Day 17 of Anime

Day 17 - Favorite tsundere

I’m going to use the TV Tropes list to help this selection, because I simply can’t recall all the tsunderes I’ve seen. Of course there’s the one and only original of course - but is it a bit obvious to pick that? No, there must be someone better, surely?

Actually I’m going to split this into two shortlists.


  • Shana from Shakugan no Shana towards Sakai Yuuji
  • Kallen Stadtfeld/Kouzuki Karen from Code Geass towards Lelouch/Zero
  • Kannagi Ayano from Kaze no Stigma towards Yagami Kazuma

Come to think of it, Narusegawa Naru from Love Hina was the first tsundere character which I met in manga. I always questioned why you would call your daughter ‘Naru’ when ‘Naru’ was also in your name - oh well. I guess Inuyasha would my first tsundere in anime then.

Moving on…


  • Inuyasha from Inuyasha towards Kagome
  • Sohma Kyo from Fruits Basket towards Honda Tohru
  • Mikoshiba Mikoto from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun towards all girls (?)
  • Hori Masayuki from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun towards Kashima Yuu
  • Kamijou Hiroki from Junjou Romantica (Junjou Egoist) towards Nowaki Kusama

No wonder that there are more guys than girls haha. I can abide by the behaviour more from guys, but in some cases it can be just as frustrating (and also somewhat amusing I guess, since you mostly refer to girls as being tsundere). However, there is one instance where the tsuntsun deredere behaviour seems perfectly fine for a guy, which is the case of Hori and Kashima because of Kashima’s particular traits and talents.

Not purely a decision based on how tsundere they are, but I don’t think you can go wrong with Rie Kageyama, for favourite female tsundere I go with Shana. Who doesn’t like Ito Noizi’s designs? And I also like red hair. I guess you can’t get past the original tsundere after all…

For favourite male tsundere, I guess I will go with Hori. Hori and Kashima’s exchanges are just too amusing, and yet Hori truly admires her (for her acting). Not sure whether a romance would ever be possible between them though..

(Initially I wanted to put down Watanuki from xxxHolic. His exchanges with Doumeki are just so amazing and despite their quabbles, they inadvertently are tied together and end up in lots of situations together where they help each other out, no matter how unwillingly Watanuki looks to be. However – I never watched the anime, only read the manga. So. This. Is. Disqualified. ;-;)