''Shining Tears X Wind'' is a Japanese anime based on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 games ''Videogame/ShiningWind''. Shining Tears X Wind presents an adapted version of Shining Wind's story, seen from the perspective of the character Souma. It is directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and produced by Studio Deen. The series started airing in Japan on April 6, 2007, and finished airing on June 29, 2007. The anime has the same opening and ending themes as the game Shining Tears. A sequel to this is a mobile game entitled Shining Wind X, which was released in January 2008.

It is about four High School students discovering End Earth, a fantasy world that is parallel to theirs. Souma Akizuki the show's protagonist becomes the world's protector and must stop his two friends Kiriya and Saionji from killing each other. The series runs for thirteen episodes and contains LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.

A [[Characters/ShiningTearsXWind character page]] is under construction
!!This series provides examples of:

* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: [[spoiler: Souma does this to Mao a few times.]]
* AnIcePerson: Blanc Neige.
* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Saionji/]]Traihard wants to save the world even if he has to do some terrible things.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Xion becomes Zero after he was able to combine the Yin and Yang parts of his dragon rings in ShiningTears.]]
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Every male character who isn't a beastman is a total {{Bishonen}}. There is four in total which range from pretty muscular like Souma and Saionji, to downright DudeLooksLikeALady like Caris. Kiriya is somewhere in the middle.
* CatGirl: Mao.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The final battle with the BigBad is built up to the episode before. And then he dies at the very beginning of the next episode very abruptly. The rest of the episode is basically just the ending.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: [[spoiler: When Zechti dies they just put her back together. When Ryuna and Lazarus die they are just revived by Zero. When Killrain dies he just becomes a happy spirit. Any death in this series other than the BigBad and Shumari is a slap on the wrist.]]
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler: Kureha]] went from the main female character to a useless extra after she served her purpose as [[spoiler: Souma's RomanticFalseLead.]]
** Only in the anime though since the anime has Souma's perspective and she's [[spoiler: with Kiriya at this point.]]
** The ones who really didn't get to appear in the anime, ''nor the game'' in Valeria were Volg, Pios, Keiner, and Cupido.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: How soul bladers get their sword from the other person.
* FanService: Blanc Neige's shower scene.
** Also Souma's shirtless scene.
** Another one for the ladies was [[spoiler: Souma's ultimate soul blade was within Kiriya. Take note, this also happens in the [[VideoGame/ShiningWind video game]].]]
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: The opening is sung by Creator/SoichiroHoshi, which is also the opening of ''VideoGame/ShiningTears''.
* FiveManBand Weissritter has: Souma (TheHero), Mao (TheLancer), Lazarus (TheBigGuy), Blanc Neige (TheSmartGuy), and both Elwyn and Ryuna are TheChick. And if you wanna be technical, [[spoiler: Zero who formerly was TheHero is now the BigGood.]]
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Zero has one of each.
* [[spoiler: GrandTheftMe:]] [[spoiler:The BigBad does this to Killrain.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Souma's include:
** ShockAndAwe: (Elwyn)
** LightTheWay: (Ryuna)
*** DualWielding: Briefly did this with both swords.
** AnIcePerson: (Blanc Neige)
** {{BFS}}: (Lazarus)
** PlayingWithFire: (Mao)
** InfinityPlusOneSword: ([[spoiler: Kiriya]])
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Zechti makes one to save Kiriya from being killed by Traihard]]
** [[spoiler: She is later revived by Traihard.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler: Kiriya and Zechti a human and a clone of an elf.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Souma and Mao get a lot of ShipTease and the two do seem to have feelings for eachother. Souma being a human and Mao a quarter-beast.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler: Mao is a princess. That plot point happens very late in ''VideoGame/ShiningTears''.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Reia Hiruda.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: After Xion finds out he accidentally killed Lazarus and Ryuna, he snaps out from his SuperpoweredEvilSide and gains his other half wing, turning him into Zero.]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: So lets get this straight Kiriya [[spoiler: is madly in love with Zechti, yet he is perfectly fine with leaving her and never seeing her again and doesn't get the slightest bit emotional when he does it.]]
* PerspectiveFlip: Souma is the protagonist of the anime, while Kiriya is the protagonist of the game.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:How Saionji and Kiriya get their holy grails.]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Elwyn despite being an excellent fighter is also the comic relief of the group.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Lassi.
* ShiningGoodness
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Souma despite being the show's protagonist has a minor barely noticeable spot on the poster. Most of Weissritter gets the spotlight.
** Plus other important characters like Kiriya and Saionji don't even appear on it.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: Not necessarily, but if one wants to know the characters more in the anime, particularly the Weissritter group, it would be more encouraging if they played ''ShiningTears'' first. Also, the entirety of episode 6 is a major spoiler. [[spoiler: Specifically the part about Mao being a princess.]]