Award-winning Toradora! Light Novels to be Animated
posted on by Egan Loo
A retail promotional ad for April books from ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint has announced that Yuyuko Takemiya's Toradora! light novels will be animated. The artist Yasu illustrates the novels. In the story, second-year high school student Ryūji Takasu is a sweet, ordinary boy shunned by others because his face looks like a troublemaker's. He bumps into Taiga Aisaka, a tiny but ferocious girl also shunned — even by her own family — as the "Handheld Tiger." Their love-hate relationship begins in spite of (or perhaps because of) their shared burden of being ostracized outcasts.
As also announced in the ad, the seventh novel will ship this month. There is already a spinoff novel called Toradora! Spinoff! Kōfuku no Sakura-iro Tornado (The Cherry-Blossom-Colored Tornado of Happiness). The novels won Kadokawa's 2007 Light Novels Awards for Best Romantic Comedy in September. A manga version debuted in last September's issue of MediaWorks' Monthly Dengeki Comic Gao! magazine, but will be moving to Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine this month after the former magazine ceased publication. Kadokawa Shoten just merged its ASCII and MediaWorks subsidiaries on April 1, the beginning of the Japanese fiscal year.