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Toradora Novel – 10

12 Jul

It was as if a tiger (the pissed off Taiga) was at the front door and a wolf (the weirdo) at the back.

Around this point is where the diet warriors incident happens in the anime, ruining Ami’s reputation. Ami’s Stalker is also revealed in this chapter.

“It said that you’re putting your modeling on hold for a while, but is that really true?”

Yeah, no modeling for Ami (for what I remember to go on for the rest of the story). What a shame.

“That’s something I’ve been wanting to ask. Ami-chan, you’re really slender. You must have some sort of diet, don’t you? Is there a super specialized diet exclusively designed for models? Come on, tell us~, please tell us!”

“Yeah, I want to hear it!”

“Eh? Ami-chan’s diet? I want to know too~!”

When the discussion turned to dieting, the group surrounding Ami became all the more excited. However, Ami at first mumbled ‘Aw come on’, then gave a small laugh and started speaking.

“I don’t really diet or anything, so I don’t know about that. It seems like I’m naturally predisposed to not getting fat. I eat whatever I want, but as long as I eat healthily, it seems like I’m fine. I really love eating things like pastries, so I think it’s actually better for my body if I don’t restrain myself or anything.”

(…)

One of them muttered quietly.

“…Hu~n.”

“…Is that so.”

(…)

—Ami probably noticed it. That the atmosphere of admiration around her had suddenly dropped in temperature by about three degrees

Looks like Ami’s reputation is dying because she’s stressed over something. I wonder what Taiga and Minori can do about this.

“No matter how it looks, I’m a warrior of dieting, you know…”

(…)

Ami’s shriek resounded. Minori had sprung forward like a striking snake and grabbed firmly with both hands onto Ami’s abdomen, which was covered by her blazer.

“…Ho…This is, this is…”

“Ugu…”

When she saw her grin, Ami’s expression stiffened in dismay. Then Minori slowly licked her lips once,

“Teacher—! Kawashima-san, she’s been hiding flab in her gut!

She turned into a devil. Rubbing the excess flesh she was gripping,

“Hey hey hey hey! It’s customary on trips to bring three hundred yen worth of meat at most! Is this three hundred yen worth of excess flab?! Eh?! This flab isn’t from eating bananas!” (!)

(…)

“Kawashima-san. I’ll introduce you, this here is my best friend, Minorin. So now you know for sure that I have friends other than Ryūji.”

Oh you silly two, you might regret it later.

“…You guys are demons.”

He was certainly happy from the bottom of his heart that he could see Minori’s refreshing face, but even so, Ryūji couldn’t keep himself from muttering. Ami might have in fact been ‘rescued’, but he still wondered if this was okay…No matter what might have happened, it still felt like they went overboard. Ami had just become so pitiful.

Oh geez Ryuuji, calling the girl you’re in love with a demon. No wonder you don’t get any chicks.

“Ryūji is such a sister-in-law. A sister-in-law who takes over the house, not letting the wife speak or use the kitchen at all. I, the pitiful wife, am forced to do the simple chores of cleaning the toilet, cleaning the bath and chopping wood…”

Taiga? The pitiful wife. Hmmm… (glareeyes.jpg)

Short of breath and with a hazy expression on her white face, the one pressing her slender body was a descended angel—Or rather, it was Ami Kawashima, the girl generally ranked number one. She wasn’t wearing the hat or the sunglasses at least, but she still had that black full body jersey on, and as usual, because she was trying too hard to be inconspicuous, she ended up standing out even more than usual. He wondered if she had maybe listened to what Taiga had said and been actually out running a marathon. However,

“Takasu-kun, please…”

Her pleading voice was overflowing with serious desperation, and even her breathing seemed as if a little jagged. Ryūji had absolutely no clue what on earth she was asking of him.

“N, umm…W, what?!”

“That guy over there…”

(…)

The street corner just a bit in front of them, the shadow of a lamppost. There was a man standing abnormally still. Without thinking, Ryūji’s face also stiffened.

(…)

“I told you to run a marathon, but nobody said you could run around in front of my house, you damned brat…I’m going to turn you into a dirty rag.”

She held one hand low with her fingers fluttering, the other raised up in the form of a fist, and both her feet were freely shuffling back and forth, left and right. Performing such skilled amateur footwork and calling out for a fight as if saying ‘Come’, her eyes sparkled hungrily…

“Read the atmosphere. You get it, don’t you?”

(…)

Perhaps overly agitated, she was fanatically tripping over her words. Taiga shouted and with incredible leg strength that could even knock over a lamppost sent a nearby recycling bin flying with a vigorous kick. The seemingly heavy object made a loud ‘bang!’. Spinning through the air, it passed over Ami’s and Ryūji’s heads making a beeline for that suspicious character and continued for several meters before landing near his feet with a thunderous clang.

“…!”

Understandably taking a few steps back in fright, the man changed directions. He started running seriously and fled.

“Hm?…Who’s that guy?!”

And that’s why Ami was so stressed. Homeboy.

Perhaps overly agitated, she was fanatically tripping over her words. Taiga shouted and with incredible leg strength that could even knock over a lamppost sent a nearby recycling bin flying with a vigorous kick. The seemingly heavy object made a loud ‘bang!’. Spinning through the air, it passed over Ami’s and Ryūji’s heads making a beeline for that suspicious character and continued for several meters before landing near his feet with a thunderous clang.

“…!”

Understandably taking a few steps back in fright, the man changed directions. He started running seriously and fled.

“Hm?…Who’s that guy?!”

But Taiga knows what to do with him.

“Once something happens, it’ll be too late. This will be fine, so stay at my house.”

“Wait a second you…A, are you being honest? Are you saying that seriously?”

“I’m just saying this in advance, but that house over there is Ryūji’s home. There are quite a few problems concerning the safety over there. Seriously, one time in the dead of night, I sneaked in through the window and nearly beat Ryūji to death…It was easy. Easier than breathing.”

“Kawashima-san, a lot of things have happened between us, but let’s call a temporary truce for now. At Ryūji’s house, there’s his busy mother and an ugly weird parrot. It would be for the best if you chose to come to my house.”

So then Ami becomes friends with Taiga and joins their group. This is where the story starts getting really interesting. Need to read more.

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Novels

 

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