Man, I so wanted to watch this episode earlier, but had a lot of preparations to do for AFA. Thank god I finally managed to watch it before going off because this was such an awesome episode. Taiga is truly Toradorable!
This episode is probably a milestone of sorts in their relationship with each other, as it definitely exhibits Taiga’s growing dependency and feelings for Ryuji even though she’s not fully committing as to what those feelings are now. It’s really quite a refreshing change from the usual straightforward romance shows.
Taiga has fully gone Toradorable to me now with her tsundere antics and most importantly, her redeeming points. You see, part of the tsundere package is to have a redeeming feature or two, which in most cases when the character goes in to dere-dere mode. Taiga’s even more better in that while she’s still tsun-tsun mode, she has the redeeming features of giving up and willing to get her hands dirty for what she wants, shown quite prominently in this episode.
Also unlike other Kugyuu tsundere’s who can’t seem to be fully honest with themselves, Taiga’s actually pretty honest about her own feelings to herself, even if she might not actually realize what they are. The poolside argument with Ryuji was an extremely defining moment for her character to me and added up with her rescue of Ryuuji in the pool plus her bold declaration towards her classmates really endeared her character a lot to me.
Well, that’s so much about Taiga for me. I have to mention a bit about Ami as well, and that short vending machine scene with her and Ryuuji together was nicely done one. Somehow Ami looks so natural while sitting there, hahaha. I’m actually starting to like her, lol. In some ways, she’s actually even more tsun-tsun than Taiga, XD.
Man, it really is starting to seem like Ryuuji’s gotten the magic (harem lead) pheromones.
And Minorin. Oh god Minorin. Minorin is just the most awesome show-stealer ever at times.