Targeting one of the most controversial topics in existence, right up there next to politics and religion, a list has been assembled ranking what a group of many otaku have voted to be the top 10 tsundere characters.
Take a look at the ranking below:
1.) Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)
These results are enough to incite flaming riots across the nations – surely any can agree that most, if not all, featured on this list are what is called, “a tsundere”, however the ordering of them is where more than a fair portion of us will not find common ground. Yet even worse, it is unlikely everyone shall feel the entries of this list to be fitting – considering that after all, this is intended to be a listing of “the top 10″ of all tsunderes, the utmost “tsun tsun” and “dere dere” of the tsundere.
Before immediately using personal preference as an excuse, there is actually another method one could rightfully use to judge which tsundere of the many thousands takes the top spot in a bout as this, one to determine who boasts the highest degree of relevant tsundere qualities – and that would be to metric them according to how well they fit the definition of the term “tsundere”.
Unfortunately, this word “tsundere” has essentially become all-inclusive to account for far more than it should – and thus, there is no measurable standard of tsundere. As such, the word is more so a popularity wildcare – if many are willing to recognize a character as tsundere, then similarly to lies becoming truth in the tale of Puss-in-Boots, that character will have become a tsundere.
Taking a phrase from Nisemonogatari, a fraud may be more real than the real thing.
And so returning to the chart of tsunderes, one truly cannot debate any tsundere to be more so a tsundere than another – one can however complain about the absence of certain tsunderes from this chart which purportedly contains the cream of the tsundere crop. Everyone’s favorite little sister, Kousaka Kirino, is nowhere to be seen – and neither is her gothic lolita friend, Kuroneko, who is definitely a high-ranking member of the tsundere class.
Another notable tsundere not found is Symphogear’s Yukine Chris, a female who is greatly superior to most tsunderes in that she adheres to nearly the original definition of the word – all without any of the much argued violence.
It’s truly quite variable a list as the subject itself is seemingly elastic – though nonetheless, this data shall do well to contribute to the ongoing study of tsunderes.