Toradora

Toradora!’s story begins with the male protagonist Ryuuji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to look his best as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, he has a natural outer-appearance which makes him look like an intimidating delinquent so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryuuji goes to school and is happy to find hat he gets to be in the same class as his best friend Yūsuke Kitamura and crush Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into “the school’s most dangerous animal of the highest risk level” — Taiga Aisaka — who just happens to also be in his class. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Review
Toradora is a really a fun anime. It’s the type of anime that’s a slice of teenage life–school, fun, love, and friends. Toradora consists of 25 episodes and revolves around 5 main characters: Ryuuji, Taiga, Minorin, Ami, and Kitamura. If you like anime’s like School Rumble, Lucky Star, Honey and Clover, and Air, then I would highly recommend watching this anime as well.

Toradora is centered around two high school students who happen to live next to each other: Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

Taiga, known by the nickname “Palmtop Tiger” at school due to the combination of her small stature and her fierce outward personality, has had a crush on one of her classmates, Yusaku Kitamura, for a while. She’s also the daughter of a rich family, though is currently estranged from both of her parents and live in a condo on her own that her father pays for. Ryuji, who is known somewhat as a delinquient at school due to his intense look, has a crush on classmate Minori. He also lives with his single mother, who works at a hostess bar to make ends meet and is largely a clean freak and good cook.

Taiga and Ryuji’s story starts when Taiga accidentally puts a love letter meant for Kitamura into Ryuji’s bag, due to confusing which seat they sat in. Having found out that Ryuji now knows such an embarassing thing attacks him over it. However, Taiga soon finds out that Ryuji likes her best friend Minori and the two decide to create a pact where they each will try to set the other up with their crushes (as Kitamura is also Ryuji’s friend just as Minori is Taiga’s).

Eventually, this leads into a mess where Taiga likes Kitamura, but Kitamura wants to remain friends, where Ryuji likes Minori, Minori likes Ryuji, Taiga starts having feelings for Ryuji, but both Taiga and Minori try to push Ryuji towards the other beliving that’s who really likes Ryuji/who Ryuji really likes. Throw in a fifth wheel in the popular idol Ami Kawashima, whom is really selfish, though she covers up that part of her personality around others, and you have an overall good romantic comedy.

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