Toradora! is a high school romance series that is entirely predictable in terms of the First Girl Wins trope. It is saved from oblivion by the fact that I had 13 episodes in hand, interesting characters, and a slightly unusual set up.
The two leads are:
- Ryuuji Takasu who apparently looks like a violent, intimidating, thug but is actually a nice guy crushing on Taiga’s best friend; and
- Taiga Aisaka aka the Palmtop Tiger who is crushing on Ryuuji’s best friend.
In many ways Taiga is a similar character to Ririchiyo from the later Inu X Boku SS in terms of emotional maturity and abilities to interact with others.
The initial meeting between Ryuuji and Taiga is about as violent as can be expected in a school setting but leads to an uneasy alliance to help each other in their romantic quests.
Over time this alliance has started to grow into a genuine friendship, and will no doubt have an entirely predictable result.
Whilst there have been some moments when I was ambivalent about Toradora, it has generally been a pleasant show to watch. The characterisations have been fairly solid, and even amusing occasionally.
Some of the high school tropes in play have been a bit tedious on occasion , but overall Toradora! has been entertaining enough that I’ll pick up the 2nd volume when I see it.
I’ll end with the quite amusing opening credits: