Toradora! 11

Toradora!

Man, seriously, Toradora just keeps drawing me in. I’m so happy to learn it will be a two cour show now, especially if they can keep up with this dramatic momentum they’ve been slowly building up.

Basically double plot threads this week. The main one dealing about the upcoming Cultural Festival at school and the attractions planned of class 2-C. Long story short, 2-C’s doing a stage play and Taiga is chosen to represent the class in a beauty paegent(?) thanks to Ami. Too bad for Haruta’s attempts to make a meido/cosplay cafe for the Cultural Festival. Am I the only one who feels a chill down my spine when Ryuji says he prefers Lolitas?

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What kinda scares me is how easily Kitamura can manipulate people and look so innocent while doing it…

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While Ami remains awesome as usual. “Taiga na no wa ikenai to omoimasu!”

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And a spot of Toradorable!

The other plot thread involves Taiga and her father, who are on bad terms. Her father remarried and kinda kicked Taiga outside. But now that his marriage fell through, he wants to live with Taiga again and tries desperately to meet her. Taiga rebuffs his efforts to the point of sending Ryuuji to meet him instead. Ryuuji has an emotional outburst when he can’t take Taiga’s stubborness anymore and it causes her to change her mind and see her father again. I wonder what will this impact on their current lifestyle.

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Taiga’s father.

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There’s a 1001 ways to misuse the context of this screenshot…

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And now, we have the special segments! First up is Minorin!

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Oh god she does get more and more and more awesome by the episode.

Interestingly I noted that she’s avoiding the topic when Ryuuji tries to ask her about “looking for UFO’s together”. Minorin is really contradictory at times huh.

Next is Yuri-sensei, who’s gotten really little airtime so far, but in this episode, she totally goes psycho hahaha.

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Looks like she’s finally snapped under all that stress and age too. Am I the only one who finds the humor in realizing she also plays Maria in Hayate no Gotoku?

15 Comments

  1. houkoholic Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

    Lolita is a dress style, think the frilly dresses that Shinku of Rozen Maiden wears, it’s not related to lolicon.

    Ryuji was covering for Taiga (and himself, as he said he doesn’t want to sew fake bobs) when he said he prefers lolita dresses, as Taiga has a lot of frilly dresses and he knew it suits her and covers her “weakness”.

  2. The Hordesman Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

    houkoholic: Lolita is a book about the relationship between an underage girl and an older man, also a film. “Lolicon” derives from this, thus “Lolita” is another word for loli. You think of Gothic Lolita, a completely different thing.

  3. houkoholic Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

    The Hordesman:
    Actually I know the whole Lolita thing, which is why I said it is unrelated to lolicon (which is a short hand of Lolita Complex, a term derived from said book with the title), but again Lolita here refers to a dress style. Also you have it wrong because Gothic Lolita is only a sub-genre in the lolita fashion where they focus on very dark colours like black. Continuing on the Rozen Maiden, what Sugintou wears is Gothic Lolita (black and white colour), Shinku is Lolita, and there’s also Hinaichigo which is Sweet Lolita as it focuses on light pastel colours (pink, light blue etc). But all three is Lolita fashion.

  4. houkoholic Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    wiki page explaining Lolita fashion
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

    Err I think in this context, he’s referring to the fashion style. Did I imply he was referring to “loli” instead? I apologize if it did.

    I got a chill down my spine thinking of Ami and Taiga in Gothic and Lolita respectively actually….

  6. PassinGass Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

    That girl seated behind Taiga’s dad looks kinda-sorta familiar…maybe her clothes?

  7. suguru Said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 10:03 pm

    > Am I the only one who finds the humor in realizing she also plays Maria in Hayate no Gotoku?

    Didn’t realize that, but now that you mention it that is pretty funny :) Very glad to hear we’re getting two cours of this also.

  8. D.Locke Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 1:54 am

    I apoligize for my ignorance, but what does “two cours” mean exactly?

  9. D.Locke Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 1:55 am

    I apologize for my ignorance, but what does “two cours” mean exactly?

  10. Haesslich Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 9:33 am

    Broken Yuri = Hot. But then again… this tends to happen when Tanaka Rie voices a character who goes psycho. :D

  11. Kraker2k Said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    The last picture with the sensei and obvious parody of the Ashita no Joe ending(the KO-bells ringing away) Kamina’s Death was also in a similar style.

  12. The Hordesman Said,

    December 13, 2008 @ 3:15 am

    houkoholic: Well, this simplifies matters (after actually seeing the episode and seeing that people are aware of the word’s secondary meaning) Simply put; they word means different things depending on were it is used. Wfronk.

    Couldn’t help noticing the pink scarf on Taiga’s father… hmmm…

  13. Rhine Said,

    December 13, 2008 @ 6:43 am

    Two idle questions I’ve had, but never had the chance to ask:

    1. What is a ‘cour’? I first assumed it was a typo of ‘hour’, but then I saw another guy say it, and it’s also quite unlikely this’d be a two-hour show all of a sudden. I’m assuming you mean season, and this is some sort of lingo I’m unfamiliar with.

    2. Why do people complain that ‘Toradora!’, by virtue of its own title, gives away the ending? Is there a Japanese pun I’m not getting?

    But yeah, funny stuff.

  14. Kaisos Said,

    December 13, 2008 @ 7:12 am

    @Hordesman: That scarf is awesome.

    @Rhine: “Cour” literally means something along the lines of “season”, usually 12 or 13 episodes.

    Also, the title… “tora” is Japanese for “tiger”, and “dora” is a shortening of their pronunciation of dragon, “doragon”.

    So, Toradora refers to Taiga and Ryuuji.

  15. Rhine Said,

    December 13, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    Ah. Thanks, Kai.

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