Katagiri Yuuhi: This is how you do tsundere

Akane-iro Somaru Saka

Man, Yuuhi is the best Kugyuu tsundere role I’m enjoying in a long while. Shana was fresh at first, but when they followed up with Louise (arguably taking it to an extreme) and to a lesser extent, Nagi, I just didn’t really feel they were true “tsundere”‘s anymore, mainly for the lack of real romance development in their respective characters. All you were getting were the “tsun” parts but not really any “dere” ones. It’s kinda like ordering fried chicken only to find they are mostly skin and bones, with the real meat hiding somewhere else.

Akasaka’s Yuuhi finally returns Kugyuu in the role of a real tsundere (in my books at least), and the latest episode just proves that for me. It’s really the gradual transition from “tsun” to “dere” that catches my heart in any romance story and Akasaka pulls that off quite decently in Yuuhi’s attitude towards Junichi.

Of course, it does quite help that Yuuhi has the advantage over the other Kugyuu tsundere roles by being quite a normal girl except for her being rich and as well as being quite the tennen type when left to her own devices. You just can’t beat expressions like this..

Akane-iro Somaru Saka
… as well as parodies like this (can someone tell me where this is from? It’s familiar but I don’t know what it is)

Akane-iro Somaru Saka

On a less-related but quite important sidenote, Minato, which is playing out to be quite the top-tier imouto, has hinted of a darker past which is gradually revealing itself bit by bit. I just hope the show doesn’t pull a SHUFFLE! on us. I’d like to add that Aya Hirano is proving quite impressive with her seiyuu work on Minato as well, and she seems to be leaning towards her Konata-voice this season, judging from her other role as Ayu in Hyakko.

Lastly, I hope the writers won’t try to put in to much distracting filler character episodes. It quite seems when they do that, they suddenly have the IQ of a mentally-retarded child, especially when it comes to Ayanokouji’s spotlight-stealing antics. Episode 4 was just plain torture and now that episode 6 is about her inviting them somewhere again.. I’m a bit worried about the future of this show.


  1. Setsukyie Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

    Yep, gotta agree that Yuuhi is the best Kugyuu tsundere role I’ve seen so far. It’s a perfect balance between tsun tsun and dere dere. Plus, she’s the cutest Kugyuu role so far. ^_^

    As for that parody, I’ve seen it before in Honey & Clover, Morita made that face.
    Whether it originated from H&C or not, who knows..

  2. Syaoran Li Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

    I’m with you, hopefully episode 6 will serve a better porpuse than episode 4.

  3. justsomeguy Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    The parody seems somewhat reminiscent of Higurashi?

  4. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

    I’m keeping tab on this just to see if there’s wincest.

  5. tj han Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

    The hell.

    Tsunderes are out of fashion already. I still think the Clannad Tsunderes are better…

  6. arigatou Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

    The way Yuuhi taken that kind of emo (blush with tongue)
    It is taken from Seto No Hanayome since I’ve seen that kind of emo there don’t remember what episode though.

    She’s really back in a Tsundere role but her role as Icy Stalker on Rosario X Vampire don’t know if it could be called Tsundere too…

    Oh Taiga is definitely pure Tsuntsun 80% 20% Deredere

  7. catrophy Said,

    November 4, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

    you made no note oof the manliness of geno killer in the theatre :( was SHOCK to hear that dramatic voice change
    its nice to see a notasviolent kugyuu and sometimes politish

  8. Cokematic Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 12:30 am

    “…Yuuhi has the advantage over the other Kugyuu tsundere roles by being quite a normal girl except for her being rich..”
    Nagi too?

    Ep 4 made me want to *wrist* in wile emo rage. Seriously, it was so bad I was considering dropping it. Ep 5 was good redemption though.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 12:47 am

    @Setsukyie: I believe the gag is a Japanese pop culture related, as it’s not only seen in H&C but a number of places too. I just don’t know the origin.

    @catrophy: The point of the post was my enjoyment of Yuuhi really. Junichi isn’t bad as the male lead though.

    @Cokematic: Well, Yuuhi is humble and polite around others, but Nagi isn’t as much so…

  10. edogawaconan Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    it’s also there in Toradora ep 4


  11. Jun-01 Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 1:08 am

    It’s a reference to Peko-chan, the well-known mascot of Fujiya, a chain of confectionery stores in Japan.

    She’s always portrayed with that face the show parodied. It’s not too much often, but in some anime and manga titles, a character parodies her face expression for comic purposes, usually while is giving a thumbs up or doing something else.

    Wikipedia’s article about her:

  12. animeBSD · Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka episode 5 Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 1:13 am

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  13. Nathan Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 2:45 am

    that tongue parody, looks like Honey and Clover.

  14. ryggim Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 3:38 am

    Don’t remind me of episode 4 please T____T I can’t remember the last show that made me skip most of the parts, I did pause it a few times when they revealed Minato’s dress hehehe Seriously though, episode 4 made me want to drop this show (the animation quality dropped a lot in that episode too) But thanks to 5 I’m glad to see it progressing well then comes the preview, sometimes I don’t like previews T____T Why can’t it be like Kannagi’s? They just show the title for next week that’s all ^^ Anyways, There are still a few more episodes before we can lay the verdict for this one. I just hope it’s the good one.

  15. hashihime Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 4:11 am

    This is my favorite Kugumiya tsundere role, too, and for the same reason: I want more dere with my tsun. But some people most enjoy the tsuntsun part of these roles, so perhaps that’s why there is some negative reaction around.

    This show is definitely falling behind Kannagi on 2channel. Kannagi has gone from well behind after one week, to just barely ahead a week ago, to about 5000 posts ahead (43,000 to 38,000) now. In my opinion, Kannagi is just a much better made show, but this has some good serious character interaction, while Kannagi is superior in humor and animation.

  16. Ryan A Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 5:19 am

    What the hell, damn I guess I should proceed with this past episode 1, at least to hear this tsundere go. lol

  17. Chaos2Frozen Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    Actually, I thought Nagi was more dere than tsun, but even so it’s not very prominent as the other tsunderes ^^ Especially as the story progess, you’ll hardly notice it at all, the Nagi now is definitely different from when she had started…

    …But in any case *cough* Yes, Yuuhi is great :) As long as she keeps up this performance in episode 5, everything would be smooth…

  18. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    @Jun-01: Oh thanks a lot. Finally know the source of that meme.

    @hashihime: It’s undeniable some people do like the overtly tsun-tsun roles she plays, but to me, it’s not enjoyable at all after nearly 3 years of watching them. Yeah, it’s been that long, lol.

    As for show popularity, I’m not and won’t be claiming Akasaka is the superior show over Kannagi, and in fact I hate making such comparisons when you’re essentially comparing apples with oranges on which of them has the better IQ. It just doesn’t make sense, you see.

    @Chaos2Frozen: Which I why I added the caveat, “to a lesser extent”. Nagi isn’t as bad as Louise or Shana in the tsuntsun department, but when it comes to progressing in the romance game… she’s even further behind them both. At least both Shana and Louise have made their other halves realise their feelings, but Nagi and Hayate seems all but hopeless, XD.

  19. Chaos2Frozen Said,

    November 5, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    Technically, she was under the impression that Hayate likes her (that way) as well, so there’s no need to make her feelings known when he supposely already knows ^^

    Now if you’re comparing rabu-rabu points, well then… ^^;

  20. jjshaka Said,

    November 6, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    Yuuhi was just awseome- your so right ,she was the perfect tsundere in this episode.
    Terrific site by the way-thanks very much

  21. Jason Said,

    November 6, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    This episode does seem like a good leap away from the perpetual violent tsun of the other Kugyuu roles. There is also something implaceably magnetic about the show. Hopefully it keeps getting better.

  22. yoshikee Said,

    November 9, 2008 @ 11:10 am

    the parody is from this one candy in japan, something-chan, something on the liens of milky-chan, anyways it’s a uber popular candy in japan and the mascot has that :P face all of the time…actually kinda creepy…

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