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Toradora Soundtracks

After hearing the opening and ending songs to Toradora with each episode, and after growing to like the series, I caved in and bought the soundtracks from CD Japan.

Tora Dora! Soundtrack

The Tora Dora! soundtrack CD was released on January 7, 2009, in Japan.  It has 32 tracks, 30 of which are instrumental, and the final two tracks have the first opening and ending songs, “Pre-parade” and “Vanilla Salt”.

Tracks 1 through 9 are really upbeat.  Track 10 has a slinky saxophone and trumpet, and Track 11 is where the techno music begins.  Great piano tracks are Tracks 4, 15, and 24.  Track 28 is a great acoustic guitar piece.

The second set of of opening and ending songs, “Silky Heart” and “Orange”, which Episode 17 first features, aren’t on this soundtrack!  You have to get two singles.

TV Anime “Toradora!” New Opening Theme:  Silky Heart

The Silky Heart CD single features Yui Horie on the cover.

There are 6 tracks, 3 with vocals, and then the last 3 are the same as the first 3, except no vocals.

TV Anime “Toradora!” New Opening Theme:  Orange

The title is a misnomer; “Orange” is actually an ending song, where we see Ryuji preparing oranges and a very tasty cake.

This CD has 4 tracks, 2 with vocals, and then the last 2 are the same tunes but without vocals.

The second song on this CD is a very playful song.

I wish King Records re-did the initial soundtrack to include “Silky Heart” and “Orange”, so I would have to buy only one CD instead of three.

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The Toradora Rollercoaster Rush Starts in Episode 13!

The rollercoaster ride’s rush, that feeling you get when the rollercoaster starts moving fast after the initial climb, begins in Episode 13 of Toradora!  The characters are defined enough, and the stage is set for one amazing, emotional ride.  Hidden feelings come out, characters fight (yes, punches are thrown!), and we see more development of the relationships of Ryuji and his mom, and Taiga with her parents.

If you haven’t watched the series, but will, then please be warned that spoilers are coming.  I’m intending this post for readers who’ve seen the series.  So if you don’t want to see any spoilers, please stop reading now!

What I really like about this anime series is that we see at the beginning how similar Taiga and Ryuji are, and then throughout the series, we see how they complement each other.  In my opinion, such relationships are the best.  Taiga doesn’t do chores and doesn’t know how to cook good food for herself, but Ryuji does both very well.  Taiga is brash, but Ryuji is level-headed.  Finally, Taiga and Ryuji support each other emotionally.  When there isn’t this balance, there is tension in a relationship.  That’s why Ryuji and Minori wouldn’t have worked out.  Ryuji likes Minori, but Minori is quite self-sufficient and hard-working.  Taiga likes Kitamura, but they’re too different:  Taiga is somewhat of an outcast, but Kitamura is on the student council and is widely respected.  Ami likes Ryuji, but emotionally, Ami is more mature.  And for a guy, how do you date a model?

I remember reading somewhere, in life, you will find out who you really are.  You find out your limitations, your likes and dislikes, and who you get along with, and who you don’t.  Try too hard to be like someone else who you are not, and you risk losing your own identity:  that’s what the school president was afraid would happen to Kitamura by his following her career path.

There is one plotline I wish had more resolution:  Ryuji and Taiga didn’t know what they wanted to do after high school.  Their high school teacher told them that they must choose their own career path, and that no one can choose it for them.  In the end, one is in charge of one’s own happiness.  While that’s true, I think the teacher or school counselors should’ve provided more guidance, like figure out what you’re good at, and look at possible careers that match those strengths.  College is a process of self-discovery, and the sooner you figure out what subject you want to major in, the sooner you can take the classes to graduate with that major.

Finally, Toradora reminds me of Kimagure Orange Road.  There’s a love triangle among two young women and a young man, and there’s a family pet for comic relief.  Kyousuke’s special powers in Orange Road are analogous to Ryuji’s talents in cooking, cleaning, and being level-headed.

What did you think of Toradora?

Review: Toradora (Episodes 1-12): Why is it so good?

Why is Toradora so good?  Toradora is so good because it accurately captures the high school crush.  It’s that feeling you get when you’re enamored with how your crushee looks, behaves, and what he/she does.  You’re so enamored that when your crushee even hints at returning affection, you freeze up!  The two toughest characters, Taiga and Ryuji, are perfect examples.  Taiga likes another boy Yusaku, and Ryuji likes another girl, Minori.  Taiga is known as the Palmtop Tiger, because of her being short and her fiery, short temper.  Ryuji is often referred to by other students as a delinquent because of his sanpaku eyes (i.e., the white of his eyes is visible between the iris and the lower eyelid)–just one look and his fellow classmates are terrified.

Left to right: Ryuji, Ami, Yusaku, Minori, Taiga

Taiga and Ryuji just happen to live next to each other, and can even talk with each other through Taiga’s window and Ryuji’s balcony.  After revealing to each other the person of their crushes, Taiga and Ryuji team up to support each other in enabling the other to get closer to their crushes.

I’m only halfway through the series, and there’s one hint that Taiga and Ryuji will end up with each other:  they both dream that they’re married to each other.  Because Taiga treats Ryuji as her slave dog, Ryuji also dreams that he and Taiga have children, who turn out to be puppies!

Although Taiga teases and physically abuses Ryuji, they get along very well together.  They talk about things, and Ryuji cooks for Taiga, who doesn’t know how to cook because her wealthy father raised her in luxury.  Getting along is one of the main ingredients for a successful, long-term relationship.  The problem with a crush is that the crushee can be inaccessible, or that the person with the crush is so in awe of the crushee that he/she isn’t truly being himself/herself.

Who’s Ami?  She’s primarily a catalyst, and a sounding board for the other characters.  She’s inaccessible because she’s a model, is vain, and isn’t really being herself most of the time.

More to come as I get farther into the series!

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