Sorry for the super delayed post X/… But whoa! Things are really getting fast this episode. The first two episodes had like, covered 11 chapters of the manga… but I don’t have any major complaints at all.
OP: Pre-Parade by Kugimiya Rie, Horie Yui and Kitamura Eri – I pretty much like the colorful visuals shown and it focuses on the five main characters on the series. The song is cute but I find it hard to sing along with because the lyrics are SO fast. I like the ED better though.
Ryuuji and Taiga now starts off their agreement. On their way to school, they see Minori, but Taiga went on to her which made confirmed Ryuuji that he needs to put on Kitamura together with her first before he could have the chance to get close to Minori. They did not waste any time and started their first attempt immediately on their P.E. class, where they paired up so that Taiga can ‘get injured’ by Ryuuji when she got by the ball and she could get Kitamura take her to the clinic. Talk about acting. But Taiga got very distracted because Kitamura paired with an another annoying girl, which leads her to get really hit on her head with an impact XD.
Next attempt: Taiga baked some cookies for Ryuuji. Taiga went on a hurry giving it to Kitamura, who’s running. But she ended up slipping on the stairs and the cookies flew out of the window. She was catched by Ryuuji though. I love that scene, though I felt more ‘doki-doki’-ness in the manga…
After school, Taiga went emo with her failure on giving Kitamura the cookies. Ryuuji then comforts her by eating all of her cookies, saying that they’re delicious… OWWW That was so sweet!
They encountered a huge dilemma when rumors started spreading around school that they are going out. It also made Minori asked Ryuuji to take responsibility of Taiga from now on XD… Kitamura also had figured out about that since they are always out with each other. This leads to Taiga fainting.
On their way home, Taiga revealed that the cookies weren’t delicious at all and Ryuuji was just forcing himself XD… She then remembers why she is always being so alienated in school and saying that she is alone. She kicks the lamp post repeatedly, but Ryuuji joined her, making her feel that she was not alone all along. That symbolic scene was my most favorite scene so far in the manga. Anyway, Taiga also said that tomorrow, she’ll finally confess to Kitamura and his days of being her dog will be gone. She leaves him by saying a single goodbye.
Random Parrot screenshot of the week.
The next day, Ryuuji and Taiga stumbled upon each other again but Taiga just ignored him. Ryuuji went into the classroom, which was really messy because of Taiga’s wrath. She defended Ryuuji back at the classroom and confirmed that the rumors aren’t true. Minori even apologized to him. Taiga calls Kitamura outside to finally say her confession. Ryuuji accidentally saw the two and just hid himself to speculate.
Ryuuji is just listening to Taiga’s confession to Kitamura…
Kitamura wants to confirm if Taiga likes Ryuuji. Taiga replied that she doesn’t dislike him, but neither ‘likes’ him. She even shared to Kitamura some instances where he cooks her some fried rice and he always went on by her side to cheer her up. She also said that it is because of him that she became motivated to confess today.
I don’t know what the hell is with Kitamura in his reply. A part of me speculates that he already sensed that Taiga likes Ryuuji and a part of me also says that he just misinterpreted her confession as a confession for friendship.
Kitamura left Taiga, which is currently in a silent state of shock. Ryuuji then came in and asks what is up with her now after that. He offers her to cook but Taiga denied since he wasn’t her dog anymore. Ryuuji then refuses and confirms that he’s not her dog anymore, but a dragon, which is always on the tiger’s side. Cheese, but cute. Ryuuji then called her with her first name, Taiga, instead of Aisaka. Taiga almost tear up but remained tsundere by kicking him. Deep inside, she was happy that Ryuuji called her by her first name.
Well done for Toradora for doing a great job on the fast pacing. I thought that Skip Beat! was the only one show this season to keep up a good job on that but this proved me wrong. Even though it covered a whole lot of chapters from the manga and tackled a lot of situations like with the basketball, the cookies, the pole-kicking, and the confession… it was alright. The next episode will probably focus on Ryuuji’s attempts on Minori though, whic a touch of some baseball.