Tomo-Chan Is a Girl! is a lovable new romantic comedy anime making its debut within the Winter 2023 anime season. This anime guarantees to be an entertaining and relatable story about an brisk teenage lady and her quest to seek out real love, however Tomo Aizawa is sabotaging her personal enchantment together with her tsundere methods.
The tsundere archetype is extremely common, and Tomo is a real tsundere together with her brash, defensive angle and hidden candy facet as a love-struck maiden. The downside is that Tomo expresses her annoyance and frustration together with her fists, and never simply in a karate coaching corridor. She is yet one more violent tsundere — an archetype that merely must go away.
Every anime fan is aware of the fundamentals of the tsundere archetype, together with the everyday quick mood, confrontational angle and secretly loving facet. That in itself is completely superb, however the issue is when tsunderes, often feminine ones, categorical their anger or annoyance with violent acts. Physical slapstick humor is regular for comedy, however after some extent, anime tsunderes like Tomo Aizawa, Taiga Aisaka and Chitoge Kirisaki are normalizing violence and even trivializing it as one thing humorous. At a look, it is merely an excessive bodily gag, however by now, the anime group has acknowledged this for the issue it’s.
Anime followers would possibly learn even deeper into this and see a double customary with comedic bodily drive, with violent tsundere ladies simply being themselves whereas a male tsundere could be deeply shamed for doing one thing related, particularly to the alternative intercourse. Chivalrous boys and males would by no means permit themselves to hurt and even verbally annoy a woman, however tsundere ladies aren’t returning the favor. Perhaps some tsundere ladies are even benefiting from that chivalry and placing the boys who anger them with out fearing the implications. Violence is violence, irrespective of who’s throwing a punch at whom, and it sends a horrible message to indicate tsundere ladies benefiting from social norms and chivalry about male-female relations.
At greatest, this will likely weaken a tsundere lady’s enchantment when she is hitting random boys round her, most of all her love curiosity. At worst, this violent tsundere lady pattern could spark a cycle of male-vs-female violence, as all bets could be off if tsundere ladies saved hitting individuals and benefiting from male chivalry. Confusing and troublesome questions on gender norms, violence, chivalry and double requirements would fly each which means, and even now, there are some fuzzy boundaries. Violent tsundere ladies, which now embody Tomo Aizawa, solely irritate the issue by treating such unprovoked violence as a visible gag or minor character flaw. Too typically, characters’ problematic damaging traits are written off as mere persona quirks, and it is particularly widespread in ladies. However, as soon as the violence is acknowledged for what it’s, one thing may be completed about it.