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Pellissier 2009-01-07 06:58

Toradora! - Episode 14 Discussion / Poll
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King Lycan 2009-01-07 12:34

I can't wait :o ...

wistfulloner 2009-01-07 13:46

Interesting. JC staff might be blending the spin-off and continuing storyline together. It seems scenes from the novel and the spin-off characters are present in this episode. Will have to wait for the subs before I can say anything further.

The art style and animation has changed noticeably; some for the worse, some for the better, but mostly for the better. I did notice Ryuji looked "fiercer" than usual in the beginning with his thicker eye edges.

Seems like a strongly narrative episode. Though the happenings should be obvious enough for the novel readers, I will wait for subs before I rate it. But overall, seems pretty solid.

roan 2009-01-07 14:16

Yep, I knew they were going to mix volume 6 stuff.

But Kouta pissed me off for some reason. I don't know why, but he just pissed me off.

maxpepper 2009-01-07 14:39

Liked it alot :D
Everybody gets some screen time, and Sumire + Ryuuji's mom are great. (Inko-chan where art thou?)

Littm 2009-01-07 15:25


and the spin-off characters
What do you mean ? Is there any spin-offs of Toradora or are you talking about exclusive characters for anime ? I haven't read Toradora.

Tyabann 2009-01-07 15:26

The first Spin-Off novel focuses around several of the first-years at their school, I believe.

ThoHell 2009-01-07 18:40

Round and round we go, man this is going no where fast. Ami needs more screen time and development! They seem to be some what excluding her or make it seem so alot. Ryuuji dislike scale keeps going up, just can't seem to like him when you have to keep watching Ami with a depressed expression.

Student council president....hmmmm

neothe0ne 2009-01-07 18:47

I was expecting new OP & ED today, but obviously that didn't happen =\

Vexx 2009-01-07 19:02

I'm hearing I might get some bonus Sumire time this ep.... always a joy. Be interesting to see if the latter half of the series slows down a bit to let us relish the interactions of the gang.

stormy001_M1A2 2009-01-07 19:24

I liked this episode the most since more meat put into the characters, Ami is actually depicted having jealousy streak this time when comes to Ryuji and Taiga issue. The novel is somewhat ambiguous on this but the anime writers seem to decide to explore her personal feelings towards Ryuji more instead of playing the mediator role. Kitamura is shocked over a big news which foreshadows a big story arc later, Taiga is more mellowed around Ryuji but still retain her mean stripes if provoked. But she seems to find comfort in his home and his mom's bosom.

There is a moment where Minorin and Ryuji shared an intimate moment which handled pretty well here.

Overall, this is one of the best episode to date. Less joke and more story.

PS: And the young kid got it rough. Poor bastard.

Cat Megex 2009-01-07 20:42


Originally Posted by stormy001_M1A2 (Post 2148179)
PS: And the young kid got it rough. Poor bastard.

Considering he is basically cursed with bad luck that often involves physical harm to his person (this coming from the spinoff chapter in volume 2 of the Toradora light novels), I think he considered it worth it. (Wait, would that be considered a spoiler? I don't know Japanese so I don't know if he mentioned it when he was talking to Taiga and Ryuuji).

Also, was that Mako voicing Sakura?

miroku2192 2009-01-07 21:33

Do you think it's better to wait for all the toradora episodes? or watch each one each really torn between the two options haha. tHis is such a good anime! This episode looks interesting though, you guys say they introduce some new characters?

wistfulloner 2009-01-08 00:36

It would be better to watch one every week. This way, you have more time to think about and appreciate an episode before the next one comes up. I was watching some full-series anime on youtube, and didn't fully understand it because I was too busy watching one after the other.

It's a relief to see that the show still retains quite a bit of the humour. Looks like the gloomy part won't set in so soon.

Tyabann 2009-01-08 01:09

Can anyone answer this?

From the preview, does it look like they're going to be following the novel story or is it more filler?

roan 2009-01-08 01:11

It's plain out going to volume 6. In fact, some of the material in this episode was from volume 6.

Tyabann 2009-01-08 01:15

Excellent. Excellent excellent excellent.

And judging by the responses to this episode, even this filler is good.

Can't wait for subs. I love this show.

Master Assassin 2009-01-08 02:02


Originally Posted by stormy001_M1A2 (Post 2148179)
...Ami is actually depicted having jealousy streak this time when comes to Ryuji and Taiga issue. The novel is somewhat ambiguous on this but the anime writers seem to decide to explore her personal feelings towards Ryuji more instead of playing the mediator role...

... Did I read that right? If yes then literally this'll be the way to get my week to be filled back with awesome.

Also that'll mean my correction of my first impression of ep 14 from the preview. I initially had low expectations of this episode. Shame on me though :heh:

Peanutbutter 2009-01-08 04:19

Another good episode. Even for a filler, it's well-done and doesn't detract from the story.

The "Palmtop Tiger Happiness Legend" was pretty hilarious.

Nothing much to add. Looking forward to the 2nd OP and ED.

asrielchase 2009-01-08 05:27

Liked this ep a lot.
The way they blend in the Spin-off and make it connect with the main story completely exceeds my expectation of this ep.
It may seem not much happened compared to the last few episodes, but it gives you the feel of a "new beginning" in terms of relationship of the characters. Especially the words of Kitamura, Ami and Minori at the end, they were related to the Palm-top tiger legend, yet at the same time foreshadow the events that are going to come.
A few changes to the original material but wonderful adaptation and execution indeed.

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