Toradora! (とらドラ!) is a Japanese light novel series by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. The series includes ten novels released between March 10, 2006 and March 10, 2009, published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. Three volumes of a spin-off light novel series was also created, aptly titled Toradora Spin-off!. A manga adaptation by Zekkyō started serialization in the September 2007 issue of the shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Comic Gao!, published by MediaWorks. The manga ended serialization in Dengeki Comic Gao! with the March 2008 issue, but continued serialization in ASCII Media Works’ manga magazine Dengeki Daioh with the May 2008 issue.
An Internet radio show was broadcast between September 2008 and May 2009 hosted by Animate TV. A 25-episode anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 2008 and March 2009. NIS America licensed the anime and will be releasing it in North America in two half-season DVD collections in July and August 2010. A visual novel based on the series was produced by Namco Bandai Games playable on the PlayStation Portable and was released in April 2009.
The title Toradora! is derived from the names of the two main characters Taiga Aisaka and Ryūji Takasu. “Taiga” sounds like “tiger” in English, and “tiger” in Japanese is tora (とら). “Ryūji” literally means “son of dragon” in Japanese, and a transcription of the English word “dragon” into Japanese is doragon (ドラゴン).
Toradora!’s story begins with the male protagonist Ryūji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to look his best as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent, so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryūji goes to school and is happy to find that he gets to be in the same class with his best friend Yūsaku Kitamura and a girl he has a crush on, Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into “the school’s most dangerous animal of the highest risk level”—Taiga Aisaka—who just happens to also be in his class, and is a good friend of Minori.
Taiga has a negative attitude towards others and will not hesitate to snap at people. After meeting Ryūji, she takes an instant dislike to him. Taiga comes from a rich family, but she has moved out to live on her own due to family issues. She is coincidentally living in an apartment next to Ryūji’s. When Ryūji discovers that Taiga has a crush on Yūsaku, and Taiga finds out about Ryūji’s affections towards Minori, Ryūji suggests that they cooperate to win the objects of their affections. Taiga exploits the fact that Ryūji will do anything to get closer to Minori. She makes him her personal servant, getting him to do all her household chores (cooking and cleaning). Taiga spends a lot of her time over at his house, so much that she could almost be considered a member of his family. Since Ryūji spends a lot of time with Taiga, he has opened up to her world and to a side of her that most people do not see. The two also try to help each other improve the way people view them. However people they know from school start to become curious about their strange relationship and rumors begin to spread about them behind their backs. Ryūji and Taiga start getting along more and eventually become a couple.
A Toradora! anime television series was first announced on a promotional advertisement for light novels being released under ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint for April 2008. The anime is directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and produced by the animation studio J.C.Staff. Toradora! contains 25 episodes, which aired between October 2, 2008 and March 26, 2009 on TV Tokyo in Japan. The episodes aired at later dates on AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting. The anime premiered in the Philippines through TV5 on May 18, 2009, one of the first to air it outside of Japan. The first volume DVD compilation, which contains the first four episodes was released in Japan on January 21, 2009 by King Records in limited and regular editions. Seven more DVD compilations, each containing three episodes, were released between February 25 and August 26, 2009 also in limited and regular editions. Starting from the second DVD, there were extra animated shorts included in the DVD volumes, Toradora SOS!, which features the cast as chibis trying out various foods. The Toradora! anime was licensed by NIS America as its first anime. The series was released in two half-season DVD compilation volumes in early July and late August 2010.
The anime series makes use of four pieces of theme music: two opening and two ending themes. The first opening theme is “Pre-Parade” (プレパレード Pureparēdo) by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie. The first ending theme is “Vanilla Salt” (バニラソルト Banira Soruto) by Horie. The second opening is “Silky Heart” by Horie, and the second ending is “Orange” (オレンジ Orenji) by Kugimiya, Kitamura, and Horie. The insert theme for episode nineteen is “Holy Night” (ホーリーナイト Hōrī Naito) performed by Kugimiya and Kitamura. The anime’s original soundtrack was released on January 7, 2009.
01 “Tiger and Dragon” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Tora to Ryū” (虎と竜)
02 “Ryūji and Taiga” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Ryūji to Taiga” (竜児と大河)
03 “Your Song” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Kimi no Uta” (君の歌)
04 “That Moment’s Expression” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Ano Toki no Kao” (あのときの顔)
05 “Ami Kawashima” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Kawashima Ami” (かわしまあみ)
06 “True Self” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Honto no Jibun” (ほんとの自分)
07 “Pool Opening” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Pūru Biraki” (プールびらき)
08 “For Whose Sake?” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Dare no Tame” (だれのため)
09 “You Shall Go to the Sea” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Umi ni Ikō to Kimi wa” (海にいこうと君は)
10 “Fireworks” – Megavideo – Megaupload
11 “Ōhashi High School Cultural Festival – Part I” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Ōhashi Kōkō Bunkasai – Zenpen” (大橋高校文化祭·前編)
12 “Ōhashi High School Cultural Festival – Part II” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Ōhashi Kōkō Bunkasai – Chūhen” (大橋高校文化祭·中編)
13 “Ōhashi High School Cultural Festival – Part III” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Ōhashi Kōkō Bunkasai – Kōhen” (大橋高校文化祭·後篇)
14 “The Palmtop Tiger of Happiness” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Shiawase no Tenori Taigā” (しあわせの手乗りタイガー)
15 “The Stars are Far” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Hoshi wa, Tōku” (星は, 遠く)
16 “One Step Forward” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Fumidasu Ippo” (踏み出す一歩)
17 “Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Kurisumasu ni Suisei wa Gyakkōsuru” (クリスマスに水星は逆行する)
18 “Under the Fir Tree” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Momi no Ki no Shita de” (もみの木の下で)
19 “Christmas Eve Festival” – Megavideo – Megaupload
20 “Forever Like This” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Zutto, Kono Mama” (ずっと, このまま)
21 “No Matter What” – Megavideo – Megaupload
22 “The Scene With You” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Kimi no Iru Keshiki” (君のいる景色)
23 “The Road That We Must Advance On” – Megavideo – Megaupload
“Susumu Beki Michi” (進むべき道)
24 “Confession” – Megavideo – Megaupload
25 “Toradora!” – Megavideo – Megaupload
Toradora! SOS (special)
01 – Megavideo – Megaupload
When Ami complains about having to eat tarako spaghetti, Ryuji decides to take her to try some delicious tarako, competing with Minori’s spaghetti bolognese.
02 – Megavideo – Megaupload
Ryuji and Minori have another food duel, this time involving purin.
03 – Megavideo – Megaupload
When Yuri feels down after a failed attempt at getting a date, the gang takes her to the restaurant when Ryuji and Minori have a battle over curry. However, Minori’s choice of curry is too hot for the girls to handle.
04 – Megavideo – Megaupload
Taiga, Ryuji and Minori follow Ami around the convenience store, where she buys copious amounts of corned beef.