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Taiga enters the beauty contest wearing a dress worked on by Ryuuji, and although she thinks her father is late to come see her because of his job, she goes ahead with what she wants Ami to say for her introduction onto the stage. However, before Taiga’s turn comes up, Ryuuji gets a message from her father stating that something concerning work came up and that he won’t even be able to live with Taiga. Ryuuji realizes at this point that he shouldn’t have trusted Taiga’s father and that this was all his own fault. Taiga gets introduced onto the stage shortly thereafter, and what she wanted Ami to do announce that her father was there and get him to support her. Unfortunately, as everyone soon figures out, he’s not there, and to make matters worse, Taiga trips and falls flat on her face. Pissed off, she rips off the bottom of her dress, and to everyone’s surprise, Ryuuji and Minori start clapping for her. The other students soon join in, and after Taiga demonstrates how she can fit her entire body inside a bag, she wins the competition. Watching her on the stage, Ryuuji suddenly realizes that Taiga is all alone and tries to make his way up to her, but he’s interrupted by the announcement of a foot race for the guys. Among the prizes that the winner gets is the ability to crown Taiga and dance with her.

Determined to win so that he can reach Taiga, Ryuuji outruns almost everyone, but Minori manages to catch up with him. Seeing her reminds Ryuuji about how she was right and how he failed to notice that Taiga’s father wasn’t thinking about her. Ryuuji and Minori, however, get pushed back by a pair from the track team, so Minori nails them both with a softball and then throws herself at some other guys who are catching up. She urges Ryuuji to go ahead, but he helps her back up and the two cross the finish line together, hand in hand. Seeing all this, Taiga thinks to herself that the two don’t have to worry about her like that and that she can stand up by herself. In the aftermath, Taiga is back to her normal self, and Minori reveals to Ryuuji that Taiga’s father had done the same thing a year ago. Minori apologizes for not telling him about this and suggests that she was jealous of him because Taiga opened up to him. This leads her to question if she likes girls instead of boys, and she soon notices that she’s speaking normally to Ryuuji. Taiga meanwhile dances with Kitamura at his request even though he wasn’t the winner of the race, and the entire class then dances together. Ryuuji ends the night feeling that things will be okay.


I’m not used to seeing Taiga smile so much, but it’s good for her that she has such great friends. Not too surprisingly, Ryuuji is willing to do pretty much anything for Taiga (the race was certainly a lot of fun to watch), though the saving grace for his potential relationship with Minori is that he managed to get a little closer to her as well in the process. The parts of the episode where they clapped together and where they helped each other in the race were somewhat cliche, but it was still a fairly touching show of support for Taiga.

As for Taiga’s father, I would really like to hate him, but it feels like there’s something missing in his character development since the way he’s portrayed is rather one-sided. They didn’t really go into why he’s the way he is or why he ran off a second time – surely it’s not just due to work. Maybe they cut out something from the novels or maybe this’ll get talked about again later if Taiga’s father shows up again, but despite that, I still enjoyed the episode and the arc in general. And now that we’re at roughly the halfway point, I’ll say again what I said several weeks ago: I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by how good this series has been so far. It’s got the right mix of emotions, comedy, and drama, plus some really great music. Hopefully the second half won’t disappoint once the show resumes airing January 7th, 2009 after a one week break.

December 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm
  • December 27, 2008 at 11:09 pmRockyChack

    cool beans. :]

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:14 pmShadower00

    No!!! I can’t stand not watching this for a 2 weeks.

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:18 pmChimasternmay

    woo hoo good episode, and glad there is more to come, 2 weeks i can hold.

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:18 pmEspada

    yes new episode xD

    omni when will you have a review about the new anime titles for winter 2008???

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:21 pmEspada

    ohh 2008/2009 i mean xD

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:22 pmanonymii

    “Taiga demonstrates how she can fit her entire body inside a bag”

    So that’s what she was doing.. I was so confused thinking she changed some part of her clothing or was checking her phone.

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:28 pmvansano

    cool episode it’s exciting to see ryuji get mad
    and by the way anime winter season is coming up.

  • December 27, 2008 at 11:44 pmstalos


  • December 27, 2008 at 11:51 pmArtanis


    por que hacen escenas paresidas a school days no maten esta seriey no recuerden el trauma

  • December 28, 2008 at 12:10 amasdf

    Taiga is a tsundere..XD

  • December 28, 2008 at 12:15 amcutemi2

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 28, 2008 at 12:18 amcutemi2

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  • December 28, 2008 at 12:26 amjho

    i totally agree with your assessment omni, i hope the 2nd half is just as good

  • December 28, 2008 at 12:30 amAizen

    I wonder how Taiga got the guts to dance with Kitamaru :o I thought she would go all shy and move to Ryuji or something alike.


  • December 28, 2008 at 1:28 amSammy

    Oh, she did smile a lot didn’t she? If episode 12 didn’t cement why the series is above the normal romcom fray, then episode 13 obliterates any doubts.

  • December 28, 2008 at 2:12 amsemeoneor

    how long is this show?

  • December 28, 2008 at 2:24 amanonymii

    25 episodes

  • December 28, 2008 at 3:50 amAyano Katagiri

    I love the weird expressions that Minori always has in the series. ;D

  • December 28, 2008 at 4:03 amMegas

    Ah, seeing Ruuji like that just makes me feel all icky inside. IT also creeped me out too much to see Taiga smile so much in a single episode

    Taiga’s father basically disappeared in the novel after this. I do agree that his character was a little underdeveloped for the anime but in the novel they made him look like a damn oaf from the beginning. So I still hate his guts & want him dead, even though he’s a hollow shell.

  • December 28, 2008 at 4:57 ammutio

    Hey, nice to you see around here again Omni. Hope your relative is better?

  • December 28, 2008 at 6:02 amKaisos

    @Megas: GAR Ryuuji was awesome. Smiling Taiga was hot.

    I have no idea what you’re smoking…

  • December 28, 2008 at 8:28 amKonaKona4

    Yesss 25 eps!? =D

    T-Taiga smiling….K-SUGOKU KAWAII!!

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:21 amMark

    Kushieda was great this epi

  • December 31, 2008 at 3:04 am[index O_o]

    nice episode

  • January 1, 2009 at 4:32 pmB Duffy

    Everyone is ignoring Minori in their comments. She said something very significant: I wonder why I’m talking normally? (To Ryuji at the bonfire.) So, the genki personality we always see is phony. She’s only been her real self twice, both times with Ryuji. So, why is she putting on an act most of the time? Is she really so scared? (See the episode where she’s trapped with Ryuji in the storehouse.) Hopefully this will be developed more.

  • January 3, 2009 at 6:44 pmtacdo

    Is it me or does this picture remind you of Macross – Do You Remember Love too? http://randomc.net/image/Toradora!/Toradora!%20-%2013%20-%20Large%2039.jpg

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:58 amminami

    i love this episode…. go toradora!

  • February 2, 2009 at 6:01 amahelo

    this show gets better and better