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The class has arrived at the ski resort, and while everyone else is having fun, Ryuuji struggles to figure out how to ski. Taiga doesn’t know how either and tries sledding instead, but she ends up crashing into him. Afterward, the two see Maya trying to get close to Yuusaku, but Taiga doesn’t get pissed off like Ryuuji thinks she would, causing him to suspect that something happened between Taiga and Yuusaku. Taiga admits that she ran into him during New Years, and she gets angry at Ryuuji when he wants to know why she didn’t tell him. At the same time, Maya gets into an argument with Noto because he’s interfering with her and Yuusaku again, and Yuusaku and Minori try to calm the two down. That night, Ryuuji is thinking about how Yuusaku didn’t say anything either about seeing Taiga when Minori comes to talk to him. She claims that it’s about a secret, but she actually just wants to make things better between Noto and Maya.

In the process of talking about this, however, she reveals how she thinks that Noto mistakenly thinks that Taiga likes Yuusaku. Ryuuji knows that this isn’t a misunderstanding and tries to say that there are things that Minori doesn’t know about Taiga, but Minori believes that she knows everything there is to about her friend. Minori then takes out the hair clip that Ryuuji had wanted to give her for Christmas and explains that Taiga had given it to her and told her to treasure it. Ryuuji comes away from this feeling that no matter how hard he tries, it’s impossible for him because Minori is treating what happened on Christmas Eve and his feelings as non-existent. He retreats to his room and buries himself under a blanket, but Yuusaku, Noto, and Haruta find him and convince him to tell them what’s going on. They are surprised to hear that he got rejected by Minori, and since Ryuuji doesn’t understand why, Yuusaku decides to find out.

Yuusaku thus leads the guys to the girls’ room, but the girls aren’t there. Ryuuji is overcome with the urge to clean up the messy room, however they almost get caught when Taiga comes back. The guys manage to hide in the closet, and right as the other girls are returning as well, Ryuuji grabs Taiga and puts her in the closet with them. Keeping Taiga quiet, the five of them are able to stay hidden from Maya, Nanako, Ami, and Minori, and they can’t help but listen in on the girls’ conversation. The girls wonder where Taiga went and start talking about who Taiga likes, but Minori declines to say anything about whether it’s Yuusaku or Ryuuji. Minori’s general attitude rubs Ami the wrong way, and it leads to her revealing that Ryuuji actually likes Minori but she rejected him. Ami points out that Minori is pretending that she forgot and that she’s a natural airhead so that everyone can remain friends and stay as they are.

Minori responds by questioning when Ami saw her acting as if everything was fine, and she thinks that Ami can’t possibly understand her. She also feels that this has nothing to do with Ami, but Ami reaches further by bringing up Minori’s feelings of guilt as why she rejected Ryuuji. Ami threatens to go tell Ryuuji that Minori rejected him purely because she hates him, and though her taunting succeeds in getting Minori angry, Minori still maintains that Ami can go do what she wants. Maya and Nanako break things up before the argument can get any worse, and the two girls appear to reconcile. The girls then leave to go look for Taiga, and that allows Ryuuji and company to escape the closet. The next day, Ryuuji finds Ami by herself out on the slopes, and she confesses that she might be responsible for Minori rejecting him because of something she said. Ami admits that she gets irritated by how Minori won’t reveal her true feelings, and she hates herself for what happened.

The two’s conversation gets interrupted when Taiga and Minori’s sled suddenly crashes out of nowhere into Ami. A furious Ami accuses Minori of doing it on purpose, and this quickly develops into a fight with both girls hitting each other. Although it is eventually broken up, one of Ami’s punches dislodges the hairpin that Minori was wearing, causing it to fall down the side of a steep incline. The only person who sees this is Taiga, and she goes after it on her own. Ryuuji soon notices that Taiga is gone, and it becomes a big deal when Taiga doesn’t return to the lodge that night. With a blizzard coming down now, Minori, Ryuuji, and Yuusaku decide to go out to search for her, and they find the spot where Taiga might have fallen. Seeing the hair clip, Ryuuji goes down the steep incline by himself and grabs it, all while thinking about how he left Taiga alone again. He resolves to never be separated from her again if he finds her, and moments later, he spots her snow-covered body. Taiga is injured but still alive and semi-conscious.

As Ryuuji carries her back to the lodge, Taiga touches his ski goggles and thinks that he’s actually Yuusaku. Given this, she admits that she thought that Ryuuji would have been the one to come rescue her, and she feels that her prayer to Yuusaku – the self-proclaimed deity of broken hearts – wasn’t answered. She had wanted her feelings to disappear so that she could become stronger, but no matter what, she likes Ryuuji.


Wow, I’m speechless. That was one helluva episode. As much as it made for a ton of drama though and an actual physical fight between the two, I don’t like the way Ami picked a fight and taunted Minori. Her darker side certainly isn’t very becoming of her, and it was out in full display here. This might already be a forgone conclusion, but I don’t think there’s any way Ami ends up with Ryuuji now, even if she did rehabilitate her character a bit by coming clean to Ryuuji about how she might have pushed Minori to reject him (with what she said to Minori about the guilt back in episode 16) and by explaining how she’s irritated at how she can’t get Minori to show her true feelings. At the same time, Minori doesn’t come off in the best of lights either, and while I don’t like the way Ami approached it, what Ami actually said was mostly right. If there’s going to be a Minori ending, then she’s going to have to eventually come clean with both Ryuuji and Taiga.

That might be a moot point though. The story was doing a good job of moving back and forth between Taiga and Minori, but I have to believe now that the confession on Taiga’s part moves things toward her again. Ryuuji’s own feelings even seem to reflect this since he realized that he left her alone again and felt that they should be separated anymore. The more he thinks things like that, the more I think that those feelings have to count for something more than just as a father figure. Plus, the way the episode went about a minute longer and blended more than usual with the ED and credits felt special and gave a lot of emphasis to the importance of the Taiga and Ryuuji pairing. All this is leading me to believe that although the story might swing around a bit more in coming episodes, the final pairing (if there is one) will likely be those two. For the time being, I’m curious to see though how Ryuuji reacts to Taiga’s confession.

February 26, 2009 at 7:06 am
  • February 27, 2009 at 1:50 pmRaiv

    LOL @ ships sinking. Let’s hope no one drowns coz of this haha…

    Hmm… Question. Would you sleep with ur best female friend if she asks you to? She’s ur best fren but still, would you say no? Maybe shud make a poll about it hur hur…

    Well, I can understand why most shippers would ship Ami coz if this show was an H-game I would choose Ami path too. Most would rather choose a bitchy model than a violent flat board or crazy emo bitch. The same goes with reality. That’s why alot of ships ship Ami.

    But for those who actually care about the storyline and content and feelings of the characters, they know it’s a foregone conclusion. But they still enjoy it for the interactions and joy it brings from the interactions between the characters. It’s the journey that counts. Not the ending.

    In the end it still just an anime. No need to be so worked up about it.

  • February 27, 2009 at 2:05 pmRaiv

    I don’t really think that Taiga suddenly realizing that she’s in love with her best male friend all that surprising tho. She suddenly realized that she was going to lose the only guy who ever cared for her so much to another girl who happens to be her best girl friend on that Christmas Eve. That same guy even went through such lengths to go to her so that she wont be lonely that night and granted her dream. That feeling of sudden loss will make you melancholy. This feeling of longing can thus change a platonic relationship to a romantic one. But she couldn’t make it romantic coz the girl her best male friend likes is her best female friend. Which she knows likes him too. So she couldn’t do it.
    Hmm that was kinda long-winded.

  • February 27, 2009 at 3:01 pmRickyMack

    @ Raiv

    “But for those who actually care about the storyline and content and feelings of the characters, they know it’s a foregone conclusion. But they still enjoy it for the interactions and joy it brings from the interactions between the characters. It’s the journey that counts. Not the ending.”

    precisely. while i personally am not too big of a fan of a taigaXruuji ending, i do understand that it’s been set up and i’m not going to argue the way the author wants to tell her story because it is HER story. i guess for the other shippers (i’ve been leaning from Minori to Ami) who are otherwise, they’re probably clinging to the hope (spoilers from akane iro ni somarusaka and gundam seed) that we all get trolled a la Akane Iro ni Somarusaka. although they were dropping subtle hints of wincest throughout the story. for rie kugumiya’s character to get trolled again would be like how all three of hōko kuwashima’s characters getting killed in Gundam!

    @ Zer0

    thanks for bringing that up, in my analysis i completely forgot that taiga’s playing the same: i want my friends to be happy! card. pretty much EVERYONE except yusaku at this point in time aren’t being honest at all. but the resulting tension is definitely why we’re all watching.

  • February 27, 2009 at 3:21 pmn1xx

    I’m for Ryuuji x Minori or Ryuuji x Taiga !! Screw Ami!! If she wants him so bad, she should just pump on her own courage instead of reproaching the one of others. :)

  • February 27, 2009 at 3:47 pmSyllen

    the reason ami doesnt do anything is because she knows she has absolutely ZERO chance of success, ryuji has absolutely no interests in her and therefore would be pointless if she took action which is why she is pissed because minorin has a chance and yet she isnt doing anything
    so stop hating

  • February 27, 2009 at 4:17 pmreaper_unique

    well after this episode it’s a given that we will get TaigaxRyuuji the only thing that we can pray for is an OVA with an alternative Ami ending.

  • February 27, 2009 at 4:20 pmkira

    AMI PUNCH!!!

  • February 27, 2009 at 4:39 pmTeabag

    I hope all shippers have enough lifeboats to use.

  • February 27, 2009 at 4:48 pmBlackDeath

    “GJ Ami, you should have hit her with a hammer instead…”

    ROFL too true, shame no one actually notices how Ami is feeling, in all of this she is the one who will be most hurt letting all these feelings build up inside.

  • February 27, 2009 at 5:16 pmNam

    Dang No matter what i still want Ami to win.

  • February 27, 2009 at 5:22 pmAzar

    well if the other 20 episodes didn’t make it obvious of a Taiga end this one did. It seems there really trying to push this series along since its nearing its end. With a mere 4 episodes remaining, it looks like there trying to wrap it up with all the important loose ends tied up.

  • February 27, 2009 at 5:46 pmmanu

    there is no such thing as AmixRyuuji or MinorixRyuuji so please guys, accept that the most likely couple will be the one on the series’ title

    :) not that you can’t dream of another possible final couple, but that will happen only in doujins~

  • February 27, 2009 at 5:51 pmOni

    All I can say is the ending of that episode gave me goosebumps and chills.

  • February 27, 2009 at 6:24 pmdraksig

    Would I sleep with my best female friend? If I were single, yes! She is HAWT!

  • February 27, 2009 at 7:05 pmMegas

    Uh, draksig, I did & I ended up marrying her – after some shit happened. What self-respecting male wouldn’t sleep with his best female friend if she asked him to…(*hint* if she’s not drunk, that probably means she likes you *hint*)

  • February 27, 2009 at 7:05 pmbobzor

    I swear i could just imagine Minori running for her life, bawling her eyes out, then yelling: Ryuuji!! SUKI!!!!!!!!!!!

  • February 27, 2009 at 7:19 pmtacdo

    Ami’s feelings for Ryuuji were so close to being brought out during the fight!

  • February 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm01234

    school days ending FTW haha, jk =p

    i’m surprised there’s actually so many shippers who aren’t supporting taiga and ryuuji tbh, cos i’m sorry, but it was just SO obvious in the title, summary, first ep, rest of the eps =/

    plus you have to remember that the author is a woman so the story is highly unlikely to go down the harem route

    i wonder if the new toradora PSP game allows ryuuji to end up with diff girls? if so, other than taiga, the only other girl i would consider would be the class prez haha XD doubt she’d be included anyway though T-T

  • February 27, 2009 at 9:17 pmZer0zUNLTD.



  • February 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm2ch

    The plain fact is, Minori chose Taiga over Ryuuji.

  • February 27, 2009 at 10:08 pmNightlife

    @draksig “Will Taiga realize that she just confessed to Ryuji? The final episodes will obviously be about Ryuji figuring out his feelings.” That is what i hope will NOT happen!

  • February 27, 2009 at 10:10 pmNightlife


    “Minori is only being dishonest with her feelings towards Ryuuji. Like Taiga, Minori sacrifices her feelings for Ryuuji for her best friend. I mean, considering how much she cares about Taiga, I don’t see why you would hate her so much while rooting for Taiga at the same time.”

    I actually REALY think, Minory is a lesb!

  • February 27, 2009 at 10:55 pmMegas

    Uh Nightlife, I’m sorry to inform you but Minori’s gonna blab to Taiga about Ryuuji saving her…& I think Minori is a lesb too :P

    What I don’t get was that Taiga was in a terrible state when Ryuuji found her yet she remembers everything she told him, especially the confession part. If that ain’t a plot device I dunno what is.

  • February 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm2ch

    She doesn’t really remember. She thinks she might have said something stupid but she’s not sure.

  • February 27, 2009 at 11:31 pmDMetroneis

    Now THAT was quite an episode! RyuujixTaiga FTW!

  • February 28, 2009 at 12:14 amAntics

    This was one hell of an episode geez …
    I just have to say one thing: OMGWTFBBQ

  • February 28, 2009 at 12:53 amKyonata

    you know what?
    Minori and Ryuuji were both trying to get together, slowly, at their pace!
    Remember the “ghost” episode?
    And then came Ami, who destroyed everything, she never got a chance so she should just have let it go but she preferred to destroy the genki Minorin and make her depressed…
    I really DON’T understand the people who like her.. she’s ugly, egoist, unfriendly, she thinks she’s always right and the only moment when this is not the case, she says that she’s stupid and sorry…

  • February 28, 2009 at 1:25 amRaiv

    But Sex doesn’t = Love. You can have one without the other. But you can have both and that is a bonus.

    You can say a girl scorned is never pretty.

    I really wonder what Ryuuji’s reaction will be to Taiga’s confession. Seriously at the point of time when he was talking to Minori alone this ep I though i could hear his crush shattering. Ami should have told Minori that she didn’t have a chance even though she really wanted Ryuuji in their room. This would make Ryuuji realize that Ami was interested in him too when he’s hiding in the closet. Unforeseen confession.

    Arrgh I can’t wait for the novel! I think it’s much better than the anime as there’s alot more interactions. Can read between the lines!

  • February 28, 2009 at 1:27 amSeravee

    Ami… she is the omnipotent character of toradora. Even though she appears to be ruining things, she’s just trying to grasp her own happiness, and its not like shes doing anything wrong.

  • February 28, 2009 at 1:58 amhandsomehwang

    I first wanted the AmixTakasu pairing but I can’t not want a TaigaxTakasu pairing now… She went through so much those episodes! The show is named after them!

  • February 28, 2009 at 2:39 amTehJonel

    LOL @ “It’s in the TITLE.”


  • February 28, 2009 at 3:19 amZer0zUNLTD.


    lol. You’re just stating my point again but worded differently. I don’t want nor do I need to have sex with my best friend-for whatever reason (just don’t give me some BS worse case scenarios). There are plenty of other ways to deal whatever dilemma he/she has. Why settle for something so temporal when there are so many other ways to show that you truly care?

  • February 28, 2009 at 3:32 amRaiv


    Not to sound insulting but are you even a man? Or a woman? What if there’s no other reasons other than she wants it, and that’s with you exclusively? Not including love or care or what dilemma she in into the mix? That was my question. Would you do it if your best friend (opposite sex) wants it?

  • February 28, 2009 at 6:39 amdraksig

    let’s face it, in a close relationship between a man and a woman, the woman holds all the cards. Most men in that situation, a very close female friend (and if she is a close female friend, he does like her), will not attempt to move the relationship beyond that out of fear of ruining the relationship. I agree with an earlier comment, if the woman then tries to change the nature of the relationship, when she is sober, she also likes him and wants more than friendship.

    Google the “Ladder theory” and Chris Rock’s “Friendship Zone” bit (Warning: vulgar language).

  • February 28, 2009 at 6:49 amRaiv

    Now that’s an intelligent comment over there.

  • February 28, 2009 at 7:12 amSharm~Taiga

    I like the ending…This few episodes are getting more intense and sad. I want to continue watching other seasons next time ya noe its great!

  • February 28, 2009 at 9:11 amOrange

    yay for ami = honest. boo for minorin = dishonest.

  • February 28, 2009 at 9:23 amTrunkmonkey

    Taiga+Ryuji is final. Now I want to see Ami+Minori ending.. wooohoo

  • February 28, 2009 at 9:39 ambobibon

    I really liked this episode i think they did it really good the whole towle thing with Taiga amused me and the fight bettwen Ami and Minorin was really intense and i really agree with Ami i mean god Minorin has become sooooo annoying!!! i hate the way she acts and it’s sad cuz i really liked her at the begining oh well im happy that Ryiugi finally knows that Tiga loves him hopefuly they’ll end up toghether im intrested to see what kind of a couple they’ll make ^_^ go Taiga!

  • February 28, 2009 at 12:04 pmAndri

    the way the story is going, im having deep suspicions that Minorin has an evil side underneath her bubbly personality. Ami is able to see through this because she is the same.

  • February 28, 2009 at 2:43 pmtakeshi

    NO! i want MINORI, not that god-damned MIDGET!!!

  • February 28, 2009 at 3:38 pmmanu

    @takeshi: not everything goes smoothly in life!
    get a lifeboat and enjoy the ride dude

  • February 28, 2009 at 4:15 pmMegas

    Ah poor Taiga, she tries to become a bit independent & breaks down in the process – then all she gets is hate from yall for wanting the male lead all to herself (to love instead of own *doggy*)

    I have no idea what yall see in those other two bitches but we’re definitely running out of lifeboats.

  • February 28, 2009 at 4:44 pmZer0zUNLTD.


    I am sorry for misinterpreting your earlier statement, and my answer to that question is that I won’t practice pre-marital sex due to my religious beliefs.

  • February 28, 2009 at 5:28 pmiQUIX

    Although I still much like Ami-chan that was a bit too muchos, reminding me of that fight between Taiga and that school council girl a couple of episodes back oO
    It’s a shame that Ami does not advance in this episode and continues to become more and more distant and less friendly towards Ryuuji :(

    ..I hope there will be an (or maybe two, in order to keep it fair) alternative arc/episode like the one in Clannad where the male character choses another girl :)
    Well, let’s just enjoy the show anyway^^

  • February 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm01234

    @ takeshi
    does this possibly mean that if minori had taiga’s appearance then you wouldn’t be a minori/ryuuji supporter? =p

    which brings up the question of whether people would support a different pairing if their appearances were different. would there be as many ami supporters if she looked like taiga or minori? and would ppl like taiga more if she looked like ami or minori? cos i’m getting fed up of hearing, ‘oh no, don’t pick that stupid loli!!! go for the smoking hot model!!!’ >.<

    e.g, i sometimes support different pairings (in doramas) cos of the actors who play them, though my view would change later on cos i’ll get to know the actual characters more as the series progresses

    just my 2 cents though =D

  • February 28, 2009 at 6:19 pmMaiku

    As someone who fell in love in a way very similar to this anime (a main reason i’m so connected to it), I can say that shoul should all stop yelling the girls names. We are talking about Ryuuji’s feelings here.
    He was inlove with Minori for more then a year. He has a box full of pictures of her… This type of love is NOT something that can be broken by ANY other girl.
    One good thing about this story is that it is a real piece of life. The feelings are so realistic… Ryuuji’s comments reminds me of myself in such a deep way…

    I know that in almost every anime that exist, the Ryuuji and Taiga ending is a MUST.
    But I have hopes for this anime… It’s a good novel, and a good piece of life. And if it is based on real feelings, I can’t believe that Ryuuji’s feelings for Minori will ever end. The only way to end them is actually dating her. And even then it might stay… It’s the “she’s the ONE” type of love. Ryuuji and Minori will be together by any format of converting this story to reality. His love for taiga is just too much family-like. His love for Minori is “getting married” type.

    By the way, the 10th (and final) volume of the novel is not out yet, so excpect an open ending with an OVA in the future that will end the series for good.
    I just really hope both of them (anime and novel) will end the same way… XD

  • February 28, 2009 at 6:38 pmpaj

    Okay, I guess people are not observant in watching a series like this except like to watch and think what they like about it.

    Let’s go down the timeline from when Ryuji and Taiga met okay? When they first met, Ryuji thought she was very pretty and doll like. He had an attraction but within that same day, he finds she likes his best friend, the only friend who is close to him despite the fact that he looks like a gangster. Also, within that time due to Taiga’s personality, she was not intimidated with Ryuji which brings them closer since both of them found out that they like each other’s best friend. That is how they became friends. What made them best friends is how close they live to each other and both know each others weaknesses. Both benefit each other despite the chemistry between them. But since both of them know that each like another, they don’t go past the platonic relationship, but their feelings for each other were always borderline. Ryuji blushed all the time when he sees a cute Taiga but hardly blush around Minorin except when she is quite revealing. As for Ami, he never gave a second glance because maybe she is not his type.

    This is real life, if I know that my friend likes another girl I won’t be pushing my feelings on him and ruin my relationship with him until he comes to the conclusion that his love for another is not what he visualize and if possible he comes to like me in that same way. .. I will feel like I won the lottery since I realize my feelings first.

  • February 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm01234

    actually, the anime staff has been given an outline of the main events happening in the 10th novel from the author so no open ending i think unless the novel goes down that route too =]

    you may interpret ryuuji’s love for taiga ‘family-like’ and others can say that there has been no attraction between them but I just think that since the anime has taken out all the internal thoughts (well obviously sonce it IS a visual interpretation) it has led to many ppl’s misunderstandings. ryuuji HAS been attracted to taiga in many cases, e.g. in the novel when she showed him her wearing the swimming costume he actually had to scold himself for well, sorta perving on her lol.

    everyone questions ryuuji and taiga’s love but no one questions ryuuji and minori’s love. if you think about it, it is more likely that ryuuji and taiga would fall in love as they interact more each day whilst ryuuji and minori only talk for what, like an hour a day? also, i don’t see how ami has harboured feelings for ryuuji as their interactions are even more limited.

    IMO, ryuuji at the start of the series only had a crush on minori and she has one on him now. ryuuji and minori’s relationship is just at the start when a couple feels attracted to each other but his relationship with taiga has gone way past that and into sort of the married lifestyle where they both feel comfortable and content with each other, they’ve just skipped past the initial bit.

  • February 28, 2009 at 11:44 pmRaiv

    Now that makes sense. Just looking for opinions man. No hard feelings.

    Actually I think Ryuuji’s crush on Minori just ended this ep. Reason for that is Ryuuji realized that Minori will still be Minori, and whatever he did he couldn’t change her mind, even though he had many chances already. Remember during the time at Ami’s Villa? Minori said that she thinks UFOs and ghosts exists, but she don’t believe in them. Ryuuji implied that she knows about love but she didn’t believe in it, and he wanted to show it to her. Well he did try to show it to her, but she refused to see it. That’s when he realized that there’s no hope for him with her, and he went back to his room depressed.

    Even when Minori was arguing with Ami n the boys were hiding in the closet, Minori didn’t even utter a word about liking Ryuuji, even when Ami was provoking her. And Ryuuji heard everything.

  • March 1, 2009 at 2:25 amKablack

    @Manu, Lol at the enjoying the ride bit…

    Never know, it might end like Shuffle! and Ryuuji might make a decision beyind anyone’s expectaions.

  • March 1, 2009 at 3:18 amKuro-rin

    im a RyuujixMinori-chan believer still !!! i dont like taiga’s loli rage. this show will just be another Zero no Tsukaima!(minus the magic :o)

  • March 1, 2009 at 5:36 am2ch

    Lol, what show have you been watching?

  • March 1, 2009 at 1:40 pmTeabag

    Lifeboats are filling up fast, get on one before you drown.

  • March 1, 2009 at 2:28 pmmanu

    @shippers: Well, I won’t spoil but I’m pretty much sure things are kinda set up from here, like I said, get a lifeboat and enjoy the ride, and make sure you hold on really hard

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 1, 2009 at 2:30 pmmanu

    and please, don’t compare this series to the likes of ZnT or something else , this one is in a totally different league and if you use your brain to something else than shipping to death you should be aware of that by now

  • March 1, 2009 at 3:05 pmShinmeiryuuX

    I would’ve have known, again it’s the MainCharacter pairing. I was here hoping for TaigaxKitamura and RyuujixMinori

  • March 1, 2009 at 4:20 pmMegas

    The rampant shipping here is starting to get obnoxious, especially you Ryuuji/Minori guys. She is handling this in the most half-assed way possible. The bitch has a fear of being disliked. That feeling comes first in everything she did. That’s why she didn’t even let Ryuuji confess. You may equate that to her not wanting to hurt Taiga, but that is negated entirely by brushing off Ryuuji instead of just letting him confess & rejecting it like a normal bitch. That kind of crap hurt everyone in the process.

    It was also then that Ryuuji found out he had no hope for her. Ami only comfirmed that, but what made Ami so mad was that it seemed to her that Ryuuji didn’t give up of her by the way he was acting at school…since Taiga was constantly trying to get him & her together. But Minori is also doing the same thing Ami did when she was first introduced: hiding behind a curtain. While Ami’s curtain was fabric, Minori’s curtain is steel. Taiga & Ryuuji was able to get rid of Ami’s curtain but the only one who can take down Minori’s curtain is Minori herself.

    When Minori makes Ryuuji chase after Taiga I’m going to feel like strangling her through my LCD, she has no right whatsoever to tell Ryuuji who he should go after…but the obvious choice isn’t her. Ami needs to stay far away from her, she might catch Minori’s BS disease if she don’t.

  • March 1, 2009 at 7:39 pmTeabag


    Hell if the shipping continues like this, even the non-shippers will need boats before everyone drowns in tears.

  • March 1, 2009 at 8:12 pm2ch

    Megas, use spoiler tags!
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 1, 2009 at 8:35 pmMegas

    Uh 2ch, you’re spliting hairs again. Its the same thing. If he didn’t chase her, he would have looked like a jerk (sorta like Minori :P) Ryuuji maybe dense but he’s no jerk.

  • March 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm2ch

    Okay but to make it clear, he wanted to say something the whole time but he was too much of a chicken to do anything. Minori was thinking he was moping about her dumping him but he was thinking about Taiga the whole time.

  • March 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm2ch

    Oh and also Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 1, 2009 at 10:44 pmHuitzi

    Realmente el peor escenario sería escoger a Kushieda, como que ella no pinta para nada, es como que la piedra en el zapato. Realmente quisiera que se quedara Ryuji con Ami, pero probablemente terminaría la serie con un bad ending, sinceramente no creo que le deparara un buen futuro a Taiga.
    Sinceramente con ninguna de las 3 se ve un verdadero lazo como para pasar a ser algo más que amigos, así que ojala haya una segunda temporada donde se pueda ver más de esta magnífica serie.

  • March 1, 2009 at 10:45 pmHuitzi

    Realmente el peor escenario sería escoger a Kushieda, como que ella no pinta para nada, es como que la piedra en el zapato. Realmente quisiera que se quedara Ryuji con Ami, pero probablemente terminaría la serie con un bad ending, sinceramente no creo que le deparara un buen futuro a Taiga.
    Sinceramente con ninguna de las 3 se ve un verdadero lazo como para pasar a ser algo más que amigos, así que ojala haya una segunda temporada donde se pueda ver más de esta magnífica serie.
    Gran capítulo

  • March 2, 2009 at 1:17 amRaiv

    You guys talking abt e next episode or what?

  • March 2, 2009 at 3:18 amiliana

    I’ve read many comments and i DON’T get how so many people like Ami, god she is such a bitch. I was always in favor with Ryuuji and Minori, actually those 2 were the ones that got me all addicted to the anime. I don’t like the way that Taiga is acting, she knows how Ryuuji feels about Minori and how Minori feels about Ryuuji, she knows that Minori rejected him because she thinks Taiga likes him, so how selfish can Taiga be? i really wish that Ryuuji and Minori ended up as a couple, but with this episode, the ending is just to predictible, but, i’m curious to know what the next 4 episodes will show (other than Ryuuji wondering about hes true feelings twords Taiga)

  • March 2, 2009 at 3:46 amKaisos

    How is Taiga being selfish?

    She’s TRYING to get Minori and Ryuuji together. Against her own wishes and desires.

    She’s hurting HERSELF trying to make Ryuuji happy.

    She sends Christmas gifts to orphans, for god’s sake. Taiga is one of the least selfish people. Ever.

    Minorin is doing this too, but not nearly the same extent, as what Minorin seems to really want is to maintain the status quo and get everyone back to the way they were before. Which is not going to work. And is dumb. Which Ami continues to point out.

    Take off your shipper goggles, for the love of god.

  • March 2, 2009 at 9:50 amahelo

    what a wild show.

  • March 2, 2009 at 9:54 amahelo


  • March 2, 2009 at 11:23 amLQY

  • March 2, 2009 at 12:34 pmTyphonsentra

    Minori’s plan would work if Taiga would stop pushing the issue the way she does. Minori gave Takasu her answer and he was willing to accept being dumped. I’m not blaming her for wanting to help him but at the same time it’s ridiculous how Taiga supporters are dumping on Minori for her actions.

  • March 2, 2009 at 2:45 pmKim

    I find it funny that a lot of comments here sound as if the feelings people have for one another can’t change. Your feelings for another person can change if all of a sudden they tell you that they like them. You start to think “This person likes me… if I tried being with them, we have compatible personalities/chemistry, they are attractive… maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to try going out with them.”

    I’m a lot like Minori. I don’t believe in “UFOs” or “Ghosts,” even though I am looking for him–I mean them. (Minori has the strangest analogies) I knew my friend liked me for a while but I always tried to beat around the bush and prevent him from saying he liked me. He finally got to say it, and even though I knew, I kept him away and avoided him because I wanted to just stay friends with him… It’s too bad I didn’t find him attractive or compatible with me.

  • March 2, 2009 at 3:18 pmRaiv

    Rather than jumping around trying to evade the subject, wouldn’t it be better to just say the classic line, “Umm, I like you, but only as a friend. I’m sorry.” By evading the question you’re not just playing with e other party’s feelings, you’re making e other person not have any disclosure. And the other person will still be pulling flower petals saying, “She loves me, she loves me not etc etc”.

  • March 2, 2009 at 3:33 pmmanu

    half assed answers and airheaded acting don’t make the other people feel better, they feel worse because they think their feelings meant nothing to the other person. The best way to deal with it is to be honest and straight. It’s not cool to let another person wondering how you feel and act like nothing happened. I know about it, I been there as well so i kinda understand how Ryuuji feels. Don’t try to make Minori the one deserving comprehension, she’s just a selfish bitch.

  • March 2, 2009 at 11:43 pmHoho

    LOL gosh i hope it doesn’t end up like all the other animes of this genre do, with taiga and ruuji =_= but man this was the best shonen romance anime that i’ve ever seen XD the girls actually aren’t useless for once xD

  • March 3, 2009 at 2:05 amTaiga’s ENDING

    I want a Taiga’s ending!!
    At first, I rooted for Ami, but as the show progresses I realized that Taiga and Ryuuji would be a better pairing.
    Taiga, Banzai!!

  • March 3, 2009 at 2:08 amTaiga’s ENDING

    I also think that they really did a great job on the plot of this romance, they way they swing back and forth between the girls made this Shonen romance the best!!!!!
    Most of the times, the other girls are just for-you know. But this time they actually had a part in the relationship. Love this series and now it has officially become my top 1 anime^_^

  • March 3, 2009 at 3:07 amEd

  • March 3, 2009 at 8:41 amminami

    people are opening their own love stories in the comments… this show is so amazing

  • March 3, 2009 at 2:01 pmGoGoG

    Haruta – “If I were a girl, I’d definitely go out with Taka-chan!”

  • March 3, 2009 at 3:35 pmmanu

    most commented ToraDora ep?

  • March 3, 2009 at 11:59 pmRaiv

    More than I am Gundam…

  • March 4, 2009 at 1:58 amn1xx


    I just dislike how Ami doesn’t even try to score with Ryuuji or at least tell him more ”directly”. Who cares if you don’t have a chance with the one you love, you should at least verify it and tell them how you feel because you never know. Ami out of all ”mature considered” people should understand that.

  • March 8, 2009 at 12:11 amShiznit

    I believe that it would be best that they go with a Ryuuji+Ami ending…although there doesnt seem to be a strong bond between the 2. She can always be seen as ryuuji’s equal and plus if taiga really ends with ryuuji that would just be expected.

  • November 25, 2009 at 12:08 amdiyedas

    The Ryuuji and Taiga thing isn’t considered lolicon. Taiga might be small but she’s the same age as the rest of them, so that is in no way lolicon. And Taiga/Ryuuji fans aren’t pervs just because we like the ship.

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