YMMV / Toradora!

  • Adaptation Displacement: The anime series has done this, as happens a lot with anime based on light novels outside of Japan.
  • Arc Fatigue: It's a little worrying when a romantic drama starts to develop this, but there are some who get sick and tired of Taiga and Ryuuji failing at getting together even though it was obviously the series mission statement from Episode 2.
  • Awesome Music/Ear Worm:
    • The second OP, "Silky Heart", marks a definite shift in the series' tone. It appropriately gets even more awesome.
    • "Pre-Parade", the first OP of the anime.
    • "Vanilla Salt" (the first ending theme) is also insanely catchy.
    • "Startup!", the OST's first track, is both heartbreakingly beautiful and incredibly inspiring.
    • "Lost my Pieces", probably the most popular theme from the show. Every time it sounds, tears ensue.
  • Base-Breaking Character: There are as many people who see Taiga as The Scrappy or Creator's Pet as much as there are people who like her.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Haruta's Christmas dream about his classmates getting naughty. Out of nowhere? Check. Bizarre? Check. Never brought up again? Absolutely.
    • The ramen chef demonstrating the "Secret Art of Endless Transmigration".
  • Broken Base: The second half of the series, which goes into Darker and Edgier territory, focusing more on relationship drama than humor, polarizes a lot of fans.
    • The ending does not help. Ryuuji confesses to Minori, but she rejects him because she thinks he like Taiga. He then starts to realize he likes Taiga and confesses to her. Half of the fans think this is an awesome ending, but the other half brings up that beforehand, Taiga and Ryuuji looked more like siblings and he - for about three-quarters of the show - liked Minori and had much more chemistry with her. The fact he got hit by a car after getting rejected by Minori did not help. Hell, the PSP game starting out with him with amnesia after getting hit also did wonders.
  • Cliché Storm: Although it does play with a lot of the typical slice-of-life anime and romantic comedy tropes, it doesn't make the work worse. If anything, it's proof that Tropes Are Not Bad.
  • Designated Hero: Taiga most of the time, but the shining example is when she basically cheated to win the swimming contest in episode 8, which directly creates an accident where Ryuuji almost drowns, and she then blames all the guys there instead of acknowledging what she did wrong.
    • How about physically assaulting a student because said student wouldn't admit to having feelings for someone in front of the entire student body?
  • Designated Villain: Kanou, the Student Council President. Regardless of how harsh you think it was to reject Yuusaku's on-stage confession, he had backed her into a corner that there was no easy way to get out of, and her rejection by indifference was probably just about the least painful thing she could do. Taiga's incredibly immature reaction afterwards (starting a fight, then refusing to take responsibility when Reality Ensued) was just icing on the cake. The whole plotline sends the uncomfortable message of "if someone loves you a lot and puts a lot of effort toward you, they're owed the same from you even if you don't feel the same way about them".
  • Die for Our Ship: Ami is the biggest target of it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Inko. A fair number of comments are made about the bird.
  • Foe Yay: Taiga and Ami seem to border on this from time to time.
  • Funny Moments: The beginning of Episode 9. "They're yours."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Toradora has a considerable following in Italy, to the point of producing a professional-quality doujin (SFW).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
  • Internet Backdraft: Post anything about Toradora in /a/ and watch the RAGE flow freely. Bonus points if you use a tripcode. Professor Otaku learned it the hard way.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Taiga, at first. By the end of the series, however, she's just a plain Woobie.
    • Ami in her debut appearance, where she was perhaps at her most Jerkass while also being caught in the frightening situation of being stalked by a creepy obsessive fanboy.
  • Les Yay:
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: Taiga, for certain. She even went on to win both the 2009 Anime Saimoe Tournament and the 2009 Korea Best Moe Tournament.
  • Narm: In the English dub, during the romantic climax of the series, we get a beautiful "Epic fail". Way to kill it, bud.
  • Narm Charm: Ryuuji dressing as a bear Santa in order to cheer up Taiga at Christmas. It's both completely ridiculous and completely heartwarming.
  • Nightmare Fuel: To some people, Inko manages to be both more and less creepy in the manga version, as well. Or just disturbing in different ways. Others find him more Ugly Cute than anything.
  • Pair the Spares: Combined with the Les Yay up above.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: A large part of the fan base has realized that if Taiga or Ryuuji were not the protagonists, for at least half the anime/manga/LN, you would think their relationship was just Platonic Life Partners or Like Brother and Sister rather then what it actually is.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Notably averted. Taiga and Ryuuji getting together didn't make the interest for their relationship wane any bit. If anything, it amplified it.
  • The Woobie: Taiga arguably became a true Woobie by the end of the series.
    • Kitamura, after his confession to Sumire Kanou and the episode after.

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