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Book Title: ド! 3|
The author of the book: Yuyuko Takemiya
Edition: Kadokawa Shoten.
Date of issue: 2006
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ISBN 13: 9784840235518
Format files: PDF
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Toradora! Part 2 ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Ryuuji and Ami had returned to his apartment after catching her stalker. They were planning to clean up before going out to find Taiga and Kitamura, who'd been injured during the chase. But then Ami decided this would be a fine moment to seduce Ryuuji -- just in time for Ryuuji's mom to arrive home with Taiga and Kitamura in tow. They walk in on ... well, I think the novel illustration sums it up quite well.
So, book 3 picks up with Taiga still in a snit about that incident. Ryuuji tries to apologize repeatedly, but that just pisses her off more since what he's apologizing for isn't what has her upset -- except, she won't tell him why she's mad. (Welcome to the Eternal Brotherhood of Man, Taka-chan. Just repeat after me, "I'm a man, but I can change. If I have to. I guess.") Things remain frosty between them for several weeks (though this doesn't stop Taiga from coming over for dinner, expecting Ryuuji to pack her lunch and wake her up every morning, do her laundry, clean her house ...)
But everything changes when their teacher (Koigakubo Yuri, 29.5 years old, single, desperate) announces that the school pool will be opening in a week. Everyone in class is excited, especially the guys who drool at the prospect of Ami in a bathing suit. Well, almost everyone. Taiga is less than thrilled and even suggests she might skip gym class, until Kitamura chides her. Taiga and Minori agree to go out shopping for swimwear that afternoon, which gives Ryuuji his first taste of freedom in months. He can go out and do what he wants without having to worry about that crazy woma -- ah, dammit! Ami finds out and demands that he accompany her to pick out a bathing suit. They end up at the same store with Taiga and Minori, where he has to spend hours and hours watching them try on clothes. Which wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that in doing so he earns the eternal enmity of every guy in class.
The shopping trip proceeds surprisingly smoothly, in large part because Taiga disappears after the first five minutes. She's secreted herself in one of the changing booths and won't come out. When Ryuuji wanders too close, she pulls him in and reveals her problem: she's so petite that even the smallest adult swimsuits barely fit. One portion of her body in particular has issues. The previous year, someone had snapped a picture of her in her swimsuit, drawn a circle around her chest and written "Pathetic!"
Ryuuji helps her pick out a suit and then stays up all night tailoring it, adding pads to the chest so she can appear at the pool without feeling ashamed of her body. And it works. When she makes her entrance, she even upstages Ami. Everything proceeds smoothly at first, but then some of the guys start horsing around and the place descends into chaos. Ami sees a chance for fun and tosses Taiga into the pool. It takes about five seconds for Ryuuji to realize there's another reason why Taiga was unenthused about the pool opening -- she can't swim.
After Ryuuji saves her, Taiga is righteously pissed at Ami, but Ami sees an opportunity to turn the situation to her advantage. She points out how unfair it is to Ryuuji to be stuck all summer taking care of a girl who can't swim, and then invites him to her beach house. (This just makes the guys in class hate him more.) After that things spiral out of control and almost end in a cat-fight until Minori steps in with a suggestion -- why don't they settle this with an athletic competition. Winner gets Ryuuji. Ami and Taiga draw lots to see who'll choose the contest. Ami wins, and, being no fool, goes for a swim race.
So Eye of the Tiger time -- Ryuuji has until the end of the semester to teach Taiga how to swim, or else he'll be stuck at an isolated mansion with a beautiful model who has the hots for him. Yeah, I'm not entirely sure why he's doing this either. Of course he succeeds and Taiga wins the race fair and square.
Nah, just kidding. When they start training, Taiga can't even bear to submerge her face. By the time the day of the race, she can barely swim while loaded with floatation devices. So, she decides to cheat her ass off. And not even subtly. Her plan is completely blatant and over the top, and that's what makes it five kinds of awesome. The depiction of the contest in the anime is pretty damn cool and captures the essentials of the scene, but it pales in comparison to the book.
The characters in this volume remain as well drawn as the previous two books. Kitamura and Minori get short shrift as the story focuses on Ryuuji, Taiga and Ami, the last two of whom get lots of character development. Ami was already fascinating in her first introduction, but she grows more so as we learn more about her. Her treatment of Ryuuji remains ambiguous -- is she toying with him to annoy Taiga, or does she genuinely find him attractive. She's still clinging to her "Ami-chan is so cute," mask in this book, making her infuriating at times, yet there's clearly something underneath.
Taiga, for her part, shows a lot of vulnerability this time out as we discover both her insecurity over her body and her inability to swim, and realize that her badass persona is just as much a defense mechanism as Ami's kawaiiko mask. The dynamic between her and Ami is fascinating. Ami knows exactly how to hurt her -- by inviting Ryuuji to the beach house, Taiga can't really object on any grounds but the completely selfish ("Who'll fix my meals?") unless she admits there's more between her and Ryuuji than simple friendship. But Taiga lacks any reciprocal power over Ami -- the only way she can hurt her is to attack her outright.
Taiga's struggle to learn to swim, while really not a lot to hang a plot on, really worked for me. The series is a character study, so the plot is a MacGuffin anyway, but this one struck a nerve since I share Taiga's fear of water and spent a similar period in high school with a friend trying to teach me to swim (minus the pressure of a contest). The scenes with Ryuuji simply trying to get Taiga to submerge her face brought back a lot of memories, which probably elevates this book in my esteem more than it deserves.
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Read information about the authorYuyuko Takemiya (竹宮 ゆゆこ Takemiya Yuyuko) is a Japanese writer of light novels. Takemiya debuted in September 2004 with her light novel series Watashitachi no Tamura-kun (Our Tamura-kun) which first appeared in the autumn 2004 issue of Dengeki hp Special, a special edition version of Dengeki hp. That same month, Takemiya worked on the scenario for the bishōjo game Noel by FlyingShine (also known for creating Cross Channel).
Following the completion of Watashitachi no Tamura-kun, Takemiya began her best-known series, Toradora!, which she declared to be complete in April 2010 after ten volumes and three spin-off books. The first book of her next series, Golden Time, was Dengeki Bunko's 2000th published light novel. Takemiya launched the manga series Evergreen with artist Akira Kasukabe on July 19, 2011 in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh Genesis quarterly magazine.
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