Toradora! 20

Toradora!

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…

Toradora!

I really wish we could get more of her ;_;.

19 Comments

  1. TJ Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    yeah, it’ll be over when Ryuji finally makes his choice, but in order for him to get over Minori they’ll probably have to get together for a bit for Ryuji to realize that Minori is not for him. Ryuji could have avoided all this if he had listened to Ami-sensei, but then again he doesn’t seem to understand her hints at all.

    Ami with the ponytail is one cool customer lol.

  2. Heero Yuy Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    …dangit…why are the cute/smart/awesome side characters always never the route choice?

    Ah well, Ami can join the Kyou/Rin/Kaede club…

  3. lord_jagganath Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    now… AMI LOVE!!!!!!! and then BAKA MINORIN!!!!! arggghhh…. this is getting bad… as bad as some shitty anime i choose to forget because it was too traumatizing in the end. Either way…. PHARK it

  4. Jobrill Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

    Man, I used to absolutely detest Ami, now she’s strongly battling Taiga for my favorite girl in the series nomination. What happened?

  5. remm Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

    “What happened?”

    Character development, that’s what

  6. Kaisos Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    Wahaha, next episode is going to be awesome.

    Just WHAM after WHAM after WHAM.

  7. ☆Azure★ Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

    I’m still hoping for Ami x Ryuji. Toradora is epic.

  8. Kaisos Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

    Good luck with that man. Good luck with that.

  9. lord_jagganath Said,

    February 20, 2009 @ 8:16 pm

    if anything… i feel there is insufficient character unearthment for ami….. even if she is but a minor character in the whole scheme of things…..
    If i ever see ichigo 100% references in toradora….. hell will break loose

  10. Aaron Said,

    February 21, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    The problem with dating without direction is that it tends to leave friends high-and-dry (Taiga). Other problems include lack of appreciation for singleness and lack of time for other developments. The point I’m making is that Takasu’s lack of direction for dating Minori would deprive both of them of important development. He’s not planning on marrying her, is he? She’s way too immature. She needs more time to develop herself so that she’s ready for when she’s to meet her mate.

    Of course, from the ashes of mistakes can rise a phoenix, so from the ashes will rise a more mature Taiga for Takasu to court when he’s ready.

    … wait, why am I getting so into this show? Man, it must be pretty awesome. ;_;

  11. Gracio Said,

    February 21, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    ami with a ponytail… anyone else think full metal panic?

  12. Hayate-kun Said,

    February 21, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

    Remm’s made me laugh…

    I think I’m actually prepared for the Ryuuji x Taiga end but I’m still rooting for Ami
    <<< avid Ami~n fan
    It wouldn’t be titled “toradora” for no reason right? (err? ami-dora?.. probably not… XD)

  13. Patches Said,

    February 22, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    FAIL WHALEEEEEE!!!!!! Sorry… If you don’t get what I’m talking about watch the episode again CAREFULLY.

    I have to agree with Kurogane that Ami is the most interesting character in the series, and I am saddened by the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any safety valve for her. I’m afraid that the end result will be Ryuuji NOT making a choice between the three girls (Ami will have to confess before the series ends to force Taiga’s hand). I think a non-ending where everyone is friends will be unsatisfying, but at the same time, I have no clue how the writers plan to resolve the situation. I guess that means we’ll all have to watch? Such a burden! >:3

  14. Ipsod Said,

    February 23, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    Part of the reason why I watch shows like Toradora! is because I’m waiting for a series to break the rules and surprise everyone with the main male character going after an “unlikely” female partner. So far it’s already broken a few, let’s see if it turns into a trainwreck!

  15. Epi Said,

    February 24, 2009 @ 1:01 am

    Personally I’m rooting for Taiga and Ryuji to NOT end up together. All too often, anime ends with the main character choosing the most obvious person to go out with in the end. I’m sick of this. It would be great if Taiga and Ryuji were just really good friends and even stayed lifelong friends without having to ‘go out with eachother’ to support eachother you know?

  16. Kaisos Said,

    February 24, 2009 @ 6:39 am

    The “most obvious person” from the beginning would have been Minorin.

    The point of this entire show is that true intimacy is achieved through emotional closeness and friendship, not just through physical attraction.

    It’s a really female perspective on romance, mostly because the original author is indeed female.

  17. Par Said,

    February 24, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    Taiga and Ryuuji are probably yet not definitely going to end up together,(which I don’t like, I’m rooting for RyuujixAmi) but they could at least show a LITTLE of Ryuuji and Ami. I want her to confess and see a good reaction! Oh well, she’s probably going to confess, but there’s a good chance it won’t be a good outcome. Oh well, I never get what I want in romance animes. T_T

  18. Namu-chan Said,

    February 24, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    I’m for Taiga and Ryuuji. They rely on each other emotionally so much, it would be weird if he ended up with anyone else. They’re pretty much married anyways xD

    As for Ami, I started out hating her, but she’s become a really great character. I hope she gets more storyline soon.

    I love Minori but she needs to grow up.

  19. Komidol Said,

    February 25, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    Not liking emo Minorin at all, makes the show a lot more boring.

    Suprised Ami hasn’t hit Ryuuji yet, and that Ryuuji hasn’t done much in her direction yet. At episode 20 he should have gone through a healthy arc with each girl already~

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