Toradora finale primer.

Nice ending… although they got the procedures reversed somewhat.

To the novel readers: was it exactly like in the novel? Or were there differences?


  1. man0warr Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 2:40 am

    It’s pretty close.

    “Ryuuji and Taiga run off -> They fall into the river, lots of stuff happen (first kiss), and having nowhere else to go, they end up at Ami’s house -> They decide they should talk to their parents once and split up -> They meet at school and escape -> They go to Yasuko’s parents’ home and convince them to forgive her -> Ryuuji and Yasuko make up -> Deep kiss between Taiga and Ryuuji -> Taiga says goodbye to Ryuuji and goes to her mother -> The new semester begins and Taiga returns to Ryuuji ->”

    “At the end of the book after Taiga returns, it’s pretty clear that Ryuuji’s dream is living/marrying Taiga. He doesn’t say it, but that’s what he’s thinking.”

    Not sure if this was in the last episode but its in the novel, basically this is how Ami felt the whole time if anyone thought she had feelings for Ryuuji your dumb, she just wanted some REAL friends.

    “This is a bit after Taiga has gone to live with her mom.

    Ami (while crying): ….Do you think that Taiga wants to see me again too?

    Ryuuji: You have to think that you want to see her. If you need her, and it’s not about her needing you, say it. Show it by your actions. The only one that can express what you’re thinking is yourself….. You have to move for your own sake!

    Ami: I…..I wanna to see Taiga again! I wanna be here when Taiga comes back! I wanna be better friends with Minori-chan! I wanna make up with Takasu-kun too! …..I don’t wanna stop being friends! I want to be friends forever! I want to have fun with everyone, I want to be with everyone, I love everyone….!

    Kitamura: What about me!?”

    Ami: I don’t give a damn about Yuusaku!”

  2. Kabitzin Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    Thanks for the novel info! LOL @ Ami’s final line =3.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 4:43 am

    @man0warr: Yeah, that’s what happened in the final episode too. So it’s good to see that the anime production staff worked closely with Yuyuko-sensei. And yes, the part where Ami~n says she really wanted friends was in the final episode too, but I’d still like to think she had some feelings other than friendship for Ryuji earlier.

    Sadly enough, the snippet from the novel in your comment didn’t make it in to the final episode. But I have to rewatch it to be sure. I think she said something similar to the first three lines.

  4. man0warr Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 4:57 am

    Well I’m pretty sure JC Staff just had an outline for the last novel since it wasn’t published when they were producing the episode, so I doubt they had anything concrete as exact lines from the novel at that point to work with.

    Also, I think Taiga comes back at the beginning of the 3rd year (2 months after events of 10th novel) because shes in the graduation picture illustration in the novel, rather than her staying with her Mom for a whole year like in the anime before coming back.

  5. man0warr Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 4:58 am


    I’m sure once the novels are fully translated by BT we will know for sure :D

  6. Kaisos Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 5:08 am

    Taiga and Ryuuji only spend like a month and a half apart in the novels. She comes back for the beginning of third year. Sort of her saying there’s no way in hell she’s going to wait that long.

    I suppose they thought this was more dramatic though. Whatever, I’m still happy.

  7. man0warr Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 5:10 am

    Yeah re-read it, was only like 2 months. From Roan’s spoiler:

    “Then, 2 months later, the first day of his 3rd-year at school, he bumps into Taiga. Turns out that Taiga’s able to stay in town on the condition that she looks after her baby brother (but this is for 1 year only). Some more awwwwwww moments and Taiga and Ryuuji walk to school, holding each other’s hands while they’re both dreaming up a happy future where they’re living together.”

  8. Typhonsentra Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    I think it was changed at the end more because the novel leaves itself open to potential short stories/expansions in the future should the author feel like picking up the pen again while the show doesn’t have the benefit of doing that, it had to be a conclusive ending so they couldn’t just have them get back together at the beginning of the new semester.

  9. Subculture Anime Blog » Toradora! - 25 (Final) Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    […] point that the anime ended similarly to the way the novel did (…and I confirm this through Kurogane’s questioning). That saved us from the horrors of bad anime original endings, making me appreciate how well JC […]

  10. North2 Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 12:35 pm


    I dunno about the novel, but in the last episode there was specifically a line that stated she wanted it to be love (in what better place than a gym storage).

    Ami to Ryuuji(paraphrasing a lot): I hated myself for always acting like an adult. But as long as there was just one person that understands me…it felt like everything was going to be all right. Even if it wasn’t love.

    Then again Ami never went teary-eyed in the anime either so it may very well be the biggest difference between the anime and the novel.

  11. man0warr Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    Well like I said, JC Staff only had an outline to go with for the last 2-3 episodes, didn’t expect the dialogue to be the same.

  12. lord_jagganath Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    come on…. who didn’t BAWWW at the end…
    It was lovely… last time i could really do that was at the end of Honey & Clover (bittersweet ne?) and mebbe Ai yori Aoshi ( Diabeetus in 2 seasons desu~) … I have to say that… I am disappointed that Ami’s and Minorin’s roles are somewhat reduced in the anime but shippers can’t be choosers…
    Glad to say that the novels serve to ENHANCE viewing pleasure… rather than detract from it..

  13. TJ Said,

    March 26, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

    Ami: “I don’t give a damn about Yuusaku!”

    Nobody does lol, at least not after his emo arc.

  14. Zero Said,

    March 28, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    I gotta 2x everything. I’m glad they stuck so close to the novel (even if they didnt use the EXACT lines, I think they came up with some good ones on there own, although Ami expressing verbally how much she loves being around everyone would have been nice instead of funneling it down to ‘if one person understands me…..’). (on a side note I was an amiXruuji person for most of the anime)

    And I dont think I would have liked the ending if they would have left it open (like in said manga). Special A, Ichigo 100%, FRUITS BASKET, all had crappy endings becuase they left things unresolved. This ending resolved it. But then again, taiga comming at the BEGINING of the semister and kinda giving that whole, i fixed everything but theres not a snowballs chance in hell im gonna leave you lonely in our last year in high school together.

    But oh well, so he had to go through a year of lonely nights crying himself to sleep with a pint of hagendas and the lifetime channel stearing him through, ruuji and taiga made it, and thats what counts!

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