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Ryuuji Takasu has an eventful life: his classmates think he's a delinquent due to his 'killer' eyes; his crush Minori seems ever out of reach; and he’s just had an unfortunate encounter with 'palm-sized Taiga' – a feisty and dainty wench in his class. With different cleaning habits and tempers, the two clash like night and day; that is, except for the fact that Taiga and Ryuuji have crushes on the other's good friend! With school rumors abounding, the duo must now work together to play matchmaker for each other. Who will end up with their true love?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Toradora SOS! DVD Special 2009 Omake Omake released on the DVDs
Toradora! Special Other 2011 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Toradora! (Light Novel) 2006 TBD
Toradora Spin-off! (Light Novel) 2007 TBD
Toradora! 2008 Original Manga
Name Role
Masayoshi TANAKA Character Design
Tatsuyuki NAGAI Director
Yukari HASHIMOTO Music
Shinichi IKEDA Producer
Yuji MATSUKURA Producer
Takahiro YAMANAKA Producer
Muneyuki KANBE Producer
Takaaki YUASA Producer

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School Rumble

School Rumble

Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?

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flyboy42

Both have "scary" protagonists falling for hyperactive girls. There are other assorted girls for the most part, and the show is funny and uneventful.

ThePatches

School Rumble's manic comedic pacing and lighthearted take on high school life is certainly more absurd than Toradora!, but shares the second show's energy.

Also, both shows deal pretty extensively with the difference between how a person is perceived and who they are. If you felt for poor, domestic Ryuuji, stuck with a delinquent's face, you'll love how Harima's delinquent mannerisms and appearance hide a sensitive romantic nature.

Thistledown

Superficially, School Rumble is similar to Toradora!: romantic comedies in a high school setting. But underneath the hood, Toradora! and School Rumble deal with many of the same elements. Both especially concern with how people are percieved, in the case of Ryuuji's and Harima's delinquint looks.

Toradora! deals with a select group of people and extensively exploring their relationships, while School Rumble has a large cast, skirting over the interactions of many different personality types.

babyeinstein12

Both titles showcase school relationships/interactions that entangle with each other to form some complicated geometry. Also, both titles ae remarkably gender-neutral in their portrayal of romance. Male and female viewers can equally relate.

duke

Both animes are filled with humerous situations and lots of laughs about the ups and downs of school life. Both anime have lovable yet hilarious characters that you just can't help but end up rooting for. Both anime share a love-triangle to so speak and although Toradora! is a bit more mature in it looks more at the relationships and loves of the characters and how they come to terms with it, whereas School Rumble is more of a light-hearted look at relationships and how all the characters interact with their often conflicting personalities and personas. All in all, both are great anime to watch if you're looking for a good laugh.

Bronia

Both shows focus on a large cast full of love triangles with comedy mainly centered around the romantic missteps of the leads.  There are likeable characters in each show and few characters are ever one-dimensional.

gpardini

both animes have the same feeling about them... altought tora dora tends more to romance and school rumble to comedy...

if u like romantic comedies this two are a must see in the genere

JAhU

High school romance, unrequited love and love polygons, that's what Toradora and School Rumble have in common (although SR has it in much larger quantities). Both of those contain a fair amount of comedy and comedy-killing drama. The style is a little different, but if you liked one of those, then odds are, you'll like the other one as well.

P.S. Unlike School Rumble, Toradora's ending isn't a major bummer.

Genome91

Both School Rumble and Toradora! are about the troubles that face high-schoolers falling in love. While School Rumble faces this in a comedic manner and Toradora! does so in a dramatic way (especially in the second half of the series), the messages are similar, and both are excellent and captivating series.

triniman15

Both anime deal with love, Comedy, and Slice of Life. To me, School Rumble more funnier than Toradora but Toradora has a great storyline than School Rumble. As I mention before, both animes are great and I recommend to watch those animes

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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werehuntress

There is never a slow moment in these anime due to the antics of the highly energetic female protagonists. The male protagonists of both anime who are laidback, and easygoing, are often times roped into the scheming plots of the female, which result in uproarous outcomes. If comedic, slice of life anime is your thing do not pass up these delectable treats!

neverknowsbest

Aside form the obvious comedic aspects, I find Taiga and Haruhi likeable in a similar way.  Though Toradora! does not have as strong of a supporting cast, I feel both play well for eachother.

Sarge128

Both animes are very similar in terms of story line in addition to character designs. Both are school based but focus more on their outside of school life. In terms of characters, both have an overly energetic female (Suzumiya and Minori), the normal guy (Kyon and Ryuuji) and the 'other guy' (Koizumi and Kitamura). So if you liked Toradora! then The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya is a highly recommended one.

goldy496

If you liked The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, I am fairly certain you'd enjoy Toradora, and vice-versa. First, some similarities.

1.) Both feature an energetic female lead with a penchant for eccentric behavior. Taiga's behavior is more violent, while Haruhi's is more perverse

2.) Both could be considered school life, though Toradora will focus more heavily on the romance than Haruhi. As for their setting, both take place in a high school setting. They are actually shown the same way as well, with relatively few main chracters, an occasional side character and everyone else just merely drawn in to fill the background or chime in a line or two here and there.

3.) Minori and Mikuru are not very similar characters, although arguably the situation is quite similar. Kyon puts up with Haruhi, and is attracted to Mikuru, whereas Ryuuji puts up with Taiga and is attracted to Minori.

4.) Lastly, Kitamura may not flirt obviously with Ryuuji, but his insertion is similar to Itsuki with reference to Kyon. Haruhi may not like Itsuki the way Taiga seems to be attracted to Kitamura, but the similarity is there.

Alas, there is not Yuki Nagato figure in Toradora, so for those coming from Haruhi hoping for a silent, cute character, your hopes have been dashed.

I could go on, but if you've already read this far, you clearly are interested enough to watch one or the other, right?

thepgo

Both female leading characters are energetic, a bit eccentric. Male protagonists are "soul" of both of the series - inteligent, ironic comments often make lots of funny situations.

Both series are school life, having quite similar flavour.

VivisQueen

While Toradora is primarily about a mismatched couple trying to help each other out, it feels a lot like Haruhi Suzumiya's off-beat, ironic content. The characterisation in Haruhi Suzumiya is quirkier and even more entrancing, and the plot is far more original and quite unlike anything you'll have seen before. But if you enjoyed the tone and style of Toradora, Haruhi Suzumiya is a great bet.

DeathCrunch

Two slice of life comedies with clueless main characters that you know you want them to be together but somethings always pulling them apart. Whether it be other love interests or you know, being an all powerful god who can reset the universe at will.

eaper

These series are both centered around a slightly bored male lead that basically completely accepts a rather strong female into their life, leading it to a complete change. Both of these series also have a slight harem feel, are somewhat slow paced, and have a similar arch when it comes to the romance. Finally, the story in each is told from the main male in the series, and each of the males have a similar outlook on life.

DuskFey

If you enjoy anime with strong, determined, and brash heroines, both The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Toradora! should be right up your alley. Haruhi and Taiga both know exactly what they want, and they do whatever it takes to pursue it, however, their strong fronts sometimes blind them to the feelings budding inside their hearts. Still, if you loved one of these girls, the other can probably capture your heart as well. :)

MaraRuizu

The thing that really binds these two together are the character portrayals. Strong casts are included in both shows, with several major characters who are similar. Though I feel I should add that Toradora contains much more character development. (Due to Haruhi being based of a rather long series of light novels).

These two are both slice of school life and comedy, but Toradora is more romance focused whereas Haruhi contains supernatural/science fiction elements.

Shakugan no Shana

Shakugan no Shana

Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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neutrino

These two series have female leads done by the same voice actress, and she gives her own interpretation to the Tsundere stereotype.  If you're into that genre, both are worth checking out.

adriantoto

I think I could recommend you this because they both start with no feelings and later on they fall in love with each other. Of course there's no much action in Toradora but the story seems alike.

eaper

Both of these stories follow a background relationship between the main character, show casing a strong female and a weaker male. Although Shana has much more action, they both have similar over-arching love themes and the same voice actress in the lead role.

Konakaga

While the series are different in one is action, and other has comedy; Both Shana, and Toradora have focus on the romance slowing showing between the tsundere female, and male leader; as well as their character growth. If you enjoyed one of them the other is worth trying.

rusty0

In both shows, the relationship between the too leads is fairly similar, in that both female protagonists are tsundere characters, not to mention having the same voice actress.

It should be mentioned that the relationship between the protagonists is very strong and well done in both cases.

They are both also, in a way, a sort of coming of age story.

However, be aware that Shana is also an action/fantasy anime, while Toradora! is not.

KittyEmperor

Both series follow a strong female and a weak male and the romance the grows between the two.  Granted Shakugan no Shana tends to have a lot more action than Toradora but both have a nicely developed romance and as a bonus it features the same female lead voice actor.

budda22

Both of these anime's are made of the same company, and both of them has the same setting with a male and female as the main charactars, with a second female falling in love with the male. Both of the animes also have the same rawing style and is a comedy in its own ways.

tenshi28

If you liked Toradora!, you'd also like Shakugan No Shana, since both anime have a tsundere (a character that flips between aggressive and sentimental) female protagonist(Taiga and Shana who are both voiced by Kugimiya Rie). However, Shakugan no Shana is more fictional than Toradora! which is more of a slice-of-life anime.

MaraRuizu

Both of these focuses strongly on the tsundere main characters. If you like one of them for that reason, you should check out the other.

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Hidan no Aria

Hidan no Aria

Tokyo is on edge due to a rash of recent killings targeting Butei - armed mercenaries that perform odd jobs and capture criminals. So when Kinji, a student at a local Butei high school, heads to class one day and discovers a bomb has been rigged to his bike, he’s certain he’ll be the next victim. That is, until Kinji’s elite classmate Aria saves his life, inadvertently triggering his superhuman ability that flares when he’s sexually aroused! Though Kinji would rather slack off at school and be left alone, Aria is now determined to make the teenager her slave, fetching her food and partnering with her on missions - including one very important to the girl. And nothing will stand in her way... not even Kinji's possessive childhood friend!

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XXOSSISXX

If you like Toradora! then i can guarantee you will like this one. Why? well first of all the story and the genre are some what similar . But theirs more.. Hidan no Aria is basically about a guy who is being harrased day by day by a short girl who is bossy cute and hides her emotions, Sounds familiar?and not only that but she ends up making poor Kinjii her slave ... What will happen between these two? what kind of days will follow through the more and more we see these two  together .. only one way to find out...

NightShroud

It's based around a male protagonist, then there's a girl who he befriends, whom is also a tsundere, it's also based around a school.

daysie1234

Same voice actor for main female and male character, same tsundere genre, strong female lead, love triangles. Toradora has more of a school setting, but the main characters living together/next door is present.

Kryn

These anime are both so alike in many ways, they both feature a tsundere girl with a flat chest complex, and both characters are funny and enjoyable as well as having their own unique traits. The protagonist goes through pain from the girl in both, while also being shown kindness at times. The storylines aren't similar at all, but if you enjoy one you'll enjoy the other.

TotalCode

wonderful tsundere romances with kick-ass heroines. Also a plus for seiyuu followers, both share the same male and female lead actors

Doomoo

Both anime are very similar in so many ways. While one focuses on normal highschool teens (relatively) the Hidan No Aria is more extreme with actions and explosions and shit. However though it does have action it does not have the same level of story depth, character development or complex realistic interpersonal relationships that Toradora has. Basically Toradora focused on what I mentioned above intensely while Hidan no Aria focused a bit on that, a bit on harem and a bit on action. If they dont' sound similar don't worry, just watch them and you'll see. Oh and also the Aria is a Tsundere voiced by the same VA as Taiga.

Gougou354

It's the same main actor than Toradora. Ryuji and taiga from toradora :) Actually i didn't finished the anime but Hidan No Aria looks a lot like Toradora, which is my fav anime in romance category.  

sothis

A bitchy, abrasive tsundere main character who bosses around a boy, with comedy and school life as a backdrop? If you liked one, you'd like the other.

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Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke

Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.

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Garylikesmanga

Ryuuji and Sawako, the two lead characters of each series, are fairly similar. Ryuuji, from Totadora!, terrifies classmates because of his eyes that look like they belong to a killer. Sawako, from Kimi ni Todoke, reminds her classmates of the girl from 'The Ring'. Both characters are far gentler than what their appearance causes others to think about them. At least early on in each series, other classmates tend to run from the lead character in terror, or at least try to avoid them. They both have a classmate of the opposite sex that treats them the same as everyone else, however.

brain

These are both romances consisting of nearly pure character development.  The protagonists of Toradora and the protagonist of Kimi ni Todoke initially are loners and the story begins by focusing on how meeting their eventual love interest awakens their social nature.

Lemonzzz

Both have a male lead who likes the female lead and a female lead who won't acknowledge that the male lead likes them or that they like the male lead. While Toradora! has a bit more of a love triangle/square/shape with many sides, both have their fair share of heart wrenching moments and both have their humour. Great shows both of them.

KiyoneSaya

Both anime have characters that are mistaken to be something they are not while trying to impress the one they like. They both have fairly slow development but have some really funny and touching moments.

Xplayer

Toradora and Kimi ni Todoke are among the best "played straight" romances in anime. Both have lovable characters, a dramatic storyline punctuated by lightheartedness, and great animation. While the character builds are quite different, and therefore the story dynamics are vastly different, if you like one you'll likely like the other.

annalisebee

Although the lead characters are not particularly similar, Toradora! and Kimi ni Todoke have much in common. Both are love stories featuring a well-developed, likeable cast of school kids. One thing I liked about both shows was that they do not use stereotypes- each character seems like a real person. Both have lots of cuteness and funny moments. On the whole, I think Toradora! is a better series, but if you like one you'll probably enjoy watching the other!

Jynn04

Takasu and Sawako don't really have friends. Taiga and Shouta feel like no one can understand them. Minori and Chizuru are a lot alike in their 'baka' like state of mind, except Minori has her reasons and Chizuru is really that dense. Ayane and Ami are a lot alike too. The "Brat" like charater who feels like she's the mature one, but come to find out she is about as mature as the rest of her class, maybe a little more. Though, Kitamura and Ryu from each are opposites. Ryo doesn't speak much and Kitamura is very helping. all become friends, but another heart breaking, tear jerking like anime. Kimi Ni Todoke is my favorite, and I couldn't help but try to calm myself when things would go bad in this. A must watch in my opinion.

YoakeCassidy

They're both sweet love stories with a little touch of a deeper layer about growing up and finding what out what you really want to do.

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