Actually, I got the feeling they were trying to express the idea that you can care for a person all you want and be there for them and around them in every way, but that won't cause you to replace whoever's already in their heart. Thus the "next to shin's [body part] lies..." and the presence of noe's brother(who cared as much about noe as noe did shin).
the series has 3 love triangles which are all the same and go along with that idea:
the ai love triangle(shin's friend/shin/ai)
the shin love triangle(shin/noe/hiromi)
the... noe love triangle? shin/noe/brother.
I also got a feeling that if that's what they were doing, it was really poorly done, as while I was watching it I didn't really get the feeling they were trying to say any of that. But that's the only thing I can think of. >>12567665
and yeah, i was thinking this too. if you look at it from a distance, and take the above into account, it's a tragedy. reason being that they're saying that noe never had a chance in the first place despite being arguably a better person. however, the series was pretty much told from shin's perspective, so that shouldn't be the whole story/idea.