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Rumbling Hearts is a Japanese anime that demonstrates how love can form in many different ways. The show's main character is a teenage boy named Takayuki Narumi. For several years, Takayuki has been close friends with two of his girl classmates, named Haruka Suzumiya and Mitsuki Hayase. Haruka has a crush on Takayuki and would like to date him. Takayuki is unsure of how he feels about Haruka as a girlfriend. However, when Mitsuki urges them to get together, Takayuki agrees to date Haruka.

Haruka and Takayuki begin dating in earnest. However, although he thinks of Haruka as a best friend, he is still not sure if he can actually come to love her as a girlfriend. In actuality, he has more romantic thoughts for Mitsuki than he does for Haruka. Takayuki decides to keep these thoughts a secret from both Haruka and Mitsuki, though. Mitsuki is also keeping her true feelings a secret. What Mitsuki really wants is to be Takayuki's girlfriend. When she realizes that Haruka loves Takayuki, though, Mitsuki decides to help her friend instead of herself.

Just as Haruka and Takayuki are becoming more comfortable as a couple, tragedy strikes. Haruka is involved in a terrible accident and ends up in a coma. Due to the stress of it, Takayuki develops post traumatic stress disorder. Neither he nor Mitsuki are able to resume their normal lives, knowing that their friend could live or die at any time.

Several years pass, and Haruka's condition does not change. As time goes by, Takayuki and Mitsuki attempt to get their own lives back on track. Slowly, the feelings that Mitsuki and Takayuki once had for each other reemerge. However, neither Mitsuki nor Takayuki want to act on the feelings, as by doing so it seems that they would be betraying Haruka. Both teens must learn how to live their own lives and move forward from the past.

Rumbling Hearts is a Anime, Drama series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on December 19, 2006. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

Rumbling Hearts is available for streaming on the Chiba TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Rumbling Hearts on demand at iTunes online.

Chiba TV
1 Season, 14 Episodes
December 19, 2006
Anime, Drama
7.6/10
Cast: Kishô Taniyama, Masaki Anzou, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kevin Connolly
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Rumbling Hearts Full Episode Guide

  • Haruka has gained new confidence. She tells Takayuki that they must part ways. He resolves to fix things with Mitsuki, realizing that he needs her.

  • Takayuki visits with Haruka. She asks him if he's dating anyone else. He tells her no. But when Mitsuki visits at the young girl's request, Haruka learns the truth.

  • Mitsuki cares for Takayuki as he recovers, telling him how she has given up everything in her life to be with him. Confessing to her affair with Shinji, his lack of anger confirms her worst fears.

  • Mitsuki has seduced Shinji, Haruka's collapsed back into a coma, Akane has disappeared and Takayuki's illness has progressed to the point of collapse…

  • Haruka is gaining some awareness of the passage of time. Meanwhile, Mitsuki has hit rock bottom, believing she has lost it all.

  • Everyone seems distracted as of late… Takayuki searches the city over for a children's book he once bought Haruka and Mitsuki has taken up some serious drinking.

  • As Takayuki begins to enjoy the fantasy more than the reality, Mitsuki becomes suspicious and decides to visit Haruka herself.

  • As Takayuki spends more and more time at the hospital, his old feelings for Haruka begin to resurface.

  • Haruka's condition has them all living out a warped high school daydream, as they are forced to act as if the past three years haven't occurred.

  • Flashback: It's been a year since the accident and Takayuki is overwhelmed with grief. Mitsuki, believing the accident her fault, has been taking care of him as best she can.

  • Things seem to finally be working out for Takayuki and Mitsuki, but their newfound happiness is thrown to the wind when the unthinkable happens…Haruka has woken up!

  • Three years have passed since the tragic accident, three years in which Haruka has been in a coma. Takayuki and Mitsuki are in a loveless relationship, lacking in joy and ridden with guilt.

  • As high school draws to a close, Haruka regrets that her long-held crush on fellow classmate Takayuki will never see fruition. Prompted to action, she confesses her love at long last and the two become a couple.