Characters / Toradora!

This is the character page for the romantic comedy Toradora!. Enjoy!

Ryuuji Takasu

Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)

Ryuuji is a seventeen-year-old high school student in Class 2-C. Due to biological inheritance, his face makes him look like an intimidating delinquent and causes many misunderstandings. Since he lives in a fatherless family with just his mother and their pet parakeet "Inko-chan" (''inko'' literally means parakeet in Japanese), Ryuuji learned to be a good cook, tailor and overall house husband. He holds a crush on Minori, a girl his age in his class, and has made a pact with his neighbor, Minori's best friend Taiga, to help him win her over, even as he also helps Taiga with domestic chores.

Taiga Aisaka

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)

Taiga is a childlike 17-year-old schoolgirl who has trouble engaging with others. Due to her ridiculously short stature at 145cm (4'7.5") and her tendency to snap at others brutally, she is given the nickname "Palmtop Tiger", giving her a Napoleon complex and a frequently sour face. Essentially, Taiga gets upset easily and is considerably clumsy. She also hails from a rich family, but due to its recent troubles, she has taken to living on her own. However, being a child of privilege barely prepared her for dealing with domestic chores. When she meets Ryuuji and learns of his talents, she begins to depend on him for them. Aside from sleeping in her own house and going to school, she spends most of her time at Ryuuji's house; so much so that she is almost considered a member of his family, and many classmates think they are dating.

Yuusaku Kitamura

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

Yuusaku is Ryuuji's best friend and the Student Council Vice-President, class representative to Ryuuji, Taiga, and Minori, and captain of the men's softball team. Yuusaku wears glasses, and has a diligent personality. He thinks he is poor at talking to girls, though Ryuuji observes otherwise; Yuusaku likes the student council president Sumire Kanou. Despite being on the Student Council, he is in violation of riding a motorcycle to school.

Minori Kushieda

Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

"Just as much as I'll want to doubt them, thinking 'Do they really see ghosts?', I'll end up thinking 'Are they really in love?'. I just don't see it. As much as I believe, it continuously eludes me. I've never experienced any of it for myself, y'know. These things that other people speak of as simply natural, they've never happened to me. And so that's why, I just can't believe in such things. I'm left on the outside... I want to believe, but I've kind of given up. The most I can do is enviously watch 'the ones who can see' with my finger in my mouth, cheering them on from the sidelines. Just that, is a connection, I guess... What a bunch of lies! It's all a delusion! A figment of your imagination! is what I want to shout because I still can't shake my doubt."

Minori is Taiga's best friend as well as her, Ryuuji and Yuusaku's classmate. In contrast to the negative Taiga, Minori is always smiling and cheerful, but is also a natural airhead. She is very athletic and is the captain of the girl's softball club at school, though at the same time she holds many part time jobs. She is a glutton when it comes to food, but is also constantly combating with dieting.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Taiga calls her "Minorin".
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's definitely in love with Ryuuji, but her affection for Taiga is so suspect that Minori herself isn't quite sure if it's platonic or not.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her oddness does not keep her from performing admirably at her jobs or being an excellent softball player.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Her hilarious antics are known to admirably steal the scene.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Though she is shown to be unusually perceptive at times, being able to deduce that Taiga was wearing pads under her swimsuit, among other things (like Ami being two-faced).
  • Club President: The captain of the girl's softball club.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Expy: Looks and acts in a way that is reminiscent of Tsukihime's Kohaku, likewise, Minori also has some issues she covers up with her energetic attitude.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, close enough.
  • Genki Girl: Again, arguably a Deconstruction, because she uses this facade to hide a lot of issues.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To both Ryuuji and Taiga.
  • Large Ham
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and supportive towards her friends, and rarely gets mad at anyone. She also doesn't mind Ryuuji and Taiga being together as long both of them are happy together.
  • Nightmare Fetishist
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She wants to get into a sports university and aim for the national softball league.
  • Plucky Girl
  • The Pollyanna: She never gets sad, nor cries until when she accidentally broke the Christmas star the rest of her classmates set up for their Christmas tree, and continued having a period of depression up until after Taiga and Ryuuji got together.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Ryuuji.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Taiga and Ami in the end.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Ryuuji's Savvy Guy.
  • Stepford Smiler: There's a lot of issues hidden behind her genki-ness.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tender Tears: In Episode 24. After sending Ryuuji and Taiga off, the normally cheerful Minori finally breaks down in front of Ami, wondering if she lost Ryuuji to Taiga, Taiga to Ryuuji, or both Taiga and Ryuuji to each other.
    "Crying is a nosebleed of the heart... If you trip while running down a hallway, you'll get a nosebleed. If you trip in life, you'll cry."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ami.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Ryuuji out after she discovers he lied to Taiga about her rescue at the Class Trip and ignored her confession. She also gets angry with Taiga for repressing her feelings so she and Ryuuji could be together, saying that her happiness is something she must choose and gain herself.
  • You Go, Girl!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has red-violet Hair.

Ami Kawashima

Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)

"I’m not the Palmtop Tiger who’s always sticking around with you; neither am I Minori-chan, who’s your sparkling sun. I, Kawashima Ami, am standing in the same land as you, walking on the same path as you. It's just that I’m a few steps ahead of you."

Ami is Yuusaku's childhood friend who transfers into his class midway through their second year of high school. She is very beautiful and even works as a model, and although she has temporarily stopped upon her transfer, she still tries to maintain her figure. She is always kind and generous towards others, though this is merely a deception. In truth, she is arrogant and will not hesitate to use others for her own benefit.

Yasuko Takasu

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

Yasuko is Ryuuji's 33-year-old mother, though she refers to herself as eternally 23. Soon after Ryuuji was born, her husband died, leaving her to raise him by herself (though in reality, he ran off with another woman). She works at the "Bishamonten Kuni" bar, where she goes by the name "Mirano" and singlehandily supports her family financially. However, she is also childish and, due to her job, entrusts household chores to Ryuuji. She instantly takes a liking to Taiga and already regards her as a member of her family.

Yuri Koigakubo

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English; credited as Elizabeth Thomas)

Yuri is the 29-year-old homeroom teacher of Ryuuji's class. She likes to do things at her own pace and is timid towards Taiga's way of speaking out. Since her twenties are almost over, Yuri is in a hurry to get married soon and she even tries to dress well so as to be able to get into a relationship quicker. After she becomes thirty without getting married, she develops a twisted and depressed personality, which does not help that when Taiga talks about her, she emphases her single status.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Character Exaggeration: In the anime, her status as a Reasonable Authority Figure got toned way down and her status as a Butt Monkey and Christmas Cake way up. Consider some of the things in the novels that were changed or dropped outright:
    • Her freakout during the wrestling show is scripted. The students are so impressed by her performance that they vote her MVP and invite her to the after-party.
    • When Kitamura announces he's quitting the Student Council and storms out the class, she cancels a date and spends the night trying to contact his family. When he tries to leave school the next day, she physically restrains him and has a substitute teacher cover for her so she can spend the day talking to him.
    • In the last volume, she tells off Taiga's mother for expecting her daughter to abandon the people who've taken care of her for the last year in favor of a mother who abandoned her. Then when Ryuuji returns to school, she puts her career on the line to prevent him from getting expelled.
  • Christmas Cake
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Moreso in the novels, as she's subjected to the aforementioned Character Exaggeration in the anime. Even so, it's clear that when she's not worrying about being perpetually unmarried, she's a responsible teacher who cares about her students.
  • Sensei-chan
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Slasher Smile: When wrestling is approved as the theme of the festival.
  • Stern Teacher: Sometimes. She does cower when threatened, though (at least in the anime).
  • Tareme Eyes

Sumire Kanou

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Sumire is the student council president and always manages to get the top grades in school; she is in fact a Scholarship Student and has horrible eyesight. She has a strong-minded personality which she depends on to be a figure those will follow. Her younger sister is Sakura and her parents own a supermarket. Sumire likes Yuusaku and as a result is the object of an one-sided hostility from Taiga.

Hisamitsu Noto

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English; credited as Jason Baker)

A male student in Ryuuji's class who wears glasses. He was also in Ryuuji's class the previous year and is on good terms with him.

Kouji Haruta

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Brian Beacock (English)

A male student in Ryuuji's class who is on good terms with him. He is regarded as a class 'idiot' and that opinion is deepened by his poor school marks and overly energetic behavior.

Maya Kihara

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

A female student in Ryuuji's class who often hangs out with Nanako. She is a kogal and has a crush on Yuusaku.

Nanako Kashii

Voiced by: Momoko Ishikawa (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

A female student in Ryuuji's class who often hangs out with Maya.

Sakura Kanou

Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese)

Sumire's younger sister who attends the same high school as Sumire though her grades are horrible. She later starts going to out with Kouta.

Kouta Tomiie

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese)

A first-year student who is the main character to Toradora Spin-off!. He works on the student council in general affairs, and gets good grades. He always had a crush on Sakura, and later he succeeds in starting a romantic relationship with her.