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NIS America announces Toradora blu-ray release with English dub


Their first dip into the world of anime dubbing
Mar 12
// LB Bryant
A few months ago, NIS America revealed at a convention panel that they were looking in the possibility of dubbing some of their anime releases. Since that time fans have been speculating on which title would be the first from...

First Impressions: Golden Time

Oct 13 // Chris Walden
It's Tada Banri's first day of college, and rather than being prepared and raring to go, he decides to wing-it in the morning and follows some girls to the school. After an ice-lolly disaster, he ends up making a new friend in Yanagisawa Mitsuo, a law starter just like him who has no idea where he's heading. Unfortunately for Mitsuo, his childhood friend-slash-girlfriend has followed him to this new school--after he deliberately refused to tell her where he planned to study. Kaga Koko, the stunning young lady in question, seems to be a bit on the clingy side, not taking no for an answer and shrugging off Mitsuo's claims that she's crazy.  Crazy she is, as she goes through the trouble of removing the thorns from a bouquet of flowers just to smack him in the head with them on his way into the school. She'll definitely put an interesting spin on this show, especially if it concludes the way we're all thinking and she ends up with Tada. That said, we're introduced to a harem-like collection of ladies, so who knows, he could end up with someone else entirely. So, how is the show? So far so good. It's a bit difficult to gauge the pacing of a show on the first episode, but Golden Time seemed to do pretty well establishing the main theme of the show, as well as many of the characters that Tada will be seeing more of. Koko certainly seems like she'll provide a unique aspect that will, in theory, set this aside from other romantic comedies, and it's certainly going to be interesting watching how she continues to react around a disinterested Mitsuo if the thorn-less roses are anything to go by. As for the protagonist himself, thus far, he hasn't really done a whole lot to really make himself stand out. In fact, Mitsuo and Koko have done this plenty already, so it's hard to imagine bland Tada in the limelight as whatever romance unfolds. Hopefully he'll develop significantly over the next few episodes, because I'm not sure I want to watch a rom-com featuring a guy with so little personality. It's really the show's one glaring flaw so far. In all seriousness though, Golden Time hit the right spots with its first episode, and I'm very curious to see how it shapes up as we get more time to see how characters like Tada and Koko develop. While the comedy was certainly there, it's not really possible to judge a romance before said romance has actually happened, so stay tuned for nervous pillow biting, yelling at protagonists and maybe even a cheeky smile or two when the relationships work themselves out. Toradora! is the precedent for this show, so this is definitely the most anticipated show of this season for me. Hopefully it won't disappoint.  Speaking of Toradora! (again!), that anime actually finished a few weeks after the final light novel was released, meaning the show could get pretty darn close to the pacing and outcomes of the books. Golden Time is still being released, so perhaps it'll end towards the conclusion of this show? There may even be enough content for a second season, so keep that in mind if the romances aren't looking tied up by the end.   [Meet your Golden Time lover over at Crunchyroll.]
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Zekkou no GOORUDEN TAIMU
Can you believe it's been five years since the Toradora! anime first aired? Crazy! I remember watching it in my first year of university, stuck in a cramped dorm room and going nuts every time Ryuuji did something stupid. It ...

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Sell a kidney for a new Toradora! episode!


Sep 11
// Chris Walden
You know what would make a good Christmas present? The Toradora! box-set of course! Due to land on the 21st of December, the six-disc Blu-ray edition of this emotional roller-coaster will finally allow us to see the palmtop t...

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Toradora! Blu-ray on the horizon


Mar 08
// Kristina Pino
Now that we've let the Toradorable Taiga capture our hearts, and steal our money with the Premium Edition DVD box sets, it seems that the Blu-ray set is being teased already. Any release information is yet to be found, but a ...
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NISA replacement discs shipped, your mileage may vary


Sep 28
// Brad Rice
For many of us, the replacement discs for Toradora! and Persona -Trinity Soul- should be arriving shortly. Mine came just the other day, but I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see them -- there were a number of ...
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NISA reveals new dates for Toradora, Persona, and others


Sep 04
// Bob Muir
Hot damn, look at that package! After the great response for the Toradora! and Persona: Trinity Soul Volume 1 sets, NIS America has announced that their newest releases will also be getting premium box editions. As someone wh...
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Fun Friday AMV: Unique


Sep 03
// Brad Rice
You all know I have a horrible weak spot for Toradora!, and itsatimmy exploited that to a fine point. Inspired by his weekly AMV posts in the community blogs, we're bringing back our "Fun Friday AMV" column, which h...
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This is for you, Brad


Aug 10
// Josh Tolentino
You know how a spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down? I'm going to try that for you and K-ON!!. Here's the K-ON!! OP, "GO! GO! MANIAC", but instead of four girls you've pulled out the razor for...well, let's just say it's another group of people you find more palatable. Check it below. I hope it works in time for this week's recaps...
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NISA, are you trying to kill me?


Jul 21
// Brad Rice
When I get this in the mail, I'm going to call 911 before opening the box. And then send you the hospital bill.
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Onee-sama! Seven Seas licenses Railgun, Amnesia Labyrinth


Jul 20
// Josh Tolentino
Did you think it would end with just the ToraDora! manga?You thought wrong. Seven Seas is still on a manga licensing roll, and has just picked up the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun manga. Now you too can see Kuroko, Uiharu, Saten a...
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Seven Seas license Toradora manga; your life is complete


Jul 18
// Tim Sheehy
It would seem that Seven Seas has finally picked up the license for the Toradora! manga -- having announced the title in the form of an anagram on their twitter feed. Why an anagram? Good question -- at least this o...
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Just popping in real quick to remind you all that our caption contest to win a copy of Toradora! or Persona -Trinity Soul- is still going on. Be sure to check out the thread and submit your own caption for the two images to e...

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Japanator Recommends: Toradora!


Jul 07
// Brad Rice
It's no secret that I have a total crush on Taiga. After sitting through and watching Toradora!, you'll understand why -- it's hard not to love one of the most original romantic comedies that sits atop a sea of run-of-the-mil...
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Kotobukiya makes the final episode version of Taiga yours


Jul 07
// Brad Rice
In preparation for our Toradora! review later today, I thought we'd kick the day off with the latest offering from Kotobukiya: Aisaka Taiga in her outfit from the last episode of the show. For many of you, it has a fair amoun...
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It appears that some customers are reporting that their recently purchased copies of Persona -Trinity Soul- and Toradora are currently suffering from issues related to video quality. While I feel...

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New anime trailer shows off properly-developed Taiga


Mar 30
// Josh Tolentino
I know that Brad will hate me for this, but as great as Toradora! is, I can't get over the fact that Taiga, tsundere extraordinaire, doesn't look much older than my niece. Sure, there are short girls everywhere and real peopl...
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The Toradora! straps collection will weigh my phone down


Mar 10
// Brad Rice
It's no secret that I love me some Toradora!, and if you ever pay attention to the Japanator twitter account, you'll see that I post pictures of Taiga from time to time, attempting to induce sugary-sweet heart attacks in my f...
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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Taiga


Feb 14
// Brad Rice
Really, who wasn't expecting this from me?Since it's the year of the Taiga, I figured it'd be best to celebrate with a gallery filled with Japanator's collective waifu, Aisaka Taiga. I've already explained why I love her (don...

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