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Toradora! – 25 (END)


Yasuko rushes to her parents’ house under the impression that Ryuuji was involved in an accident that put his life in danger, but she finds him perfectly healthy and waiting for her. Realizing that she’s been tricked into coming, Yasuko starts to cry when her mother comments on how well she raised Ryuuji. She gets lectured by her father afterward, and as they watch secretly, Ryuuji and Taiga notice how Yasuko is like a little girl, but she seems happy to be back with her family. That night, Ryuuji talks to his mother about how he heard that she never married his father, and so she tells him about his father running away with some other woman while she was still pregnant with him. Everyone told her to get an abortion, but she wanted to keep him. Yasuko feels bad about how she wasn’t able to hold onto Ryuuji after all and ruined a lot of things, but Ryuuji reminds her of how her own mother had complimented her on raising him to be so big. This leads to Yasuko revealing that she noticed how big his back was when he was running away from her, and she had been scared because he hadn’t seemed like the Ryuuji that she knew. In light of this, Ryuuji tells his mother that running away won’t lead to anything, and he’s decided to grow up into an adult in front of her where she can see him. This causes Yasuko to cry even more.

Later that night, as Ryuuji and Taiga – who are going to be sleeping in the same room – look out the window at the star-filled night sky, Taiga admits that she had been worried about eloping and marriage. Ryuuji feels that they only have to start from here, and he thinks that it’d be best if everyone could give their blessing, including Taiga’s family. Taiga knows that this will probably take time, but Ryuuji doesn’t mind if it means that everyone will be happy instead of just them two. For the time being though, Taiga uses the bedsheets as a veil, and after Ryuuji has trouble figuring out what to say, Taiga reminds him of how he had once said that they were the tiger and dragon that have stood together for a long time, so they’ll be beside each other even if they don’t have vows. When Ryuuji then gets closer to her, Taiga comments on how a kiss would be painful, so he gives her a quick kiss. She complains, but she also notes that it was very hot, and since she’s cold, she asks him to do it again. Taiga barely is able to get this out before Ryuuji kisses her again, and since she keeps whispering him for more kisses, he keeps kissing her.

Yasuko, Ryuuji, and Taiga head home the next day, and Taiga decides to go over to her own apartment first. She expects her mother to be there, but there’s actually no one around. Checking her voice mail, Taiga finds numerous messages from her mother that get increasingly exasperated until finally her mother angrily declares that she’s going home and that Taiga can do what she wants. Laughing at how childish her mother was, Taiga ultimately decides to write a letter to Ryuuji and leaves her apartment after taking a picture of the night sky. In the letter, she talks about how she had once felt that she wouldn’t be loved by anyone and how he had loved her as she was. Because of that, she’s decided not to run away anymore and to change. Ryuuji recounts that Taiga never showed up for dinner that night, and his teacher informs the class sometime later that Taiga has quit their school and gone to her mother’s place. She uses this as an example to tell the class that they’ll encounter various crossroads from now on, and they’ll have to choose a path. Minori catches up with Ryuuji afterward and slaps him since she doesn’t understand what’s going on, so he tells her that he didn’t want Taiga to go himself. He’s frustrated that she decided things on her own, but because she believes in him, he feels that he has to accept all this for now.

Going through Taiga’s apartment later, Ryuuji finds a bag that has a lot of things, including Taiga’s passport and student handbook. Inside the handbook, behind that picture of her and Yuusaku during the festival, is a picture of her with him. Ryuuji’s cell phone then vibrates with a new mail from Taiga, and she reminds him that he technically never said that he loved her. She then sends him another mail with which she attaches a certain image. Taiga sends this image to everyone in their class, and it’s what everyone is talking about the next day because they can’t figure out what it is. Minori knows that it’s a picture of the night sky with a single star, and she thinks that it’s Taiga trying to tell them that she’ll do her best. Minori explains that the star is in the dark sky somewhere, and if that star shines more brightly, then they’ll be able to see it. In that same way, if they can each shine brightly, then no matter how far away they are, they’ll be able to see each other doing their best. The class likes this, and on Ami’s suggestion, they decide to reply to Taiga with a picture of the Christmas tree star. While looking for it, Ami tells Ryuuji that she had been envious of how it seemed like Taiga was able to be herself and still be loved. She knows that this wasn’t really the case and that Taiga had actually not wanted to show her true face, and she realizes that she was the same way. Ami admits that she hated the part of herself that pretended to be an adult, but when she saw Taiga, she realized that if there is even one person who understands you, then things will be okay, even if it’s not love.

Ultimately, it’s Minori who finds the crystal star, and everyone in the class gets in on a photo around Ryuuji holding it. As the seasons pass without Taiga, Ryuuji thinks about how he’s the dragon and she’s the tiger that stand together. Even if she’s not there now, Ryuuji is firm in his feelings that he’ll be beside her no matter the distance or time. It soon becomes graduation time, and everyone is ready to move on, including Yuusaku who is set to go to America to study. On the day of the ceremony, Ryuuji notices someone who resembles Taiga by the window of their old classroom, so he runs all the way up. Both he and Taiga know that there’s something in this world that no one has seen, something that’s gentle and sweet. Everyone would want it if they could see it, and for that reason, it’s not easily obtainable. However, in time someone will find it, and the person who should obtain it will find it. Ryuuji arrives at the classroom to find no one there, but he knows enough to check the locker in the corner, and indeed, Taiga is inside. Since he hadn’t before, he finally confesses that he loves her, and this gets her flustered enough to knock her head into his chin.


Even though I’m pretty sure it diverged in several key places with what happened at the end of the novels, this was a pretty good ending. They covered everything they needed to, including a very sweet kiss scene and even some stuff about Ryuuji’s father and about Yasuko deciding against an abortion (the second time in as many months that this topic has come up in an anime). They also included the handbook photo from the post-festival arc that I had long since forgotten about, and while it was obvious that the photo was of Ryuuji, it was good to finally get confirmation of that.

All of that made for what I thought was a very satisfying finale with a decent amount of closure for the characters. I liked that they stuck with the themes of not running away and having to choose your own path for framing Taiga and Ryuuji’s relationship. And since they had put in the kiss earlier in the episode, having Ryuuji finally confess at the end was a nice touch, as was the little speech that Taiga and Ryuuji had together. The one character that I thought got shortchanged in the ending was Ami because it seemed like they glossed over her problems in favor of just making it seem like she’d do alright with things as is. In the end though, I didn’t mind too much because it’s been clear for a while now that they weren’t planning on focusing on her much more.

Final Thoughts:
Thinking about it now, Toradora ended exactly how I expected it to end from the get-go, yet it turned out to be a really good and very entertaining series because of the journey to get there. In fact, what I said several times in talking about episodes past is that I was impressed that the characters and relationships here actually moved forward and evolved. That doesn’t sound like such a novel concept, but given how many romance/drama/comedy series don’t advance much at all, Toradora was quite refreshing to watch. It was much more mature than I was originally expecting, and I enjoyed how they worked several themes, particularly Minori’s idea of seeing and not seeing, into the very fabric of this series, including this ending. A lot of the credit for all that goes to author Takemiya Yuyuko, but J.C.Staff did a nice job with the overall production quality as well, and I would probably recommend this series to anyone.

March 25, 2009 at 1:52 pm
  • March 26, 2009 at 9:01 amSageGaiGar

    If she left her mom, she’d be ‘running away’. Not the most mature thing to do.

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:03 amKabayongtao


    From what I have watched, I believe that Ryuuji had proposed to get everyone’s blessing including Taiga’s parents.

    With that, Taiga left them and in her mind, she thinks that she was running from lots of things for a long time, hence she needs to change in order to move forward.

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:09 amBilal

    I’ll miss not being able to watch toradora anymore :(

    J.C. Staff… Season 2? :P

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:23 amdeeewekoms

    Pretty good show. The romance betweeen taiga and ryuuji was probably the best way to go along with the story. If I was giving this show a award it would be silver because Clannad was a way better romance show and was more deep and emotional on every level. But I would reconnend this show to any one who likes the romance comedy genre. And I think they could of came up with a better ending also.

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:46 amQuestion

    Has anyone translated the note? Seems to me it has enough resolution that it should be possible.

  • March 26, 2009 at 12:07 pmGodBeastX

    Man, I thought the ending was slightly weak for the buildup in truth. I never read any novels or manga on the series, but the idea that the only people who really got any real sort of resolution on their storylines introduced were Taiga and Ryuji at the very last 10 seconds of the anime after the credits wasn’t all that cool to me.

  • March 26, 2009 at 12:17 pmwizfrk

    anticlimactic, but overall good, awesome series.

  • March 26, 2009 at 12:19 pmEspada

    7/10 for ending

  • March 26, 2009 at 12:35 pmExia

    nice end! Win is a win.

  • March 26, 2009 at 12:49 pmNightlife

    Maaaan, i was hoping for a hot dirty xxx action!!! :((( Boom Baboom! Nvm, just joking.. The ending was good enough for me :)

  • March 26, 2009 at 1:25 pmSageGaiGar

    Heh, I’m sure some people will work on doujins and H for that.

  • March 26, 2009 at 1:43 pmLQY

    I was crying when I saw the end because of cheering.

  • March 26, 2009 at 1:46 pmmelomelomelo

    Superb ending!~

    its kinda weird that i actually feeling sad that this series has ended… =( really wish that there were more episodes……………….~

  • March 26, 2009 at 2:13 pmXIX

    bravo, a memorable series that I would give 8/10. The main theme of the series is very true and powerful. It is probably the thing that made me watch it

  • March 26, 2009 at 2:27 pmGlo the Legend

    This goes right into my top ten.

  • March 26, 2009 at 2:31 pmoOSerginhOo

    This ending confirmed what i was thinking all this while. Ruyi has a lolicon complex. How els can anyone explain why he did not chose for Ami/chan or heck even Minori would have been bether. Both of them have a body 2 die for. But no our boy Ruyi prefers his girls flat like can ironing board and chose for Taiga (Who by the way kicks his ass every episode at least ones).

    But that being said: I loved this show and even if the ending wasn’t what i was hoping for (I already mentally prepard myself from the beginning that he proberly would end with Taiga).

    And for the people hoping for a sequel. I don’t think it will hapen. I mean nobody want’s to see Ruyi at the hospital getting treatend for all the physical abuse Taiga wil give him in their maried life.

  • March 26, 2009 at 2:45 pmXanathos

    I say that now that they ended high school, they were able to do things right, and they’ll find the way to stay together at the very end. As for the series, again, i think that what they wanted to show, is that Taiga and Ryuuji were able to end things in the right way, unlike their parents (y’know, the “share your happiness with everyone” thing, well they did it)

  • March 26, 2009 at 3:19 pmanimejohndoe

    A good ending suprise I was on the fence with ami and minori for a bit. I am glad there was end for the love triangle Now I am down to gundam 00 hope it ends good. BSG ended well also(typing here avoiding all those fans).

  • March 26, 2009 at 4:00 pmZer0zUNLTD.


  • March 26, 2009 at 4:22 pmZenzen

    In the novel:Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pmDMetroneis

    An excellent conclusion. I’m glad that they ended up taking a more mature path after all – and that they ended up together in spite of/because of it. A very wise, solid ending.

  • March 26, 2009 at 4:29 pmfilphil

    Yeah, with all these comments of negativity, I was thinking I’d be let down. Good thing i wasn’t. I hate the feeling of an anime ending because it leaves this void feeling in my chest! The anime was good and I loved it! The other people who whined can do what they please.

  • March 26, 2009 at 4:39 pmdraksig

    I hope for an anime sequel that follows Minori as she follows her base/softball dreams and meets her future lesbian lover.

    Also, can Minori remain close friends with Taiga and Ryuuji when everyoen knows that Ryuuji and Minori had feelings for each other. If he is ever going to cheat on Taiga, It would be with Minori. And before you say she woudl never sleep with her best friends husband/ boyfriend, I know several women who did just that.

  • March 26, 2009 at 5:34 pmMaz


    That really felt quite hollow and lifeless compared to the rest of the series, well particularly the front half before it got all crazy emo. Just dont feel the romantic connection between ryu and taiga, makes me shudder to think of it.

    ah well.. can’t win em all

  • March 26, 2009 at 5:57 pmSilver

    @ draksig

    Minorin is not one of those type of people. Both Ryuuji and Minorin are people who are loyal to those around them and the chance of things like that happening is really low for those types.

    Funny though, when people’s pairings become a reality, they make fun of the other shippers and when the reverse happens, the results is the same. Oh well, whatever. Overall, nice series then.

  • March 26, 2009 at 6:09 pmdws

    Whatever happened to Minori’s savings..?

  • March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pmSilver

    What I enjoyed more about this series is the character interactions between all of them. Personally, I don’t like Taiga. I also don’t exactly see any romantic interests between Ryuuji and Ami. I see more of Ryuuji and Minorin. However, the interactions between all the characters are wonderful and that’s what I enjoyed most.

  • March 26, 2009 at 7:02 pmChaos

    One of the best animes yet, and one of the best endings. There are many works that could use such character development and closure.

  • March 26, 2009 at 7:06 pmNightflame

    well… it’s a better ending than i had expected it would turn out…

  • March 26, 2009 at 7:23 pmrairyu

    So…..Ryuuji has a tsundere Waifu?

  • March 26, 2009 at 7:47 pmumeboshi110

    if life were ideal, yes, this would be realistic

  • March 26, 2009 at 8:26 pmEclipse

    I love the ending but i hate the fact that another show has ended. It makes my heart drop like it did when Code Geass ended or when i drank alcohol.

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:05 pmYoshikee

    OVA NAO!!!!!!

  • March 26, 2009 at 9:48 pmKeio

    Some shippers are still raging, I see.

  • March 26, 2009 at 10:00 pmChaos

    @Eclipse: absolutely agreed. I hate when an excellent show ends with a great ending, because then it’s over and you can’t even say “Well, pfah, the ending sucked”. It’s just over.

  • March 26, 2009 at 10:22 pmAMIN

    @Chaos @Eclipse. Absolutely agreed. This show was sugoi.

    One of my favorites.

  • March 26, 2009 at 10:36 pmhgexe

    The ending is nice, I’m really going to miss Toradora…

    But I was wondering… since the whole class can text her, didn’t Ryuuji telephone Taiga for the entire year?

  • March 26, 2009 at 10:52 pmsanjuuichi

    Excellent and satisfying ending!
    I love ToraDora!
    Inko-chan sais his own name! :) yehey

  • March 26, 2009 at 11:52 pmStuff

    The moral of the story:
    If we constantly beat the crap out of the person we like he/she will eventually fall in love with us.

  • March 27, 2009 at 2:24 amPutang

    o_o…. wtf is wrong with people… THIS SHOW IS and HAS BEEN amazing from beginning to end… sure sure my Ami X Takasu wish didn’t come true, but honestly ending it this way is just as good…

    although y’know I don’t think the whole ToraDora thing was suppose to mean exactly that these 2 were gonna get together even with that whole concept of the dragon being equal to the tiger … cause that can be interpreted in a different way besides just romance o_o…

    but meh its how you view it… anywho I love this show :3 hope we get to see an “After Story” hahaha o_o (oh shi- Taiga has a small body can she support a child? hell can she even handle Ryuuji’s size…)… (not that part)…

    hahaha… oh shi…

  • March 27, 2009 at 3:09 amHagiri

    … Nice Ending Nice …

  • March 27, 2009 at 3:18 amRick Masters

    For the the Autor, for JC Staff, for the the Seiyuus…

    !!!FULL BODY BOW!!!

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:05 amKuromigrl

    Did you know there is 1 more after this…SOS Special…just sayin!!! (^_^) And yes its subbed already, if u know where to find it!!!

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:15 amKuromigrl

    Its kinda short…& weird!!!! But I kinda liked it!!!(^_^)

  • March 27, 2009 at 4:28 amdang

    damn i really wanted it to be minorin, oh well

  • March 27, 2009 at 5:07 ambobibon

    It was a great ending i really like the way that Taiga and Ryuuji relationship evolved throught the series it was brillient and sweet and the kiss was such a cute scene , loved the ending and the confession and Taiga looked really cute in those uniformes as well, i kinda wish there was another seson to the seires to see which way each charecter goes but that’s how a good seires should end with a good feeling and a wish for more ^_^

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:10 amKuro-rin

    AUGH. It ended !!Toradora always gave me that “Saturday Morning Cartoon” feeling :(
    One of the most decent animes out there right now! It takes awhile for these types to come around.
    Even Soul Eaters ending!what the fooly!Sigh looks like ill have to take up that Gundam 00 now *shivers. mecha…

    Ryuuji i will let you go since your committed but your still a loli chaser!
    im still rooting for Minorin she’ll come out of the dark and take out Taiga. :D

    Also it cant end theres not enough Kitamaru(God)!

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:32 amMasiro

    I don’t get the ending at all.

    It seems to me that Taiga had her mother surrender to the fact that she and Ryuuji were going to be married or least living together until after High School and then she up and runs off to live with her mother who isn’t even there until the two last episodes, Deux Machina any one?

    Frankly I was disappointed in the whole bit, it was too contrived and formulaic, as if the writers up and quit and a new set were brought in to finish the story.

    If Taiga really Loved Ryuuji why then did she run away from him< why did she go to someone that only shows up at the end of the series, and more importantly why didn’t she follow her heart?

    Her “real” family was as dysfunctional as it get with a father that buys his way through girlfriends and a mother who quite honestly appears to be just as immature and self centered as he is. The family she should have clung to was Ryuuji and Yasuko, who throughout the show were her defacto “father” and mother.

    Running away from the only source of real love in her life was worse than stupid, it was totally wrong for the basic premise of a happy ending with all the loose ends tied together.

    Toradora season II

    Taiga and Ryuuji get married and are expecting a child, when Ryuuji gets seduced by a psychotic Minorin who ties him up at the beach house, Minorin tells Taiga she must get an abortion or Ryuuji will suffer a fate worse than death at the hands of Yuusaku who has discovered he really likes Ryuuji a lot more than any of the girls.

    Inko-chan bursts in song singing the theme song from Macross Frontier as Ryuuji’s Dad appears off the coast with a fleet of Mecha to save the day as Taiga prematurely goes into labor.

    Season II ends with the crying of a newborn as Ryuuji kneels by Taiga….

  • March 27, 2009 at 7:59 amEd

    Well try seeing it from the message that episode 24 was sending. Their relationship was being unnaturally warped because of the complexes they have to their parents and it was necessary for each of them to prove that they weren’t in love because they had no one else to turn to.

    Their relationship has been mixed with awful defects and emotional complexes since episode 1 and they cleared the defects in their relationship in each arc. But the last and biggest one was removing the influence of family problems in how they saw each other. Ryuuji resolved his issue with Yasuko, now Taiga had to do the same with her mother so she could stand equal.

    I think the separation was necessary. Could it have been done better? I don’t know.

  • March 27, 2009 at 10:11 amKiki

    haha the guys here are too funny. “OMG THIS ENDING FAILS” while all the girls I heard from loved it. Oh well, I thought this was so damn cute.

  • March 27, 2009 at 11:42 amDanzi

    think there will be an ova?

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:24 pmyalvyn

    I hope that Good Smile will release the seifuku version of taiga XD

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:35 pmYoshikee


    XDDDDDDD That would be a fucking epic season II!!!!!

    or at least an OVA, maintaining that level of batshit crazy for more than 30 minutes might be a bit hard on the writing staff.

  • March 27, 2009 at 12:35 pmhandsomehwang

    I loved this anime. I honestly think its one of my favorites ever and the ending was splendid. Enjoying a show as much as I did, I didn’t think they could have ended it where I would have been satisfied, but I was.

    The problems present in the anime seemed deeper and more true to life than other animes. The characters all grew and were developed well. Voice acting was good. Animation varied from good to great. I like happy endings so this was a plus for me also. Adorable ending. Even the openings and endings were pretty good. Good story!

  • March 27, 2009 at 2:50 pmLight

    Well i think this anime was average , it managed to keep me entertained. But it wasn’t anything special , so far this winter season has been so so. I hope we get better shows on spring.

  • March 27, 2009 at 11:20 pmKeio


    Have you watched and understood the show? Taiga went back to her mom to clear up all their problems. If she just went with Ryuuji and Yasuko it would be just running away from those problems. She decided that in order to be an adult she has to those things by herself. Also, Ryuuji mentioned something that they need the blessing of Taiga’s parents for their marriage.

  • March 28, 2009 at 8:16 amGood.Job

    This was a satisfying ending. At first, when it all came to a Ryuuji/Taiga ending, I thought it was skeptical. I really thought there was going to be a twist to it, even though Toradora is literally a huge hint of them being together, they might of gone away with it with a twist in the end.

    Still, the ending was great, and the kissing scene was strong and it did leave me with some emotions of “Yeah, cool. :D”


    10/10 (because the mid-credits of their reunion was awesome)

  • March 28, 2009 at 2:08 pmMark

    Thanks for blogging this series, Omni. It was really amazing.

  • March 29, 2009 at 5:32 pmGreegga

    one of the best anime series in all times
    I enjoyed ops and endings, specially endings which I usually skip almost always when watching an anime.

    Damn I hate when an anime comes to an end
    i’ll watch it again like 5 times or so
    need to watch x.x

  • March 29, 2009 at 6:47 pm[PW]Sync

    I had just watched the whole season in one sitting. I literally did a marathon on this anime and i can say its one of the best anime i have seen. And still i expect some OVA in the near future. Please JC Staff.. lolz… anyways i recommend this to all anime viewers whos suckers at romance-comedy genre.. Well this anime indeed will leave a big shoe to fill for the upcoming anime in spring.. Yet dispite this i think i will just have to do a rewatch in this series..

  • March 29, 2009 at 7:52 pmCamarilla

    Absolutely loved the 1st OP. Great show, though I wish they had given the ending 2 eps (Maybe condense the 3 part festival into 2). It seemed like too much time passed for just a single episode. Would have been nice to see Taiga with her Mother, perhaps making up. Would love to see an epilogue for it.

  • March 30, 2009 at 3:01 pmi hate toaru majutsu

    great show

  • March 31, 2009 at 9:48 amjulygirl17

    This was a sweet episode. I love this series, and am sad to see it go.

  • April 1, 2009 at 4:16 amxyrrel

    I don’t care how everyone thinks about the series, but for me it is absolutely perfect!
    I really love Toradora, the story is really good, thanks for the review Omni

  • April 1, 2009 at 4:54 amarlulez

    fair ending…^^

  • April 3, 2009 at 6:21 amdrastikhate

    One of the BEST comedy anime I’VE ever seen \(*O*)/

    Simple yet awesome ending

  • April 4, 2009 at 10:41 pmsopphie

    Thanks god! I was waiting for that kiss!!

    Toradora! rules!!!


  • April 5, 2009 at 11:22 pmHuitzi

    Sinceramente no se decir si el final fue bueno, o muy bueno. Creo que muchos pensamos desde el principio que esos dos terminarían juntos, aunque he de confesar que varias veces tuve mis dudas. La sensación que me dejo al final fue como un poco de vainilla con un toque de sal. Se agradece mucho este tipo de historias, y ojalá el anime siga teniendo el desarrollo que se merece este arte.

  • April 6, 2009 at 3:41 ammay08

    One of the best ending this season,.

  • April 10, 2009 at 12:37 amjennis233

    It was getting a little difficult to watch because everyone just had some secret to hide or another. Love triangles and secrets just kill me. The ending was more of a relief than anything x(

    I do appreciate one of the themes they used–where parents are no different than high school kids, and can’t always face their responsibilities.

  • May 21, 2009 at 11:24 pmMaverick

    LA novela le da como 300 patadas al anime!! La novela es muuuucho mejor!! no digo que el anime sea malo, es uno de mis favoritos pero, la novela es demasiado buena!!

    The anime is good but, the Novel is waaaaayyyy better!!!

  • May 22, 2009 at 5:49 amPaperEater

    The last 2 episodes were kind of rushed and underdeveloped imho. Taiga could have told Ryuuji her plans to move back in with her parents instead of dissing him for a year. Considering how Taiga wanted to be more responsible and not run away from life, she kind of did a rash and irresponsible thing by letting everyone hang out to dry.

    Despite this, Toradora! is pretty good.

  • June 6, 2009 at 1:08 amnbamaniac

    lets look at this guys.. it’s not WHAT the ending is… it is HOW it got there.. the journey was wonderful…… BTW Marry me Minorin.. ^_^

  • June 24, 2009 at 3:58 amAnon

    I really don’t see how people can call Minori’s character selfish.

    She has loved Ryuuji throughout the series but knew that her best friend liked him too so she hid her feelings under a happy facade and this all started to break down near the end after a year of keeping it up.

    She then accepted her own feelings and confessed that she has always loved him but still pushed him to Taiga so they could be happy even if it meant that she could not be.

    This is the main reason that I felt sorry for Minori, It just doesn’t seem right that she is left with nothing because she wanted Taiga to be happy and thus she has to be the one who is depressed.

    I like how everyone hates her for being a selfish emo bitch when really I think anyone would start to breakdown if they could see that their only chance of being with the person they love would mean destroying their best friends happiness.

    The part of her character development that really touched me was when you made the final push and forced Ryuuji to leave her and find Taiga by encouraging him with the fist on lips scene and then she shyly placed the fist upon her own lips and blushed.

    To me this was where she made her decision final and cast away her feelings and thoughts in order to make Taiga happy.

    I was hoping for a RyuujiXMinori ending but I knew from the start that wasn’t going to happen, the title is a dead giveaway but I was hoping for some surprise ending.

    The message that life isn’t always a smooth ride though certainly shone through.

  • June 25, 2009 at 11:47 amkyon

    I was an avid follower of this series but I dropped it halfway coz I already reached the latest episode and I never liked the idea of watching episodes 1 by 1… such a cliff hanger.

    At last I was able to finish it! Good ending, I liked TaigaXRyuuji but I would also prefer a RyuujiXAmi arc… Anyways I read some ARTICLES over the internet that there would be a possible season 2 for Toradora! sounds exciting

  • June 27, 2009 at 6:21 pmPlayboyJoe

    oh Jesus… it’s quite a long time ago since I saw such a pseudo-realistic
    romance Anime. However it’s hardly appreciable that the ending was that much predictable.
    Even though there are many unanswered questions. IMO the final approaches at least a bit to
    real life – there is no ideal world!(to be honest I wasn’t satisfied with the end either – life is bad enough, so at least an anime should be unrealistic!! ;-) )

  • July 20, 2009 at 7:12 amBassCleft

    The ending epic phailed .

  • June 19, 2010 at 2:04 pmCommander C.

    Yep, the trolls are still going even now…

    I just finished the series over a period of 2 days, and I have to say that this the closest understable romantic comedy that I’ve seen when comparing it to say other series like Daimaou or Baka to Test.

  • July 8, 2010 at 6:26 pmabdinho

    looking at the first episode i knew just by looking at tiger that ryuuji would end up with her, like all romance characters with female leads that are small in every female aspect just like Zero no Tsukaima, I almost thought that when they paired up to help each other get the ones they loved that this show would be different but i was wrong, this concluding my take romance comdey’s with school life.

  • September 22, 2010 at 1:33 amkeiOnDaisuki

    i know this is years late and really childish..but,..GO TO HELL YOU TAIGA! ! I HATE YOU TO THE CORE! MINORIN’S PERSONALITY IS WAY INTERESTING THAN YOURS! EVEN AMI DESERVES BETTER THAN YOU! oh wait, maybe ryujixtaiga is better..XDD AmiMinorin FTW XDD

  • September 23, 2010 at 7:24 pmSmell The Coffee!

    Man am I late! I only just finished this show. Oh well, I loved this anime, it truly was refreshing and a nice break from what I usually watch. I feel SO bad for Minori but in the end Ryuji ending up with Taiga was just as good, for me at least. Besides if Minori ain’t with Ryuji then that means I CAN TAKE HER! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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