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Summary:

Ryuuji convinces Taiga to go with him again to the family restaurant where Minori works, but unfortunately for him, she’s taken the day off. However, to both their surprise, Kitamura shows up there with a fashion model named Kawashima Ami whose photo Taiga had just been looking at in a magazine. When Kitamura sees them, he and Ami come over, and he introduces Ami as his childhood friend. Ryuuji and Taiga immediately notice how the two refer to each other by their given names, and the four sit down together. Ami at first seems like a very nice and kind girl and even refers to herself as a natural airhead, but all that changes when Kitamura and Ryuuji go to the restroom. The two guys don’t actually go to the restroom though, and Kitamura instead has Ryuuji watch what Ami does when they’re away. Her attitude has become that of a bossy and selfish princess, and she thinks she can take Ryuuji from Taiga, though – without even looking up from her magazine – Taiga reveals that Ryuuji isn’t her boyfriend. It’s not until Ami starts commenting on Taiga’s small size that Taiga finally reacts by slapping her. Taiga claims afterward that there was a mosquito, but Ami is pissed off now. That anger changes to tears when Kitamura and Ryuuji return, and Kitamura takes Ami home.

Taiga also expresses her anger to Ryuuji later that night, to the point where she says she hates Ami. She doesn’t believe that anyone honest would refer to themselves as a natural airhead, but she also thinks that she won’t ever see Ami again. Much to Taiga’s dismay, Ami shows up at school the next day as a new transfer student and uses her beauty and her nice act on the class to win them over. Kitamura reveals to Ryuuji that he didn’t say anything about the transfer earlier because he wanted Ami to show her true nature to them. He actually doesn’t hate her true nature and just wants everyone to know who she really is so she won’t lie anymore. Ryuuji keeps all this in mind when Ami talks with him later about what happened in the restaurant with Taiga. Saying that it was her own fault, Ami claims that her airheadedness got Taiga irritated, and she asks Ryuuji not to tell anyone about it. Ryuuji agrees, and Taiga’s not happy after she sees the two return to the classroom together. She writes him a note during class asking about it, but Ryuuji crumples it up. He then gets a different note from Minori. It turns out that Minori is suspicious of what he’s doing with Ami, and she promises punishment if Ryuuji abandons Taiga. Ryuuji responds with a note asking what Minori thinks of someone who refers herself as a natural airhead, and Minori answers this by forming an X with her arms.

After class, Taiga has Ryuuji clean her locker because she spilled her drink in it. While she’s waiting in the classroom for him to finish, Ami shows up. Ami claims that the teachers were worried that she’d be bullied by Taiga, so Taiga counters by saying that it’d be easy to expose Ami’s true nature. That would be boring though, so Taiga instead decides that she’ll always be watching over her. Ami responds by attributing Taiga’s attitude to how Taiga doesn’t have any friends, but it’s not until she mentions Kitamura that Ami hits a nerve. Ami claims to have told him everything about what happened at the family restaurant and suggests that he probably hates Taiga. This shocks Taiga so much that she goes home and holes up in her room until Ryuuji comes by to check on her. Since Taiga is so distraught, Ryuuji explains that Kitamura knows about Ami’s true personality and about what actually happened at the restaurant. He also points out that Kitamura isn’t the kind of person who hates someone because of something like this. Taiga is still frustrated with her own height and weird name in light of Ami’s advantages, but this is all interrupted by the sound of Ryuuji’s mother wailing from across the balcony about not having tonkatsu sauce. The two go to the store to buy some, and while there, Taiga reads in a magazine that Ami is taking a break from modeling for school. While returning home, the two happen to see Ami walking alone in a disguise, and noticing the groceries that Ami is carrying, Taiga realizes something and smiles because she saw something interesting.

Preview

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I didn’t think I could enjoy a Toradora episode this much, but Ami’s introduction featured a lot of laughs (much of it admittedly due to Minori’s antics). Kitamura Eri did a good job making the distinction between Ami’s nice public face and her true nature, and I enjoyed seeing the way her two-faced character interacts with Taiga. She keeps Taiga’s attitude in check, meaning that Taiga spends less time pissed off at Ryuuji, and the two girls’ dislike for each other could produce a lot of showdowns like the ones here. On the other hand, the potential mark against this episode was that it again raced through a lot of the original novel material. I’ve only skimmed through the second volume, but I can understand why some people might not be happy that the J.C.Staff crew didn’t fully develop all the scenes. At the same time though, this episode appears to have hit on all the important stuff, and as I said, I really liked it. I’m looking forward to seeing how Taiga and Ami’s rivalry (or hostility as it may be) continues into next week and how Taiga plans to strike back against her.

October 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm
42 comments »
  • October 29, 2008 at 1:26 pmChoko

    FIRST xD

    Toradora’s interesting, kinda reminds me of ZnT a lot, the only difference here is that theres no magic.

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:32 pmA Anime Loving Republican

    GIRLFIGHT!!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:42 pmJacksmom

    The “Minorin-Flab-Pinch of Death”! I can’t wait til next week, but I can’t believe how quickly they blasted toward Volume 2 of the Light Novels.

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:57 pmLelouchsama

    4th .. This Show is gr8

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:59 pmMabo

    Looks great :D
    A good anime without fanservice or harem scenes to my mind, that’s why i enjoy it a lot ^.^

    Gogogogo ryuujiXtaiga xD

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:07 pmHudson

    DROP THIS SERIES PLEASE. It’s nothing like the manga and is just another copy pasta bitchy main female character anime.

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:34 pmRogerOskaner

    Choko: Also considering that it’s actually good.

    Hudson: You know that the novels are the original, right? Not the manga? But it doesn’t matter anyways because it’s an adaptation, and apart from Taiga in episode 3 it’s been acceptable.

    Anyways, looking forward to watching the episode, Ami’s introduction was the make-or-break with me, but you’ve been more then fair in blogging this so far, so I’m going to go in with an open mind.

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:41 pmNightflame

    oh yeah… these 6 preview pics were just… just… ridiculous funny… xD

  • October 29, 2008 at 3:21 pmUngas

    @hudson
    if you dislike the anime, then you better dislike the manga too because it’s an adaptation of the novel.

    whether you hate it or not, whether it’s based from the novel or manga, people will still watch it. you cannot force other people to stop watching especially if they are enjoying the show. you’ll only look like an idiot.

    now if you wanted it to be dropped, why don’t you create your own blogging site and blog it up for an episode and then drop it, then post all your disappointment on that site about that show.

    now i’m much more an idiot posting it here informing you on this…
    —-
    can’t wait to watch the episode…

  • October 29, 2008 at 3:49 pmisteb

    ami is finally here. yay.

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:07 pmASDAS 2.0

    @hudson

    shut up you moron

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pmHister

    Toradora is more bigger than Jesuchrist

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:15 pmMighty Mouse

    OH MY GOODNESS…

    That scene where Kushieda gets the note from Ryuuji…
    I laughed so hard that I almost have a headache.

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:26 pmbearzerger

    I loved it. After that filler episode I had feared it would spiral down, but this one was the best so far

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:46 pmNazarielle

    I can’t wait for the next episode, looks like Taiga is gonna get her revenge :>

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:54 pmKimi

    Toradora got licensed by ADV, the C+D’s have been sent out already :/ Nevermind.

  • October 29, 2008 at 5:29 pmLumin

    Taiga is an equal opportunity offender.
    I fail to see how she is like other characters who are only display both extremity of their personality to the lead.

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:11 pmHaesslich

    Ah well – at least Ami retained her two-faced personality coming into the show… which was better than I’d feared. Now we need to see Taiga’s proper revenge… which, of course, involves Minorin.

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:32 pmXellos

    Hmm I thought Ami’s character was better than expected at least.
    They took some of her scenes away already too…
    so maybe they will reach further into the other volumes as well.

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:47 pmChimasternmay

    love-it

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:11 pmjustin43

    This anime is getting interesting. I may start reading the novels.

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:24 pmRhine

    I think one of the more interesting things about Toradora is the male lead isn’t who you would normally /think/ is the male lead, i.e., the one with three girls chasing after him is Kitamura, not Ryuuji.

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:45 pmChicle

    YES, AMI HAS ARRIVED, WHOOOO

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:47 pmLulu FTW

    Here’s AMI! :V RUN!!!!!!

  • October 29, 2008 at 8:32 pmAnonymous

    Did someone say shit anime?

    Cause shit anime is shit.

  • October 29, 2008 at 8:37 pmAmethyst

    I like this anime its funny.

  • October 29, 2008 at 11:31 pmMidnightTide

    Would Taiga be able to beat Chuck Norris?

    Just throwing that out there…lol

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:29 amASDAS 2.0

    @MednightTide

    no

    instant death to taiga

    thanks

    you just killed taiga by sicking chuck norris on her

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:44 amSilver

    Looks like “Anonymous” and hudson are best friends! Woohoo!

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:38 amAizen

    For the preview images, it looks like Ami’s getting… RAPED!

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:42 amQuen

    Pretty good ep, and things should be getting more interesting now that the new girl has been introduced so I’m quite looking forward to the next ep.

  • October 30, 2008 at 3:55 ambuh

    Nice to see the art looking as sharp as ever. Call me shallow but I usually decide on animes initially on the designs and this show is among the most attractive I’ve seen in several seasons. Add likable and interesting characters, stir, mix, win. Glad to see Omni picking this one up since i’m a sucker for these light novel adaptations.

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:26 ammikoze

    Minorin on this one make me LOLed Hard..! XD

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:38 amShiro

    Number 1: AMI!!!! *fanboymode*

    Number 2: http://randomc.net/image/Toradora!/Toradora!%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2019.jpg – /OAO\

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:52 amRogerOskaner

    Just finished, solid episode. Funny, good character development for pretty much all of them, good pacing, and I just loved hating that damned Ami so much. Minorin was standout too, and I liked how it put Taiga in such a different situation. Her sort of quiet indifference showed some growing maturity on her part. They also portrated Ami pretty spot on, and her facial expressions were great.

    Weird ending, was definitely not expecting a cliffhanger, but it worked well enough. Looking forward to the next episode (even though I know what happens anyways). So I’ll give you a few more chances, JC Staff. Don’t screw up again!

    And yeah, buh, the art style is really sharp. It’s sort of a hook in itself for me.

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:26 amI LOVE THE CAPS LOCK KEY!!

    @MidnightTide: Taiga doesn’t stand a chance againce Chuck Norris.

  • October 30, 2008 at 10:27 amI LOVE THE CAPS LOCK KEY!!

    Sorry, typo. I meant against.

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:05 amSailor Enlil

    http://randomc.net/image/Toradora!/Toradora!%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2014.jpg
    Lol! Minori’s a Dowser? (her headgear though is just out of place – real Dowsers don’t even need equipment XD)

    http://randomc.net/image/Toradora!/Toradora!%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2019.jpg
    I don’t even want to ask what that means…

    And I wonder what Ryuuji sees in Minori XD

  • October 30, 2008 at 5:05 pmYangorang

    I honestly loved this ep. It was hilarious, much more so than the previous ones in my opinion. Ami really lets this series take off for me.

  • October 30, 2008 at 8:23 pmDuran

    JC Staff same folks who did ZnT and SnS…. I’m starting to think there should be a law against them handling light novel-based stuff. Still this is turning out to be a nice series.

  • October 31, 2008 at 10:18 amKaineng

    YEAH for Toradora! Really nice, and will be continuing to watch in the Net… and for Singaporeans, in Okto too!

  • November 8, 2008 at 6:58 amAndreCCG

    I just love Toradora :D
    Still watching it