Anime Vocab Lesson: Tsundere

We talk a lot about anime on this blog (because there is always so much to talk about!) but along with all these anime posts comes a lot of terms and jargon which you might not be completely familiar with. That is why I’ve decided to take it upon myself to launch a new series of posts here on the Viewster blog to help everyone learn what some of these strange words mean and where they come from.

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Today’s lesson: tsundere

Tsundere is a word that I like to use a lot because it is honestly my favorite type of character. In a nutshell, you can define a tsundere character as one who starts off with a cold, hostile or even rude personality in the beginning but gradually shows a warm, sweet and loving side. Great examples of these types of characters are Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works), Asuka (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Holo (Spice and Wolf) and Kirino Kousaka (OreImo) though it should be noted that men can also be tsundere. In fact one of the greatest jokes of OreImo is when Kirino describes a character in one of her eroge as being 100% tsun and 0% dere without realizing that she is actually describing herself perfectly up to that point in the series.

The word itself is actually a shortening of two Japanese words. First you have, ‘tsun tsun’ which is the cold, hostile side and ‘dere dere’ which is the word for when someone becomes all lovey and mushy towards someone.

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