Toradora!'s story begins with the male protagonist Ryuuji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to improve his look as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, he has a natural outer-appearance which makes him look like an intimidating delinquent so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryuuji goes to school and finds out that he is in the same class as his best friend Yuusaku Kitamura. But what makes him extremely happy is that he gets to be in the same class as his crush Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into "the creature ranked most dangerous in the school" — Taiga Aisaka —, who goes by the nickname "Palmtop Tiger" and who just happens to also be in his class.
Cute romantic comedy with unusally violent female lead. Those who liked Midori no Hibi will like this show. A good well rounded opening episode.
Taiga is cute. Rie Kugimiya is acting her voice. She is called the queen of tsundere. Tsundere is great Japanese culture.
A show that's all character and no plot really depends on characters who are appealing, interesting or (preferably) both. But the guy is a bit too much of a pushover to fit the bill. The girl is cute, but lots of characters on other shows are just as cute and a lot less annoying. The ensemble could save it but it's not sufficiently developed in this episode, so I think I'll give this one a pass.
Date Reviewed: Jan 25th 2008
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