Christmas Calendar 2011 – Toradora 04 (End) – Toradorable

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.

Toradora reminds me that a winter sports anime would be cool.

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.

Well, this is a Christmas post.

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.

10 thoughts on “Christmas Calendar 2011 – Toradora 04 (End) – Toradorable

  1. Mushyrulez says:

    In other words, without Toradora, you wouldn’t have spent a twenty-fourth of your life watching foreign cartoons.

  2. Rei says:

    I think Toradora is one of those anime that made me want to watch more animes as well. It is one of those animes that I will remember for a long time. It is good to know that you like Toradora. I rarely visit this blog so I don’t know what you like >_<

  3. Karry says:

    “There is nothing really like it out there.”
    Amagami is exactly like it. Sure, there is just 4 episodes per girl, so its a little…frivolous with time flow, but in Toradora, as good as it is, i couldnt find the moment of transition between the two MCs. Its like, one episode they are classmates and neighbours – next episode they are eloping. You dont get to see the romance, its not actually there. So Amagami just does away with it, and shows exactly the same thing only without the filler in the middle. Same result by a different method.

    • Marow says:

      I don’t agree with you at all and I find Amagami SS to be mediocre, honestly speaking. With a bland male lead, ecchi and no growth or development at all, I would say it is rather far from Toradora.

      About the transition, I also can’t see what you mean. Yes, it is fast in Toradora (from ep 23 to 24) and I think it should have needed another episode, but it still works somewhat properly. They have been lying to themselves during the whole show. If you had noticed some key moments in their romantic development, you wouldn’t have as much of a problem.
      In comparison, Amagami SS jumps all over the place due to the lack of episodes for each girl.

      So I’m sorry, but I can’t see what you mean.

  4. Nopy says:

    Haha, Toradorable, nice one!

    I remember ranking Toradora as one of my top choices for getting someone to watch anime, there’s just no way someone couldn’t like it.

    • Marow says:

      Isn’t it! 🙂

      Yes, Toradora might be a good introduction to anime! It showcases a lot of parts about anime now that I think about it. Might be a bit too “meh” for some, but I agree with you!

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