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Synopsis

Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the "Palmtop Tiger."

One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga's best friend!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.


Toradora

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Thursdays at 01:20 (JST)
Producers: Genco, Starchild Records, Magic Capsule, Yomiuri Advertising, TV Tokyo Music
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Toradora Reviews: [01]





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I don't usually watch the romantic comedy genre of things. I always enjoyed the action, fantasy, adventure like Soul Eater, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, etc. but for some reason, I was in the mood for something different.

Toradora is just the 3rd romcom anime series I watched and I can truly say that it has become my FAVORITE anime.

The short version of this review is: I very much enjoyed Toradora

-The characters are all unique, likable, and relatable due to the fact they all display their weak sides sometimes and moments of insecurity behind the personality exterior. The chemistry between the characters was fun to watch

-The story stays away from cliches and was relatively unpredictable for a love story. Every character had a reason and motive for what they did and how they acted, other than just being unnaturally dumb/too prideful/stubborn.

-The soundtrack was really good, making certain scenes all the more memorable

-I loved the comedic scenarios at the beginning of the series, which gets progressively more serious and emotional as we get deeper into the story and characters, but the overall vibe of the show stays relatively consistent to the end

-I became emotionally invested in the overall plot and characters and couldn't stop watching, which is extremely rare for me, especially for this genre

Overall:10/10

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I watched the 1st episode and was interested. After the 2nd ep, I was hooked. I watched all 25 episodes in one go, back to back, because I couldn't stop. Never has another series been able to keep me going (I usually don't watch more than 5 episodes in one sitting), but Toradora kept me wanting to click on the next episode each time until I was finished, and left wanting more (even though I was satisfied with the ending)

Afterward, I thought a lot about why an anime series of a genre that is usually not my taste could have been able to retain my attention for so long, and I realized the answers: the characters and the overall story.

The characters are what make this series so great. Each character has personalities that are unique and rather realistic and believable (or as realistic as animes go). There is no "super" character that acts too good or too cool for school. There is no "that annoying" character that acts too snobby or stuck up, which can sometimes be a problem for tsundere characters. And this is all because every character shows a weak side or moments of insecurity, which makes each of them more relatable. It also allows for many rather comedic scenes as well as emotional moments. But the best part is the interactions and chemistry between all the characters and the way each of them changes as their relationship with each other grows.

The second thing is the story. The reason I usually don't care for romance or drama is that I usually find the story too cliche or predictable. I also hate those cliche moments of "coincidence", for example, when the main character happens to see his/her love interest with someone else accidentally and misunderstands. I also hate it when characters act unnaturally stupid or too prideful for no reason and let it get in the way of the relationship.

But none of those cliche moments happen in Toradora. Every character has a reason and motive for the actions they decide to take. The story managed to keep me guessing and wanting to know what will happen next, instead of making me feel like I could write the story myself.

Another plus for Toradora is the music. There are some key scenes where the soundtrack actually triggered goosebumps and made me tear; it still does even after rewatching. THAT IS RARE FOR ME. In fact, I don't think anything I've ever watched, not just anime, can even make me feel that emotionally invested in fictional characters.

I almost forgot to mention that after it was done, I started to watch it again from the beginning the next day. Another rare occurrence for me, as usually I don't feel like rewatching things for months. I was able to pick up certain things that I missed with the first watch thru. The only reason I put the story as 9/10 was because of this. A few plot points weren't really shown or conveyed in the best way and were missed even to an avid viewer like me. But I was glad to have felt that way, leaving me thinking about what I missed, instead of feeling like I could have easily figured it out or seen it coming.

Again, Toradora has become my favorite anime, as a guy that usually doesn't care for this genre, which says a lot. It gave me more enjoyment than any of the other anime I have seen so far. I would recommend it to anyone, not just romance lovers.

Toradora Reviews: [02]






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This's the first time I got the "4 seasons" feeling while watching an entire anime show.

What're the "4 seasons" feeling I am talking about? Here's the explanation:

I felt the sensation changed 4 times while watching this anime:

1st time: During episodes 1 to 2, watching those episodes for the first time I thought this series would just be a light comedy anime which will make me chuckle without a complicated story. It just likes the spring season that gives high hope in the early year.

2nd time: During episodes 3 to 14, I'm getting a bit bored and almost drop it, but I decided to push my self to finish it (the only reasons I want to finish it is just because I got interested by the last main character who showed up in this part). It just like the summer season that is really hot, and the only fun is going to the beach during the summer break.

3rd time: During episodes 15 to 24, my curiosity was piqued for what will be going on with this show, things got a bit complicated, and I think this part is the "life" of the series. Just like an autumn season, although the flowers fall, but becomes a wonderful scenery.

4th time: During the final episode, "WHAT THE HELL", with this final episode, I mean everything seems fine at the beginning of the episode, but in the end, it turned out anti-climatic for me. Just like the winter season, unpredictable storms, snow, and always cold; but after that Spring comes.

Well, that's my personal view of the story, so I give 7/10 for it.

Art and Sound, nothing particular to comment, it all seems good enough, and I like the second opening OST. 7/10 for both of it.

All characters were unique, both in design and personalities, even with the supporting characters, they are all really good. A great job was done by the creator at this point. EXCEPT for MC's pet, it's very annoying, and I really like "Ami-n", her appearance, her personality, her reactions, her way of pretending to be an adult (she's the last MC that I mentioned before), so 8/10 For Chara design.

For enjoyment, I think I'll go for 7/10 because this show had me feel bored once, and the ending was anti-climatic for me, but I do like the humor and story development (starting from episode 15).

Overall 7/10 score for this show.

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