[Highlights] Piano no Mori 12 (End): That’s It?

I know, it's only the end of the season and not the entire series, but man, this has gotta be one of the weakest episodes in the anime. Not even that many screenshots this time. It's mostly Kai playing piano, and the animation, though without major blunders, is fairly lackluster. Be yourself, Kai, be yourself. …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 9

Ah, how I envy anime characters' summers. Those rich friends with seaside mansions.  Anyways, this episode has many phenomenal highlights, and I have plenty to say about it. Remember to check out Primes' Shiki review on his blog this week! Primes: Thanks, Moya! Of course, that's assuming I get to it while it's "First Impressions" time…!  Right, first …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 8

As if one pool episode isn't enough, here comes pool episode #2! Oh, by the way, you can check out Primes' newest Shiki review for our discussion on Masao's character, Tatsumi's manipulation tactics, and further literary parallels here. Primes: Can you ever have enough pool-or-beach episodes? *remembers Darling in the FranXX's* Yes. Yes, you can. But in Toradora, at least, it's …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentine’s – Toradora! 07

Guess what, people? Summer has come upon us! And you know what summer means in the world of anime? Yup, pool/beach episodes! Technically, this episode of Toradora! came out in the winter of 2008, but who cares. Primes: Know what else? My very first post on Curiously Dead Cat included an image from this very episode! Nice! (You just really …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 06

Hello! It's finally time for Toradora! again. Have you noticed that you can never predict when a new episode review comes out on this blog nowadays? Gyahaha...I fear I am becoming rather sporadic. Primes: *stares sheepishly at his own toes after not posting for an entire week*  What do you mean? You wrote four posts last week (I went and …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 04

Welcome to Episode 4 of Toradora. Check out our discussion of Episode 4 of Shiki on Primes' website when it's up. The student council president (I think that's what she is?) is introduced! With her distinct personality and how the whole school fawns over her, she seems like a pretty important character. I don't see her in …

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Anime x Lit Crit: Vampires & Valentines – Toradora! 03

Welcome to installment 3 of my collaboration with Negative Primes! Read about girls beating up their weaknesses in Toradora! here (and violation of sacred boundaries in Shiki here and here). Ryuji postulates that Minori has family issues to take care of when he learns that she's juggling multiple part-time jobs at once, and Taiga responds by warning him to …

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