I must say I’m a big fan of time skips. I love how Turn A Gundam used it in its epilogue, showing Loran with longer hair that somehow sold the image of his ‘maturing.’ I am thrilled at how Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann used it after the Tepellin arc. I felt that I was watching a new show, with the same characters. What was awesome about it was that it happened right in the middle of the story, and that the time skipped was quite significant (7 years).
In the Toradora! finale only a year passed, and given that it was the final episode there’s very little there for me to ‘feel’ not only the passage of time, but also the consequence of it. The characters didn’t really change: that happened in warp speed during the peak of the drama. But if not this, why do I feel that it’s so special?
It has to do with the actual decision Taiga and Ryuuji made. They thrust themselves headlong into marriage, but just before they actually did it, they performed remarkable restraint. It’s just a year… but really, can we really say that?
I’ve never been apart from anyone I’ve loved very much for an extended amount of time. I don’t even want to consider it. I’m older and supposedly more able to handle this kind of thing better. These characters are in the throes of their adolescence. It could not have been easy at all. It’s very well easy for me to sometimes say “I wish I could skip the next [value x time units]” but do I really really ever mean it? This means skipping part of my life bringing me closer to my eventual death. I don’t really know, you know?
Consider how they made the decision just when they were finally together. They had just fully revealed themselves to each other. In another kind of story, an external force will keep them apart. Not here. They made the choice themselves betting that it’d be for the best. Given how lonely they both are, I think that it’s even more difficult.
But they did it, and that kiss felt very meaningful and significant in the end.
Yes I did mean this kiss. Tell me about your own favorite moments in the show!
Reflections on what one can take from Toradora! and feel awesome about [->]
Toradora! to me shines as a show about friends and friendship, and during its middle episodes it was truly amazing as such. My wife sybilant takes note [->]
Meaty post on Toradora! and a great roundup of opinions around the sphere as well from Behind the Nihon Review (Sorrow-kun 2009/08/09)
It’s way ahead of the parameters of the project, but this post is in support of CCY-senpai’s 12 Moments in Anime 2009 he does for the 12 days of Christmas.