I recently embarked on the journey of (finally) finishing Toradora. And I totally loved it! And Taiga is already one of my favorite girls!
Today I wanted to make a card about Episode 19. Because ouch.
I think it's easy to forget that Taiga isn't just a brat, and that she really cares deeply for Ryuuji. I think we all know she cares about having him around, but I know I forgot just how much that might mean to her on a more romantic level, because I think she had refused to admit it, too.
The first time I watched this episode, I was actually pretty impressed that Minori had realized how much Taiga really was feeling for Ryuuji. I mean, I think if I was in her position, I would have taken Taiga's word for it that he's just her "precious dog," you know?
But this episode...it's like. You finally just feel how happy they are together, and you feel really happy about Ryuuji going back for Taiga, only for her to make him leave....
...and then Minori has to find her like this. Just....ouch.
Seeing Taiga cry, and truly cry over the person who has always put making her happy above making herself or anyone else happy was totally heartbreaking. This is the episode that really made Toradora stick with me (yes, I was already digging it, but this one got me in the feels more than any other episode had). This kind of real feeling & real complicated situation between people upped it on my list for sure!!
And seeing Ryuuji get rejected, even though it's for the best because I don't think he likes Minorin like he thinks he does, is hard, too.