Posts Tagged ‘toradora’

Toradora blu-ray dubbed re-release

March 12, 2014

So does anyone remember when I started this blog and then like a month and a half later the series got licensed and I got super excited but was disappointed because it was sub only? No? Oh, right, no one reads this.


The tradition continues.

November 24, 2012

Today (well, yesterday, as I write this, November 23rd, Black Friday), I participated in my yearly tradition of watching all of Toradora on DVD. That means every episode, every Toradora SOS special, and every clean OP/ED, all in a single day. This year, I had the honor of adding the OVA that came out last December to the marathon as well. (Everything but the OVA was on the NISA DVD release.)

I know it’s not a big deal, but it’s… fulfilling? to have a tradition that you can stick to. Four years in a row and Toradora still isn’t old for me yet. I love it just as much as I did when I first saw it in 2009. This is a special activity for me now, and one that I hope continues into the far future.

I’m still spending

May 21, 2012

Yeah, I just dunno anymore.

Again, it has lots of neat stuff.

Makoto on the cover of the box/game and Hibiki on the cover of the anime ❤

Also, I bought this:

I can keep that “Support the localization!” thing in the sidebar all I want, but it’s about time I put my money where my mouth is. I can’t even read it, though. No idea why I bought it.

Winter 2012 Chart v3.0 and the shows I’ll watch

December 10, 2011

Chart by cowboybibimbop.

Let’s get to it.

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2 – I passed up the first season initially, but it was pretty enjoyable when I gave it a shot. Can’t wait for some Mori this season.

Recorder to Randoseru – Legal loli, 4koma, etc. Too many things for me to ignore.

Another – I hope this one is good, because I really want it to be.

Black Rock Shooter – Doko e itta no?

Amagami SS+ plus – Not sure how I feel about this really getting a second season, but if it’s half as good as the first then I’m still in for a great ride.

Kill Me Baby – 4koma comedy. I obviously don’t get enough of this in my animu diet.

Mouretsu Pirates – Based on a novel series called, literally, “Mini-Skirt Pirates.” Curiosity got the better of me on this one. I just have to see how it is.

Papa no Iu Koto wo Kikinasai! – I don’t really have a reason for this one. Just ’cause. Seriously. I can’t think of any reason why I’d watch this show, but I want to anyway.

Nisemonogatari – Hell yeah, more Bakemonogatari goodness.

Specials, OVAs, and movies:
– Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Can’twaitcan’twaitcan’twait
– Usagi Drop – Still watching these.
– Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: Yune & Alice – I honestly forgot about these. Need to get on ’em.
– Toradora – My levels of hype are immesurable. Bold just ’cause.
– Hidan no Aria – Why not? I rather liked the show.
– Carnival Phantasm 3rd Season – This has been phenomenal. Everyone who likes Type-Moon needs to see it.
– Higurashi Kira – Episode 3 subs where?
– Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – Only slightly less hype than the Toradora OVA.
– Ura Mirai Nikki – Maybe. Depends on how much I care to follow up on it. I said I was gonna watch the Infinite Stratos OVA and ended up not giving two craps.
– Steins;Gate – About as much hype as Denpa Onna.
– K-ON! movie – No cam rips for me. Only watching when a good home release rip is out.
– .hack//The Movie – Again, not watching until a good home release rip is out.

I feel like I get lazier with these every time. Oh well.

May follow up with a post about what I scored in Right Stuf’s holiday sale after it’s over. We’ll see.

New tradition accomplished.

November 2, 2011

For the second year in a row, I’ve watched the entirety of Toradora on DVD, including all 25 episodes, all 4 SOS specials, and every clean OP/ED, in a single day.

It’s also the third year in a row that I’ve seen the series in full. I decided after managing to do the whole series in a day last year that I’d try to make it a tradition by doing it once a year and sure enough I managed it again this year. The show still hasn’t gotten stale for me. I knew everything that was coming and the impact was just as great as it was the first time around. Still hands down my favorite anime of all time.

Anyone who hasn’t seen Toradora, I highly recommend it. Anyone who dropped it part of the way through, I encourage you to give it another try all the way to the end. Your efforts will be rewarded with the best chick fight and the best kiss scene I have ever seen in all of anime, as well as my absolute favorite romance/pairing in anime.

How tsundere should you be to be labeled tsundere?

October 20, 2010

So I was hanging out on a message board earlier and there seemed to be a couple of Toradora topics around. Kind of a rarity these days to have multiple ones on any general anime board. Being the fanboy I am, I hopped in. I saw several people in both topics calling Taiga a tsundere or saying something about tsunderes in Toradora. I simply replied to both with “There are no tsunderes in Toradora” and got (I’d imagine, since I couldn’t see them) some of the weirdest looks people have ever given me. One guy even asked me if I’d actually seen the show. (Unrelated note: I actually just recently rewatched it. I marathoned the whole thing on DVD in a single day, including SOS specials and all clean OPs/EDs. It was a week and a half ago on the 10th and I only casually mentioned it here. Just wanted to gloat a little.)

So this got me to thinking, just how tsundere should a character be to be labeled as such? Really, looking at Taiga, she’s not a tsundere. She shares very little with your common, garden-variety Rin Tohsaka-esque tsundere. She’s bashful and she can be aggressive and violent, but rarely do those traits overlap. In fact, the only instance of tsundere behavior that comes immediately to mind is at the very end of the series. Like, the very last thing we see in the last episode. I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but that’s tsundere behavior from Taiga at its finest, and the only one that immediately comes to mind.

I’ll grant that she shows some tsundere tendencies near the beginning of the series, but they’re really more like violent outbursts as there are no feelings involved. Additionally, they’re almost entirely missing from her character as early as the vacation arc.

Really, Taiga’s the kind of person who wears her heart on her sleeves. She doesn’t really try to hide what she’s feeling. One of the key aspects of a tsundere is that they’re always trying to hide their feelings by contradicting themselves or acting cold/aggressive/violent/abusive toward whomever or whatever is causing them to feel that way. I just really can’t see Taiga as this kind of person. She’s quick to say how she feels and if she’s not then she shows it on her face, making little to no effort to hide it. She may mask it with aggression sometimes, but it always seemed to me more like she was just trying to let off steam. An example of this would be her appearance on stage at the pageant. It never seemed like she was trying to mask her sadness, only to vent and make herself feel better. And she’s certainly not one to mask her feelings of affection. It’s written all over her face every time she’s smitten and she couldn’t possibly care less if anyone knows.

I’ve got more examples, but I’m trying to keep this as spoiler-free of a blog as possible.

This post is really just some food for thought. What’s the minimum requirement for a tsundere? Which characters considered tsunderes may not actually be? Why would they be confused for one? Is it up for personal interpretation or should there be some kind of rule for gauging?

Not like anyone reads this blog anyway, but if you do and you have something to say, feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to discuss this with people.

Support the localization of the Umineko PS3 port!

September 25, 2010

You can do so at both of these publisher forums:

Aksys Games:

You can also show your support at the localization effort’s Facebook group:

I highly recommend showing your support at the NISA forum, as it’s become a huge movement there and registering for an account takes only a few minutes. All you need to do is vote that you’d like to see the game in the thread’s poll, but making a post wouldn’t hurt either. People are also working on making a strong argument for why it’s a financially sound idea for NISA to localize it, so if you have any good ideas that haven’t been mentioned in the thread, be sure to share them.

And while you’re there, why not voice your support for Toradora Portable? :3

Ookami-san loves cameos

August 19, 2010

Apparently, J.C. Staff loves to plug their other work with the Ookami-san anime. Last week, we were treated to this cameo of recolors from Toradora! and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.

And this week, we got straight cameos from both series.


And Railgun:

I’m just a bit disappointed that there were no opportunities for voiced cameos, despite a good chunk of them having the VAs working on that very episode. Kuroko’s VA is the narrator, Minori’s VA is Alice, Saten’s VA is Ringo, Otohime’s VA is Uiharu, and the resident Kugimiya loli even came back, which could have left an opportunity for Taiga to say something. Oh well. Maybe we’ll end up with even more cameos by the time the show’s over, but I’m not getting my hopes up with only four episodes left.

Seven Seas licenses Toradora and Railgun manga

July 20, 2010


I pre-ordered it

March 22, 2010

But this is the only sub-only series I’m going to support. Ever. You hear me, NISA? You better shape up further down the line if you want my anime money.

Anyway, for anyone that didn’t hear, pre-orders are up for Toradora and Persona premium editions. The price is $47.99 (US) and each one includes the first half of the series (two discs) and a hard-cover art book (30-40 pages, full color). If you pre-order at NISA’s Rosenqueen store, you get a double-sided poster (Toradora on one side and Persona on the other). Each series has a different double-sided poster. I’ll warn everyone that shipping was pretty pricey at Rosenqueen. It was $13 for me for just the premium box. I opted to buy from Right Stuf instead since adding $1.01 to the order scored me free shipping (and there was no tax for me, either). I had another DVD set and a book I wanted anyway.

Oh, and I finally read Narcissu, The Dandelion Girl, and Katawa Shoujo and I’ll be reading Ever17 this week, hopefully. Making decent progress on the VN front, finally. Also tore through the Higurashi manga’s official release (the first three question arcs) after I read Meakashi and I’ve been keeping up with my anime. Expect final impressions for part of the Winter season later this week after Ookami Kakushi is over and the rest of the season the week after. By then, the Spring season will have started, so expect some initial impressions not too long after.