A.R.C.:Toradora!

ORIGINAL REVIEW DATE: March 26, 2009

Third anime review. Let’s get down to business. Toradora! started out as a light novel in March 2006 and ended March 2009, having a another light novel as a spin off, a manga and a TV anime that ran from October 2, 2008 to March 25, 2009.

The anime was developed by J.C. Staff. I’ve reviewed one of their recent shows that just finished, To Aru Majutsu no Index, but also have seen a lot of their other works like I’ve mentioned before.

The only massively famous voice actor in this show would be Rie Kugimiya who plays Taiga Aisaka, the main heroine of the show but has also done other female leads in J.C. Staff’s shows. The show falls under the drama and romantic comedy genres.

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Plot

★★☆☆

Ryuuji and Taiga

Ryuuji and Taiga

Ryuuji Takasu is a 16 year old boy that has cursed his looks since he could remember. Having the face of a delinquent has always been the one physical feature people prejudge him by the most. Being in high school, his hopes of having a girlfriend are low. Entering his second year of high school, he find out that he is in the same class as his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his crush, Minori Kushieda.

In the first day of school he encounters Taiga Aisaka nicknamed The Palmtop Tiger for her snappy attitude the spares no one in her path if she becomes irritated. She’s also Minori’s best friend but Ryuuji never managed to make a good impression on her. Later that day, Taiga puts a love letter in Ryuuji’s bag thinking it belonged to Yusaku, her crush.

That night, Ryuuji mistakenly reads the letter thinking it’s for him and finds out about Taiga’s feelings for Yusaku. Taiga quickly hunts down Ryuuji at his home, threatening to kill him but Ryuuji quickly says he can help her with getting together with Yusaku and in return asking if she can help him confess his feelings to Minori. They decide to help each other in the end.

After a rough start, Ryuuji and Taiga start to get along. Taiga starts going over to Ryuuji’s house for dinner and even building a good relationship with his mother. Even in school, they continue talking to each other and helping one another with their love situations. Everyone in class quickly catch wind of this and begin spreading rumors that they’re going out. Despite all the accusations Taiga and Ryuuji continue to try and win their significant others heart but everything becomes difficult as new relationship and bonds are created.

Characters

★★☆☆

Too many forgettable faces. Ryuuji’s the cliche guy who dosen’t have a large enough brain or enough hormones to know if a girl has the hots for him, Taiga is suppose to be a tsundere but she acts more like a bitch than anything. She’s pretty ungreatful sometimes and is a little above Ryuuji when it comes to self-awarness but still down there with him. We got a overbearingly nice model with a cunt core in her, a hyperactive bitch who dosen’t know when to shut up or stop what she’s doing. And we got…a guy who’s overly sensetive about personal feelings and…a little less hy[eractive then the female. Meh cast of characters.

Artwork

★★★★☆

Toradora’s artwork stays at a steady pace throughout the entire show. The quality is basically kept the same in every single episode which is a good thing. Many shows concentrate parts of their budget on important episodes with massive significance in plot. Don’t get me wrong, having high quality artwork on pivotal episode of a series makes for a memorable show but then afterwards there isn’t enough in the budget to maintain it’s high quality and may even go down to lower than standard quality on episodes that aren’t as important.

I usually like seeing the same type of style through the whole show and Toradora does it well enough. Even being able to make higher quality episodes without going lower than their standard which makes for a good series.

Music

★★☆☆

To be honest, most of the shows music really didn’t strike me as outstanding. It’s rather mediocre save for two or three tracks. I really didn’t pay attention too much to the sounds because there really wasn’t much to listen to. Some anime are built together by their soundtracks like Hayate no Gotoku but for Toradora, that isn’t the case since you can go on watching an episode without even listening to anything except the dialogue.The Opening and Ending songs really didn’t catch me ear so I basically skipped all of em since I wasn’t in favor of them.

Pick a waifu

Pick a waifu

Final Thoughts

Really, in my opinion, toward the end of the show things were way to rushed in terms of relationship development and how sometimes the show’s current situation can be obscured. It has it’s cute cliches that are still enjoyable but nothing we haven’t seen already. By the end, it was kind of a disappointment how everything turned out because of it’s rapid pace.

I give Toradora! a 4 outta 10.


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