Anime Review: Toradora!, Part 1

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Anime Review: Toradora!, Part 1

It's more subtle than your average high school show, but it's also much, much better.

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USA or Canada... Damn it!

Looks good. I would watch it, but... No legal way to do so.

Oh, sweet. I had heard good things about it, and, that it was pretty high up on a few friends "To watch list".

Ill have to try give it a shot sometime

Nice.
Iv been hearing good things about this series.
Ill haft to keep my eye on it.

This show is actually REALLY funny, I had a moment sheer laughing fits every episode. My favorite(s):

and the Infamous meeting between the two:

I just finished it the other day. I found it to be rather generic and predictable... but for some reason strangely compelling and I want to rewatch it but I want to get on to watching other anime first. The characters and comedy were what kept me going as I saw the ending coming by about the second or third episode.

Worth watching, but don't be too surprised if you can say, "Called it!" by the end of the series.

SilverUchiha:
I just finished it the other day. I found it to be rather generic and predictable... but for some reason strangely compelling and I want to rewatch it but I want to get on to watching other anime first. The characters and comedy were what kept me going as I saw the ending coming by about the second or third episode.

Worth watching, but don't be too surprised if you can say, "Called it!" by the end of the series.

Yeah it's not gonna sucker people like you said, but there's a lot going on. As people often observe with Japanese narratives the journey is more important than the destination. Besides many of the subplots are more much more emotionally charged than the overall story. ("That Shitty Old Man")

Anyway this is a strong contender for my favourite anime. This post is a seal of approval from a shrivelled up joyless overly critical masochistic anime watcher. A few of its well exectuted cliches made me gasp like a girl...

I watched this awhile ago (take a guess how), and I almost want to take offense at saying we won't get the Dragon-Tiger thing, but then I thought about it for .3 seconds, and realized most people won't.

However! You underestimate anime fans.

If we're watching Toradora!, then chances are that we've all done at least a little research, whether overtly or when looking up an anime, and probably know at least some of the reference about Dragon's and Tiger's, even if it only extends to the point of knowing that the two interact, and are entwined in Myth, even if one doesn't know any of the actual stories (Shamefully, I haven't read enough japanese myth to get anything more than "They are connected." I need to move on from Norse Mythology, I've been on it awhile, and it's time to go to the next culture... which is Egypt. Damnit.).

Wow. I sound really bitchy here. I sincerely apologize.

I rather enjoyed the first episode when I watched it, but haven't gotten around to watching the series. This review, in combination with it being the good aspects of Shakugan no Shana from what I know, might make me finish it.

I definately enjoyed the series and receomend it to anyone to likes romantic-comedy anime.

Not to spoil the series, but do not watch the last few episodes piecemeal or after a particularly emotional day or you will be bawling your eyes out.

Absolutely loved the show. Always thought it a proudly sailing vessel among the sea of fail that is the school drama genre.

Timotei is also reluctant to admit she has almost a dozen Toradora statues >.>

Gonna' be honest, I didn't read your review, just gonna' share my thoughts on this show first, I'll edit later after I've read it.

Toradora! is probably the best romance show of any kind that I've ever seen. Yes, it is fairly formulaic, and anyone can tell from the 4th or 5th episode EXACTLY how things are going to end, but the characters and story are just so damn well done you probably won't even care. Ryuji and Taiga have more chemistry than any other leading couple I've seen in anime, outside of maybe Clannad. I recommend it to everyone who has a drop of romance in their soul, and I've yet to receive complaints for it.

MisterShine:

Toradora! is probably the best romance show of any kind that I've ever seen. Yes, it is fairly formulaic, and anyone can tell from the 4th or 5th episode EXACTLY how things are going to end, but the characters and story are just so damn well done you probably won't even care. Ryuji and Taiga have more chemistry than any other leading couple I've seen in anime, outside of maybe Clannad. I recommend it to everyone who has a drop of romance in their soul, and I've yet to receive complaints for it.

You took the words right out of my mouth. Toradora! is the most fantastic romantic come\dy I've ever seen. Hands down the greatest.

Timotei:
Absolutely loved the show. Always thought it a proudly sailing vessel among the sea of fail that is the school drama genre.

Timotei is also reluctant to admit she has almost a dozen Toradora statues >.>

i only have 8.....

Interesting factoid furthering on the Dragon/Tiger aspect. The title. The title itself is irrelevant until you find out the translated aspect. Tora being Japanese for Tiger and "dora" as a pseudo-Engrish translation of dragon - "Doragon".
The result is that the anime is essentially called "Tiger and Dragon".

:< mai favorite Tsundere!

No but seriously, this is in my top 5 animes fighting for the number 1 position against Dance in the Vampire Bund.
I just love how well the characters get developed throughout the series.

I really loved this show. It started out gimmicky, cliche, and silly, but I liked it anyways.

It gets on my nerves when people instantly turn their nose up at a show for it's cliche's. Still, after reading the Light Novel, I was unable to watch the show again. Taiga is much less annoying tsundere, and ryuuji seems much less retarded, because he has these interesting inner monologues that can be rather funny.

Actually, this is the anime I hate the most out of all shows I've watched thus far. I'm fine with tsundere, but when the tsun-tsun side becomes "violent psycho", it's a real turn-off for me. I couldn't find a single redeeming quality in Taiga throughout the show.

Don't get me wrong, I've dealt with the Rie Kugimiya loli-tsundere archetype before (Shakugan no Shana, Hayate no Gotoku!) but Taiga is completely different. I liken her to a bratty child who does whatever she wants, gets away with it, and what's more, and ends up in a better position than before. It's quite maddening. They try to justify her behaviour a few times, but it's very weakly done

The show has a great cast and great comedy (comedy is actually damn good), but Taiga just screws with it.

I have seen this anime, and i recommend it to anyone looking for some laughs, it definitively has them.

So i'd say look it up!

SilverUchiha:

Worth watching, but don't be too surprised if you can say, "Called it!" by the end of the first episode.

Fixed that for you.

SilverUchiha:

Worth watching, but don't be too surprised if you can say, "Called it!" by the end of the first episode.

Fixed that for you.

*sigh* I watched two episodes and....I think I like it. Nice to have a male protagonist who seems normal. Not a meathead and not a complete loser/dork. Just a regular dude.

It was nice. I enjoyed it to the end. You can sorta related to some of the characters.

the review itself was good. As far as when I watched the anime? Well it's good, and I don't mind following links when I see it's name popped up, but I felt no change when it was over. The ending was alright, not what I really expected, but the plot 'twist' if you can call it that, I saw coming fairly early. It's not like I'm a magician you can do it to. I felt, whatsherface, the model, to be a lagging part of the show. Sure leading to laughs and a few insights, and perhaps a unique spin on a highschool teen anime. You gave it a fair review. Personally, I felt is was alright, but on reflection, they couldn't add anything or it would ruin it, nothing could be taken away or it'll loose it's charm. But I can't say this is my all time favorite anime.
Also, it's key to know I examined as a whole. I liked the characters a great deal, but like I said, I gave it time, I saw it through, I just can't say it's a favorite of mine

Gotta agree. I watched this one off a hunch and it was very good. It's very well done.

Hmm, sounds like something to take a glance at sometime. While romantic comedies are usually a definite no-go for me, I did enjoy the character drama of "Spice & Wolf", including the romantic aspects. Strong character interaction go a long way to make pretty much any genre watchable.

Imperator_DK:
Hmm, sounds like something to take a glance at sometime. While romantic comedies are usually a definite no-go for me, I did enjoy the character drama of "Spice & Wolf", including the romantic aspects. Strong character interaction go a long way to make pretty much any genre watchable.

Oh dude if you like ookami to koshinryo you will love this toradora believe me the female architype is a lot more tsundere and less witty-immortal girl but still. And yes i know the wolfgirl is not immortal i just said it cuz it would have sounded bad sayng witty-somewhere between 200 and 300 years old wolf girl.

My favorite anime ever... Well, at least favorite anime under 300 episodes :-P

I'm not really a romantic/comedy fan since most of it is terrible, but the great ones will find a special place in my heart and I thought ToraDora was great. Some people are put off by Taiga and I guess thats fine, cause she isn't a bland or normal character, so she will rub some people the wrong way. Just super funny and only gets mushy in a couple parts, so even if you don't like romance you should watch it.

Wrds:
It gets on my nerves when people instantly turn their nose up at a show for it's cliche's. Still, after reading the Light Novel, I was unable to watch the show again. Taiga is much less annoying tsundere, and ryuuji seems much less retarded, because he has these interesting inner monologues that can be rather funny.

While I haven't seen any episodes, I have seen comments such as this one pop up now and again, and, usually, it's not a good sign for the show. There's preferences, and then there's warnings. I'd like to think it's the latter, as I've read the first volume of the light novel, and if that's as witty Ryuuji gets, then I think I'm in for some very dry humour.

Simply said: Its worth watching its nicely done, funny and other stuff that may surprise you in pleasant ways

I loved this Anime, as the reviewer said it is a sensible Anime and doesnt have any really stupid situations (Except one , and only one moment where i thought to myself WHAT?? Where did that come from?) If you've watched it/will watch it you will know what i mean.

I thought the story was good, the characters were great and it had good comedy and emotion in equal measures and it actually has a half decent ending, whereas a lot of animes dont have one.

I recommend it highly :)

One of my all time favorites. And I will Freely admit that the Christmas arch about... 3/4ths of the way through? Half way? Anyway, that part made me shed serious man tears, reaally pulls at the heart strings. If you start at the first episode, watch them all, its worth it.

I remember how much I enjoyed this anime now. Maybe that'll help keep me from headbashing boredom.

I just finished watching this series and I have to say I loved it. It's the first strictly rom-com anime I've seen so I'm sad to hear most aren't as good as this one.

The title of most interesting character has to go to Ami Kawashima. She really is a sweet girl at heart and is remarkably perceptive. I felt sad that she became somewhat ignored in the latter half of the series and was only really brought in to dispense some key (and often ignored) insight. If I had been in charge I would have made her a little more assertive about her feelings for Ryuuji. I was also a bit disappointed that we never really find out what happened between Taiga and Kitamaru (who is awesome btw). But other than that the series is pretty solid and gives good character development throughout. It seemed to have just the right amount of major and minor characters to keep things personal yet uncrowded. I wish it had gone on for a bit longer too, there was a lot of potential for filler-esque episodes which would have given just the right gaps between the main story arcs.

I would highly reccommend this to anyone who likes romance in their anime. And if you aren't sure if that's you, give it a try anyway as you might just be pleasantly suprised...

Great review.
I'm a fan of the Toradora series and couldn't agree more with your assessment. Haven't finished it yet but I look forward to it.

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