Some people like to relive their childhood. I am not one of them. As such, I can't get behind Toradora and its target audience of 11 year old girls.
If you support that then more power to you, but from an outside observer, this is awful pandering. Let's create an idealistic high-school experience and sell it to those who terribly struggled socially! Yeah that'll sell!
The producers know most anime fans have this void to fill in their lives, and how do they fill it? Watching factious people and living vicariously through them.
Truly, truly awful.
I honestly felt like I was watching Degrassi. Oh, person A has a "crush" on person B, but person C likes A! Oh no, what will they do! And there's a big math test coming up, hijinks ensue.
This isn't a story, this isn't a plot, this isn't even a series of vignettes. This is a god damn Mary Shelley novel without the pretense of "horror". I'd expect, and actually received, better plot structure in the Twilight series.
The art, sadly, is just phoned in. Emulate the same anime style done twelve times over, don't innovate, don't try, call it a day. Yawn.
It is just a disappointing example of the state of anime today. Literally nobody tries anymore. They shit out something for the lowest common denominator, and idiots eat it up. I'm sorry, but am I the only one fed up with all this? Wake up anime fans!
The voice acting, too, is uninspired. Surprisingly, it isn't bad, but it won't win any awards. It is just standard, which is quickly becoming a theme here.
I started typing about the characters in this sixth grade play of an anime, and than I looked up and saw it already done for me. Standard! Come on guys! Literally every personality from Taiga to Ryuuji is the same trite archetype we've been seeing since the 1800's! Don't innovate guys, no, it's fine. Just keep shoveling the same trash down my throat. No one else seems to care, why should I, yea?
Watching this series is just insulting to one's intelligence. It's almost a test, really: Can you watch this without getting infuriated? If yes, you truly care about the direction anime is being taken and deserve a better future. If no, you should just watch the same series on DVD over and over, because that is essentially what you're already doing, and you're loving it!