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Tsundere for Soccer – Weird Wednesday

Posted on: June 16, 2010

Thanks, age-soft.

"Pr...Pretty average. But... well done."

The World Cup is a fascinating time to study Japan, because they approach the event with all the tentative enthusiasm of a lifelong Cubs fan. The Samurai Blue aren’t bad at all – though the two own goals during the World Cup friendlies made me doubt that for a while – but going toe to toe with the Brazilian, Spanish, and Italian teams on the world stage can really teach a nation about humility.

I remember tales of school children crying themselves to sleep after Australia’s 3-1 comeback win over Japan back in 2006, and the Japanese community has been very cautiously optimistic about this year’s Cup finals. Even after the team’s 1-0 upset over Cameroon this year, the Japanese fan base is trying to curb their enthusiasm with limited success. See above for an example of this, translated into terms that otaku can understand: tsundere. It’s so appropriate an analogy for the oft-burned fans that I adore it. Thanks, Age Soft (Muv-Luv, KimiNozo).

And, just because I can: Argentina’s legendary Diego Maradona turned into a girl, via EBBA on Pixiv.

Diego Maradona, eat your heart out.

I think more people would watch soccer if Maradona looked like this.

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5 Responses to "Tsundere for Soccer – Weird Wednesday"

Don’t misunderstand, it’s not like I scored that goal for you or anything!

I’D watch soccer then. Cuz otherwise, I just can’t get interested. : /

The Cubs fan analogy is a good one, Dom. I feel much the same way about the US going into every World Cup — cautious optimism with a sincere sense of dread. Japan’s hesitancy is understandable given it plays the Netherlands next, and while the Dutch didn’t look all that hot against Denmark, they have the talent and nastiness to make Saturday’s game really ugly in a short amount of time.

And if Maradona looked like that, I could almost be convinced to back Argentina to win and make good on his promise to run naked through the streets of Buenos Aires.

ALMOST.

It would also explain why the Hand of God goal was not called back – ref wasn’t looking at the ball.

2006, i was at that game. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!

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