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|Let's Go to the Ocean, You Say|
|Opening & Ending|
|Ending Song||Vanilla Salt|
For Whose Sake?
"Let's Go to the Ocean, You Say" is the 9th episode of Toradora! and was first aired on November 27, 2008. The screenwriter for the episode was Tatsuto Higuchi.
After Ryuuji and Taiga have a nightmare about being married to a begging Ryuuji, Taiga decides to create a plan to prevent it from coming true, by holding a badminton contest against Ryuuji to see who will "support the other side." Ryuuji wins and Taiga agrees to help him with a plan to get Minori closer to him by scaring her. They, along with Minori, Yusaku, and Ami, finally arrive at Ami's villa and while Ryuuji cleans the house, the others go to the beach and play. After dinner, Ryuuji and Minori talk about love and ghosts outside while having ice cream. The two go back inside and Taiga orders Ryuuji to make her a midnight snack since she is still hungry. The two of them go back to their rooms, and Ryuuji finds strands of hair and a sticky substance on his bed, while one of Taiga's dresses is covered with the same substance as Ryuuji's. Banging sounds emerge from the door and the balcony as the two grip each other in fear.
Prior to the trip to Ami’s villa, Ryuuji dreams of himself begging Taiga to marry him and the puppies that result from it. He realizes after he wakes up that this dream was the result of watching a DVD movie about someone giving birth to a dog-baby. As it turns out, Taiga had a similar dream, and she sees it as a warning for what will happen if they don’t do something about it. She feels that one of them needs to spend the whole trip supporting the other, and to decide who gets which role, they play a game of badminton. Ryuuji ends up winning, so Taiga is forced to help him, and her first contribution is to make a compilation of spirit voices for Minori to listen to. Taiga knows that Minori dislikes horror stuff, so the plan is to scare Minori and allow Ryuuji to come save her. She uses this on the train ride, and it has the desired effect on Minori. The group eventually arrives at Ami’s villa which overlooks the ocean, and while everyone else immediately goes to play on the beach, Ryuuji heads inside to do some cleaning. Everyone eventually comes back and helps him, and a little later, Yusaku is ready to go out to do some shopping with Ami’s motorcycle. Ryuuji suggests that he take Taiga, but she refuses because she claims she’s afraid of motorcycles, so Yusaku takes Minori instead.
After those two leave, Ryuuji heads upstairs and checks out the bathroom, but he discovers too late that Ami is already inside the shower. Ryuuji tries to leave, but she grabs his arm and tries to tempt him with doing something that they’ll keep a secret from everyone else. She emerges from the shower a moment later though to reveal that she’s fully dressed and had only been teasing him. Ryuuji ends up running to Taiga and telling her about what happened, so Taiga goes to talk with Ami. However, by the time Taiga gets up there, Ami really has started taking a bath, and Taiga emerges with a slap mark on her face, shocked at Ami’s body proportions. Minori and Yusaku return shortly thereafter with groceries, and Taiga and Ryuuji take the chance to scare Minori again by secretly waving some wet seaweed behind her to make her feel like a ghost was touching her. This adds to Minori’s paranoia since Taiga had earlier pointed out some seaweed by the beach that had looked like a person’s head, and Minori had feared that it was a corpse.
Around dinnertime, Ami and Taiga start fighting about the kind of curry they’ll be having, so Ryuuji promises to make Taiga’s portion sweet since that’s how she likes it. Because of this, Ami comments on how girls – including Minori – will dislike Ryuuji if he only treats Taiga specially. Minori and Yusaku then join the conversation one after another, but Yusaku appears wearing only a towel. Taiga almost faints from this, and after a moment of shock, Minori starts taking pictures. Unfortunately, Yusaku accidentally lets go of his towel, and Minori gets a brief view of something black before Ryuuji covers his friend back up. Ryuuji convinces Minori that it was the seaweed ghost, but that shocks her, and to make her feel better, he makes the curry super-spicy like she wants. Minori loves it, but everyone else has to suffer through it. Taiga isn’t feeling so well after eating the curry, so Yusaku offers her some stomach medicine. Ryuuji uses this chance to let Taiga be alone with Yusaku, and that in turn lets him be alone with Minori to wash the dishes.
After finishing up with the dishes, Minori offers Takasu some dessert, and the two eat together outside under the moonlight. Ryuuji thinks that this is a good chance, so he asks Minori if she has a boyfriend. Instead of directly answering him, Minori instead talks about the seaweed ghost and asks Ryuuji if he’s ever seen a ghost. When Ryuuji answers that he hasn’t, Minori explains that she believes in ghosts, but she’s never seen one and doesn’t believe the people who say they have. In a similar way, she believes that she’ll someday fall in love and get married, but she’s never felt that way with anyone. The people who do fall in love feel far away from her because she can’t see it. And so, just like with ghosts, she doesn’t think she’ll see it and is thinking of giving up, and the answer to his question is that she doesn’t. She then asks Ryuuji if he’s someone who sees ghosts, so Ryuuji answers that he’s someone who wants to see them – that’s why he goes to haunted places and watches scary DVDs. He feels that even for people who can sense the supernatural, they’d be surprised when they saw a ghost for the first time, and so Minori shouldn’t assume that she’ll never see it in her life.
Ryuuji hopes that she can someday see a ghost and suggests that there might be a spirit who wants to be seen by her. Minori in turn thinks that this is why all the strange things happened today – the seaweed ghost was trying to get her attention. Later that night, Taiga is feeling better and gets Ryuuji to heat up some leftovers for her. After the two eat, Taiga wonders what they should do tomorrow concerning their plan, but Ryuuji is more interested in what Taiga will do. Taiga admits to having been more strained than happy after being around Yusaku all day, and she notes how she has no problems when she’s with Ryuuji. She then starts to say something about the warning dream, but she stops herself. The two return to their respective rooms, however Ryuuji finds what appears to be hair and slime on his bed, and Taiga discovers one of her dresses stained on her bed. To make matters worse, while they’re looking at Taiga’s dress, they start to hear banging on the door and on the balcony window.
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