After a month of no new post at all, it is finally time to bring this year’s “Christmas Calendar” to an end. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride, with not a lot of posts (due to “12 Days”) and my own lack of imagination for topics. While this year might have been slightly lackluster, it has been a good experience and I now know how to improve it till next year. I hope you have all enjoyed it!
But what is that you say? Christmas is already over? No worries, because Twelfth Night is tomorrow!
As many of you might already know, Toradora holds a very special place in my heart. There is nothing really like it out there. Behind the facade of a lighthearted romantic comedy is a very subtle show with a lot of thought behind it. People who claim it to be a typical show in its genre must have looked at a completely different show than I did, because that is not how I feel at all.
The problem of how you perceive Toradora lies in its aforementioned subtlety and hidden thoughts. There are a lot of things that tend to suffer from this problem: books, movies and more. And this is precisely one of the reasons I love Toradora: every person’s journey will be different. Some may take the talk about ghosts and the likes at face value, while others try to understand what it truly means. You have to put yourself in the shoes of the characters.
This is why Toradora was such an experience for me when I first watched on a low quality streaming site two years ago. With its fleshed out characters, well thought out story and such, I was stunned and could not stop watching. It was something more than a lighthearted romantic comedy. It was about family, true love and hardships in life. I could delve deeper into each of these three subjects, but for the sake of keeping this post spoiler-free I will not do so.
It is all thanks to Toradora that I stand where I am today when it comes to anime. It is what I consider to be my first step towards watching anime for real. Before it, the number was perhaps only about five shows per year. In 2011, it was not far from one hundred.
And now, I have once again finished watching Toradora. And it is still just as good as I remember it to be. And that feeling of emptiness and happiness at the same, which always occurs to me when something extraordinary is finished, was still there. Toradora is what defines me as an anime watcher.
It is, what you could call, Toradorable.