We all live under the same sky. If each of us learns to shine, it won’t matter how far apart we are. We’ll be able to see each other.
MyAnimeList: Despite Ryuuji Takasu’s gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent. Class rearrangements on his second high school year put him together with his best friend, Yusaku Kitamura, and his hidden crush, Minori Kushieda. Along with these two comes Kushieda’s best friend, Taiga Aisaka. Her delicate appearance contrasts with her brutal personality. Secretly in love with Kitamura, Taiga agrees to help Ryuuji with his love interest as long as he helps her get closer to hers.
Aired: Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009
Commentary: Toradora was amazing! Many of my friends have recommended the anime to me and I finally watched it after all these years! I really didn’t know what to expect, but I really loved it. I love how both Taiga and Ryuuji don’t instantly fall in love with each other. They don’t like each other in the beginning. I loved how they team up together in order to get their crushes attention. I did enjoy the pacing of the show. There were many funny moments in the show, but there were many serious moments as well.
I did like Taiga, but I found Minori and Ami far more interesting. I really thought that Ami was the best girl. I did feel that she was a bit underdeveloped compared to the other girls. I would have wished for more Ami in the anime. She was one of my favorite characters from the series. My second favorite girl was Minori. She was hilarious and I loved her friendship with Ami. I felt really sad for her during the last couple of episodes, and what makes things sadder was how Minori felt guilty for liking Ryuugi. Minori wanted Taiga’s happiness even if it meant losing Ryuugi. Episode 24 made me tear up.
One of my favorite quotes is from Minori:
My happiness can only be… can only be made with my own hands! My happiness doesn’t depend on anyone but me!
I like Taiga, but initially I did not like her. She grew on me as the episodes progressed. It was by the second half of the series where Taiga became far more likable. Taiga was such an amazing friend. She kept hiding her feelings for Ryuugi thinking that he would be better off with Minori. The Christmas episodes were one my favorites from the series. All the characters were amazing and unique. Ryuugi was hilarious! I loved how much he was obsessed with cleaning. I really loved the chemistry between Ryuugi and Taiga, they are one of my favorite pairings! I really loved how comfortable Taiga became around Ryuugi. It was cute seeing how they gradually fell for each other. This is a series that I would rewatch.
The OST was amazing, and my favorite opening was Silky Heart By Yui. I loved, loved, loved Lost My Pieces, it was one of the most beautiful songs from the series. I wished Toradora had another season. The animation was great. I did have some minor issues with the series, but other than that I truly enjoyed each episode and I highly recommend watching this show! Lastly, the ending was really cute!!
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)