The Unsatisfactory Ending of Toradora

I thought about adding this into my review for Toradora or adding it to my podcast review, but I thought this would be better written out in it’s own post, as it basically is an editorial.

I’ll say it right front:  I was a Ryuji/Minori shipper in Toradora until the very, bitter end of the show.  Of course, it became increasingly obvious as the show drew closer to the end that this would not come out to be, and I knew it was a longshot from the start.  However, I had hoped that the show may dare to not follow the predicted path, but alas, the ending was once again predictable from the time the first episode aired.

However, this editorial isn’t going to be about my complaining about a lack of Minori ending, per se.  Instead, I think the main problem with the ending of Toradora is that Taiga and Ryuji’s transformations from liking Kitamura and Minori to liking each other is sudden and largely without any obvious foretelling other than, simply put, that it was their destiny, as the two leads in an anime, to do so.

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Anime DVD and Manga Releases for March 24 – April 6

Chrono Crusade DVD Box Set
07-Ghost Manga Volume 2

Anime DVDs and Blu-Rays

March 24, 2009
Aria The Natural – Set #2 (sub)
Baccano! – Volume 2
Chrono Crusade – Box Set
Claymore – Volume 4
I”s & I”s Pure – Box Set
Maria Watches Over Us – Season 3 Box Set (sub)
Solty Rei – Box Set
Tokyo Majin – Season 1 Part 2
Trinity Blood – Box Set

March 31, 2009
D.Gray-man – Season 1 Part 1
Dragon Ball Z: Broly Triple Feature (movies 8, 10, 11) [DVD & Blu-Ray]
Gravion – Box Set
One Piece – Season 1 Box 4
Shigurui: Death Frenzy – Box Set [DVD & Blu-Ray]
Shuffle! – Box Set
Wallflower, The – Set #2


March 24, 2009
Gacha Gacha: The Next Revolution – Volume 9
Gakuen Prince – Volume 1
Gankutsuou – Volume 2
Kitchen Princess – Volume 9
Mao-Chan – Volume 2
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Volume 2
Negima! Magister Negi Magi – Volume 21
Negima! Neo – Volume 1
Samurai 7 – Volume 1
Tears of a Lamb – Volume 5
xxxHOLiC – Volume 13

March 25, 2009
Berserk – Volume 28

March 31, 2009
07-Ghost – Volume 2
Barefoot Gen – Volume 7
Barefoot Gen – Volume 8
Ultimate Venus – Volume 4
With the Light – Volume 4