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..
… 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)
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.