I swear, people think I’m kidding when I say True Tears is one of my favorite romance shows.
Not to say that their response is unwarranted – I mean, True Tears isn’t really a masterpiece in its own right, but what I’ve always looked for in the field of love and angst is that bit of resolution that puts to rest most (if not all) things stirred up in the span of how many episodes. If the guy or girl ends up with someone, whether it’s with the childhood friend, the eccentric girl, the unrequited admirer, or whoever, then I’m fine with it. Even if it’s the opposite end of the spectrum and the people involved separate or they break up and eventually move on, I’m fine with still. I hate seeing tacked on romances being played as just that; tacked on.
Closure, is surprsingly rare from the side of romance anime that I’ve seen as of late (haven’t seen that much of ’em, but I think shoujo romances get a free pass ’round these parts). Which is why I worded this post title like I did. I’m not saying there’s lack of resolution with shows tagged as romance. Rather, it’s the open-ended romances formed in shows not necessarily in the romance genre. I dunno, I guess I feel ripped off at times. Like, how episodes can be devoted to these two characters only for the show to end with the same two characters at the same place they started at. No progress. So why even put the attraction there?
A quick example I can pull up is Ano Natsu de Matteru from last year. Not purely romance, but it does use it as a means of advancing the plot. It also sports the all too common two boys is to three girls ratio that everyone knows is bound to go wrong somewhere. One of the show’s lenghtier build-ups (implying there was a few), was the dilemma of the interested classmate Kanna, whose feelings are directed towards the main guy, but at the same is the target of similar feelings of her childhood friend Tetsurou. What happens between the two of them? Well, by the end of the series they’re back to bickering with each other like good friends would. Yeah, sure, they’re blushing now but what was the four or so episodes of drama worth then (which really worked against the show in my opinion as it featured one of the best confession/confrontation scenes out there).
I guess it’s the idea of investing time into following the development, possibly even liking it for yourself, only to have the rug pulled under it at the last minute. At the least, that’s how it is for me. I suppose you can call me a big believer in OTP’s (though I more often than not root for the other girl, lol), but as I said, as long as there’s any form of reciprocation of fluffy feelings befitting the springtime of youth, then I have no complaints.
Do you guys feel the same? Or, do you think that closure isn’t always the end we want to have?