Minori wrote:Spoiler:Point #1:
As the saying goes, 'First impressions are important.' Taiga starts off treating Ryuji awfully and takes his acts of kindness for granted. Ami enters the story as the stereotypical model who is self-absorbed and "two-faced." Although both Taiga and Ami do mature into great characters and relationship contenders, Minori remained true throughout the entire series. For some viewers, they may quickly change their opinions about Taiga and Ami after a few hours. However, I evaluate character based on a real-life timeline (the story spans roughly one year). With that consideration, Minori is an easy choice, because, as I stated above, most nice guys would have been completely turned off by Taiga's and Ami's initial antics.
As the synopsis reveals, Ryuji initially has a huge crush on Minori while Taiga is head-over-heals for Yusaka. However, Ryuji plays a role that is all-too familiar in such shows: That of the nice guy who spends all his time taking care of others - and not chasing what's important to him - while being too afraid to admit his feelings to the person he cares for the most. Thus, because Ryuji harbors his love for Minori for far too long, this eventually allows Taiga the time to develop feelings for him later. Despite falling for Ryuji, she should have let her bestfriend, Minori, have a shot with him since she liked him first. Unfortunately, however, the wrong girl [Minori] stepped down. In one of the episodes, the teacher writes a very important lesson on the chalkboard: 'You can't always get what you want.' Taiga should have taken this to heart and considered her bestfriend's situation and feelings before hers.
Daverost wrote:Big black post ahoy.Spoiler:She did consider her feelings. All the way up through Christmas and even beyond that. She never once made a move to take Ryuji over Minori. It was Minori's choice to let him go and let Taiga have him. They were both too concerned about each other, but Minori was the one who let him go for Taiga. It's not like Taiga backstabbed her or anything. And really, Minori was just as bad as Ryuji since she liked him but didn't confess her feelings either. Blame really lies with both of them.
That said, I wouldn't have minded Minori from the beginning except that she became such a downer for half of the show that it was hard to like her anymore. Ami, though... Ami was always seemed to be too focused on what she thought she deserved the whole time. I never could like her.
Minori wrote:I definitely agree that there was poor communication (a staple in nearly every romance anime)
Varyag wrote:Taiga FTW =)
I like Taiga... well, I also like Ami (but not Minori... she's sorta annoying character IMO), but Taiga's my fav in this anime.
BTW I also like all three similar girls - Taiga, Zero no Louise and Shana - voiced by "tsundere queen" Kugimia Rie... Yeah, I don't forget about Nagi, but I like Hinagiku much more in Hayate series.
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