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Toradora!’s story begins with the male protagonist Ryuji Takasu who is frustrated at trying to look his best as he enters his second year of high school. Despite his gentle personality, his eyes make him look like an intimidating delinquent so he is utterly hopeless about his chances of getting a girlfriend anytime soon, and does not have many close friends either. After being greeted by his hungover mother in the morning, Ryuji goes to school and is happy to find that he gets to be in the same class as his best friend Yusaku Kitamura and crush Minori Kushieda. However, it is then that he unexpectedly knocks into “the school’s most dangerous animal of the highest risk level” — Taiga Aisaka — who just happens to also be in his class, and is a good friend of Minori.

Taiga has a negative attitude towards others and will not hesitate to snap at people. After meeting Ryuji, she takes an instant dislike of him. Taiga comes from a rich family, though she moved out to live on her own due to family issues, and by coincidence is now living in an apartment next door to Ryuji. After Ryuji discovers that Taiga has a crush on Yusaku, and Taiga finds out about Ryuji’s affections towards Minori, Ryuji suggests that they cooperate so they can win the object of their affections. Ryuji says he will do anything to get closer to Minori, which Taiga exploits, making Ryuji her personal servant, and getting him to do household chores like cooking and cleaning for her. Taiga spends a lot of her time over at his house, so much so that she could almost be considered a member of his family. Since Ryuji spends a lot of time with Taiga, he is opened up to her world and to a side of her that most people do not see. The two also attempt to help each other in order to improve how people view them. Unknown to them, however, people they know from school start to become curious about their strange relationship together and rumors begin to spread about them.

Associated Names
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Tora Dora!
Тигр и дракон!
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kalich411 rated it
February 24, 2019
Status: Completed
That's a masterpiece! Among light novels in romantic comedy genre "Toradora!" is by far the best.

Of course there was frustrating moments but they only supplied more admiration when resolved.

A lot of comedy. Deep human thoughts and relations. Thorought and not so characters. Overwelmingly great romance. Everything you need, if you know what love is.

There is anime with no good ending and lack of some explaining in the middle, because they lacked airtime, so I hope you will not judge the novel in a kind.

That is all.

Read it now!
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Gusssss rated it
November 11, 2021
Status: Completed
Reading this always made me feel like I was alone on a cold winter night, strolling aimlessly. Anyway, this story is pretty good. The characters seem simple at first glance until they are developed later in the story. I'm just sad that Kitamura didn't get too much development, though he definitely did get some. Basically, the best dramatic romance I've read so far. So what are you waiting for, go read it.
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lohithbb rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: --
Save yourself the disappointment and do not read this. It's a major downer.

The premise is s*upid (not the, "oh, that kinda quirky" but "WTF did I just read?!") - this story highlights everything I hate about Japanese Web Novel. Illogical plot progression and variable character profiles make this a horrific read. And the (romantic-) comedy element of this is basically a monotonous bilge that on a rinse and repeat cycle.

I was very disappointed with how the story played out, but the translation by Baka-Tsuki was top-notch (until it was taken... more>> down). <<less
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