"Mei-chan no Shitshuji" was an entertaining show that had this strange forbidden master-and-servant theme interwoven in this shoujo fantasy comedy. There was little chemistry between the Mei and her butler Rihito, but hey, it's still a little thrill to fantasize having a handsome butler serve you to the point of fighting duels for you.
"Toradora" was a very non-anime anime. I could imagine this being done in a live-action version. It's got all the makings of a good drama: unconfessed love, various high school festivals and outings, likeable characters, and no need for CGI (like mecha, elves, or aliens). Sorry to see this fun anime end.