Toradora!: Bentou no Gokui

Toradora!: Bento Battle

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Toradora! Special, Toradora!: The True Meaning of Bento
Japanese: とらドラ! 弁当の極意
English: Toradora!: Bento Battle
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 21, 2011
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: J.C.Staff
Genres: ComedyComedy, GourmetGourmet
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 27 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.431 (scored by 100297100,297 users)
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Ranked: #21052
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Popularity: #1339
Members: 180,497
Favorites: 144

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An unaired episode included in the Blu-ray box set.

Yuusaku brings an extravagant bento box to share with the class, which makes Ryuuji feel inferior about his own bento making skills. Desperate to beat his bentos, Ryuuji obsessively tries to compete against them to the point where he even brings a rice cooker to school. After Taiga brings him some salty onigiri, Ryuuji realises that the true meaning of bentos is not the taste, but the feelings that are put into it.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Okada, Mari
Nagai, Tatsuyuki
Kugimiya, Rie
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Pre-Parade (プレパレード)" by Rie Kugimiya, Yui Horie, and Eri Kitamura

Ending Theme


Dec 25, 2011
-May contain spoilers-

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 ...
Feb 28, 2012
I had just finished Toradora! When I did some research and learned that special had just come out only two months prior. Excited, and since the original anime was so darn good, I quickly watched it, thinking it was going to be, at the very least, AWESOME. However, it turned out to be much more disappointing than I originally had anticipated. In fact, it made me almost cry - not with tears of sympathy or sadness or humor, but just plain BORING.

Story: 7/10

Presumedly taking place a couple weeks after Toradora! ended, it started off logically but fell flat on its face in the first ...
Jun 21, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Review in brief: While this special does have something to offer to fans of the series it also partially disregards what made the main show so enjoyable in the first place. If you weren't a fan of Toradora! to begin with this probably isn't worth watching.

Review in full: Toradora!: Bentou no Gokui is a zany one-off episode that focuses on Ryuuji early in the series. It shows a deterministic side of him that doesn't come up too often in the main series and gives the viewer a better idea of who he is and what drives him. However the plot feels a tad forced in ...


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