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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! Episode List

Following our wrap-up of the project with Toradora!'s last episode, here's a master list of all the episodic reviews that NegativePrimes and I did for Toradora!. To briefly recap what this project was about, it's a conversation-style collaboration that focuses on analyzing characters and themes in the anime Toradora!, from a vaguely literature-informed perspective. Compiling them has… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! Episode List

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 25 (Finale)

We did it! After 2 years 2 months and roughly 2 weeks, NegativePrimes and I FINISHED REVIEWING TORADORA! Sorry for the all caps, I couldn't restrain myself. 🥂 Primes: You bring the caps, I'll bring the emojis. For those who didn't start following the project from the beginning (which is probably all of you reading… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 25 (Finale)

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 24

Penultimate episode analysis, here we go! I said last episode was intense. Well, I was wrong. Intensity is relative... Primes: So true! This is one of my favorite Toradora episodes! In our last discussion, Primes asked if I thought "[the main characters will] finally see the ghosts and UFOs they believe in." I suggested that… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 24

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 23

Phew! Finally, an episode that builds up to some satisfaction. Primes: Wait, does that mean you were unsatisfied with the previous episodes? I'm going to go cry now... *jk* This episode is among the best emotional moments in the series, for me at least. Well, no, but at the end of most episodes before this,… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 23

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What Makes a Spoiler a Spoiler?

This is something I wonder about sometimes, which a certain Tweet caused me to reflect on again: https://twitter.com/spookyredh/status/1262012943144636417 People have different degrees of tolerance when it comes to spoilers. For me, as I'm sure it is for most people, my avoidance of spoilers is dependent on how much I care about continuing a show. I've… Continue reading What Makes a Spoiler a Spoiler?

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 22

Three more episodes until the end! Negative Primes and I are still trudging on. This episode is loaded with symbolism and random bizarre moments. Primes: Ain't that the truth. It opens with a continuation of Ryuji's rescuing of Taiga, but it turns out that it was all just Ryuji's nightmare in the middle of class.… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 22

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 21

Things...escalated. Primes: Yeah, this episode put escalators on its escalators. The episode kicks off with conflict among Kihara, Glasses Guy, and their respective friends. Then Ryuji goes spilling everything about having a crush on Minori to the guys, the guys sneak into the girls' room (and accidentally abduct Taiga), and the girls are spilling MORE… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 21

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! – 20

Yup, it's time for another installment of your record-breakingly long collaboration series between me and NegativePrimes! Primes: Running on two years now, right? A testimony to our perseverance and Toradora's quality! During the last months of inactivity, I got through the holidays, applied for grad school, compulsively applied for a few jobs I don't need,… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! – 20

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 19

Welcome to another episode discussion between me and Negative Primes. All that roleplaying talk from the previous episode have escalated into costume disguises. Definitely not the first time people have dressed up in Toradora!, but this episode's costumes did surprise me! "Christmas angel" Taiga with a flight attendant bun and daddy Ryuji in Mr. Aisaka's suit.… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 19

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Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 18

Primes and I are back with another pre-Christmas party episode! Primes: Let the Christmas-preparation hijinks begin! The overarching motif in this episode, I think, is the idea of roleplaying. Ami is the first one to bring it up with her accusation that Ryuji and Taiga are "playing house." She points out that Ryuji is trying… Continue reading Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 18