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ToraDora! #25: Heaven Help the Fool Who Falls in Love

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The end begins with Ya-chan bursting through the front door of her parents’ house, because Taiga left her a fake phone message saying Ryuji had been injured in a car accident. Ryuji is fine, and because nothing brings people together like casual deceit, suddenly three generations of his family are all stuck in one place where they manage to reconcile and grow. Continue reading

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ToraDora #24: Boy, That Escalated Quickly

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It’s happening, people. It’s happening. Continue reading

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ToraDora! #23: Patron Saint of Teen Drama

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ToraDora! has a way of messing with its stock episodes. Two people nearly drowned in the pool arc, the beach episodes were haunted, the school festival was rife with heartbreak and melancholy, and the hunt for a missing person somewhat soured the class field trip. It’s reasonable to expect that the Valentine’s Day episode shouldn’t go any better, and though nobody comes close to death, that would be a pretty accurate assumption… Continue reading

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ToraDora! #22: Shut Up and Speak

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Do you ever just want to stick a bunch of characters in a locked room together and tell them they can’t come out until they’ve told each other the whole, honest, get-it-off-your-chest truth? Continue reading

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ToraDora! #21: xoxo Gossip Girl

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I can’t believe someone finally punched Ami in the face… Continue reading

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ToraDora! #20: Emotional Spontaneous Combustion

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Apparently getting pre-emptively rejected by Minorin was such a shock to the system that Ryuji caught freaking pneumonia. Or maybe it was plot-itis and an excuse to start this next arc after the break but believably have everything still fresh from Christmas Eve, given that time has passed but the characters still haven’t talked about it. Ryuji might have been out of it for weeks, but Taiga, we can only assume, has been bubbling over with heartache throughout the whole timeskip. She’s also done some thinking, though, and concluded in her wisdom that Minorin does like Ryuji, but doesn’t want to interfere with his relationship with Taiga. Continue reading

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ToraDora! #19: Jingle Bells, Love is Hell

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All gussied up in formal wear, Ryuji and Taiga head to the Christmas Eve party where everyone is set to have a good time—except for their teacher, who is going to a property investment seminar for single women. Why would you hold such a seminar on Christmas Eve night? Because it’s not like you’d have a date if you were the target demographic! The main joke around poor sensei is still that she’s thirty and unmarried and thus should obviously resign herself to life as a cold and practical spinster, because there’s nothing more hilarious than society inflicting existential hopelessness on women based on their marital status and age. Anyway, everyone’s going to the party except the teacher, and Minorin, who looks utterly lead-weight depressed every time we cut to her. Continue reading

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