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Tsundere Mash-Up

Welcome to the third Tsundere Mash-Up blog (female edition)! Our combatants are Shana (Shakugan no Shana) and Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière (The Familiar of Zero). Yesterday, I set up a match between Saya and Louise, but Daniel points out that Saya is not a tsundere and that she is just bitchy and whiny. My apologies, guys and gals, I haven't watch enough anime to learn the tsundere way. Don't get me started on Moe. I have no clue about that concept.

Anyway, let the tsundere battle begin! Both characters are voiced by Rie Kugimiya who is known for voicing lots of tsundere characters.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tsundere characters, here is a definition by our Anime Vice wiki editors:

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Facts

I tried not to give too much facts that leads to spoilers. Beware of the facts I give if you are looking forward to try these series. Also, I used "implied" for love interests because some folks noted that I spoiled them about possible relationships. My bad.

  • Shana is a Flame Haze after making a contract with the Crimson god Alastor and fights Crimson Denizens.
  • Shana's implied love interest is Yuji Sakai.
  • Why she is a tsundere: Since she is a bit reclusive, she tends to get possessive of Yuji.
  • Forms of Abuse: She stabs Yuji with her sword.
  • Example: She beats Yuji every time Yuji sees her undress. Yuji does not do this on purpose.
  • Louise is from a noble lineage of mages, but she sucks at magic. She tries to summon a familiar but ends up summoning Saito Hiraga.
  • Louise's implied love interest is Saito.
  • Why she is a tsundere: She gets jealous and usually beats or whips Saito whenever she sees Saito talks with other girls.
  • Forms of Abuse: Physical - uses a whip or kicks Saito in the crotch.
  • Example: Louise gets jealous when Saito and Tiffany hang out. (I don't have an exact example. Feel free to add one.)

Given the facts, who do you see as the most/better Tsundere character?

I noticed trailers are popular, but it's tough to find tsundere clips since I keep getting AMVs or awkward love moments.

If you have better videos, please leave them in the comments. I add them to the blog.

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Tsundere Mash-Up

Welcome to the third Tsundere Mash-Up blog (female edition)! Our combatants are Saya Takagi (Highschool of the Dead) and Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière (The Familiar of Zero). I pick these two because they both have pink hair and share a higher status in society. I find it interesting that most tsundere female characters are blonde.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tsundere characters, here is a definition by our Anime Vice wiki editors:

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Facts

I tried not to give too much facts that leads to spoilers. Beware of the facts I give if you are looking forward to try these series.

  • Saya Agata is a rich and smart girl from the HOTD franchise where she and her gang have to fight zombies (Them) in order to survive.
  • Saya's love interest is Takashi Komuro. What is interesting is that she displays most of her tsundere traits on Kohta Hirano, a gun otaku.
  • She is more abusive in her words, and Kohta is the only one who does not mind Saaya's insults.
  • Example: When Kohta gets pick on by her father's followers, Saya finally appears and backs him up.
  • Louise is from a noble lineage of mages, but she sucks at magic. She tries to summon a familiar but ends up summoning Saito Hiraga.
  • Louise's implied love interest is Saito.
  • She gets jealous and usually beats or whips Saito whenever she sees Saito talks with other girls.
  • Example: Louise gets jealous when Saito and Tiffany hang out. (I don't have an exact example. Feel free to add one.)

Given the facts, who do you see as the most/better Tsundere character?

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Tsundere Mash-Up

Welcome to the second Tsundere Mash-Up blog (female edition)! Our combatants are Astarotte Ygvar (Astarotte's Toy) and Haruna (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?). I pick these two because they are violent loli girls who have snaggle tooth. Also, they both sang one time.

For those who are unfamiliar with Tsundere characters, here is a definition by our Anime Vice wiki editors:

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Facts

I tried not to give too much facts that leads to spoilers. Beware of the facts I give if you are looking forward to try these series.

  • Astarotte is a succubus who hates men. Yet, when she matures, she has to form a harem of men in order to survive by taking their semen.
  • Astarotte's love interest is Naoya Tohara who she finds perverted. At first, she hates him due to his gender. Like all tsundere, she warms up to Naoya.
  • If Naoya sees someone's panties, she punishes him with silly requests such as having him cross dress.
  • Example: She secretly wants Naoya step in and say he loves her during the scene where a foreign prince tries to propose to her at school.
  • Haruna is a magical girl (Masou Shoujo) who hunts Megalos for a living until she meets Ayumu who robs her of her magical powers. Now, she is forced to live with the pervert.
  • Haruna's love interest is Ayumu Aikawa, but it's implied because Haruna never confessed in the series.
  • She usually beats him bloody for doing perverted things.
  • Example: It's implied that Haruna has feelings for Ayumu because she beat Ayumu in jealously when she sees Ayumu and Yuki are getting close.
  • Note: According to Dai, Haruna remembers people's name who she deemed important.

Given the facts, who do you see as the most/better Tsundere character?

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Tsundere Mash-Up

Welcome to the first Tsundere Mash-up blog (female edition)! Our combatants are Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Lum (Urusei Yatsura). I pick these two because they are oldest and well known Tsundere characters.

Facts

I tried not to give too much facts that leads to spoilers. Beware of the facts I give if you are looking forward to try these series.

Definition of Tsundere Characters

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Via Anime Vice

Asuka SoryuLum Invader
  • She is a prideful woman who wants to be recognized as an Evangelion pilot.
  • Her love interest is Shinji Ikari who she finds a pathetic loser. Despite how she views Shinji, she flirts and teases Shinji. Like all tsundere characters, she can get abusive. She uses words as main form of abuse.
  • Lum is an Oni Alien of royal heritage. Her race invades the planet earth, and when Lum plays tag with an Earth boy, Ataru Moroboshi, to determine the fate of man kind, she falls in love with him.
  • Lum is only abusive with Ataru if she sees Ataru flirting with other girls. She shocks Ataru for his unfaithfulness.

Given the facts, who do you see as the most/better Tsundere character?

Note: Unfortunately, I have not seen the anime shows to get to know these girls. Feel free to correct facts that I researched. A lot of people argue that Lum is not a tsundere character. I couldn't think of classic character of a well known series to combat Asuka.

I will do more mash-ups since Gia did some for the Moe concept. Oh yeah, I welcome any improvements to these threads.

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Welcome to weekly Sket Dance report! I couldn't fit the full name of the episode, He's Interested in the Sister and the Brother's Interested in Him. If you guys and gals have a suggestion for the title of this report, feel free to drop a comment. I'm not that creative with titles.

Plot

When Shinba Michiru mentions that Saaya and Sasuke are close, Sojiro thinks they are a couple. He decides to investigate to protect his little sister, and Saaya thinks Sojiro knows about her crush on Bossun.

Will Sojiro find out about Saaya's crush?!

Verdict

Good

The two Tsundere meet each other
The two Tsundere meet each other
  • Ah! It's another hilarious episode that revolves around misunderstandings and romance. I love how this episode show more of Saaya and Sojiro's relationship. For the first time, Sojiro is the funny guy in the show.
  • It's Tsundere day when Saaya and Tsubaki get acquainted with each other. Saaya is very curious about how Tsubaki is getting along with Bossun. I find their interaction interesting and how the two blush a lot.
  • To add to the hysteria in this episode, Tsubaki is oblivious to what's going on between Sojiro, Saaya, and Bossun.

Bad

Show me the parents!
Show me the parents!
  • I wished they show Saaya and Sojiro's parents. I wonder if Saaya's mom looks like Saaya and vice versa for Sojiro's dad. That was pretty much it.

Points of Interest

Mario Kart Reference
Mario Kart Reference
  • Kudos to the guys and gals who caught the Mario Kart reference. I caught it on the second time when I doing wiki work for AV.
  • Strangely enough, Sojiro didn't go "Ka, Ka, Ka!"

Overall, this episode is great and it's not a request based episode. It's a refreshing change while it introduces more of Sojiro and Saaya's relationship. I bet you guys and gals would love the episode if you're a Sojiro fan.

Thanks

Thank you everyone for reading the weekly report. Please support the franchise and the wiki editors who are working hard in Anime Vice and Sket Dance Wikia.

Note: Last week, I changed the reports since sickVisionz and DestinyHeroKnight cover Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto after Wednesday.

For wiki progress: I finished Ep. 65. I was busy with Sket Dance Wikia and Giant Bomb as well as adding new stuff to the new summer anime wiki projects. For my teammates, Kuro and Anna are on vacation. Hal is working on Ranma 1/2.

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Overview

Welcome to the weekly Sket Dance report! I'm Taka, a regular wiki editor here at Anime Vice and Sket Dance Wikia. Last week's episode was fun to watch, and it had a wonderful ending where Bossun and Sasuke are warming up to each other as brothers.

Plot

Bossun plays Switch's Sim game on the DSP and gets frustrated over the Tsundere girl. The gang gets a visit from Saaya who acts just like that Tsundere girl from the video game. Saaya requests the Sket Dan to help her get rid of her Tsundere personality. Bossun comes up with a solution to allow Saaya to hang out with them. Later on, Saaya has the Sket Dan and Chiaki rescue an owl they named Hōsuke. They take care of the owl, so it can go back to the wild on its own.

Can Saaya get rid of her Tsundere personality and will Hōsuke get back home?

Verdict

Beware of spoilers!

New Characters In This Episode

Saaya
Saaya
Saaya is our first tsundere girl in Sket Dance! She is a very typical, generic tsundere. For those who hate tsunderes, she might annoy you a bit. If you see this episode, she has a better side.
Hosuke, the mascot of Sket Dance?
Hosuke, the mascot of Sket Dance?
Hosuke is the owl that Saaya, Chiaki, and the Sket Dan brought to their homeroom. He is a cute little owl who gets along with everyone.
Is Hosuke the mascot of Sket Dance?!

Good

Bossun: Can you see how I feel, you insensitive clod?
Bossun: Can you see how I feel, you insensitive clod?
  • Bossun's demonstration of a typical Tsundere girl is spot on. His acting made me laugh because it's so true.
  • Hosuke is a cute owl. I love how Switch frightens them with his facts, and then, Hosuke is surprisingly tame which makes Switch statement go down.
  • Another tsundere in this episode, Sasuke, gets tease by his fellow students. It's a great scene.

Bad

  • For those who don't like fan service or feel that Sket Dance doesn't need it, Saaya's Gainax Bounce would be a turn off. It's happened twice in the series with Mimori doing it in episode 23 where Hime and the girls became so small and cute. Personally, I don't think Sket Dance needs fan service like this. Gintama doesn't have boob bounce physics. Come on Sket Dance!
  • This episode trumps its manga counterpart's story by making them cohesive.

Bizarre

Saaya and Sojiro, what a small world
Saaya and Sojiro, what a small world
  • It's interesting to see how Saaya gets smitten with the oblivious Bossun. Looks like Hime has competition for fans who believe in Bossun x Hime.
  • I was so surprised that Sojiro and Saaya are brother and sister. I don't see much similarities yet.
  • Chiaki is wearing her golden lion brooch from the Genesis episode. It looks good on her.
  • Hosuke and the Sket Dance logo are similar because the Sket Dan logo resembles an owl. You know Hosuke could be Sket Dan's new mascot.

Overall, this episode is excellent and a good start to the second year of Sket Dance. The ending credits looks beautiful with the cherry blossoms. Strangely, Saaya gets the spotlight in this one. It makes wonder if they will do that the same for Koma, a new character coming up in the next episode.

Thanks

Thank you everyone for reading my team's report. Give a round of applause to my teammates here in Anime Vice community. They're awesome people.

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and to Lynxian, my partner in Sket Dance Wikia. I'm supporting both wikia communities because I love Sket Dance.

Wiki Progress:

All I have done last week is to finish this episode's wiki page and create pages for the new characters. If you guys can contribute, it would be fantastic. Check out our Wiki Vitae List.

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Note: I am not trying to elicit sympathy or advice. I am just trying to share some ideas on something I have realized, which happens to be related to anime. Also, I am a guy, not a girl.

Tsundere is a Japanese term used to describe a character. It is mostly used to describe a female character who is initially cold or hostile toward others. But after a while they show a warmer, more caring side. It is derived from the terms “tsuntsun”, meaning to turn away in disgust and “deredere” meaning lovey dovey. Such characters appear frequently in dating sims and visual novels, but have recently become more popular in anime and other mediums.

I think what ties together most tsundere characters is the fear of being left alone. In other words, what is the point of investing all these feelings for another person if they’re just going to leave me, or I’ll have to leave them? The tsundere continues to be wary of interacting with other people and being sure to not show anything that could be mistaken as a show of love. Or at least being sure not to show too much. Then eventually they meet someone that they fall in love with. Usually the tsundere is passive throughout the falling-in-love process, as he/she is approached by the other person on multiple occasions as the relationship develops. Then they live happily together because finally the tsundere can count on someone to be there for them and never leave them

Now I just want to look at 3 characters that exhibit tsundere traits. Squall from the video game Final Fantasy 8: You meet Squall when he’s 17 years old. He grew up in an orphanage before being transferred to Balamb Garden to train to become a mercenary. When living at the orphanage he looked up to a girl named Ellone. But she leaves the orphanage before he does. There are flashbacks that show a young Squall standing at the entrance of the orphanage saying stuff like, “Sis, I’m gonna be alright.” At Balamb Garden he gains the reputation of being something of a lone wolf, never relying on others and keeping to himself. Once he becomes a mercenary and goes out to do missions across the world, he begins to open up to his party members and learns to care for others.

In particular he falls in love with Rinoa. Rinoa keeps teasing Squall and giving hints to him. It takes a lot for Squall to eventually open up to Rinoa and the others, but I can’t really blame him for being cold at first. I first played this when I was around 9 years old. After playing this game, I had a really strong liking for Rinoa or girls like Rinoa.

Mio Aoyama from The World God Only Knows: For those that don’t know, Keima has to help his demon friend, Elsie, capture loose souls. Loose souls take refuge in hearts that aren’t full of love. Since a loose soul has resided in Mio’s heart Keima, the protagonist, has to make Mio fall in love with him in order to push out the loose soul so Elsie can capture it.

Mio is seen as the rich girl, however she lives in a run down apartment since her father died a few years ago. Keeping with a tsundere’s cold passiveness, Mio gives Keima the cold shoulder and never compliments Keima’s actions, sometimes even ridiculing him. An example of this is when Keima picks Mio up to go to school each morning in a carriage that he drags himself. Mio who grew up in high-society, where people are often quickly judged by how much money they have, has learned to become wary of others. Especially those that are nice to them. The best way to not lose anything is by not giving anything in the first place. Eventually though, she does fall in love with Keima, someone she can trust, the loose soul is ousted and captured. Those that have watched TWGOK, will realize that the happy conclusion of each arc is ambiguous. Here I just want to draw attention to how Mio is almost entirely passive throughout the relationship.

Lastly, Victorique de Blois, the protagonist from Gosick: Victorique is a small teenage girl, with long blonde hair and dresses in frilly dresses. She spends most of her in the garden at the very top of a large library reading books and eating snacks. She is also extremely good at solving mysteries and has a sharp tongue. Early on the relationship between Kujo and her is established. However, Victorique goes out of her way to be cold toward Kujo, calling him an idiot and hardly ever showing gratitude to him when bringing her snacks or trying to help her down from a tree.

It is revealed later in the story that Victorique was abandoned by her parents when she was very little. This helps explain her cold nature. As Victorique and Kujo experience more together, learn more about the mystery cases that they are involved in, and ultimately learn more about her past, she eventually opens up to Kujo and truly cares for him. By watching the series the viewer begins to realize that Kujo is here to stay and no matter how bone-headed it may seem, he’ll do almost anything for Victorique.

Even though Victorique is great at solving mysteries, she is still very passive in terms of her relations with other people, including Kujo. In one case, when she is effectively a kidnapped damsel in distress, instead of leaving behind a “help me” note for Kujo she leaves a note saying, “idiot”.

For whatever reason, I have recently realized that I am something of a tsundere. This helps explain why I don’t really like watching tsundere characters in anime, because it reminds me of me. I try to keep to myself and not let others know what I am thinking. A part of me thinks that if I let others in on my thoughts, this might be something that can be used against me in the future. The only person I can really rely on is myself, why rely on others when they just leave eventually?

But there’s a whole other part of me (the “dere” part, if you will) that realizes how important it is interact with others. That wants to fall in love and have lasting friendships. That believes you only get out of something as much as you put into it. Which means I can’t be passive my whole life, or else I won’t get anything out of it. Even so, I still have a hard time expressing this side of me.

In games or anime it’s different because the characters are completely scripted. They’re not real, and are only an artist’s representation of real characters and real actions. The game/anime can end on a happy note, but in real life there’s always a tomorrow until it ultimately ends in death.

Like always there’s isn’t really an easy answer. But I’ve gotten a few things from thinking about this and writing this blog post. I have a better appreciation for tsundere characters (especially Victorique, who I disliked throughout most of the series). I have realized something about myself from a new perspective. Maybe this will help me make decisions on how to act in the future.

Thank you for reading the entirety of this post.

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For a long time I had a bias against Tsunderes, because most of them, honestly, are annoying. Plus, you had to add the moe factor. Most anime/manga nowadays have moe tsundere characters, which make us swirl in a huge downward spiral to moeblobland, a place where there are no original stories, plotlines are linear and characters have to be pigtailed tsunderes/ meganekkos/ over or underdeveloped lolis. But thank God there are always exceptions.
 
Good stories and well written charactes always shine in a world in which uniformity reigns supreme. Tora Dora! is a good example.
 
I was quite reluctant to watch the series, so I tried with the manga first (which are based in a series of light novels). The story is very common indeed: the petite uber bad-tempered Taiga delivers a love letter to the wrong person, Ryuuji, which due to his facial features looks like a yakuza. Both find out they have crushes on their respective BFF's, Minori (a really hyperactive wackjob) and  Yuusaku (the perfect, too-good-to-be-true boy), and they decide to become allies to win the hearts of their respective love interests. We can guess how everything will end. Same goes with the anime, with slight differences.
 
But what is most attractive are the characters. Taiga is not a tsundere just because she likes it. She knows her flaws and weaknesses. She has a horrible, almost non-existent relationship with their parents (partly due to her temper), and hates being mocked for her size (I totally understand that; I'm barely 5ft. high) but stil, she tries to get along with people. She tries to go against her nature; same with Ryuuji, that all his life has struggled to be the opposite of what people may think he is: he is neat, responsible for himself and his super wacky mom, and a good student too. The entire cast fight against their flaws, imperfections and quirks in order to be better people.  These characters progressively evolve in surprising ways along the way, and dare to show their soft spots, not being afraid of wat people will say. Because it's good to let people see you just as you are. Even if you reveal yourself as a tender tsundere.
 
Why do I think it's so good? Because it's real.
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