Leadup to Kizuna & : Week 34 (Classic Leadup)- Toradora


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Sep 8, 2006
After Heroman, doing something (mostly) less actiony this week. In fact, this is a classic one we did during the tri. leadup...


Some mild ecchi, super mild violence. Not really to much content wise to worry about here.

The series can be watched on the following officially:
Subbed and dubbed on Crunchyroll

Much of this is simply reused from the original tri. leadup for Toradora.

Half the series, 13 episodes!

Toradora is a great little drama. It skews more comedic early on, then more dramatic after the initial half is over.

It follows various high school kids around in their adventures of trying to deal with the crushes (that's a super short explanation if there ever was one.) Shippers have always seemed to have a field day with this show.

All the characters are written in this weird skewed way that both feels realistic, but also feels wacky. It's a careful balance and the show generally pulls it off well.

This show tends to come up in my examples quite a bit because it's one of the more obvious places where 'anime hair' comes into play (wherein we aren't sure if colored hair is really colored, or if they just color it for us.)

I think most people will enjoy this one, as it's just a great watch. It's probably also worth mentioning my first time watching the full series was via screener a number of years ago when it was NISA's first anime DVD. They ended up recalling it and redoing the disks after my review brought up how poor the video quality was compared to the Japanese disks.

One change from last time, the dub is available online (it was still pretty new when we did the leadup last time.)

The show has a number of Digimon connections, so only doing a few:
Rie Kugiyama is Taiga in Toradora. For Digimon she was Ikuto in Savers.
Hirofumi Nojima is Yusaku in Toradora. In Digimon he was Touma in Savers.

Johnny Young Bosch is Yusaku in Toradora. In tri. he was TK, and in Fusion he was Dracomon and a few other Digimon.

I've embedded the intro for the series as a preview:

Feel free to post as you wish in this thread. You can post as you are watching, episode by episode, when you finish. Whatever you want. Try and give it a couple days for later spoilers so people have time to try and view stuff without spoilers, while still interacting in the thread (especially if you decide to keep watching past the episode listed as the last one for the leadup.) If you watch one episode and it isn't for you, pop in to explain why. Have fun with it!

A new show/movie will go up each Sunday night (or early on Monday), but feel free to keep talking about older shows in their threads, or even watching past the listed episode.

If you want to chat in the Discord you can.

Hopefully you enjoy. Feel free to make any suggestions or ask an questions regarding the threads or the shows also.

Prior Leadups:
Final Leadup to tri.- Gundam Unicorn (with index of tri. Leadup)
Leadup to Kizuna Week 1- Gundam Build Fighters
Week 2- Kimagure Orange Road
Week 3 (and 4)- Lupin the 3rd Part 4
Week 4 Movie- Redline
Week 5- Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Week 6- Voltron
Week 7 (Devkyu Guest Slot!)- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Week 8- Laid-Back Camp
Week 9- Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Week 10- Yowamushi Pedal
Week 11- Demon King Daimao
Week 12 (onkei Guest Slot!)- Aggretsuko
Week 13- Kill la Kill
Week 14- Super Gals
Week 15 (and 16)- Yu Yu Hakusho
Week 16 Short Series- Please Tell Me! Galko-chan
Week 17 (Classic Leadup)- Tenchi Muyo
Week 18 (Devkyu Guest Slot 2!)- Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan
Week 19- The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Week 20 (Logan Guest Slot)- The Legend of Black Heaven
Week 21 (Classic Leadup)- Haganai
Week 22- Ultraman
Week 23- SSSS.Gridman
Week 24- Haruka Nogizaka's Secret
Week 25 (Classic Leadup)- Tenchi Universe
Week 26- Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors
Week 27- Gundam NT
Week 28- Interviews with Monster Girls
Week 29- Dragon Quest: Your Story & Ni no Kuni
Week 30 (Classic Leadup)- Soul Eater
Week 31- Kamen no Maid Guy
Week 32- Gundam Thunderbolt
Week 33- Heroman