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“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” - Jim Rohn
Toradora! is the first anime I’ve watched when my friend introduced me to Japanese media. Whenever I recall it brings back so many memories; so many hilarious and sad moments which made me laugh and cry. It really got me hooked to the whole Japanese anime and manga series. Here’s why:
Toradora! starts out with two of the protagonists, Ryuuji and Taiga finding out each other’s crushes and agreeing to help themselves in order to get closer to their crushes. As the story goes on, both of them get more and more involved in situations which put the pair closer together, even though Ryuuji and Taiga are still called by their classmates ‘rivals’ at school. They slowly begin to realize their feelings for each other and start to share a close bond. As the story progresses, Ryuuji and Taiga discover more about their friends and relationships that will ultimately lead up to crucial life-changing decisions which will affect their future. A pretty simple storyline for a high school com-rom series, but there’s much more to it than it meets the eye.
Each of the lead protagonists have some story of their own in Toradora!, as more and more episodes reveal about the characters’ past and progress in the plot. Ryuuji has (really) narrow eyes which make his friends think he’s a deranged insane killer, while Taiga is the short-statured girl nicknamed the ‘Palmtop Tiger’ for her aggressive behavior to her classmates. From Minorin to Taiga’s Father, there’s always a special catch about each person that keeps the comedy factor running smoothly. The producers were- able to point out the interesting traits the protagonists have, keeping the audience guessing what role will they play in the whole plot.
J.C. Staff has been known to draw better than most of the anime production teams out there, and it has really produced a polished anime series. Toradora! brings out the quirky and serious emotions of the characters and manages to set the mood of the situations. The anime directors made the drama moments more intense while at the same time kept the freshness of everyday, high-school life. The environment is pleasing to the eyes and the drawing is well-detailed enough to make Toradora! seem more lively and colorful.
The Toradora! soundtrack has been one of the best and most beautiful music I’ve ever heard in anime. While some of the tracks don’t stand out as they are supposed to be, some of the BGM come out strong in certain scenes (especially the drama parts) as it plays a big role in setting the mood and ambience. For those of you who have watched the whole series, remember the music playing when Taiga runs out of her apartment to chase down Ryuuji downstairs? The track playing really made the emotion of the scene more touching to the audience.
Probably some of you might not agree with me, but Toradora has been the most enjoyable comedy-romance anime I’ve ever watched. The laughs, the tears, the tension, the awkwardness, and the feeling of wanting to watch more – Toradora! brings it all. I laughed so hard when Inko tries to say something but fails miserably in front of Ryuuji. It’s a big pleasure to watch this anime as it never disappoints you in drama or comedy.
Toradora! is a masterpiece on its own, and it gets a perfect score 10 from me. If you like comedy, drama, romance, then this is definitely the anime for you. I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t watched it yet. And trust me, Toradora! is truly something not to be missed.
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