Toradora! 17


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.


  1. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    Someone has seen a ghost and is clueless on how to react.

  2. Zyl Said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

    Yes, absolutely agree this show needs MOAR Ami. AMI~N!!

  3. The Hordesman Said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 1:11 am

    Top pic: Happy Minorin has run out of happy.

  4. Crosshatch Said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 2:05 am

    I still don’t know what Minorin is feeling guilty about! I just can’t think of a reason why she should be guilty and what fault she’s done to Ryuji…


  5. TJ Said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

    That was kind of an unexpected reaction from Minorin. Sulking Minorin is no fun compared to the regular one, although she’s still capable of making wacky (but angry) faces with the bald cap on.

    And yes, we need more Ami-chan!!!

  6. Lehq Said,

    January 31, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

    yay finally a Minorin arc~

  7. Cat Megex Said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    …You are quite dense, Crosshatch. Either that or you never picked up on any of the subtle hints. Oh, there’s also the option that you’re trolling. :/

  8. Ipsod Said,

    February 1, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    Taiga’s laugh at 13:21 sounded eerily close to Lelouche’s mad laugh. I spat out my drink when that happened.

  9. Hen Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    Hmmm, is there any particular reason it says ohashi (chopsticks) on her shirt?

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