Toradora Review: Extraordinary romance

torarev5I remember very well how my school days looked like. Often times did I think that my life was about to fall apart when I got in a fight with a friend or the one I had a crush on couldn’t answer my feelings.

Toradora builds on the nostalgic sentiment of school life where you anxiously try to confess your feelings to your potential lover. In hindsight your anxiety wasn’t necessary or you realized that there is a better match out there.

torarev1Ryuuji and Taiga are two teenagers who have a crush, but not for each other. Taiga has a crush on Ryuuji’s friend and Ryuuji likes Taiga’s best friend. Together they devise small schemes to assure that their loving feelings will flourish and have the relationships they’ve both been dreaming about.

Romance anime can border on the utopian, but Toradora tries to give it a twist by not letting everything go that smoothly. That’s a welcome development and gives credibility to the story. The characters fall and stand up along the way, but it has to be admitted that Toradora tries to force certain sentiments onto the viewer.

Toradora tries to achieve this by inserting an emotional soundtrack at key points. The sometimes vague dialogues have to create metaphors for true love(probably) and the main cast can overdramatize certain events. But as I stated before, at a young age having the feeling that the world is crumbling is common.

torarev2Because Toradora is set in a high school setting and the romance is centered towards a teenage audience, I dare to say that Toradora is more relatable for a younger audience that is just in this phase. The phase of young romances at school.

Although the romance can become very sugarcoated at times, it still remains refreshing. This is partially achieved by the main characters Ryuuji and Taiga, that aren’t the ‘popular hot guy and super cute girl’ or ‘super hot girl going for not so super hot guy’, but who are actually sort of misfits who try to have their go at love. This helps Toradora become more approachable to a group of mere mortals, such as me, who get the feeling that not being perfect is actually pretty good too.

torarev3Toradora is perhaps one of J.C. Staff’s best productions. The animation is steady, which isn’t always the case with J.C. Staff and the story development was well executed.

The soundtrack of Toradora is especially good as it enhances the vibe of a particular scene. Just like the soundtrack in AnoHana, it stimulates certain emotions such as sadness or happiness.

torarev4Toradora is a refreshing romance anime and although it uses some stereotypical melodrama, the series remains true to its genre. The melodrama can sometimes be too much and some characters can break the overall story development. Yet Ryuuji and Taiga are one of the better anime couples and create an out of the ordinary series. Therefore I rate Toradora an 8 out of 10.


8 thoughts on “Toradora Review: Extraordinary romance

  1. spitzsoapbox says:

    Toradora was great! It’s common to know from the get-go that while characters think they want a relationship with specific others, you already know who will end up with who, but Toradora does a great job at making the journey to that conclusion memorable and entertaining despite it.
    Because of how great Toradora was, I’m sort of shocked that I’m enjoying Golden Time so very little.
    Of course this may be of very little fault of Takemiya-san (I’m unsure how the novel version has been received), but it’s no less disappointing.

  2. Kurumi Shim says:

    Toradora is one of the best romantic comedy anime I’ve ever watched. I still remember my teenage life when I’d easily get so hooked up with the lightheartedness of this series. It was fun to watch. After all, this series is a total reflection of one’s adolescence as getting involve in romance while enjoying school life.

  3. milesvibritannia says:

    Toradora is truly a lovely series and one of the better romances I’ve seen. I was very fond of all the main characters and Ryuuji and Taiga are both fantastic leads. Toradora was quite an emotional story with great character development and I really liked how it emphasized the family theme, reminded me a lot of Clannad in that regard. It’s strange to think it’s been over a year since I watched Toradora, doesn’t feel that long ago. And I’m one of the people who got into it pretty late, at that.

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