Taiga goes elsewhere for more than a whole year, entirely skipped in the anime narrative. What the hell was she doing, achieved or solved?

As a clue, the ep. 25 aftercredits preview has her in the voiceover saying she will now Show Ryuji her way of doing things.

Probably it is too pathetic to assume that her way is just running away for 300+ days just to blow steam.

Anywhere to shed light on the matter?

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    I believe she was getting to know her family better, specifically her mother... can't recall for sure, though. – Clockwork-Muse Dec 7 '14 at 8:07
  • Yeah that's how I got it too. Ryuuji fixed the relationships with his family, so she wanted to fix her relationship with her mother too before becoming a couple. – devil0150 Feb 7 '15 at 11:35
  • I am asking for reliable, canonical or word-of-god sources. – Mindwin Feb 9 '15 at 9:56
  • related: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/15108/… – Mindwin Mar 15 '15 at 17:08

I found a perfect answer to this question on Reddit (edited to make it a bit more presentable):

It's for two reasons I know of:

  • It completes her character arc. The entire reason she was such a mess at the beginning of the show and the whole reason she needed to learn through Ryuuji how to have basic interactions with other people without being a rude, condescending, violent bitch is because of her wrecked home life and broken upbringing. By the end of the show, she's matured a lot. When Ryuuji inadvertently damages his own home life in the last 2 episodes, Taiga watches him get up and fix it in a matter of days. It only makes sense for Taiga to decide at this point that she has to come full circle: She has to go face the issues that started all of her problems now that she's mature enough to do so. She has to go home and mend her relationship with her mother and step-siblings, and she does.
  • Two, because it symbolizes equality in her relationship with Ryuuji. Throughout the show, their relationship is actually rather unhealthy, as Ami points out a number of times in the later episodes. Ryuuji is doting on Taiga and doing a lot of things for her that she should be doing for herself. Their relationship is more of a father/daughter relationship than one of equals (Ami also says this directly once). This is unhealthy for Ryuuji, too, as it feeds into his "I have to take care of everything and everyone" mindset, one he got from his own home life. Taiga leaves to fix her own shit, demonstrating her independence from Ryuuji as a capable person of her own, and Ryuuji accepts and respects her decision despite it hurting him, demonstrating that he acknowledges Taiga is an equal to him and not someone he needs to do everything for. The scene after the end credits, which you've hopefully watched by now, is almost between two new people. It's one of mature, equal people who truly understand each other.

It is never explicitly mentioned in the Light Novel or the anime as to what exactly she did during this time period. However, her note to Ryuuji:

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As translated in this answer reads:

Ryuuji, I... always thought that there was no way anybody would ever love me. But maybe I was just running away [from my problems?]. I blamed my lack of confidence on my parents... on my situation. But even so, you loved me the way I was. I'll be proud of myself...

Because I want to love you, Ryuuji.

Aisaka Taiga"

Which does imply that she went to spend time with her family to change herself and become a self-dependent person as stated on Reddit.


The original canon Light Novel on which the anime is supposedly based on tells that Ryuuji let Taiga go so that she could be with her mom, and her new father and her brother. Taiga drops out from school and transfers to a new school. Initially all their friends are extremely angry on Ryuuji, about how he could let her go and not stop her, but they then accept his and her feelings.

Though, unlike the anime, Taiga returns back the next school year(Third Year of High School) in the LN

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    You may consider including links/sources to your answer to improve credibility. Eg. plot synopsis towards relevant points in the questions – Tyhja Dec 8 '15 at 17:00
  • Considering that the last time Taiga is seen is during Ryuji's graduation, it is not possible that she returned in the third year. Remember: the plot begins when they're in their second year. – Makoto Dec 14 '15 at 0:58

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