home, paranoid about who you've been with, scared that you'll leave her alone, until she cuts your penis off in your sleep, ensuring that no one else will have you!
I now await Hiromifags to rub it in. Oh yeah, I still love the show and all, despite being disappointed over how things turned out. The only thing I can hope now is for an OVA with an alternate ending. I want to believe.