Toradora [Anime Recommendation]

Toradora is quite a fun anime series, with both happy and sad moments. It’s definitely worth checking out if you like school life anime series.

Alt Titlesとらドラ!, Tiger X Dragon, Toradora!
Creators J.C. Staff Studio
Licensed NIS America, Inc. (Available on Netflix, Crunchyroll)
Release2008
AdaptedFrom Light Novel
GenreComedyDramaSchool LifeSlice of Life
Toradora

Toradora! Summary

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!

Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.

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Toradora
Toradora features a story which features two very different people, connecting over romance.

We have Ryuuji Takasu who is practically a housewife in a male form.

Taiga Aisaka is practically a palm-top tiger which has some serious temperament issues. She’s basically a tsundere, to the point where even if you google “tsundere” you get up Taiga.

The relationship between Taiga and Ryuuji starts out odd, but then progresses into a deeply caring one. There’s some violence in the series, but it’s all just comedy.

As we learn about the two people, we start deeply caring about them and their struggles.

Many times, the struggles are hidden behind pretty smiles and strong outward appearance.

Things happen and we end up peeling away the layers. Now, I did find the anime a bit drawn out and annoying to watch.

I felt like the anime could have ended around episode 15, since it just felt like it was a lot of fillers. There’s a lot of sexualisation of females, at least one female.

I suppose some may be offended over that, but I’m not too bothered by that.

However, despite that, the anime is pretty good and I do enjoy it. I find the first and end part being more interesting than the middle, but that may just be my opinion.

Final thoughts: The anime series is definitely worth checking out and I do love how cute Taiga is!

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