Synonyms: Toradora! Special
Japanese: とらドラ！ 弁当の極意
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 2011
Producers: J.C. Staff
Duration: 27 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.631 (scored by 14928 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Dec 25, 2011
Ahhhhh, Toradora! One of the animes that really made an impact on me, and after two years they released an OVA! You may be expecting some after story where Taiga could be pregnant (kinda hard for me to imagine though XD), she and Ryuuji are living in an apartment together or maybe even have kids! But much disappointment to a lot of people, it ain't. It's just another story of their everyday lives which could fit in perfectly if they placed this episode in the series. Some people could've gotten angry even. But I believe that this is a smart decision, to release a normal story than an after story one. There is that risk of instead of loving Toradora! more, the OVA could've shown an ending that we would not want because I believe the ending in the anime is already perfect as it is. So they released an OVA on a normal school story of their lives but still very enjoyable nonetheless.
So the story is about Ryuuji feeling at loss because Yuusaku's grandmother is beating him when it comes to making ben-tos. And so he tries to make better and better ben-tos but forgetting on why do you make ben-tos in the first place and who you make for it.
The story is fairly simple but still funny and comical.
I don't really see and improvement in the art but still a relief to see the same old Toradora! style. Oh and I gotta mention the Taiga moe scenes are just...... HNGGGGGGGGGGGG
Ahhhhh, I had goosebumps when I heard the OP and ED, brings back so much memories ^^ I was not sure but I think the ED had some added content.
For some reason some characters didn't feel the way they're suppose to feel in the manga and anime. It really wasn't that noticeable but they still had a very similar feel and it was still fun and enjoyable to watch.
I'm pretty sure whatever kind of story they show us here, I'm still going to enjoy it because of the feeling of nostalgia of seeing the characters once more in their comic acts. And it was also fun seeing Ryuuji and Taiga once more developing romance and Minori hiding her true feelings at a certain part :3
It was fun watching it is all I could say ^^ and it is obviously worth watching, especially to die-hard Toradora! fans :)
*My first review btw* read more
Feb 28, 2012
Presumedly taking place a couple weeks after Toradora! ended, it started off logically but fell flat on its face in the first 5 minutes. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but the fact that I knew this was going to be "one of those specials." Moe-blob, circular plot sort of thing, where the storyline isn't advanced and everyone remains static. Poo. I was really expecting some sort of plot twist or SOMETHING to keep me glued to the screen, but it just wasn't good storytelling. I think they went sort of over the top with comedy as well; the producers seemed to focus mainly on the natural humor and personalities of the characters to create simply a side episode. This was accomplished - halfway. I laughed, oh yes I laughed, but the slap-stick humor really confused me: was this the Toradora! that I had loved only one episode ago?
The background is simple: a couple days (maybe a couple weeks) after Toradora! ended, Ryujji Takasu and Tenori Taiga are back again with Kitamaru, Ami, Minorin, and the rest of class 2-C. The whole episode focuses on one thing (the title of the episode): lunch. Bento boxes, to be precise. The lesson at the end made sense, but this was pretty much lame. Compared to the rugged sort of interactions the characters had in the original anime, this specials really let me down in terms of things like a deeper meaning, or worse: no storyline.
I'll stand my ground on the art; like I said with the original Toradora!, the wonderful facial expressions are back! I love their realistic portrayal of anger or sorrow and especially embarrassment. The art was what made this so good in the first place: Takasu's scary face along with Taiga's small stature really made such a great juxtaposition, and continued while viewing this episode. The environment was crisp and clean, the colors bright and cheerful, never skipping a beat on the animation. So yes, the art deserved this great score.
I rated the sound decently high because I always loved the OP and ED; both are on my Ipod and have at least 10 plays already. Great songs; but, again, what irked me a little was the fact that there was almost no background music. I love, even a little, background sound to let the story flow better and to sort of pave the way for the next scene. Again, like the anime, it lacked background sound; but no matter, because what made up for it was, again, the voice acting. I love me some good actors; especially when they make the characters sound so real. You could tell their feelings just by listening to the tone of the voice; no small feat. If you don't believe me, try saying something happy followed by something depressingly sad; can't do it with emotion, can you? Exactly.
Why so low of a character score? BECAUSE THERE WAS NO DEVELOPMENT. Static characters always incite my deepest anger; what makes a story good are the CHARACTERS. You can have the CRAPPIEST animation ever with the worse music in the history of nails-on-chalkboard, but if the characters are half-decent, so is the overall show! The only reason we know the characters is from the original anime; if this was a whole OVA or something on its own, I'd give it a 4. There's no development, no internal conflict, just silly moe-blob the entire time. Takasu stays almost exactly the same (though they do show a personality quirk of his the entire time). Taiga acts a little less tsundere, though not by much. Ami hardly appears, Minorin is there for very little time, and Kitamaru says barely anything. Then again, this is simply a "special" and I shouldn't berate it so hard, especially since this isn't part of the main series; however, I was more than disappointed with the work they put into this...
Overall, I WAS entertained; though I may have said some harsh insults, overall it wasn't that bad. It just needs some polish (and a whole plot-rewrite) to be better. The only reason I didn't give this below a 6 was because I knew the background from the original series; if it wasn't for that, like I said, I wouldn't even be writing this review. I loved the comedy; the producers worked so hard on it, I thought I would at least acknowledge it. Wonderful laughs all around. However, I was also disappointed, so don't expect too much. Whatever; a good bento is a good bento. read more
Dec 26, 2011
Unfortunately, this show was mostly all about Takasu, Ryuuji's ego of trying surpass a certain someone as a house wife. Which isn't a bad thing but I'm assuming a lot a viewers were looking forward to a post scenario with our couple.
The shows kicks off with Kitamura Yuusaku a friend of Ryuuji by bringing a super deluxe fancy 3 stories tall buffet Bento to school. Kitamura being the nice guy as he is wants to share his food to all his friends. They each try a little bit of something from the bento and of course Taiga wants the main course the Lobster and gets tease by Ryuuji. However he then tries the chicken and finds out it's nothing in comparison to his ben-to. He soon declares war againsts Kitamura Yuusaku's oh-baah-sahn!
Check list of what makes a good Toradora OVA.
Lovable characters ✔
Ridiculous plot ✔
Ryuuji scary face ✔
The show sells itself the minute Ryuuji declares war. Showing his more real personality from the novels. Viewers who have just watched Toradora! now get to see Ryuuji's real side. A top-notch house wife!
Every minute of the show was overjoy with humor. Being able to see Ryuuji giving his all in his ben-to and seeing Taiga's cooking again brings back memories! Cookies anyone?
Toradora! not only shines in Humor and having solid characters but also delivers life lesson. The ending of this OVA combining with the refreshing music is what makes Toradora!
If your a fan of Toradora! This is an OVA you must watch! read more
Dec 24, 2011
Story: Good 7.
Ok, so the OVA is all about Ryuuji who is having some insecurities of losing out to Yuusaku's grandmother who happens to make a good bento meal for the latter, so he does all the unnecessary things that he can to beat his best friend's grandmom's cooking, which overall it is the comic part of this OVA that makes it to have such rating.
Art and sound: Mediocre 5.
No need for me to say on this parts.
Character: Mediocre 5.
I did mention that the original cast of this OVA are still here.
Enjoyment and Overall: Good 7.
I not gonna elaborate anymore, all I can say is that this OVA is worth watching and one has to think of it as a long awaited episode that is finally been aired.
Sep 30, 2012