The Song of Noe: A Mock Epic Poem

So this is actually the last post in the Valentine’s Day shipping series, but I didn’t want to post it on Valentine’s Day itself. As anyone who’s watched True Tears knows, it’s a bit of a downer. So I thought I’d save this for the day after the holiday. But now, gather, ye brothers and sisters of romance and shipping, for the Song of Noe, the ancient chronicle of true love found and cruelly lost.

Here begins the song of Noe.

Because time does not heal,

and ye knoweth that feel,

when true love loses to one without honor or moe.


It begins in the town of Toyama,

a vision of scenery porn

by P.A. Works born.

Its beauty the stage of the drama.


Shinichiro dreamed of story and art

While under the same roof cruel Hiromi ill-fated,

And at school Noe by the fans fairest rated,

would all in the trauma to come have their part.


Tempted by Ai, Shinichiro stood strong.

And through chickens and chance to Noe grew near,

the couple that all true romantics hold dear.

Life was good, for what could go wrong?


Through Jibeta and Raigomaru, Noe taught him to fly.

Their days after school spent together in bliss,

Aphrodite herself cheered on for them to kiss!

And even cruel Hiromi had found the right guy.


But Hiromi was not content with this happy life.

She plotted and pouted and schemed for more,

to have Shinichiro and with his mother settle the score.

And thus was paradise plunged into strife.


Hiromi played with the mind of Shinichiro.

And cast glances at Noe as cold as winter’s frost,

inspiring in her the despair that all was lost.

So that at that accursed jetty the fans cried out “NOOOOOO!”


This saga here has ended.

Shinichiro’s mind by Hiromi’s dark magicks so clouded

that the true love between he and Noe confounded,

and for us all the wounds never mended.


I still MAD after all these years.


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  1. Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted February 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink


    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      “…and I can think of no reason that the True Tears treason should ever be forgot.”

  3. Posted February 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    stay mad bro, stay mad.

    the tears, they are so delicious~

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

      True tears, unlike the false and unworthy ones Hiromi would shed to try and get sympathy from Shinichiro :P

  4. Rob
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never seen True Tears… is there a certain episode or scene I could stop at and pretend those last three verses don’t happen?

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Yes. True Tears only has eight episodes, hence the eight quatrains in the poem. Thirteen episodes? I don’t know where you got that idea…

  5. Posted February 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    lol, this reminds me of the back-and-forths I had with Crusader back then. Good times, good times…

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      I only wish I was watching this when it aired. I didn’t hear about it until about two years later, though I read Crusader’s posts along with the episodes as I watched it.

  6. Jason
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    I was introduced to anime by Dave and True tears was one of the first shows I ever watched. I did a marathon viewing in one night, only because Noe is so AWESOME! I was foolish enough to believe she still had a chance all the way to the end. They were practically made for each other! Then the devil stepped in and destroyed my hopes and dreams. :(

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Ah, you must be the roommate he’s spoken of. Welcome! Yes, I too held out hope even in the darkest night of the post episode 08 times, but alas it was for naught. Of all the major shipping wars I can think of among the community, this one and Sheryl vs Ranka in Macross Frontier have to be the two with the most emotion being brought out of the most people on both sides. While it was heart breaking, it is also a monumental moment in shipping, and even being on the losing side was a great experience.

      • Nosaj
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        Yes I am he. I agree True Tears was one of the first series I watched all the way through and even with the way it ended it is still one of my favorites. It would appear that I am in need of watching Macross Frontier as well…

        • Nosaj
          Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

          P.S. thanks for the welcome.

  7. ectholion
    Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    …didnt Noe try to fly out of a tree? and wasn’t her whole relationship with said male lead engineered by her brother due certain desires he harbored for her… Also didnt said male lead have a thing for Hiromi from the start of the series and there love only prevent by his trolling mother? ive fought this shiping war in the past and ill fight it again!!

    • Nosaj
      Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      Admittedly Noe was always a little eccentric but her heart was being broken and she couldn’t think straight. Although her Brother was the catalyst that got things going for her and Shinichiro, Shinichiro obviously had some feelings for her or he wouldn’t have gone along with it. If you pay attention you will realize that Shinichiro is actually happy when he is with Noe. They laugh and smile together, and he totally digs the hug she gives him. There relationship was happier and healthier than anything that happened between him and Hiromi. When his mom is no longer stopping things there relationship is still not meant to be. Hiromi becomes so aggressive and clingy she actually scares Shinichiro away at one point. He is still mostly confused and miserable with her. I’ll admit, as unbelievable as their relationship is, there are plenty of real people who date even though they are totally wrong for each other and make each other miserable. Noe X Shinichiro = happy couple, Shinichiro X Hiromi = Miserable couple doomed to fail.

      • ectholion
        Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

        neither of the girls were angels, they both had their faults just like shinichiro had his faults. In both cases though Noe gets her heart broken she starts jumping out of trees, Hiromi gets heart broken she gets crazy jealous and aggressive. you also must take in account the incredible troll that wash shinichiro mom and her constant trolling of both shinichiro and Hiromi for the lols. being in either girls situation would make any girl crazy, at the end of the series though Hiromi had moved out and so im sure the move will have a positive effect on her mental state as well as her relationship with shinichiro now that she is free from the master troll. So im not sure if you can say their relationship is doomed to fail so much changed. In my opinion of the series Noe was an innocent character who was falling in love for the first time. Shinichiro was a character that was in love felt that he should not be or feel that way for this person. Hiromi was Also in love and felt she had a doomed love as well and was dealing with watching the person she loved date someone else. And even if Shinichiro X Hiromi was a miserable couple doomed to fail the heart wants what the heart wants.

        • Nosaj
          Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

          Shinichiro’s mom was definitely a troll and it must’ve been hard to deal with that. However, the incident where Hiromi scares away Shinichiro is at her new apartment, after she’s moved out and his mom is being nice to her. Besides, it isn’t about what Shinichiro wants, it is about what should have happened, what would have been best. Take School rumble for example. Harima Kenji loves Tenma, but only someone who hates him would want him to end up with her instead of Eri or Yakumo. It is way more likely for him to get over Hiromi and live happily ever after with Noe, than it is for him to be happy with Hiromi. All of that aside, Noe is the coolest character in the whole series, therefore her happiness matters most of all! :)

          • ectholion
            Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

            Shinichiro was being a pussy and Hiromi was being sexually aggressive its not her fault he was too cowardly to act on it. Shinichiro was a flawed character just like Noe and Hiromi and ever other character in the show do not push his flaws on her. And no your also right its not about what Shinichiro wants its about what they both wanted. So in the end he wanted her and she wanted him. And no Noe was not really cool she was strange, She had a fetish for chicken, and kept singing that terrible song. Plus she was quite crazy, tree jumping incident. Hiromi at times she let her emotions get the better of her like most people do at which times she would act aggressive, jealous and negative. I do not see what it is about her that makes you all hate her so.

          • Nosaj
            Posted February 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

            Hmm.. the reply button was above Ectholion’s post instead of below, are we breaking the blog with so many replies? You note how many of Hiromi’s flaws were due to the mom troll, and yet fail to give Noe any slack. Her life was just as difficult if not more so, her father and Grandmother, who she cared for deeply both passed away. Her mother worked so much she almost didn’t have one. Hromi had hard times but so did Noe, and Hiromi trolled Noe almost as much as she was trolled herself. Noe had no friends, so she talked to the Chickens, I don’t think that constitutes a fetish. Where you say strange I say unique and interesting, and the song was adorable and you know it! Anyway, you speak so much of everyone’s flaws, lets mention their virtues. Noe is Moe as has been said in other posts. She is more than that too. She is selfless, all her motivations in the series are to make Shinichiro happy. Yes she wanted to be loved, but even more so she wanted to help Shinichiro with his dreams, his problems, she even made him lunch to help with his hunger. Now, what are Hiromi’s virtues? She looks good, plays basketball, and admits Noe is awesome, those are the only positive things I can think of. It should be blatantly obvious why I hate her, she is a jerk to Noe, and Noe is awesome. Why does anyone like her is a better question. Take Noe out of the show, and instead of hating Hiromi I might pity her, but she still has no likeable qualities. Shinichiro would be happy with Noe, might be happy with Hiromi, and since Noe is so much cooler, she deserves him more.

          • ectholion
            Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

            I did not say her flaws are because of Trolls i simply said she was being tolled and im sure it made her a little crazy, Hiromi is by no stretch of imagination anywhere close to perfect, i dont feel the need to name her flaws since you all seem soo much better at finding them then me :) . But at the same time you seem to ignore all of Noe’s flaws so i have felt the need to bring them up again and again. No i dont think Noe is a terrible character, and yes she was a good person though she was a bit crazy. Something that makes no sense to me is that if Noe is such a likeable charater why does she not have any friends? Oh and Noe and Hiromi were enemies in love, so why should they like or be nice to one another. As for Hiromi here is one likeable quality her, her work ethic. As far as your statement, “Shinichiro would be happy with Noe, might be happy with Hiromi, and since Noe is so much cooler, she deserves him more.” Either you chose not to finish the show or your pretending it didnt happen. Shinichiro was NOT happy with Noe… that’s why he left her for Hiromi…

          • Nosaj
            Posted February 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

            That is why the ending makes me so mad. It makes no sense. If they had done more to build up Hiromi and Shinichiro’s relationship than just “um, they were childhood friends and they liked each other… I think…” That was my impression of there relationship, if they had any good reason to like each other it happened off screen. He and Noe understood each other and were more compatible than he and Hiromi. Throughout the show their relationship just seems to be a never ending sequence of misunderstandings. Noe’s relationship was believable. Hiromi’s had no more basis than that one time as kids, it didn’t make sense. It was if the writer was saying ” they like each other because I said so!” and nothing more. And once again, just because two people like each other, doesn’t mean their relationship will work out.

    • Posted February 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Going to let Nosaj handle this, as he’s doing a great job. But just chiming in that Noe and Shinichiro met well before her brother was aware of things. While he tried to help things along later, it wasn’t an artificially begun relationship.

      • ectholion
        Posted February 17, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink

        They started dating because of the brother if not for him its debatable if they ever would have gotten beyond friendship.

  8. Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I fully endorse you being MAD. I was kind of miffed, too, because although it’s tragic and dramatic and all that Shinichiro and Noe got pulled apart it was for the worst.

    tl;dr: because screw Hiromi.

  9. Posted February 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    It seems the ghosts of ships past still linger to this day. If you listen carefully, you can still hear the call to arms and the cannons firing in the distance at night.

    (HEIL HIROMI, the True Tears Champion!)

  10. Posted February 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Blaaargh yeah the ending of True Tears really ruined it for me. Noe… ;_;

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