Genre: romance, shoujou, slice of life, comedy
Related Words: school, love, friends
Ryuuji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student, who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the “Palmtop Tiger.”
One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryuuji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yuusaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryuuji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga’s best friend!
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Review (No Spoilers)
Having seen many romance and slice of life anime, I have to say that Toradora is one of the best out there. It is predictable at times, but it’s different from many of the traditional romance anime out there. Of course, we all know how the anime is going to end, but the journey to the ending is unique.
The story follows these two main characters as they try to find love. The girl is a tsundere, who has trouble expressing her emotions and often uses violence because of it, while the guy is a very nice and servant-like person, who everyone mistakes as a delinquent because of his looks.
With the first few episode, the anime focuses on the two characters’ interactions with one another. We see how they meet, how they became somewhat like friends before it starts to focus on other characters and developing the plot. I found Taiga to be annoying the first few episodes due to the fact that she was whining half the time, but as the show continued, she became a more likeable character and she ended up as my favourite.
Plot 9/10 – It was a simple enough plot, but it was also interesting. In each episode, there was something going on and it progressed in a good pace. It wasn’t too fast and it wasn’t too slow.
Characters 8/10 – The development of the characters was well done as we see them transform as the show continued. We saw the development of Taiga and Takasu, mainly, but also the side characters as well. The show did a really good job on focusing on everybody, but not drawing away from the main plot line.
Art 10/10 – The animation did a good job of highlighting the character’s personalities. It showed the different sides of Taiga, the kindness of Takasu, and a lot more that made this anime enjoyable.
Overall 5/5 – After watching Toradora, I have to say this might be my favourite slice of life anime as of yet. There were some flaws, but the pros outweighed the cons at the end and it was very fun to watch. I’d recommend this show to anyone who likes comedy and slice of life genres.