Learn Japanese with Anime: “Toradora” (Beginner Level)

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This is a popular love comedy Anime representing the 2000s. It is interesting that while the main character is a high school student, the romance is just as that of an adult. Character design is old-fashioned as it is an Anime from 2008. However, you can enjoy a wonderful story and character settings that exceeds it. Its songs are also unique and may get stuck in your head. I would like you first of all to try listening to the theme song "Pre-Parade".

  • Story/Worldview 90 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 85 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 70 %
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 100 %

 

1. Information

Toradora

Title (Eng)Toradora
Title (Jpn)とらドラ!
TypeTV
Episodes25
Aired Year2008
GenresDrama, Romance
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2. Synopsis

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Second-year high school student Ryuji Takasu is perceived as a bad boy just because he was born with the sharp-eyed look. He meets a girl when he began a new academic year at school. Her name is Taiga Aisaka, an ultra-minimum sized beautiful girl, who is selfish and short-tempered. She is known as a “palm-sized tiger”. Once she gets wild, she is totally beyond control. One day, Ryuji happened to know a certain aspect of this “palm-sized tiger”, when she was left alone in the classroom after school. Here begins a super exciting love-united-front, just as a fierce fight between a dragon and a tiger!

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Takasu Ryuuji (高須 竜児, たかす りゅうじ)

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Ryuuji talks in a rough high school boy’s way, such as “xxx だろ” and “xxx してんだよ”. Because of his sharp-eyed look, he is often regarded as a bad boy. However, his behavior is rather that of a plain common sense man. Very suitable for listening to and emulating for Japanese learners.

 

・Aisaka Taiga (逢坂 大河, あいさか たいが)

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Taiga talks in an arrogant girl’s way: “xxx わね” and “xxx しなさい”. In contrast with her pretty look, she has quite a sharp tongue. Especially towards Ryuuji she is often harsh. Sometimes you can hear her using bullish tone or words such as “xxx なんかじゃないんだからね”, just to conceal her embarrassment. This is the famous “Tsundere” in Japanese Anime and comic books. It means someone’s character that normally stays cool towards her love but sometimes shows affections and kindness. I would recommend the Japanese learners to wait until your level is Intermediate to emulate her talking.

 

・Kushieda Minori (櫛枝 実乃梨, くしえだ みのり)

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Minori talks in a general girl’s way, such as “xxx だね” and “xxx だよ”. Her vocabulary is so old-fashioned that she uses an obsolete word like “avec”, which was used some decades ago to mean “lovers”. Because her terms are diverse and freely changeable, it is difficult to follow for Japanese learners.

 

・Kitamura Yuusaku (北村 祐作, きたむら ゆうさく)

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Yuusaku uses a snobby way of talking, such as “xxx だ” and “xxx だな”. Since he is clever, he talks a little arrogant probably because he is so confident with himself.

 

・Kawashima Ami (川嶋 亜美, かわしま あみ)

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

Ami talks in a kind and friendly girl’s way: “xxx だなあ” and “xxx だね”. However, that is her outward face, and her real way of talking is selfish and dominant. She has the edge to her voice, and talks like “xxx よねえ” and “xxx じゃない?”. If you can listen to what she really intends through her way of talking, you are in an Intermediate level of Japanese learning.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

This Anime mainly consists of daily conversation, so difficult Japanese terms do not occur. It is good to know that the Japanese language used in this Anime is used by general high school students, somewhat deformed into comedy style. Since there is Japanese used in a relationship between friends, this Anime is useful as a learning material for the Japanese language used in conversation with close friends.

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

#よみ漢字Meanings
1だけん駄犬mongrel; cur; mutt
2こじゅうと小姑sister-in-law
3はつじょう発情sexual excitement; capable of breeding; having the urge to breed
4はつじょうき発情期mating season; estrus (oestrus); estrum; the rut
5とくばい特売special sale
6しゅふ主婦housewife; mistress (of the house); homemaker
7せいとかい生徒会student council
8せいとかいちょう生徒会長head of the student council; president of the student council
9きんろう勤労labor; labour; exertion; diligent service
10みずくさい水臭いstand-offish; distant; not frank; reserved

 

・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

#よみ漢字Meanings
11おろす下すfillet (a fish)
12はぐ剥ぐto tear off; to peel off; to rip off
13さんごう3合3 cup of rice
14にごうはん2合半2.5 cup of rice
15はらがたつ腹が立つto get angry; to take offense; to take offence; to be furious
16くちぐるま口車cajolery; wheedling
17むしずがはしる虫唾が走るto be disgusted; to be repulsed; to get the creeps
18てづまり手詰まりdeadlock; stalemate
19さじかげんサジ加減prescription; consideration; making allowances for
20てうち手打ちstriking a deal; coming to an agreement; reconciliation
21たまみがかざればひかりなし玉磨かざれば光なしNo gemstones shine without polishing

 

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Toradora

(C)竹宮ゆゆこ/アスキー・メディアワークス/「とらドラ!」製作委員会

In the daily conversation, in between the jokes, there are difficult terms such as “剥ぐ” (はぐ, to tear off) and “偽乳” (ぎにゅう, fake boobs). However, difficult terms occurrence rate in the main story itself is 0.8 terms/episode, which is very low. Moreover, the way the story is composed focuses on the action of the characters rather than their lines, and it is, therefore, easier to follow even if you do not understand some terms. Also, honorific words and characters that talk in a characteristic way (Minori only) are few. I can recommend this Anime strongly to the Beginners of the Japanese study.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate0.8 terms/episode= 19 / 25
Difficulty Level12th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score9.6 points= 0.8 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

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