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Plot:
Ryuji Takasu lives in a falling down house with his mother, and although being a nice guy is cursed... See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 32 of 50)
Rie Kugimiya ... Taiga Aisaka (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Junji Majima ... Ryûji Takasu (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yui Horie ... Minori Kushieda (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hirofumi Nojima ... Yûsaku Kitamura (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeremy Blum ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Christine Marie Cabanos ... Minori Kushieda (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Max Epstein ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Janice Kawaye ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Esther Kim ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Erik Scott Kimerer ... Ryuji Takasu (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alan Lee ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Cassandra Morris ... Aisaka Taiga (2008) (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Flor San Roman ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Victor Sgroi ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kimlinh Tran ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patricia Walker ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Cedric L. Williams ... Additional Voices (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Momoko Ishikawa ... Nanako Kashii / ... (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ai Nonaka ... Maya Kihara (22 episodes, 2008-2009)

Tom Bauer ... Additional Voices (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eri Kitamura ... Ami Kawashima (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroyuki Yoshino ... Kôji Haruta (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazuyuki Okitsu ... Hisamitsu Noto / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Saori Gotô ... Inko-chan / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sayaka Ohara ... Yasuko Takasu (19 episodes, 2008-2009)

Karen Strassman ... Yasuko Takasu (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rie Tanaka ... Yuri Koigakubo (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nobuhiko Okamoto ... Danshi Seito A / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bobby Thong ... Additional Voices (13 episodes, 2008)
Jun Miruno ... Joshi Seito A / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jalen K. Cassell ... Additional Voices (12 episodes, 2009)
Chris Hackney ... Additional Voices / ... (11 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Tatsuyuki Nagai (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alexander Von David (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Katsushi Sakurabi (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tôru Ishida (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kenichi Kasai (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sayo Aoi (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Daisuke Takashima (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yohei Suzuki (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Yuyuko Takemiya (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alexander Von David (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yasu (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mari Okada (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tatsuto Higuchi (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masahiro Yokotani (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Junko Okazaki (2 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Chiyoko Hirowatari .... assistant producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shin'ichi Ikeda .... producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Muneyuki Kanbe .... producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yuji Matsukura .... producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takahiro Yamanaka .... producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takaaki Yuasa .... producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Yukari Hashimoto (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Yutaka Kurosawa (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Shigeru Nishiyama (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Art Direction by
Chikako Shibata (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Art Department
Yoshihide Mukai .... visual art (25 episodes, 2008-2011)
Yukie Hiyamizu .... prop designer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Miyuki Ishida .... color setting (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tatsuyuki Nagai .... storyboard artist: ending sequence / storyboard artist: opening sequence / ... (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masayoshi Tanaka .... character design (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Atsushi Satô .... brush art (21 episodes, 2008-2011)
Kôichi Takada .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Atsushi Sato .... brush art (4 episodes, 2008)
Kenichi Kasai .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eita Megumi .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazuya Komai .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2008)
Ryô Tsukuda .... visual art (2 episodes, 2008)
Yohei Suzuki .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Hideyo Yamamoto .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Jin Aketagawa .... sound director (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ayumu Anzai .... sound mixer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Katsuhiro Nakano .... sound effects editor (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiromitsu Sega .... post production: Tokyo Developing Laboratories (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rie Tanaka .... sound production supervisor (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tetsuya Ôga .... recording assistant (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Phil Brewster .... re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ben Harrington .... additional dialogue editing / additional dialogue recording (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Kenichi Yoshimoto .... 3d cg (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ryô Tsukuda .... 3d cg (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kyô Ichikawa .... camera operator (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yôsuke Matsuzawa .... camera operator (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sumi Okita .... camera operator (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Isamu Satô .... camera operator (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yutaka Kurosawa .... camera operator (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Hayashi .... camera operator (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Minori Kimura .... camera operator (11 episodes, 2009)
Yoshio Ôkôchi .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2009)
Atsushi Satô .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Yôsuke Obuchi .... animator: opening sequence / animator (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masao Ohashi .... animation producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masayoshi Tanaka .... character designer / animation director: opening sequence / ... (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yasu .... original character designer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nobuhiro Arai .... animator: ending sequence / animator: opening sequence / ... (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomohiro Morishita .... background artist: Studio Kanon (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Atsushi Nishigori .... animator: opening sequence (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazuhiro Oki .... animator: opening sequence (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Iku Ozawa .... animator: opening sequence / animation director (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chikako Shibata .... background artist: Studio Kanon (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Satoru Yamaguchi .... animator: opening sequence / animation director / ... (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shin'ya Yano .... background artist: Studio Kanon (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mayumi Ôkawa .... background artist: Studio Kanon (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomoko Sawada .... background artist: Studio Kanon (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kôsuke Kamino .... background artist: Studio Kanon (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Emiko Kobayashi .... animator: opening sequence / animator / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yukako Ogawa .... background artist: Studio Kanon (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yôko Itô .... inbetween checker / animator: opening sequence / ... (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yukie Hiyamizu .... animator: ending sequence / animator / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takako Kôno .... inbetween checker (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nobuko Ogino .... inbetween checker (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroki Okamoto .... inbetween checker (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Tomioka .... animator: ending sequence / animator / ... (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kaori Yamada .... inbetween artist / inbetween checker (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomoko Kameyama .... inbetween artist / inbetween checker (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chisa Shibata .... inbetween artist (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Asuka Hino .... cel painter / cel checker / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Miyuki Ishida .... cel painter / cel checker / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Arisa Matsuo .... inbetween artist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yû Murakami .... inbetween checker / secondary key animator / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiromi Takada .... inbetween artist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Akiko Uchida .... cel checker / cel painter / ... (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masanobu Uchida .... inbetween artist (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Metarô Antan .... animator: ending sequence (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jun'ya Kikuchi .... animator: ending sequence (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yûki Kôrai .... inbetween artist (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ruka Sawano .... inbetween artist (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yû Suzuki .... inbetween artist (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Yakô .... animator: ending sequence / animator / ... (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takae Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomoshige Inayoshi .... animator: opening sequence (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomohiro Kamitani .... animator: opening sequence (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tetsuya Kawakami .... animator: opening sequence (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ena Nishikawa .... inbetween checker / secondary key animator / ... (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yoshiki Yamakawa .... animator: opening sequence (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shiori Shirasaki .... inbetween artist (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Miyuki Kawasaki .... inbetween artist (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yasuna Kobayashi .... inbetween artist (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hideaki Kusama .... animator: opening sequence / animator / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiromi Nakagawa .... inbetween artist (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mayumi Yamamoto .... inbetween artist (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Makiko Inoue .... inbetween artist (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kyôsuke Ishikawa .... cel painter / cel checker / ... (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eri Uchiyama .... inbetween artist (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mika Funabashi .... cel painter (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shôko Mori .... cel painter (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Risa Takai .... inbetween artist (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Katsuya Asano .... animator: ending sequence / animator (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazunori Iwakura .... animation director: ending sequence / animation director / ... (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Miho Kimura .... cel painter (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yukiko Itô .... cel painter (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chieko Miyagawa .... animator: opening sequence / animation director / ... (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Junko Suenaga .... cel painter (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazuyuki Ueda .... animator: opening sequence / animator / ... (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomohiro Kishi .... animator: ending sequence (9 episodes, 2009)
Tomomi Andô .... cel painter (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Maya Muranaga .... cel painter (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomoyuki Shitaya .... chief animation director (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Akiko Nakamura .... animator: opening sequence (8 episodes, 2009)
Masahito Onoda .... animator: opening sequence (8 episodes, 2009)
Hideki Saiki .... animator: opening sequence (8 episodes, 2009)
Mayumi Tanahashi .... cel painter (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Miki Kato .... animator / key animator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Akiko Kumada .... animator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shintaro Tsubota .... animator / secondary key animator (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ryôichi Ôki .... animator / animation director / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Taeko Igo .... animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Noriaki Kobayashi .... animator / secondary key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yukie Matsumoto .... animator / secondary key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yûji Miyashita .... animation director / assistant animation director (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Aya Nagumo .... animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sôichirô Sako .... animator / key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Toshiyuki Satô .... secondary key animator / animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shôko Takimoto .... animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shigeru Uchihara .... animation director / secondary key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eriko Uchiyama .... animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroko Yasutome .... secondary key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Naoko Yoshimori .... animator / key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takeshi Ôtani .... animator / secondary key animator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yasuhiro Okumura .... background artist: Studio Kanon (4 episodes, 2008)
Yumi Nakayama .... animation director / animator / ... (4 episodes, 2009)
Hayato Hashiguchi .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kanako Hiroo .... secondary key animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tsubasa Ito .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Itô .... animator / secondary key animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Akio Kitahara .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Aki Kobayashi .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Kosuge .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Toshiharu Kudo .... animator / key animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Seiji Masuda .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ryutaro Minagawa .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hirotaka Nii .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazunari Niigaki .... animator / assistant animation director (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hitomi Ochiai .... animation director / animator / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takeo Ohira .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mai Otsuka .... animation director / animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takahiro Sasaki .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kaori Takahashi .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kazuki Toi .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nao Tokunaga .... animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masaya Yasutome .... animator / secondary key animator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hyo Heun Cho .... animator (3 episodes, 2008)
Daisuke Kurose .... secondary key animator / animator (3 episodes, 2008)
Atsushi Oba .... secondary key animator / animator (3 episodes, 2008)
Kazuko Hayakawa .... animator (3 episodes, 2009)
Tatsuya Ikeda .... animator / secondary key animator (3 episodes, 2009)
Kunio Kanashima .... background artist: Studio Kanon (3 episodes, 2009)
Seiya Numata .... animation director / animator (3 episodes, 2009)
Ikuko Satô .... animator (3 episodes, 2009)
Sayo Aoi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroyuki Furukawa .... animator / animation director (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Takashi Hirabayashi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroyuki Kaidô .... animation director (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yûko Kamiyama .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hiroshi Kawashima .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Katsuya Kikuchi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shigeki Kimoto .... assistant animation director / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yosuke Kobashi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Toshimasa Kuroyanagi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Junko Matsushita .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mai Matsuura .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tsutomu Matsuura .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Koichi Motomura .... animation director (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomomi Murayama .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shô Nagata .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shingo Nakamura .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Fusako Nomura .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hideyasu Okamoto .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Haruyo Sakai .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Chikara Sakurai .... animator / assistant animation director (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sorato Shimizu .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yosuke Sotoyama .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Harumi Takagi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kôichi Takai .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yoshiyuki Takayanagi .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Teppei Taketani .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kôta Takeuchi .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ayako Tanai .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hironori Tanaka .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Masateru Tanikawa .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kenrô Tokuda .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shinya Yamada .... animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sachiko Ôniwa .... secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sei Komatsubara .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Minoru Kôno .... animator / animation director (2 episodes, 2008)
Kôji Miura .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Akehide Miya .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Kohji Motoyama .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Ryôko Nakano .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Ryûnosuke .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Katsushi Sakurabi .... animator / key animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Nobuko Shinohara .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Makiko Uemura .... animator (2 episodes, 2008)
Kaori Akimoto .... animator: Studio Victory (2 episodes, 2009)
Yoshio Ameno .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Ikuma Fujibe .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Kumiko Kasuga .... animator: Studio Victory (2 episodes, 2009)
Eizô Kawada .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Tsuyoshi Kawada .... animation director / chief animation director (2 episodes, 2009)
Jun'ichi Kigawa .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Hyeon Jeong Lee .... animator / inbetween checker (2 episodes, 2009)
Ken Mukaigawara .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Tomonori Ota .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Michihiko Ozawa .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Tomoe Sahashi .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Michio Satô .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Hiroko Shigekuni .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Keiji Shigesawa .... animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Yuuto Shindou .... animator / secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Yumi Sudarehata .... secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2009)
Kento Takahashi .... secondary key animator / inbetween artist (2 episodes, 2009)
Mayumi Ueda .... secondary key animator (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Hitomi Sudo .... assistant editor (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Music Department
Junnosuke Miyamoto .... music production (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Other crew
Yosuke Aoki .... program marketing: TV Tokyo (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tom Bauer .... production assistant: english version (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yûko Fujimoto .... advertising (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Aj Gam .... production coordinator (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yasuhiko Goto .... planning (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Toshimichi Ohtsuki .... planning (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mari Okada .... series composition (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nobuhiro Osawa .... planning (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Hideki Satomi .... logo designer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kaoru Suzuki .... setting production / production assistant (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Norimichi Suzuki .... advertising (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Akiko Yada .... advertising (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Nao Yoshida .... program manager: TV Tokyo (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rie Nishimura .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tomoka Nagaoka .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Kôji Okada .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Naoya Gotô .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Yûto Sasaki .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
Kazunori Sugimoto .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)
 

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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Simply Beautiful, 17 August 2010
Author: Ore-Sama from United States

When I first heard of this anime, I was given a link to the site with episodes and a series summary. I didn't watch it then because even though my friend told me it was the best anime he had seen, I didn't see a potential for greatness. It looked decent. He had mentioned it other times since then but didn't push me into it. I think it was mostly a "why not, I'm curious" attitude that got me to see this show. I watched the first four episodes, not long after I was tempted to see more, and then only stopped because I required sleep. Then I got up early, started again, stopped only because a friend wanted to see me, then finished the show. In short, I was hooked and by the end as close to crying as any anime got me.

The story is about an odd boy named Ryuji and a delinquent girl named Taiga, the palm top tiger. Their first meeting doesn't go well. Then Taiga accidentally leaves a confession letter meant for someone else in Ryuji's bag, then goes to his house to make sure he can't use it against her. Instead he calms her down and agrees to help this unruly girl get together with Ryuji's eccentric best friend Kentemura. Their first attempt fails and Ryuji is free to not help Taiga but he decides to continue helping her, and soon enough Taiga becomes an honorary member of Ryuji's family.

First off, we must mention the ungodly pacing. The amount of content packed into a single 25 minute episode without having to rush it is mind boggling. A typical Toradora episode has the content of two to three episodes of another anime yet flows naturally. This also ensures there aren't any pointless filler with every episode contributing. This is the only series I can think of where there isn't a single bad or lack luster episode. Every episode is high quality, and you'd be surprised how hard that is even for a twenty five episode show. This pacing also gives immense room for characterization and development, where the show shines most. The five main characters all get a good chunk of development, with the main two getting the most of course, and they all get it every episode in some form or other. This results in the anime becoming a home away from home, with a sense of familiarity and adventure in even their most common activities. The humor, while involving some slapstick, is mostly from the character's personalities, be it Taiga's spiteful snarkyness, or Kentmura's zannyness or Ryuji's habits.

This series also boasts amazing drama, and it does so without gimmicks that other highschool romance shows use. We don't see Taiga or Minori getting kidnapped by some biker gang with Ryuji needing to come to the rescue. We don't see attempted rapes or psychotic people trying to murder one of the love interests so they can move in like many highschool romances(and I honestly expected at least one of those to pop up in this show at some point) Now there's not necessarely anything wrong with those plot events, but it says a lot that Toradora can create much more powerful drama with events on a much smaller scale, and don't think this show can't produce some intense moments despite it's light hearted tone.

There are still some highschool romance conventions here but they're all played well. Toradora is up there as an all time favorite of mine, with only two anime I can think of that can compete with it. If you've never seen a romance anime before, I'd start with this one.

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