Ryuuji Takasu has always been mistaken for a delinquent because of his cold-looking eyes. Being an excellent cook, house keeper, and student, Ryuuji is anything BUT a delinquent. Despite this, its hard for him to get his message across, more so to his long-time crush Minori Kushieda - who just so happens to be his classmate for the new school year. Excited and determined to finally make his move, Ryuuji's plans are shot to pieces when he finds himself classmates with Taiga Aisaka (AKA "Palm-top Tiger"), the school's unofficial "A-list delinquent" and Minori's best friend.
Treating Ryuuji like a slave dog, Taiga mediates the distance between him and Minori, while setting her love interest on Ryuuji's best friend and Student Council Vice President, Yuusaku Kitamura.
A charming love-comedy about finding love where you least expect it, ToraDora! is a show that can be enjoyed for both its colorful cast of characters and meaningful story.
ToraDora! revolves around the story of Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka - two people who are easily misunderstood by everyone around them. Ryuuji, for his eyes; and Taiga for her attitude. Being regarded as society's "unofficial delinquents", the two bump into each other on the first day of their 2nd year in high school, causing quite a stir - both in the school, and in their lives.
After Ryuuji inadvertently discovers Taiga likes his best friend, Yuusaku Kitamura - and Taiga discovers Ryuuji likes her best friend, Minori Kushieda - the two form an "alliance" to help each other out, which only causes more people to misunderstand them as a couple!
Far from being a couple, Ryuuji lives the life of a slave dog under the demanding and obnoxious Taiga. And with the transfer of Ami Kawashima, a part-time model, into their class, this only aggravates a somewhat defensive Taiga all the more.
Being a love-comedy at its best, ToraDora! focuses on these two misunderstood people as they steadily grow to accept themselves and each other - to the point where they can finally be honest with one another. A touching story that shares not only the serendipity of a love where you least expect it, but also the story of a love that goes beyond your conventional melodramatic drama.
comedy, romance, slice-of-life
Teens, 13 and up
24 minutes per episode
Opening Themes (OP)
by Rie Kugimiya (Taiga Aisaka), Eri Kitamura (Ami Kawashima), and Yui Horie (Minori Kushieda) (Episodes 1 ~ 16)
by Yui Horie (Episodes 17 ~ 24)
Ending Themes (ED)
"Vanilla Salt" (バニラソルト)
by Yui Horie (Episodes 1 ~ 16)
by Rie Kugimiya (Taiga Aisaka), Eri Kitamura (Ami Kawashima), and Yui Horie (Minori Kushieda) (Episodes 17, 18, 20 ~ 25)
"Holy Night" (ホーリーナイト)
by Rie Kugimiya (Taiga Aisaka) and Eri Kitamura (Ami Kawashima) (Episode 19)
The title, "ToraDora!" (とらドラ!) comes from a combination of the words "tora", meaning "tiger", and "dora", which is the shortened version of "doragon", or "dragon" in English. The "tiger" being referred to in this title is "Taiga Aisaka", whose name sounds like "tiger" when pronounced in Japanese. The "dragon", on the other hand, refers to "Ryuuji Takasu", his first name of which contains the character "Ryuu", which means "dragon".
The reference is to an old legend where the only animal that was, supposedly, capable of going up against the Tiger was the Dragon. Ryuuji makes reference to this legend near the end of the second episode, after witnessing Taiga's little confession to Yuusaku Kitamura.
Amusingly, the word "tora" in the title "ToraDora!" is written in hiragana
, which refers to the fact that it's a Japanese word (i.e. for "tiger"). Similarly, "dora" is written in katakana
, indicating that the word is a loan word (i.e. English for "dragon"). This brings about the literal translation, "Tiger and Dragon", which refers to Taiga and Ryuuji, respectively.
Tiger and Dragon
Ryuuji and Taiga
That Moment's Face
For Whose Sake?
Let's go to the Ocean, you say
Oohashi High School Festival - Part 1
Oohashi High School Festival - Part 2
Oohashi High School Festival - Final
Palmtop Tiger of Happiness
The Stars Are Far Away
One Step Forward
Mercury Retrogrades at Christmas
Under the Fir Tree
Holy Night Party
Always, like this
No Matter What
The Scene With You
The Road We Must Advance On
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