There's a lot to like about Toradora but it works along a predictable angle for the most part during these first thirteen episodes. It's the subplots that are slowly revealed through it that helps to make it interesting as the various relationships that are here could go in a number of ways. It's that promise that has me enjoying the show beyond what it offers because it doesn't play the relationships like they might ordinarily. The characters are what sells it though as they're well designed, they're not entirely predictable and they all have quirks that make them quite enjoyable. Toradora has fun with these episodes while blending in some serious material all done with some really beautiful slice of life animation.