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, the other half though brings up that before hand Taiga and Ryuuji looked more like siblings and he for about 3 quarters of the show he liked Minori and he 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 starts out with him with amnesia 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.
  • 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.