Sorry about the fact that so many posts have been late D: Alex has been really busy with Christmas and New Years, and Mimi’s vanished off the face of the world for a while.
Alex: Being a blogger who’s capable of appreciating romantic comedy styled shows, and being able to watch high school antics without throwing a fit and pretending that the worlds about to end, it was always just a matter of time until i’d watch Toradora, the show that the anime world has crowned as the king of high school rom-coms.
But you know, much to my surprise, when you can overlook the odd annoyence and the odd pun, you get a pretty realistic anime about high school love. And even then, the puns and annoying scenarios are often slightly forgiveable. Take the lead female character. She’s not just a clone of every other tsundere. She’s a unique and creative tsundere, completely over the top, and a perfect example of the typical “If you’re going to do something, go the whole way”. The school friends are actually really annoying, and there’s not really much reason as to why they’re so annoying, but when you add everything up on the scales, it balances pretty fairly.
This was the big thing for me, though. We don’t just have all the females falling in love with the male lead for no real reason. We have them all falling for him for different and unique reasons, and we even have the female who doesn’t fall for him. The scenario is pretty good, too. It’s the classic “I like your best friend and you like my best friend, lets team up together to get our high school loves”, and for the majority of the anime, the two lead characters don’t even consider falling for each other. I think it’s only actually in the last few episodes where they realise that spending all the time together made them fall for each other, and that’s actually the way proper love should be.
So, let me get this clear. Yes, Toradora has it’s really annoying points. Toradora more than makes up for that, however. It isn’t stupid, it isn’t cliche’d and it’s so much better than every other high school anime out there. It even manages to have a proper circle of friends in love, and it’s proper love. With some well developed characters to back everything else up, and a stunning OST, Toradora is pretty deserving of it’s position of king of high school anime.
Alex’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)
Dusk’s Score: 9 Meeps out of 10 (Great)
Liam’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)