Toradora! 16

Toradora!

Epic catfight between Kanou-sempai and Taiga, ’nuff said.

… okay maybe not just enough.

I admit, this is one of the best Toradora! episode yet….. eh, I have a feeling I’ve already said this back a while ago? Well, anyways, you get the idea. Toradora is really awesome.

I’m actually glad to see Kanou-senpai getting her screentime after being a cameo presence for most of the series, and even when she was the one causing Kitamura’s emo-ness, she still remained quite out of the limelight.

I felt really sad for Kitamura when he confessed to Kanou in front of the whole school, yet she just changed the topic and left, not giving him an answer at all. That was just really wrong of her.

Subsequently, Taiga’s rage and her confrontation of Kanou-senpai, at the expense of her own crush, has just elevated her in to one of the best Rie Kugimiya tsundere roles. I’m so glad that Toradora is this good T.T.

Kanou-senpai’s heart-breaking confession of her feelings towards Kitamura, well more accurately, her playing-dumb of it as not to make him follow her to the States was also really touching too.

There’s one part I’m not getting though, which happens at the end of the episode, when Ami walks past Minorin and asks, “Has your guilty feeling disappeared?”. I wonder what was she referring to?

The epilogue with the ”バカ”。 postcard from Taiga to Kanou was awesome, btw.

P.S. Still no new OP and ED for Toradora? Though I must profess, I’m addicted to Pure-Parade.

21 Comments

  1. Phocus Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

    http://kurogane.animeblogger.net/image/toradora/toradora_16_01.jpg
    FALCOOOON—PUUNCH!!! XD

    C’mon! Show me your moves!

  2. Magnius of the Chaos Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK FUCK FUCK.

    I don’t care anymore. I can’t wait for qq subs. I’mma go and watch CoalGuys. Ah, Kurogane, why must you do this to me? I’m too weak to win against temptation, especially when you have a screenshot like that staring right at me.

  3. lotuskonoha Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    from what omni said, it seems like minorin was feeling guilty because she thought taiga liked takasu….once she found taiga liked kitamura, she felt relieved
    it explains that “tch” expression ami made after she said that to minorin cause she knows minorin will take action now

  4. soyahoney Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    They are saving Ami and Taiga’s fight for last, but hell yeah! This has been the most action-packed, worth sacrificing hours of watching Taiga’s sucky dad and “what to make for dinner?” conversations of all the episodes.

    Now that we know what’s up, all we need to know is what’s down with Ami and her blatant excuses about her career. Also, I think Ami asked Minorin that question because Minorin might have knew what was wrong in the first place with Kitamura. That’s just a speculation. Let’s hope the new OP is “preparing” for another “parade”.

  5. Shance Said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    FALCON… PUUUUUUUUUUUNCH…

    Too bad she wasn’t pregnant, so there’s no fetus from an immoral relationship to discharge.

  6. Man0warr Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    “There’s one part I’m not getting though, which happens at the end of the episode, when Ami walks past Minorin and asks, “Has your guilty feeling disappeared?”. I wonder what was she referring to?”

    Minori is looking at Taiga’s notebook with photos in it and realizes Taiga had a crush on Kitamura, she thought Taiga liked Ryuuji because she was spending so much time with him. So Ami says this clears her to be able to act on her feelings for Ryuuji.

    Of course then Ami takes the notebook before Minori can see the second picture, which probably is a picture alluding to who taiga really loves…

  7. Ragna Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 2:50 am

    I would strongly encourage the reading of this chapter in particular for it leaves out a rather crucial (in my opinion anyway) Ami moment after she pretty much greenlights Minorin.

    BOOK 6 LAST CHAPTER :D

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 8:34 am

    After reading around and consulting a novel-reader, I’ve come to the conclusion that Ami’s question to Minorin was actually referring to the fact that Minorin already had feelings for Ryuuji but felt guilty of “stealing” her best friend’s “boyfriend” from her.

    Which means that Minorin’s been quite ignorant of Taiga’s real crush since the start, and I find that surprising, since I thought that she was more perceptive than that. But it also does explain a lot about her unusual behavior ever since the beach episode.

    Funny though, that she’s only finding it out AFTER Taiga’s realized that Kitamura is out of her grasp already. Now it’s gonna look like a love polygon centered on Ryuuji… god I need to resist reading the novels until the show ends!

  9. man0warr Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    I said that above :D

    As for the novels, we still waiting on the 10th, and no way they can end the anime at the 9th, so I guess original ending it is!

  10. Kaisos Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    10th comes out on March 10th.

    You know, BEFORE the anime ends.

  11. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    @Kaisos: Even so, I don’t think the anime staff will produce anything from the 10th novel since the show’s production has probably been wrapped up at least a month earlier. You don’t produce anime in just one week.

  12. Kaisos Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    Well, it’s not like they can’t be working with the original author towards an ending either.

    I mean, it would be kind of dumb to release the novel ending and have the show end completely different two weeks later.

  13. Shiro Said,

    January 23, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    If that’s the case, the author would be running around like hell to help J.C. Staff with their ending of the anime, and also to meet HER own deadline for the 10th volume. If that can be possible then never mind.

    … I doubt if they were going to use volume 10 contents with the author as the guide for it… and then suddenly the author decide to deviate from her own volume 10 works and give us something else as the end of Toradora!. And of course, I don’t mind whichever way it goes, I just hope no one’s too fixated on how the anime should end like the novel anyway.

  14. Kaisos Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    The anime should end like the novel because the natural progression of the story dictates that particular ending. Anything else will feel wrong.

    And I’d think that the fact that Vol. 10 has a release date means that it’s finished already.

  15. srose Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    Yeah, I’m also wondering what ami-chan was telling to minorin, “are your feeling of guilt gone?”

    im excited now for the next epi!

  16. srose Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    OOPS! I read now what kurugane said! thanks!

  17. lord_jagganath Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    ahah nice one kurogane…. Toradora has really come very nicely within the past 4 months or so…

    and btw… subberss really are ok irregardless who does the subs, shukumei, coal guys qq or even gg…. but i digress…..

    Would love to see the dark secrets of minorin being actually poured out…. :)

  18. Magnius of the Chaos Said,

    January 24, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    @ lord_Jagganath
    I prefer watching one group, because going through different subs of the same series make me feel queasy. That, and the fact that I’m predisposed to sticking with gg ever since Code Geass.

  19. tama Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 3:51 am

    Umm from you guys’ talking, with the 10th volume, Toradora will end? I’m just watching the anime and not reading the novels so. I didn’t see it anywhere that it will finish up with the 10th vol.
    Btw Does the anime follow the novels close enough? It seems it does, but I wanted to ask nonetheless.

  20. Kaisos Said,

    January 27, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    @Tama: Anime follows the novel fairly closely. A couple scenes are switched around, and removing Ryuuji’s internal monologues has made him look a bit dumber, but it’s as faithful as most adaptations get.

    Also, they cut out a lot of unneccesary stuff in order to cram a single book into two episodes. The story doesn’t really suffer at all, though.

    As for Vol. 10 being the ending, the latest of the short story books says that Vol. 10 is the “climax”, so if Vol. 10 isn’t the last book, Vol. 11 will be. And, frankly, most of the conflict has already been resolved.

  21. Cheisser Said,

    February 2, 2009 @ 2:57 am

    Hi guys, first time posting here, I am noticing that people talks about the novel, do you know wehre can I buy it, I have looked on sasuga books and it is not available. Hope I am not breaking any rule by asking these, if so please take my apology in advance.

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