Nearly half a year ago, I would have never expected this level of empathy from this show. Just goes to show that the old adage, “books should not be judged by their cover” really does work for anime too.
After the heartbreaking episode of nineteen last week, 20 continues on from where we left. Taiga has decided to keep her distance from Ryuji (despite her own true feelings) and goes fully in to supporting him and Minorin together, trying, almost too hard, her best to create chances for them to be together.
It’s really drama at its best and oh god, this episode reminds me of how painful “love” can sometimes be. One thing I am liking about Toradora is how the show is not trying to paint anyone in the wrong here, somehow a very hard thing to pull off in most anime that has a romantic relationship between three characters or more. The portrayals and performance of each character are really very good now in Toradora.
While Ryuji is indecisive, it’s not as if he is actively trying to hurt someone plus he does have feelings for Minorin. The love tug-of-war between Minorin and Taiga is really a bit painful to see though. Especially Taiga, seeing her trying her best to push those two together, while Minorin still thinks that she should be letting him go to Taiga instead.
The problem here is that Taiga’s trying too hard herself, and Minorin sees that, which results in a catch-22 situation between them as one tries her best while the other seeing that effort, wants even more to do the opposite of the former’s intentions. Now the only way out of the deadlock, as I see it, is for Ryuji to firmly make a stand on who he’ll choose and stick to it.
My personal opinion (as well as the camp I’m in now) would be for Ryuji to get over his puppy-love crush towards Minorin (in my point-of-view that is) and go for Taiga instead. The major obstacle here would be his lack of realization of Taiga’s feelings towards him and conversely his own feelings towards Taiga as well. What we need now would be some event happening that leads to a change of his perception towards Taiga, so the next arc about the snow mountain trip probably will have something decisive that will determine the course of the love triangle after that.
While the main drama is now squarely in the hands of those three, Ami remains the best character of the show, with her hints towards Takasu. The part where she says, “If you’re the only one who was hurt badly, that would be the best…” to Takasu was probably one of the most brilliantly timed lines by her. If only Ryuji actually understands her hints…
I really wish we could get more of her ;_;.