ToraDora Seizes Tsundere Crown

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Of the new season of anime, tsundere love comedy とらドラ! / ToraDora! is shaping up to be a definite breath of fresh air (or at least a strong gust of stale air) into the genre after the increasingly questionable efforts we have seen recently. The title even boasts tsundere queen Rie Kugimiya (Louise), so expectations are high.

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Bonus points must be awarded for this scene: I have never seen this before happen before, whether in anime or otherwise. Beautifully animated as well. Perhaps he could’ve dragged her around some more though.

The usual paradoxical tsundere moe elements are in abundance, and the motive force in the story is romance; it should eventually develop into a complex five way love pentagram (?), with interesting consequences, if it follows the original novels.

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Animation varies from good to excellent, though judging by the first episode is not always wise.

Seiyuu work is definitely excellent, with Aisaka being unsurprisingly handled well by Rie Kugimiya, and male protagonist Ryuji Takasu being given what may be an even stronger, relatively speaking, performance by 間島淳司 / Junji Majima (whose most notable roles so far seem only to be Disgaea side characters).

There is some very restrained erotic animation and themes, but at this stage nothing more.

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The title is said to be sticking closely to the original work (a light novel series still ongoing), which of course was well received, so barring mishap the title is easy to recommend.

Of course, with only one episode to go on, matters may change, but for now it is a definite contender, and well worth watching.

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    Comment by SFby
    22:16 18/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    AFter episode 11 I am shocked** Taigas father is as young as her and her step mother is very young? Her father wants to live with her not her mother What does that mean people What???

    Comment by oshiihime
    12:45 01/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i watched the whole season and loved every bit of it. although i wanted taiga and ryuji to be together i still can't imagine tiaga as a wife lol.. but this was a great series.. only my 3rd anime... others i watched have been bleack, school days i started fruits basket. but im not finished yet... and this has been my favorite. would be bleach but bleach has too many fillers. well i guess thats why its 213 eps. long :-) watch toradora its a must... i would love to see a second season! i love taiga!

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >credit a show for having tsundere
    >Half of the images are of Ryūji's mom's ass
    >fucking brilliant

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 22/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mai Waifu. <3

    Comment by \\/\//
    21:59 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Art actually sucks compared to the manga ... they could put more effort into it >_>;

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    Comment by Ipsod
    06:42 13/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Art is completely fine. YOU need to stop thinking that taking a month per animation cell is fine.

    Comment by Quen
    01:02 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I quite enjoyed the first ep, looking forward to next week.

    And Aisaka's cute as a button

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    Comment by albert_2mb
    22:11 02/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga wins greatly, so I think the anime should be given some chance...

    Comment by nemo
    01:07 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Main heroine looks like Chiaki (Minami-ke). ;o

    Comment by anon
    16:57 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    me too O_o when i saw the image i thought "new minami-ke series?" she's almost the same

    Comment by kusakabemisao
    01:10 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aisaka rolling out of locker was soo cute ><
    also when she started to tame down and make innocent look
    i doubted aisaka will just be another Louise or Nagi
    but Kugimiya`s work always don`t let her fans down
    the sneezing part was great!

    Comment by Kiuki
    08:10 03/10/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, all that happened in the first episode? I need to catch up on the LN, and fast!
    Well, then again, it's not much. But they'll probably cover the 1st volume pretty quickly.



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