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The Best Episodes of Toradora!

Every episode of Toradora! ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Toradora!!

Ryūji Takasu is a gentle high school student with a love for housework; but in contrast to his kind nature, he has an intimidating face that often gets him labeled as a delinquent. On the other hand is Taiga Aisaka, a small, doll-like student who is anything but a cute and fragile girl. Equipped with a wooden katana and feisty personality, Taiga is known throughout the school as the "Palmtop Tiger." One day, an embarrassing mistake causes the two students to cross paths. Ryūji discovers that Taiga actually has a sweet side: she has a crush on the popular vice president, Yūsaku Kitamura, who happens to be his best friend. But things only get crazier when Ryūji reveals that he has a crush on Minori Kushieda—Taiga's best friend! Toradora! is a romantic comedy that follows this odd duo as they embark on a quest to help each other with their respective crushes, forming an unlikely alliance in the process.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Toradora!" is "Christmas Eve Party", rated 8.8/10 from 358 user votes. It was directed by Kenichi Kasai and written by Masahiro Yokotani. "Christmas Eve Party" aired on 2/12/2009 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Can't Help Myself".

  • Christmas Eve Party
    8.8/10 358 votes

    #1 - Christmas Eve Party

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-02-12

    The love triangle of Ryūji, Minori and Taiga reaches a crisis point when true feelings are realized during the school's Christmas Eve party.

    Director: Kenichi Kasai

    Writer: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Can't Help Myself
    8.8/10 336 votes

    #2 - Can't Help Myself

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2009-02-26

    During the ski trip, Ryūji confesses his feelings for Minori, but not to her. When Taiga disappears, everyone frantically searches for her.

    Director: Sayo Aoi

    Writer: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Confession
    8.7/10 328 votes

    #3 - Confession

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2009-03-19

    The truth about Taiga and Ryūji's feelings for each other finally comes out, and they make a plan to run off together and get married.

    Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Toradora!
    8.7/10 409 votes

    #4 - Toradora!

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 2009-03-26

    When Yasuko reconciles with her parents, the truth about Ryūji's father is revealed, inspiring him to have a traditional wedding with Taiga.

    Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • One Step Forward
    8.5/10 294 votes

    #5 - One Step Forward

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2009-01-22

    Yūsaku reveals his love for Sumire, a student council president who is leaving to study abroad, so his friends urge him to run for her council seat.

    Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • Path to Take
    8.5/10 288 votes

    #6 - Path to Take

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-03-12

    When Yasuko collapses from anemia due to overwork, Ryūji and Taiga take over her job of selling chocolate and use Ami's celebrity to improve sales.

    Director: Youhei Suzuki

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Ohashi High School Culture Festival 3
    8.2/10 281 votes

    #7 - Ohashi High School Culture Festival 3

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-12-25

    Taiga wins a beauty contest despite a crushing disappointment about her father; a race is held to determine who will dance with Taiga.

    Director: Masahito Otani

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Who Is This For?
    8.1/10 277 votes

    #8 - Who Is This For?

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-11-20

    Ryūji tries to help Taiga win a swimming race against Ami, but when Ryūji nearly drowns, the truth about Taiga's feelings comes out.

    Director: Tohru Ishida

    Writer: Mari Okada, Junko Okazaki

  • When You're Around
    8.1/10 256 votes

    #9 - When You're Around

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-03-05

    Knowing that Taiga believes she was rescued by Yūsaku during the ski trip, Ryūji asks Yūsaku to pretend that she's correct.

    Director: Tohru Ishida

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • True Self
    8.0/10 274 votes

    #10 - True Self

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-11-06

    Followed by a stalker, Ami hides out with Taiga and decides that she must discard her fake personality from now on.

    Director: Shigeru Yamazaki

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • When You Go To The Sea
    8.0/10 269 votes

    #11 - When You Go To The Sea

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-11-27

    During a trip to Ami's beach villa, Taiga has a nightmare about being married to Ryūji and schemes to bring him and Minori together.

    Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • Kawashima Ami
    7.9/10 275 votes

    #12 - Kawashima Ami

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-10-30

    Yūsaku's childhood friend Ami, a model, transfers to the school and immediately becomes popular with everyone but Taiga, who sees the truth about her.

    Director: Katsuya Asano

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • Fireworks
    7.9/10 267 votes

    #13 - Fireworks

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-12-04

    The gang plots an elaborate stunt to scare Minori with a trip to a nearby cave where Yūsaku has planted scary traps, but Yūsaku and Minori disappear.

    Director: Kenichi Kasai

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • Taiga and Ryuji
    7.8/10 314 votes

    #14 - Taiga and Ryuji

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-10-09

    Taiga's efforts to get closer to Yūsaku fail: A scheme in basketball ends with Taiga knocked out, and she drops a plate of cookies out a window.

    Director: Kenichi Kasai

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Palm-top Tiger of Happiness
    7.8/10 256 votes

    #15 - Palm-top Tiger of Happiness

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2009-01-08

    A rumor starts that touching Taiga leads to good luck; Yūsaku gets some interesting news from the student council president.

    Director: Toshiaki Miki

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Underneath the Fir Tree
    7.8/10 255 votes

    #16 - Underneath the Fir Tree

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2009-02-05

    The entire class pitches in to assemble an artificial Christmas tree with a glass star, but a stray fly ball destroys the decorations.

    Director: Daisuke Takashima

    Writer: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Stay Like This Forever
    7.8/10 251 votes

    #17 - Stay Like This Forever

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-02-19

    The class trip to Okinawa is canceled, leading to a last-minute change of plans to a ski trip, where Ryūji resolves to tell Minori how he feels.

    Director: Noriaki Saito

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • That Look You Had
    7.7/10 272 votes

    #18 - That Look You Had

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-10-23

    Taiga has a photo album full of blurry pictures of Kitamura. Ryūji offers to snap some pictures of him instead.

    Director: Katsushi Sakurabi

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Pool's Open
    7.7/10 265 votes

    #19 - Pool's Open

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-13

    When the school's pool opens for the summer, the gang shops for new swimsuits, and Ryūji helps Taiga with an embarrassing problem.

    Director: Sayo Aoi

    Writer: Junko Okazaki

  • Ohashi High School Culture Festival 1
    7.7/10 262 votes

    #20 - Ohashi High School Culture Festival 1

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-12-11

    As preparations get under way for the school's cultural festival, Ryūji urges Taiga to consider reconciling with her estranged father.

    Director: Toshikazu Hashimoto

    Writer: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Ohashi High School Culture Festival 2
    7.7/10 256 votes

    #21 - Ohashi High School Culture Festival 2

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-12-18

    Taiga's reconciliation with her father divides her friends, but she ends up disappointed when her father doesn't attend her school play.

    Director: Daisuke Takashima

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Distant Star
    7.6/10 253 votes

    #22 - Distant Star

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2009-01-15

    Yūsaku has a meltdown in class, dyes his hair blond and refuses to run for student council, causing everyone to wonder what's wrong with him.

    Director: Tohru Ishida

    Writer: Tatsuto Higuchi

  • Mercury is Retrograde at Christmas
    7.6/10 256 votes

    #23 - Mercury is Retrograde at Christmas

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2009-01-29

    With Christmas approaching, the student council plans a party while Taiga decides to curry favor with Santa by playing Cupid for Ryūji and Minori.

    Director: Youhei Suzuki

    Writer: Masahiro Yokotani

  • Your Song
    7.4/10 286 votes

    #24 - Your Song

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-10-16

    Ryūji and Taiga spend a day helping Minori at one of her many part-time jobs, and Ryūji gets to know her better when they're locked in a storehouse.

    Director: Eiichi Kuboyama

    Writer: Mari Okada

  • Tiger and Dragon
    7.3/10 362 votes

    #25 - Tiger and Dragon

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-10-02

    On the first day of school, Ryūji discovers that he and Taiga, the meanest girl in class, share a secret: each loves the other's best friend.

    Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai

    Writer: Mari Okada