Toradora is a series I hold close to my heart; it’s a show about teens acting like teens, in a manner alternating between crazy and somber. My favorite character is Minorin, for obvious reasons (passionate, throws flaming baseballs, ohahahahaha). But somewhere along the line, Minorin turned into Emorin. I still loved her, but man were those episodes heart-wrenching. Even then, things went bad to worse, until they tried patching things up.
And it still falls short. Taiga runs away!
Here Minorin gives chase (accompanied by Ryuji), shouting her thoughts for the pursued and the pursuing to hear. Yes, she does like Ryuji, but could not deign to take him for herself. The clincher is that Taiga is already gone–did she hear all of it? Just a few lines? Nothing at all?
It’s impressive how the animation takes up a notch with this scene. After all, it is Minorin’s defining moment, and my fondest memory of the show.