Oh God, why did I watch this...? *Sigh* It's not bad, it really isn't. It was just... Boring.
To start off, unlike it's parent series Toradora!, which revolved around a love dodecahedron of sorts, SOS focuses on... Food. While this is interesting at first, it soon looses its panache. There isn't really much plot to talk about. It's just talking about food and saying that it's delicious.
The art as well isn't great. As this is more or less a gag spin-off, the character models are all very chibi and seems a bit reminiscent of Haruhi-chan. What's interesting about the character designs is that the girls all
have something that relates to their nicknames. Taiga, the Palmtop Tiger, has tiger ears and a tail, Ami, also known as Stupid Chihuahua has dog ears and a tail and Minori has... a flower? The boys don't have anything though, which is a bit sad.
The backgrounds also are very simple, keeping an undetailed version of the backgrounds from the series with people in the background just being gray blobs.
As for the characterization itself, all the characters maintain the personalities they would have had around the middle of Toradora!, but with any hints of drama taken away of course. The main problems they have is that they do roughly the same thing, from dialogue to actions, in every episode.
The soundtrack as well is very similar to the original series, though it only uses the more upbeat tracks and it isn't very noticeable anyways. The voice acting is the same as Toradora! though and the actors do great with the given material.
Some people will enjoy this, some people won't. If you've watched Toradora! beforehand though (which you should considering this is a spin-off) you will probably find something in this to enjoy and luckily it's not a long show so it doesn't have time to get too boring. Chances are though, you'll know from the first episode whether or not you will enjoy it.
With that said, I give this delicious "Strawberry On Shortcake" a 6 out of 10.
I watched this right after Toradora! and this cracked me up.
The story is basically somebody talking about food and Ryuugi says it delicious at "Jonny's" where Minorin is there to duel with her own variation of the food they talk about with Taiga and Ami as victims..er.. tasters.
the art is not nearly as good as the Parent story but very cute as most of the girls have animal ears and tails exsept for Minorin who has a flower.
dont look for a deep meaning to it but its 20 minutes of you life you wont miss. ( P.S, Ryuugi is wierd around minori, You'll see..)
So I LOVE Toradoa! I had to watch all of the extras. As a huge fan of Toradora I can tell you that this isn't really worth the watch. First off, it's all chibi. Second off the first three episodes follow this pretty much: A food is brought up and they say it tastes bad, Takasu says at Johnny's it tastes good so they go, Minori calls Takasu an idiot and a challenge between two servings of the food goes on we get some weird lectures and then Kitamura comes in for a word and then we hear from Inko. The last episode is a
little different where they stalk Baka-Chi because she's gaining weight and they lecture her on eating and then she shows them disgusting food that tastes good and some weird lectures and then Kitamura comes in and says a word then we hear from Inko and voila, done.
Like, it's really not worth the watch, sadly.
After watching the series I had to see the OVA's especially when I found out these dealt with food. Let me say this first off.. To me.. this was almost better than the series. I thought the series lacked the comedy everyone had said it had.. but to me.. these four OVA's completely made up for it.
All of the episodes are about 5 minutes long and they honestly move very quickly. The characters are all in chibi form.. plus the girls have animal ears and tails added lol... so.. the art is pretty cute.. and makes you laugh already..except Kushieda-chan has a flower on her
head.. lol.. I didnt understand it either.. but it made it that much more fun..
The episodes talk about cuisine.. and that is basically ALL they are about but.. honestly they are very very informative.. There is alot of information in each one.. Surprisingly.. Taiga-chan's response to every food she tastes was enough to leave me laughing even thinking about it.
These are definitely fun to watch.. and worth the 20 minutes youll spend to see all of them.. I loved them more than the series lol.