Toradora! 25

Toradora!

After half a year, it’s time to bid the cast of Toradora! farewell.

But before that, time to go through the final episode.

Toradora!

Wow, Ryuji’s grandfather (Yasuko’s father) looks exactly like Ryuji. Looks like it wasn’t just his father’s fault.

Toradora!

“Don’t worry, you haven’t failed. You raised me up all by yourself all this while, didn’t you? Look, I’m already taller than you now.” BAWWWWWWWWW so heart-touching.

Toradora!

Toradora!

Ahhh Toradorable!

Toradora!

The moment we’ve been waiting for! The Kiss!

Toradora!

“Mou ichido…” :O

Toradora!

“Mou ichido…..” :O :O :O

Unfortunately, the drama doesn’t end there as Taiga withdraws from school after they return home. Which prompts…

Toradora!

… Minorin to go slap Ryuuji. WTF Minorin. Seriously! Don’t jump to conclusions so fast!!!

Toradora!

Thank god Ami and Kitamura show up to pacify Minorin.

Toradora!

The mystery of the second picture that Taiga ordered during the Bunkasai is revealed! It’s been a picture of her and Ryuji all this while! Oh that was so touching.. ;_;

Toradora!

The picture that Taiga sends out to everyone after she left school. Minorin explains that it’s the night sky, with a single star shining in it, which symbolizes that she’s trying hard like the single star shining light in a sea of darkness, to become more and more brighter.

Toradora!

And Ami~n’s interjection is so ♥.

Toradora!

Ah. Ryuji and Ami~n in the storage room again. This time, Ami~n reveals that she was jealous of Taiga being able to be herself yet be loved by others. She used to hate herself who used to act like adult, but she realized after meeting Taiga that it’s alright to have even one person that understands the real her, even if it’s not love. I love how it closes Ami~n’s feelings so nicely. May she achieve her own happiness too ♥.

Toradora!

Fail smile is fail.

Toradora!

“So let us put a real smile on your face!” says both Minorin and Ami~n.

Toradora!

Dear god… Kitamura. Why are you so “WTFRANDOM”? Sigh. And that is 2-C’s reply to Taiga’s earlier photo.

Time jumps a year later, at everyone’s third year graduation ceremony. Ryuji spots a familiar looking silhouette in the classroom and rushes towards it…

Toradora!

Toradora!

Oh, Taiga hiding in the broom closet was so Toradorable!

And Ryuji finally says “suki da” to Taiga… didn’t they get all the procedures reversed?

Toradora!

Toradora!

Toradora!

Oh god Toradorabl..

Toradora!

Ouch. Yet still Toradorable!

Toradora!

The End!

Thoughts on it: As I said earlier, it was a nice ending. In fact, I can safely say it’s one of the best and most satisfying happy ending in a romantic drama anime. Instead of copping out at the usual “suki da” -> kiss kinda “happy ending”, Toradora took one more episode to fully tie up all the loose threads surrounding the main characters, leading in to “True End”-type end.

I loved how they got Yasuko to reconcile with her parents and later Taiga taking the drastic decision to leave school and go live with her mother, only coming back a year later to reunite with Ryuji. The timeframe that they are apart in the anime is much more longer than the novels, but it also makes it more meaningful too.

Ami~n’s heartfelt confession to Ryuji in the gym storage room, yet again, was a very nice closure for Ami~n’s feelings as well as her character as a whole. It truly signifies that she’s given up on whatever “deeper” feelings that she might have held for Ryuji earlier and now she’s comfortable to have him as a true friend, who understands herself. It’s funny that she says she hated acting as a adult, but after she drops that act, she truly becomes one of the most mature characters in the series, in contrast to when she first appeared.

Minorin… eh, I still can’t believe she slapped Ryuji in the episode. I guess that’s a tribute to her “kinniku onna” label? But well, I’ve just noticed that she didn’t really get a proper closure, or perhaps it’s just me not noticing, but whatever. At least Kitamura is going to chase after Sumire and depart for America as well. Wonder how it’ll go for the both of them.

And finally, it’s been a truly enjoyable show, Toradora. I’m really impressed with the director for managing to put in 10 volumes of novels in to a mere 25 episode series and making it so engrossing. I can’t really say the same for a lot of other shows done by J.C. Staff *coughShanaIndexcough*…. but it’s great that Toradora had such a good production team. Truly one of the best romance drama anime made and definitely worth the time. Now I’m just going to wait for a proper sub group to finish the show so I can rewatch this again. So long and farewell!

P.S. /r/ animation of Toradora Spin-off.

37 Comments

  1. Haesslich Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

    Ya-chan’s so bloody cute this episode. Also, Kitamura is definitely gay for Ryuuki: why else would he strip to jump Ryuuji on camera otherwise?

  2. trees Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    cute ending

  3. shaoron Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww……

  4. Syaoran Li Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    CoalGuys is aout now. Nice ending, but still I felt dissapointed, I wodner why? Maybe I’m lossing something…

  5. lord_jagganath Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    coalguys are good whut…. meh….. We still need a minorin x ami spinoff….

  6. Kanako Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    Definitely one of the BEST romantic animes!!!! Gave me that shockwave of emotion down my back that I havent felt since AIR and Kanon. Definitely one for the collection!!! Definitely an amazing last few days with the amazing last ep of Battlestar Galactica and now THIS! Definitely one of my raison d’etres!

  7. tycoonajv Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    sooooo no more 2nd season, OVA something like that?

  8. Typhonsentra Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

    I was pretty struck by Ami’s parting words too, it was a very satisfying closure for her as she accepted what many of her fans couldn’t. :P

    Shame Ryuuji was interrupted before they could’ve continued the conversation but I doubt he would’ve said anything too meaningful… or maybe the director couldn’t think of anything.

    But yeah, great episode!

  9. Hayate-kun Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    I thereby nominate toradora as EPIC TIER – slice of life anime… XD

    I loved that “mou ichido” moment… refreshing considering that most of the time in anime, whenever there’s a kissing scene, you’d almost always expect it to be interrupted… lulz

    Wonderful end to a wonderful series…
    (so when will be the Ami spinoff?!?! AMI FANS ASSEEEMBBLLEEEE!!!!!)

  10. Seratil Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

    due, i feel ultra happy yet softly sad cuz it was an AWESOME ending… but it is THE ending :(
    i hope we’ll get an OVA or after story thing, where you see the marriage of taiga n ryuuji and some minorin, ami n kitamura stuff :P

  11. arigatou Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 1:23 am

    There would be an OVA of this anime probably on how everyone is doing another time skip.

  12. Seratil Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 2:12 am

    hm, i’ll still miss this one :'(

  13. Doc Astaroth Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    Finally a Romance with an real end! I just love the last scene! Taigas facial expressions are so sweet!

  14. Ragna Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 2:28 am

    So the series ended the same way it began *_* Ryuuji finding Taiga in the broom closet :D how nice.

  15. TJ Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 4:17 am

    Can’t really ask for much more for an ending… given the situation.

    So in the end TaigaxRyuji, AmixMinori, and Yusakux…himself.

  16. Akira Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 4:22 am

    It was a great ending. I’m also all for a Toradora! Spin-off OVA.

  17. phossil Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 6:30 am

    nice ending. I felt so identified by it. >> Toradorable!!

  18. midenz Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    Toradorable! ^^ great ending :]] though i sorta hated wen it was ryuujixami but ryuujixtaiga is xDD!! KUTE !

  19. JJK Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    yo this has been one of my FAVORITES
    man im gunna miss it
    im pretty happy with the end and even inko said his name xDD

  20. kazekaeru Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    Definately one of my fav series and my top favorite this season…Cheers to CoalGuys for their amazing speed and to AniYoshi for keeping up the good work.

  21. End Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

    The ending went better than expected.

    I have to give this the 2nd best (memorable at least) anime of the past 2 seasons. 1st being Clannad After Story.

  22. clazy Said,

    March 28, 2009 @ 12:20 am

    wtb moar amin. fuck.

  23. Winter 09 :: tis the Good Ends season for KugiRie tsunderes | hontou ni sou omou? Said,

    March 30, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    [...] and one step back (or more). But I actually enjoyed the endings for ToraDora! (Aye: Totali and Kurogane | Somewhat dissenting opinion: Aroduc) and the fourth season of MariMite and, what’s more, [...]

  24. Sky Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    hiaz sadded even though i like the whole thing but it endded in 25episodes i want moreXD

  25. ~xxx Said,

    May 20, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    this episode is sure very tough not to cry…

    though Taiga did transfer, in the end, they meet and…

    so anyways, toradora! is also one of my newest favorites… that I have to stay awake @ 3 in the morning.

    Good Job!

  26. bonesnatcher Said,

    June 25, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

    w0w i hope there’s a season 2 of toradora hahah :D

  27. taisou Said,

    August 18, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    Loved this series so much, watched it twice in a row!!! sad it’s over… need an OVA to top it off!

  28. ikeburo hatori Said,

    February 10, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    I LOVE TORADORA!!!

  29. jelyn coral Said,

    March 26, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    wow! what a cute love story they have (Taiga & Ryuji)
    Love seems to be powerful in these characters huh?…….
    As this anime end I truly madly in love with it’s ending….
    Hope to have a man like Ryuji that would love me as I am not what he love!
    Great job!!!,,, for the author of this anime!!!!!!!
    MORE POWER!!!!!!!

  30. willam Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

    Its hard not to cry after watching.
    Now the movie and novel has ended but what about the manga??

  31. shiella Said,

    December 30, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

    …i really love u aisaka……..4ever!!!!!

  32. Mike Said,

    February 14, 2011 @ 2:50 am

    My favorite anime ever with an actual good meaningful ending… also Shakugan no Shana season 3 is coming up, awesome!!!

  33. Stasis Said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 1:39 am

    Watched the whole thing for the fifth time but still didn’t get tired of it. Its safe to say that it’s the best love story ever told.. Kudos to its author! I really loved the series! Thank you very much. :)

  34. Яї$ївlё 3цlоgу Said,

    March 29, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Yea I thought the drawing was really good ~
    But I didn’t understand why Taiga ran a while for a while at the end @_@

  35. Jron Said,

    April 27, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    I’m still not satisfied at the last part of episode 25 even though I watched it 7 times from 2009 to 2012….I’m still searching for that element of the story….But sorry for the lovers of the ending…It’s not that wonderful as some says….I guess this is still a merely perfect slice of life, romance & comedy of all anime…TORADORA FAN!!

  36. SD526 Said,

    April 29, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    I agree with you about the ending. So many people complain about it and yet I found it very refreshing, and I felt like it gave a great deal more closure than if they’d just ended it with the kiss, for example. And actually, I think it’s a far superior ending to the novel.

  37. MARIZALLON Said,

    August 9, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    wah! taht’s a sweet kiss from Ryuji to Taiga, i really felt sorry or Minori for not confessing her love to Ryuji and pushed him to Taiga

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