New Toradora Blu-ray
One of the more beloved anime of the last few years, Toradora is finally getting a Blu-ray release which will contain all of the episodes. The anime series only got a DVD release in Japan and North America because it was not produced with high definition in mind. This means that the Blu-ray will be up-scaled, but it promises to have improved animation, as seen in the comparison pictures below.
Originally aired from 2008 to 2009 and produced by J.C. Staff, Toradora is a romantic comedy about high school students Ryuji (the “dragon”) and Taiga (the “palmtop tiger”). The two of them are the most feared students at school, but through some circumstances, they cross paths one day and that leads to Taiga breaking into Ryuji’s apartment in order to assassinate him, or at least silence him. Due to a cold, however, Taiga screws up and she somehow gets served some food by Ryuji. The two of them soon discover that they each have a crush on the other’s closest friend, initially leading to blackmail before they decide to help each other.
The anime was generally well-received and is, in my opinion, one of the best anime of its time. Ending with 25 episodes and a 4 episode short feature called Toradora SOS, the anime was thoroughly entertaining. For such a good series, it might seem that 25 episodes is too short though, and that’s where the good news comes in. While the Blu-ray box will contain the regular goodies like interviews and artwork, the one thing that really stands out is that it will also contain a brand new episode that has never been aired. There are no details on what the new episode will be about, so it can range from a recap episode to an alternate ending.
The Blu-ray box set is now available for preorder in Japan. The retail price is set at ¥39,900 ($520) and the release date is December 21, just in time for Christmas. There is currently no news on an English release, but there is speculation that NIS America, the company which released Toradora DVDs in North America, may pick up the Blu-ray as well.