|Tordora! - Anime Review||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
Hmmm…let’s see….what do we have here, yet another anime romance / drama set in a high school setting…wow…this is sooo original (yawn)…well let’s watch a couple of episodes and see how crappy and un-original this is gonna be…..like all the rest of em..
After watching entire series...........
Damn….that was actually done really really well…..can’t believe I almost skipped this title..nice
Toradora's story is a somewhat interesting romantic twist that revolves around two classmates Ryūji Takasu & Taiga Aisaka who are both (for different reasons) perceived as school delinquent’s.
After their initial and somewhat violent introduction the two soon find out that each of them have something very peculiar in common. They both have a crush on each other’s best friends. However both characters cannot make any headway with their loved ones by their own means so they decide to become each other “wingmen” so to speak to help each other hook up with their best-friends.
What follows after this is a well-executed series that deals with a lot of the now overdone and predictable anime school themes such as love triangles, comedic-misunderstandings and family problems.
but guess what folks……….THIS SHOW HAS DONE ALL OF THESE THINGS THE RIGHT WAY……unlike the countless other school anime series that I will not name right now…cuz I’m lazy…and the list is too long
The animation for this series is brought to us by J.C. Staff who seem to be quite experienced with animating shows from a similar vein e.g. Bakuman, Honey and Clover, Ai Yori Aoshi etc.
With this series I am particularly impressed across the board with the animation style, most notably with the fluidity of character movements. For some reason the smoothness of this show stands out more than anything else as things just seem very crisp, vibrant and slick.
Character designs for Ryūji & Taiga are different than your typical stock anime characters and as such feel more unique. Supporting characters on the other hand do look un-original in terms of conception but are still animated very well.
Scenery and building designs are very good and I noticed no lack in detail when inside characters homes……quite impressive.
Lastly, the opening sequences are very cool and I found them enjoyable……not so much for the closing sequences…..not very memorable there
Another wasted opportunity…..urg…..sorry……let me elaborate
I watched the Japanese Dub with English subs for this series and found no real fault in anything there. Voice actors where good (Particularly Taiga & Minori). BGM is pretty good….nuttin spectacular and the same goes for the opening / closing sequences.
The missed opportunity statement I made earlier is in regards to the fact that this series HAS actually been licenced to the US however it was picked up by NIS America…..with NO NGLISH DUB!
This is extremely disappointing and slightly vexing for me because this show has some excellent dialogue and character interaction that would make it a fantastic English Dub - sadly thanks to NIS this will probably not happen until they lose the contract to Funimation….which may not ever happen……but let us wish upon a star
I really can’t express my disappointment with there being no English Dub for this series where other trash shows continue to be dubbed….something I have been mentioning more and more recently in my reviews for better anime shows
I could go on about the characters for a while but to cut things short i’d say the thing that makes this show a cut above the rest is the personalities and interactions of the characters.
Although this is mostly a romance themed show you don’t get melodramatic or completely predictable character archetypes here. What you do get are characters that act more like real people making believable decisions.
Our two main characters Ryūji & Taiga for example are not what you’d usually expect from your main male/female anime leads…for one, they both look extremely aggressive and don’t get on particularly well with each other however, they are written in such a way that the story makes you interested in their humorous plans so ultimately you end up getting to watch a unique friendship blossom between these two unlikely characters.
Supporting characters also start off seemingly predictable as well but over time they reveal layers of depth and introspect that doesn’t betray the actual storyline and ultimately all the characters end up relating and understanding each other better over the course of the series.
When it’s all said and done, to be honest the cast of characters do not feel all that unique in terms of storytelling but it’s their believable actions and likeable personalities that make them feel more genuine and interesting to watch compared to similar characters in other anime series.
I really REALLY enjoyed this show. It did almost everything perfectly in my opinion. The comedy was good but not over the top. The drama was believable and not melodramatic. The romance was charming and fun to watch. The characters were interesting and interacted well with each other and the overall story was excellent with a satisfying ending. There really isn’t much more I could have wanted from this series.
This show is great…PERIOD. It has the highest of high value and to date is the best romance-drama anime I’ve seen.
If I had to nit-pick (which I almost always do) I would say off the bat, the first couople of episodes are pretty tame and may make people think this series is nothing special…well stick with it and I guarantee you will be rewarded.
Also I felt things got a little abrupt near the end of the show with some of the supporting characters in terms of the ultimate climax but in retrospect I think even that makes sense as there were undertones to those particular revelations in earlier episodes….so yeah…hardly any faults at all actually :oP
Sadly, the only thing that could have made this show even better for me would be a solid English Dub so I could re-watch it again and again in my native language…..but you know what, saying that DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU. This is a top notch anime title that sets the bar a lot higher in the midst of all the other mediocre carbon copy anime rom-coms / rom-dramas.
It’s Greatness…Simple As
This is how it should be done…with some genuine thought and care.
Toradora!: High First Class