And with this Minorin solidifies her status as the best character in the entire show.
Hat’s off to J.C Staff for coming up with some wonderfully weird animation for Ryuuji’s Sprint of Love. The eventual actions of Taiga’s father were sadly predictable, but I didn’t expect him to be that cold. Texting your daughter’s friend to say you can’t live with her after giving a generic excuse of “something came up”? Just… ugh. It was so saddening to see Taiga stand on stage with this look on her face. But then again, perhaps such depressing shots and terrible comedy (a faceplant after that humiliation?Really? That’s just low…) were necessary to make the epic race truly epic. (Anyone else get DMC vibes from Taiga’s outburst? “Fathers should be chopped up and thrown into a morgue” is definitely something O-Krauser-sama would say).
(Further aside: Anyone got an idea what any of that suitcase bit was about? And I mean “bit” as in “sketch”, because other than that I cannot for the life of me figure out its significance. Or maybe it has no significance and I’m just overthinking it. Or maybe it was Taiga’s trick as she was in a beauty pageant. Whatever.)
Seeing Ryuuji finally living up to his delinquent persona for all the right reasons was great, but he could not compare to the consistently shining star of Minorin. Though the dialogue was a bit clunky at times, the feelings of the two were conveyed so fantastcially through their actions that such minor details were barely apparent. Taiga’s reaction says it all. We all know that she’s a strong gal and that she can take many-a-hit and keep on going but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t need the support of her friends at times. It’s not that they don’t need to, but that they wish to and will will never stop wishing to help her that makes their bond so special. That and Minorin’s secretly a lesbian.
It was nice to get a few words from the president, since she’s been relegated to the background since her appearance in the series. Hopefully she won’t just disappear into obscurity now either.
Overall, a wonderfully heartfelt episode which continues to demonstrate that Toradora’s not as two-dimensional as it may seem at first. Can’t wait for the secons half; who would’ve thunk that we’d get two seasons of Minowin?
OH GOD HURT ME AMI-CHAN.
I mean, cute.