Please please what song is playing in "Confession" when Minori finishes cheering for Ryuji and then cries. Please goodness gracious I really want to know and I can't find it anywhere.
What's on your mind?
I'd like to shine some light into the depths of Minori Kushieda's character (because it's seriously emotionally hardcore). The more I analyzed her character, the more the pieces of it sorta clicked into place. Her story doesn't exactly start to take shape until the Beach House arc. I'm talking about what I refer to as the "stupid ghost metaphor" because it was really confusing. I didn't understand it at all the first time I watched it. The second time, I felt like I understood what the metaphor meant, but didn't grasp the undertones. It wasn't until I read through the Novels (which I can read over as many times as I deem necessary) that I finally felt like I had a grasp on what the actual discussion about ghosts actually implied. Takasu put his feelings out there for Kushieda without actually telling it to her directly. This is masterfully done, as it sets off a delayed reaction for Minori to piece together herself. This let's the truth be told, without actually telling it outright. It also lets Ryuuji get his true feelings out to Minori without requiring an answer from her.
Of course, learning this Minori's world starts spinning. She questions whether she likes Ryuuji back. You'll notice during the Culture Festival arc Minori is uncharacteristically detached. She's grappling with her emotions. When she learns Taiga's father is back in the picture, she seizes the opportunity to deny whatever feelings she might have had fruition and/or justification by blaming Ryuuji without all the facts. Sure, her intuitions happen to be directly on point, but it still doesn't (wholly) justify the fury she let loose. At the end of the arc, her emotional journey is strikingly similar to Ryuuji's. She realizes that through all of it she had forgotten to take Taiga's feeling into account. Now Taiga was all alone, once again deserted by her father. So, along with Ryuuji, she sets out to make things right and help her friend however she can. This ends up being indirectly (so she thought) by assisting Ryuuji in winning the Lucky Man Race.
Following the Festival, Minori confirms that Takasu has feelings towards her as they select there memorabilia photographs from the Festival. She also reaches the conclusion the Yes, she does love Ryuuji, too. I believe this happens in E15 when Ryuuji and Minori are out looking for Kitamura together, and Minori suddenly breaks down into tears. She doesn't know what to do with this revelation. Then we have the "Guilt all gone" thing. All things considered, Minori’s brain might as well have exploded there. Ami has rekindled Minori's belief that Taiga loves Ryuuji (and possibly vice versa). So she decides to keep her feelings on the down-low.
This marks Minori’s descent into depression. In case you don’t believe Minori now has feelings for Ryuuji, we get a pretty clear demonstration at the beginning of E17. Minori gets super flustered when she realizes she accidentally spat poison at Ryuuji and begs for his forgiveness. But Minori became distracted, fumbling during softball. So, Minori goes back to a part of her character she very clearly had since the start: her unwavering determination. She is determined not to be distracted by the prospect of love (a notion she voiced not only during the stupid ghost metaphor, but also during her confession in E24). She works HARDER, getting another part-time job and dedicating herself to more softball practice. She refuses to go to the Christmas Eve Party. She refuses to fall in love. But then she knocks a fly ball into the gym, causing the tree to fall and breaking Taiga’s ornament. It breaks her. Minori’s reckless desire to push harder has hurt her friends. Despite trying to push him away, Ryuuji insists on being there for her. Minori is forced to confront something: would she be able to throw away the happiness she was trying to achieve for a different kind of happiness? She almost cracked.
On her way to the self-forbidden party, she hears Taiga’s cry. I can’t stress how powerful this scene was. Taiga was hurt because she loved Ryuuji. Minori instantly knew what she had to do. She couldn’t stand by idly when she was the only other person capable of doing something. She would never crack again. Not even insufferable Ami could weaken her. No matter what Taiga and Takasu would try. It didn’t matter if she actually did love Takasu.
Her friend was hurting.
And that’s all she cared about.
She didn’t need to see ghosts anymore…
At the end of it all, though, Kushieda was willing not only to give up the happiness of her heart, but also the happiness she had chosen. Her entire life’s savings. Along with it, quite possibly her dream of becoming a softball star. All for the sake of her friends’ happiness. In the end, she valued the happiness of Taiga and Takasu over everything she’d ever worked for. Over everything she’d ever loved.
Because she loved them more.
…Because she had seen her ghost.
And that’s all she needed.
Thanks for reading! ❤️
Feel free to comment anything you may have interpreted differently, or what you agree with!
Hello again! Everything seems to be dead around here...
Digital pre-order is now available for the 5th volume of the English light novel series! It will be released May 14th.
Nothing new for the manga, as far as I know.
Hello! Just wanted to keep stuff up-to-date around here. The Toradora! light novel series has an official English translation provided by Seven Seas Entertainment, if you haven't known(they starting translating them in May 2018, so it's likely that you already do). Anyway, the 4th installment of the English translation is available for pre-order and is expected to arrive on February 5, 2019!
Also, the English translation for the 8th volume of the manga arrived on November 2018, if you didn't know that.
More information regarding release dates and whatnot can be found here:
I’m just past the middle of the anime and I really like it so far. I spend a bunch of time on the Animanga wiki so you should see me around there if you visit.
It’s no Prison School, but Taiga sure is violent!
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Do they actually ever end up married? It's like,they ended the whole damn series on a cliffhanger!
Am I the only one on this
Toradora's title means "Tiger" and "Dragon", when the two words are put together they make "Toradoragon" and Toradora is easier to remember. It represents Taiga and Ryujii (Taiga is a butchered pronunciation of "Tiger" and Ryuuji is "The dragon" in a name) and their personalities and how they get close together.
Not 100% sure if this is where I should be posting this, but... oh well.
While there is quite a fair bit wrong with this wiki, one thing that seriously grinds my gears is this: I couldn't help but notice that the pages for Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka seem to list the entire damn plot on their pages. Normally this wouldn't bother me but literally the whole story is on there while these are character pages... they aren't even showing just the plot related to said character, it's just the whole thing. Seems a bit pointless and in general it takes up an aggravating amount of space for little reason (remember, the key word is mottainai). I think it'd be better to either:
- Redo these sections to relate solely to the character in question.
- Remove these sections and create a new page entirely for the plot.
If you have a good reason to have both there then I would love to hear it. Thank you in advance!
Sincerely, a shocked and confused Toradora! fan with a decent amount of wiki administrator expirience.
P.S. Sorry if I come across as arrogant - I don't mean to.
P.S.S. Adding a comments feature to your wiki would help immensely as it gives nitpicky people like me the chance to easily give constructive criticism without having to create an entire forum thread.
Toradora's seventh volume has finally hit stores in the United Sates after a two year span between the sixth. What are your thoughts, if any?
Hello! Does someone know how to get the Minori Y-form pose CG? It's the only CG that I wasn't able to get until now.
Awhile back it came to my attention that this wiki had a lot of anons vandalizing articles. It was decided to fix this problem we would ban anons in thisforum. However as Queen is inactive and I'm busy with school, the vandalization has continued. Not only that but there are anons who change their IP address and make the same edit as before. I talked to the owner on this thread and it was decided that we would close down some main articles (which has yet to occur).
However, I realize that we must be one step ahead of the anons and so I'd like to know if you want to close down all articles to anons or just certain ones. I believe that if we just close the main ones, anons will begin to abuse their power on ones that aren't as major.
Anons may vote on this forum as well.
Articles being locked-
~More to come~
I'm wondering because as we saw in the beginning of that episode, Taiga is seen cooking a bento in a different kitchen, actually it's different from Ryuuji's house kitchen and also not in her apartment. I think that kitchen is Taiga's and Ryuuji's, probably their apartment? Also, Ryuuji is like narrating the whole episode. Any ideas?
My new kitten, I named him Hairball.
On this wiki, we have a lot of anon users or users who don't have accounts but are still able to edit. Many of the contributions this wiki recieves are from said anons; both good and bad. We seem to have a lot of trolls who come onto this wiki as anons and spam/violate our articles.
I find it unfair to take away the right anons have to contribute to pages as not all of them are bad, but I would like the wiki's small communities permission to ban them on their first offense instead of having them do it multiple times.
I'd like to hear your opinions on this matter and help me decide what to do.
I'd like to know if you think we should add a summary to the light novel pages along with the transcript.
does anyone knows whats the song at the end of episode 18 when ryuuji talks to minorin..i liked it reeeaaalyyyy much but i cant find it..:(
Please let there be season 2 for toradora, onegai! :'(