Toradora!. A 25 episode slice of live romance anime created by J.C Staff that aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 2008 and March 2009. One day I was looking specifically for an anime and used the search term “Slice of Life” and “Comedy” – Toradora was at the top of the list when it came up. XD. And it was right on the money.It began as a series of ten light novels written by Yuyuko Takemiya and illustrated by Yasu and were released between March 10, 2006 and March 10, 2009 and published by ASCII Media Works.
Since the novels release they have spawned forth a manga by Zekky and even a visual novel developed by Guyzware for the PSP. The anime has been licenced by NIS America and is set to hit North America in between July and August 2010 (last month -_-).
The title Toradora! is derived from the names of the two main characters: Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu. “Taiga” sounds like “tiger” in English, and tiger in Japanese is “tora”. “Ryuji” translates to “son of dragon” in Japanese, and a transcription of dragon into Japanese is “doragon”. Hence forth you get Toradora when you combine the two. Quite genius actually.
Toradora tells the story of Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka. Ryuji is obsessed with cleanliness to the point one would call it OCD. Despite having the skills and the personalty of a thirty year old house wife he is frustrated at the fact that people view him as a scary delinquent just by the way he looks and often avoid him. Taiga Aisaka is a short midgit looking girl who at times dose resemble that of a kitten. She often snaps at others in brutal ways due to looking like that. It’s because of this and her height that she is given the nickname “Palmtop Tiger” (lmao)
The two high school students love a specific other character. Ryuji Takasu is in love with Minori Kushieda, the series prominent hyperactive energetic and all around weird girl. While Taiga is wet in the panties for Yusaku Kitamura, Ryuji’s best friend who’s vice-president of the student council, the class representative and captain of the boy’s softball club. Daaaam! o_O. But of course there wouldn’t be a story if the scenario didn’t follow one specific (and typically overused) plot line … Can you guess … That’s right …. Bashfulness!. Both kids are to damn shy and timid to tell there love interests how they honestly feel. Seriously, Taiga can’t even speak to Kitamura kun properly without stuttering every second word. Ryuji’s the same way, only I gusse not as bad as Taiga. *Sigh* teenage love, what a shit fest.
Certain things happen in the first few episodes - such as Taiga confessing to Kitamura. He misunderstands her to the point one would call him retarded. But they don’t give up there. Out of friendship – and a type of honerable vow - the two decide to help each other get the attention – and eventually the affection – of there love interests. They partake in several activities that you usually find in your typical high school romance anime. Such as the three episode cultural festival arc where Ryuji tries to get Taiga on good terms with her father again. And there’s also the two episode beach retreat where the two try to scare the shit out of Minori and thus prompt Ryuji to act as the big time hero, which of course back fires hilariously.
There are a few other characters. One is Ami Kawashima. She is Yusaku’s childhood friend and also works as a model. She temporarily stops modeling after transferring to Ryuji and Taiga’s school in an attempt to live a normal girls life. She always keeps a kind and gentle domineer when shes around people. That’s of course an act. In truth she is actually an arrogant, stuck up bitch like all models are and will not hesitate to make smart ass remarks and commit evil deeds when someone she likes isn’t around. Pretty much since her first appearance in episode 5 her and Taiga are constantly at each others throats, always engaging in one hilarious fight after another. Tiga keeps referring to Ami as Baka-chi, meaning: Stupid Chihuahua. Despite this, Ami is jealous of Taiga’s ability to be able to show her true self with out worry and considers her a friend. She also has a love interest in Ryuji.
Another notable character is Ryuji’s mother. Who is pretty much a drunken whore. Her first appearance is of course in episode one where she snatches her sons leg with her own while under a hangover. Shes thirty three but sees herself as twenty-three. She spends most of the anime offering comic relief with her huge breasts (which apparently Taiga is a fan of) and her drunken domineer. She at times – and indirectly – offers tid bits of counsel for the characters. She takes a liking to Taiga and instantly considers her a member of her and Ryuji’s family, getting all emo when she fails to show up for dinner and what not. Despite the childish, drunken behavior nevertheless, Yasuko is a vary insightful person – But does get angry when woken up early.
The animation? It’s nice, but it’s not anything by Madhouse or Kyoto Animation, thats for damn sure. I’m just to damn in love with there work to auctualy ‘love’ any other studio’s stuff. Does this mean I’m a shallow guy T~T. But all I can say for the animation of this particuler anime is what I’ve already said – It’s nice. :/.
You’ll know your in for a good time if you watch the opening theme “Pre-Parade” by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie. The other sound tracks sound rather out of place. at times but nothing insanely wrong.
+ Laughable Humor.
+ Well Thought Out Characters.
- Just Another Anime Romance.
The only other thing I don't like about this anime is that it’s a bit cliche. This pretty much has everything a generic romance comedy has. But then again all romance anime seems a bit alike to me. But if there’s one thing that sets it apart from others – it’s defiantly the humor. There’s a lot of it. You’ll be laughing your ass off around the middle of the series. I know I did.
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