This post is part of a 12-day series fondly remembering some of the best moments in anime this year. Participants include: lolikitsune, lelangir, Owen S, FuyuMaiden, IKnight, Zeroblade, Nazarielle, TheBigN, ETERNAL, Mike, A Day Without Me, digitalboy, Josh, otou-san, Culchann and Pontifus, IcyStorm, Cokematic, koneko-chan, and miz, and you’re welcome to join too!).
Hi, I’m Sybilant. ghostlightning is my husband. I agreed to post something here, to help him keep up with the moments in anime 2008 project, and to stop him from spamming the list with moments from Macross Frontier.
I like Toradora. I like it because it’s funny. It’s really dumb, but a kind of dumb that doesn’t make you feel stupid for liking it.
The cast of characters are lovable oddballs. Taiga is the school bully. School bullies are usually big, strong, and stupid. While Taiga won’t win any academic awards, I her sarcasm as a mark of cleverness. And she’s tiny and so vulnerable, making her quite endearing when I would otherwise find her behavior annoying.
I find Ryuji’s predicament amusing. He has a look of a delinquent that gets into fights a lot, but all his battles are against dust and germs.
Minorin makes other genki girls look like layabouts. At first I found her as shallow, comic-relief material. But I started admiring her boundless energy and commitment. Like Ryuji, I want her to believe in ghostlightning, I mean in ghosts, which between him and Minorin is a metaphor for love.
My husband already wrote about Yuusaku and Ami for me here. He’s useful that way. Anyway, to go to my favorite moment:
Taiga and Ryuji go to the train station to meet with the rest, on their way to Ami’s summer villa. Ryuji was wondering where Minorin and Yuusuke were, when they were greeted with this:
That really weird dance would’ve been golden enough, as moments go. But when Ami arrived, she was greeted with this:
It captured the spirit and the power of friendship, that was there in every summer vacation I had and I wish I had with my college friends (for those unmoved by the screencaps, it happens at about the 3:00 mark of this video). We were weirdos and geeks and otaku (most still are, just older: now teachers, doctors, bankers, and programmers), and every moment had the possibility that something like this could happen.
I’m the geeky girl with the glasses (I think clean up okay – see photo below), most of the time the only girl in the group. Toradora made me remember love.