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Summary:

In the aftermath of the culture festival, a rumor has been spreading through the school that touching Taiga brings happiness, and that causes everyone to want to touch her. At the same time, another rumor starts about Yuusaku stealing Taiga from Ryuuji because of their dance together on the night of the festival. This actually makes Taiga happy, but she still gets flustered while talking with Yuusaku. She almost chokes during lunch as a result, and she makes Ryuuji go buy her some juice. Ryuuji finds Ami on the phone by the vending machines, but she soon ends the call and won’t tell him who she was talking to. Not happy with how he’s not that interested and how he’s buying a drink for Taiga, Ami intentionally presses the wrong button on the machine before Ryuuji can make the selection Taiga wanted. After lunch, Taiga and Ryuuji head to the hallway where the photos from the festival have been put up for viewing so that students can order copies. Taiga’s choices includes the one of her and Yuusaku dancing whereas Ryuuji’s choices includes the one of him and Minori crossing the finish line together. When Minori realizes this, she blushes a little and considers buying the same photo. She continues thinking about this into the afternoon, but Ami recounts her own experiences with having her photo taken as a model and makes Minori realize that it’s only a photo.

After class, Ryuuji and Taiga end up going home separately because Taiga gets sidetracked angrily chasing a boy who was after the rumored happiness. Ryuuji heads to the supermarket first to buy some groceries and runs into Ami there. The two talk about touching Taiga for happiness, and Ryuuji wonders how Taiga herself would become happy if the rumor was true, but Ami feels that Taiga is happy enough. Outside the store, Ryuuji hands Ami some extra pork that he bought and suggests that she eat it because she didn’t look so good today. He knows that she’s been eating only sweets and calls her a child, contrasting everyone else who sees her as an adult. Meanwhile, on her way home, Taiga notices Yuusaku sitting by the river alone. He’s not his usual self and even reaches out to touch her because of the rumor. Taiga guesses that the student council president bullied him, but Yuusaku denies it even though Sumire had indeed talked to him about something serious earlier. Not thinking it through, Taiga blurts out an offer to let Yuusaku touch her, however Yuusaku claims that he’s fine and thanks her. At home, Taiga finds Ryuuji cooking a big dinner, and he inadvertently mentions not wanting to lose to the restaurants she went to with her father, but Taiga doesn’t care. Dinner is with Ryuuji’s mother, and when she hears about the rumor about Taiga, she strokes Taiga’s head and claims immediately after that she’s happy. She explains that she’s happiest when doing this and eating a delicious meal with family, and Taiga is surprised to hear Yasuko call her part of the family.

Over at Ami’s apartment, she finishes a conversation over the phone with her mother in which she decides to stay put for a while longer. At the same time though, she wonders what she wishes for, just like Minori and Yuusaku are thinking about how they can’t see the shape of their own wishes very well.

Preview

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After the three-part festival arc, this felt like a transition episode that ends with a bit of uncertainty as the main characters question what they want. The whole touching-Taiga-brings-happiness thing was amusing (especially when she blurted out to Yuusaku that he could touch her), but what I liked about the episode is how Ryuuji appears to move forward a little with both Ami and Minori and how Ami gets some more development as well. Perhaps the most interesting thing though is Yuusaku and his relationship with the student council president – Sumire had something to say to him that we don’t hear and afterwards we see him looking distant and maybe a bit depressed – because it hasn’t been shown as much as the other relationships. Short of completely rejecting him, I can’t imagine what she said to him that would make him as spaced-out as he was, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough since it appears next week is focused at least partially on them.

Oh and for those of you wondering, the new OP silky heart and ED Orange didn’t premiere this week, but commercials for the songs did (see links). I imagine those will premiere pretty soon, like next week.

January 8, 2009 at 3:08 am
43 comments »
  • January 8, 2009 at 3:16 amFlamingU

    not bad, i can’t wait for the new OP/ED

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:17 amwilson191

    can’t wait to watch it…

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:19 ampierce

    I don’t know why, but I always laugh when I see Inko-chan.

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:26 amDearka

    cool its finally back after more than a week of waiting!!

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:26 amX

    You gotta love this guy’s imagination:
    http://randomc.net/image/Toradora!/Toradora!%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2005.jpg

    Aiming for a harem right away, despite just being a side character lol! There’s even just a few (or maybe none?) main character(s) in a show that actually aim for a harem.

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:36 amChimasternmay

    yea was waiting on new op, but still glad toradora is back

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:47 amGStrike-

    OP isn’t that bad. The ending #2 sounds pretty good also.

  • January 8, 2009 at 4:16 amGod~Knows~

    In the wonderful world of my imagination::

    Sumire:”I’m pregnant..”
    Kitamura:”Say what?!It better not be mine dude”

    Kitamura goes all emo

  • January 8, 2009 at 6:43 amBroth3R

  • January 8, 2009 at 6:57 amBroth3R again

    I hope Yuusaku end up with Minori, love Minori personality. But I don’t think they will, I have a feeling he will eng up with Taiga… maybe. Just my 7th sense

  • January 8, 2009 at 7:49 amcutemi2

    where’s the scene were Taiga is inserting her finger in Ami’s Nose.

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:56 am[index O_o]

    nice episode!

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:56 amminami

    i love toradora

  • January 8, 2009 at 9:04 amPeanutbutter003

    Did Ryuuji’s seiyuu really make a mistake in saying 133 instead of 113?

  • January 8, 2009 at 9:24 amExia

    i think u have 2 of the same pics on the top 6 display pictures omni!

  • January 8, 2009 at 9:26 amkitari (kp-chan)

    I’m looking forward to hear the complete OP and ED but I’m thinking that I liked the past OP better.. or I just haven’t seen much of the new one. ^^ This episodes seems rather boring yet interesting? I dunno XD.

  • January 8, 2009 at 10:46 amLink_Soul

    When will we finally see RyujiXTaiga?

    For the love of God stop torturing me! Please someone re assure me that this is bound to happen……please?

  • January 8, 2009 at 10:52 amKinny Riddle

    kitari, let’s just say that normal slice-of-life (which this series is pretty much about, sort of) can be pretty boring. But there’s “good boring” and “bad boring”, and this episode certainly falls into the “good boring” category for me. :)

  • January 8, 2009 at 11:07 amExia

    wasnt boring at all

  • January 8, 2009 at 11:40 amPersona0

    @ Broth3R again
    I think Minori personality is more of a mask, whats she’s hidding inside who knows
    As for who ends up with whom it seems kinda cliche to say the 2 main characters.

  • January 8, 2009 at 11:43 amNajaflow

    Inko-chan is back for the next episode yeah ^^

  • January 8, 2009 at 1:01 pmTadloS

    @Link Soul

    You for Ryuuji x Taiga. o.O Are you crazy? They look like brother and sister nothing more. Though I’m almost %100 that Ryuuji will end up with Taiga. <——- If this happens, I will give BIG MINUS for Toradora! I so far love Toradora! But if this happens I will be very dissapointed.

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:42 pmMegas

    For any of you that read the novel, you know that they’re going to have to change the mess leading up to Ruuji X Taiga a bit or its just going to be an incomprehensible riot. I just with they would let us see what went on between the Pres & Yuusaku before he goes all emo. Hell, isn’t this anime suppose to be 3rd person omniscient anyway. Leaving us in the dark about that so long (like they did in the novel) is just sad.

  • January 8, 2009 at 3:49 pmLink_Soul

    @TadloS

    What are you talking about! Ryuji X Taiga is the best combination! Why would you be disappointed? For them to get together is gonna need some major plot twisting and drama and i will enjoy EVERY SINGLE BIT OF IT!

    COME ON RYUJI X TAIGA!

  • January 8, 2009 at 9:42 pmjho

    Great ep, it’s a lot more than just a comedy, i love it, and really looking forward to the new op/ed

  • January 9, 2009 at 2:00 amesKAYEmo

    @Peanutbutter003:
    omg, you’re right! i listened to that part at least 3 times in a row. he said: “hyaku san jyuu san da zo” (133) hahaha

  • January 9, 2009 at 4:13 amflixt

    this was one of the better episodes yet after the slightly boring taiga/father arc nice to see things actually developing.

    ima feel sad that vanilla salt won’t be the ed anymore though :(

  • January 9, 2009 at 4:31 amGundam 00

  • January 9, 2009 at 4:34 amStephen007

    Lolz i thought at first this was gonna be a very very boring ep,but it was actually good. Haha that Yuusaku bastard goes emo all of a sudden, probably got dumped, cant think of anything else maybe he found out that the president is a guy or the president has the hots for Ryuuji hahahahaha. How about the president being pregnant and he is the father? There goes my imagination for you…

  • January 9, 2009 at 6:14 amlohking

    Tora Dora 14 sub can be watched at Animezorro

  • January 9, 2009 at 4:20 pmloklin

    Is it me or was Ryuuji’s head really badly drawn this week? No matter from what angle i looked at it, it just felt oddly shaped. His eyes were a little weird too. Anyway, it was still a good episode.

  • January 9, 2009 at 6:22 pmShoopy

    I’m kind of confused on how come people kept looking at their palms in this episode

  • January 9, 2009 at 7:35 pmKaisos

    @Megas: It’s drama. It’s supposed to be a mess.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    The problem is that asking JC Staff to change anything major is just going to make it that much worse…

    The way I see it, right now, the show could go three ways.

    a) Novel ending.

    b) TaigaxAmi, which they have a lot of setup for, especially after this episode.

    or c) Having the two main characters end up with the person they ACTUALLY LIKE.

    Gah.

  • January 9, 2009 at 7:39 pmKaisos

    Also.

    @TadloS: Show Spoiler ▼

    @Link_Soul: Calm down a little?

  • January 9, 2009 at 10:59 pmokada

    finally there is some progress in relationships. its interesting to see who ends up with whom

  • January 9, 2009 at 11:05 pmPeanutbutter003

    @Shoopy: This hand has touched Taiga, why am I not blessed with happiness?

    That’s one way of looking at it.

  • January 9, 2009 at 11:25 pmHuitzi

    Gracias a Dios Toradora! seguira por varias semanas más!!

  • January 10, 2009 at 12:02 amJoe

    I like Ami-chan more and more each episode. Really wish for the TaigaXAmi ending, but I’m pretty certain it won’t.Great episode.

  • January 10, 2009 at 5:09 amkoja

    This ep somehow brings back the main theme of the story, as brought out in the intro:

    There is something in this world which no one has ever seen.

    It is soft and sweet.

    If it is spotted, I’m sure everyone will want to have it,

    Which is why no one has ever seen it.

    For this world has hidden it quite well, so that it is difficult to obtain.

    But, there will come a day when it is discovered by somebody,

    And only those who should obtain it will be able to find it.

    That is all.

  • January 10, 2009 at 5:38 amShoopy

    Oh I was thinking that all the palm looking had to do with the idea of being able to read your palm for marriage. Someone mentioned the teacher as having an unmarried palm reading or something I think. I was thinking the palm reading is was Ami was thinking about, but I wasn’t sure.

  • January 12, 2009 at 1:52 amAmethyst

    Looking forward on watching this episode, it looks fun.

  • January 12, 2009 at 6:49 pmHud

    WHY WILL THIS FUCKING SHOW NOT END!?!?!??!!?!??!!?

  • January 13, 2009 at 9:05 pmAyle

    What happened to Yuusaku? Did the president confess to him, is she sudden;y getting married, what the hell happened in that room???