Marina’s Anime Picks for Valentine’s Day

I’ll be working this Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pause and appreciate the the gestures of love bound to pop everywhere around the date.  I’m a sucker for shoujo anime/manga, and love me some romantic comedy films, so it stands to reason that I plan on snuggling up after work and watching some favorite ol’ lovey-dovey anime.

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Toradora!: Bentou no Gokui and the Joy of Giving

The title’s on the corny side, bringing such titles like the cookbook the Joy of Cooking and Christmas card slogans to mind, but giving is truly what this special is all about.  Toradora! is one of those hit single season anime that prove that companies like J.C. Staff have what it takes to produce quality stories, despite bland franchise series like Zero no Tsukaima and Aria the Scarlet Ammo.  Bundled along with the BD release of the original TV series, this unaired episode comes at a great time in the holiday.  The gift of giving is a theme central to both this special and the Christmas season, a joy which Ryuuji forgets in the heat of his own created rivalry with Kitamura’s behind-the-scenes grandmother.

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