Finally got a new OP/ED. Both sound pretty good, especially Hocchan’s OP. It fits the new tone of the show, sounding serious yet upbeat enough to not be gloomy. Interestingly it shows a lot of shots of how the guys and girls of Toradora are doing, such as Kitamura’s Student Council. Minorin jumping off the stairs and breaking in a dash is a precursor for things to come?
Episode itself is generally “light”, focusing on the upcoming Christmas (a month late in the show). Taiga is crazily enthusiastic about it, and her joy is god damn infectious. Made me slip back to Xmas mood for a bit, LOL. In any case, it’s a refreshing change to see her interact normally with other classmates apart from Kitamura, Ryuuji and Minorin.
Of course, the episode is a precursor to the Minorin “arc”. By now, I guess everyone’s understood Ami~n’s comment to Minorin in the last episode.
Minorin’s avoiding of Ryuuji has gotten to a level so obvious, that even Taiga has finally realised it. Ami’s been pretty obvious about it too. It’s quite a weird feeling to see Minorin, so famous for her madness, actually sulk and deliberately avoid Ryuuji and Taiga.
Surprisingly enough, the two idiots, Haruta and Noto, have actually realized that Taiga has a crush on Kitamura and even try to pair them up together. Even more unexpected is Kihara’s unofficial declaration of her crush on Kitamura towards Ryuuji, LOL. Fella’s such a stud.
- Taiga’s “homecoming” after her suspension ends by all the male students admiring her guts to confront Kanou-sempai was really hillarious.
- Kitamura’s 土下寝 to Taiga and Ryuuji made me laugh.
- And his new radio show is just as equally LOL.
- What’s with Haruta’s “dream” of the Xmas party and Ryuuji bursting forth from the Santa “Tiger” cosplay?
Finally…. the lack of Ami~n screentime in Toradora lately greatly saddens me. She’s really taking a big backseat role now in the last two major “arc”‘s :'(. At least she’s still making her presence felt.