Toradora! March 23, 2010Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Manga.
Tags: Aisaka Taiga, Ami Kawashima, Eri Kitamura, Rie Kugimiya, Toradora!, Yui Horie
I heard of this anime a few times and decided to watch it. I finished it in a few days as there are only 25 episodes. Since it’s the year of the Tiger, here is a short Japanese lesson. Tiger in Japanese is tora (とら), Taiga’s name sounding like tiger. Ryūji literally means “son of dragon” in Japanese, and a transcription of dragon into Japanese is doragon (ドラゴン). That is where the title Toradora! comes from, the joining of the Tiger and Dragon, Taiga and Ryūji.
It’s another Japanese high school love/drama anime, but with some unique characters that I was able to relate to. It starts off with Ryūji Takasu who, despite looking like a delinquent because of his eyes, is a very kind neat freak who bumps into Taiga Aisaka, a short-tempered girl who has her own personal issues with her family. They each have a crush on the other’s best friend, Ryūji likes Minori Kushieda who is Taiga’s best friend, while Taiga likes Yūsaku Kitamura, Ryūji’s best friend. When Ryūji and Taiga finds out that they like the other’s best friend, they work together to get the other one together, Ryūji with Minori and Taiga with Yūsaku. Because of this, Ryūji and Taiga spend a lot of time together, eventually developing feelings for one another in the process.
There is one main character that is not directly intermingled in this love square, that is Ami Kawashima, a model who is Yūsaku’s childhood friend who enrolls in the same school in the middle of their second year of high school. She has a split personality, on the outside she seems like an ideal model, acting kind and generous towards others, though this is merely a deception. In truth, she is arrogant and will not hesitate to use abusive language towards others. Yūsaku wants her true self to be known to others so that Ami doesn’t have to “play her part” when around others. Ami has a love interest in Ryūji, asking him if he would love her real self and give her a second chance. She has a deep understanding of the relationship situation going on between Minori, Ryūji, Taiga, and herself.
The anime was a bit different for me in the beginning because of the way the characters looked. It wasn’t anything major. What I really liked about the anime was the storyline and the realistic relationships and problems that the main characters faced. I really felt the characters hardships as if I was in their class. The couple of fight scenes, like the one between Taiga and Sumire Kanō was intense while emotional. The only thing that I was a bit surprised by was how the relationship between Ryūji and Taiga seemed to bloom out from friendly to lovers in a short amount of time near the end of the anime. I knew that their relationship was progressing to this point but it seemed a bit rushed. I still liked it though, Ryūji and Taiga make a good pair when seeing how it all started from their first meeting.
This anime focuses more on relationships and its problems, which gives it more of a love drama category rather than love comedy (but there still are funny scenes in it). If you like a more realistic love drama/comedy, then you should try watching Toradora!
FYI: Yes I did get some the information off Wikipedia for reference and copying if you were wondering why some info looks the same.