Welcome to Anime Tropes - a series here on Side of Fiction where we delve into some of the most well-known, lesser-known, and every trope in between that anime has to offer. As I'm sure you know, anime is a medium not short of tropes, so there are many different ones to discuss. If you'd like me to look into a specific one, let me know, I'll add it to the proverbial list.
Point is, you should watch Toradora! in December. Even though Toradora really isn't a Christmas anime. Sure, it's about love. That's in the air this time of year, and the last third of the series takes place in winter, but that's about it.
The idea of a magician working with a thief sounds absurd, and that's because it is, yet it makes sense. Both Makoto and Hatena have vastly different approaches, yet they ultimately want the same thing: making people happy.