After half a year, it’s time to bid the cast of Toradora! farewell.
But before that, time to go through the final episode.
Wow, Ryuji’s grandfather (Yasuko’s father) looks exactly like Ryuji. Looks like it wasn’t just his father’s fault.
“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.
The moment we’ve been waiting for! The Kiss!
“Mou ichido…” :O
“Mou ichido…..” :O :O :O
Unfortunately, the drama doesn’t end there as Taiga withdraws from school after they return home. Which prompts…
… Minorin to go slap Ryuuji. WTF Minorin. Seriously! Don’t jump to conclusions so fast!!!
Thank god Ami and Kitamura show up to pacify Minorin.
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.. ;_;
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.
And Ami~n’s interjection is so ♥.
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 ♥.
Fail smile is fail.
“So let us put a real smile on your face!” says both Minorin and Ami~n.
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…
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?
Oh god Toradorabl..
Ouch. Yet still Toradorable!
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.