Toradora, Anime Recommendation of the Week!

By Okami

April 16, 2023

Key takeaways from Anime Recommendation – Toradora:

  1. Toradora is an iconic and popular anime that is a must-watch for those looking for a rom-com with quirky characters and good character development.
  2. The anime is based on the LN of the same name by Takemiya Yuyuko and Yasu and was produced by JC staff. It aired from October 2008 to March 2009 and has 25 episodes in the main series and spin-offs.
  3. Toradora’s plot follows the relationship between Ryuuji and Aisaka, who become friends and help each other with their crushes. The anime is praised for its character development, satisfying ending, and the balance it maintains between serious and light moments.

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So yeah, today we are talking about one of the OG rom-coms. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t at least heard of this anime. Even the opening theme of this anime is really iconic and famous. Toradora may be old but it is still an excellent anime to watch even to this day if you are looking for a rom-com with quirky characters.

So welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series. This week we will be talking about Toradora. I really like the naming convention of this anime. It is based on the nickname of both the MCs. It is a fun watch, so let’s start on it already.

Toradora! was an awful anime: Why I couldn't help but drop it early.  (Netflix) | Jarin Jove's Blog

Introduction

Toradora is based on the LN of the same name by Takemiya Yuyuko and Yasu. The LN was serialized from March 2006 to March 2009. As for the anime, it was made by JC staff and it aired from October 2008 to March 2009. It has 25 episodes in the main series and a bunch of other small spin-offs. This anime is often praised for its character development and satisfying ending.

Plot

Toradora follows Ruuji a good guy with an intimidating face that leads to him being mistaken as a delinquent and Aisaka who looks small and frail but gets angry pretty easily. Both of them become friends because of a silly mistake and decide to help each other with their respective crushes. And they end up forming an unlikely bond as the series goes on.

Ami Kawashima - The misunderstood hero of Toradora! - YouTube

Nothing new here in terms of the plot. It is a pretty standard rom-com plot. Despite the complex appearance of their relationship dynamic, things are handled rather cheerfully. That is one quality of this anime that I really like, it gives you some really serious stuff but to handles it in a very light manner. And yet, it does get serious when it needs to. This balance is something I really do admire.

Characters

The character development in this anime is really good. You see tangible growth in Ryuuji and Aisaka as the series goes on. There are only 5 important characters in this series and all of them are quirky and entertaining. Minori quickly became my favorite by the end of the series because of her bright attitude and the stupid things she does.

Toradora! (TV Series 2008–2009) - IMDb

Animations and Soundtracks

The animations definitely do show their age but, I do like the 90s anime art style Toradora went for. It is a rom-com of course so animations don’t matter as much but I do like the art style. As for the soundtracks, they are pretty good as well. We all know how iconic the opening theme of this series is.

Why should you watch Toradora?

Quick pointers on why you should watch this anime:

  • Really funny
  • Great characters
  • Good character development
  • Awesome opening theme

Conclusion

That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below. I will take my leave here for now. Toradora is an amazing anime and you really should check it out if you get the chance. With that said, see ya!!

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