ToraDora: The Tiger Meets The Dragon Review

ToraDora: A Quick Synopsis

Takasu Ryuuji is the leading man in ToraDora feared by his classmate for his eyes – which he unfortunately inherited from his father. Not only that, but anyone who’s bumped into him also feels threatened. The only people who’s not threatened by Ryuuji’s eyes are two of his friends, Kitamura Yusaku and Kushieda Minori.

However, that all changes the day when he meets Aisaka Taiga in the school’s hallway. Taiga and Ryuuji’s meeting was a bit awkward to say the least. It was due to a mix-up around the rumors centered around their meeting and the fact that Taiga later misplaced a love letter in Ryuuji’s bag. This brought the two of them together with a common purpose; to help each other out all for the name of love.

ToraDora: The Review

One thing I always keep in mind when it comes to reviewing anime is how I think people will react to such, even if I review something horrible. Then there came ToraDora. It was the only show that I’ve both loved and hated. For what it’s worth, ToraDora didn’t have morons writing the show. They know what they’re doing, trust me.

Certainly the first few episodes of ToraDora did nothing to dispel the notion I had for it being a winner. On the other hand, the show had its fair share of quirks, and in the end, I was able to digest the entire anime, for good and bad. These quirks mostly center around Taiga and Ryuuji though.

Getting To Know Both Ryuuji and Taiga

Ryuuji can be somewhat of a milquetoast. As mentioned above, his eyes scare the cr*p out of people, much to his frustration, seeing he’s actually a kind, young dude. He’s also a bit obsessive-compulsive when it comes to the household, which lends itself to some amusing cases every now and then. This is¬†especially true in light of the average male anime leads’ notorious inability to look out for themselves.

I’ve got a bit of a chip on my shoulder when it comes to Taiga, however. While it’s refreshing to see that she basically just speaks her mind, her attitude in general leaves something to be desired. Regardless, she’s anything but generic, I can admit to that. That’s basically it for my analysis of Taiga. She can be quite scary though.

ToraDora: Quality-Wise

This show runs a pretty steep upwards slope to say the least. Quite frankly, the beginning is a bit horrid. The few gags about Ryuuji’s eyes were golden, but they’re merely the cue to his character. And a couple of episodes into the show, you’re likely to forget that people were ever afraid of the guy. On the other hand, Taiga’s character is less endearing, cuteness notwithstanding, but even she slowly started to grow on me. Her first little hissy-fit did little to help her, honestly speaking.

She’s basically taking out her frustrations in what she first spots. It could be venting all of her anger on a streetlight, and just yelling to the stars as to how people in her school can’t seem to understand her. Given that she acts this way, I find it not surprising at all. Heck I would even question the intelligence of all the students in that school any day. Regardless, if you treat everyone coldly except for your best friend, you generally don’t complain that people don’t understand you. How can they when you don’t let them, right?

What Happens Beyond This?

From there, the show is pretty much runs the gamut of your ordinary high school drama. Ryuuji starts to be close with some of his classmates, and we got to meet more of the cast along the way. It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride still as far as quality goes. However, the worst points generally stem from Taiga’s lingering behavior, especially towards Ryuuji. While these scenes are indeed important when it comes to Taiga’s growth as a character, I nonetheless felt that the entire arc jerked me around.

ToraDora: Final Words And Redeeming Value

I know I’m probably bitching about this show because, as I’ve said, I both love and hate this show. I’ve been going through most bad parts of the anime. But it’s time to give the redeeming value of this show.

First and foremost,¬†there’s really no scenario in this anime, it only follows the evolution of the characters. The beginning laid the foundation and their relationships. Taiga and Ryuuji find themselves accomplices despite the fact they don’t get along often.

The Christmas part of the anime is when Taiga starts to change, and she gets to start being interesting. You slowly start to appreciate her more. Don’t wanna spoil more of that, you just have to watch it for yourselves.

The bigger kudos I gave to ToraDora is that the show actually resolves the relationship issue it set out to do. But most of all, the show FINALLY got my attention with the actual story telling involved than just vaguely hinting at things. It’s not surprising, for me, that ToraDora exceeded my expectations and it has entertained me to say the least.

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