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When Tsundere Goes Too Far

Posted on: December 4, 2009

Mayoi-Neko Overrun hurts my brain

Really? I mean, really?

I’m as big a fan of the tsundere character archetype as anyone. But in many cases, it’s so overused and formulaic that it becomes a parody of itself. Take the image above as an example. You may not know what you’re looking at above – that’s from the homepage of Mayoi Neko Overrun!, the series of romcom light novel  that’s getting a Yabuki Kentarou-penned manga as well as an AIC anime next year.

The box the girls are in is a variation on the “Please take me in to a good home” box that abandoned cats are left in. It says “I didn’t say I wanted you to take me in, okay?!” In stereotypical tsundere speak, it actually means “I want you to take me in, but I’m too proud to say it myself, so I’m going to drop a huge hint for you to take me in. Meanwhile, I can keep a scrap of dignity by protesting the entire way even though I’ll secretly enjoy every second of it.”

I have to admit that it’s kind of funny seeing that kind of cliched line on the side of a catbox, but at the same time it’s a little sad that writers and artists are trotting out the same old lines over and over and over again with only slight variations.

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3 Responses to "When Tsundere Goes Too Far"

You’re gonna get taken home!

Also, slightly off-topic but, that image reminds me the artist Peko. I know he’s not the artist here, but they look very much like the kind of characters he would draw :s

Never really been a fan of the Tsundere archetype, unless loads of hilarious and gratuitous violence is applied to the hero.

The name of the light novel reminds me of Nyan Koi (which is running this season).

I like the tsundere character in more realistic manga and anime, less in the fanciful or fantastic stories that they are more prevalent in. The problem with the character (and this is no doubt related to the larger problem of sticking too closely to character archetypes) is that tsundere rarely seem to get developed in personality beyond tsundere. They are given two sides and this counts as dynamic in most anime/manga so they don’t have to develop.

So basically, I think I agree.

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