Ogiue Chika, tsundere?06/08/2009
Ogiue Chika from Genshiken
Ogiue is introduced about halfway into the story. At first, she expresses indifference and hatred to those willing to befriend her and otakus respectively, despite being an otaku herself. These detrimental and conflicting feelings were caused by a past trauma that caused her to hate the very things she loves. She can’t help it, and therefore she is locked into a circle of hate that causes her to be alienated from her peers.
Not long after Sasahara and Ogiue meet, Sasahara begins to harbor feelings for her. Because Sasahara is an otaku, Ogiue refuse to acknowledge him as someone she could get involved with, thereby suppressing her own feelings for him.
Ogiue begins to express her love for Sasahara in an awkward and unconventional way, by drawing a “boys-love” manga featuring Sasahara and another senpai of hers. Because she is ashamed of it, and wants to keep it a secret from him, the gap in their relationship widens. But Sasahara refused to give up, and after inspecting the manga, despite Ogiue’s protests and being unscathed in the process, the two begin to go out.
One indicator of Ogiue’s transformation due to her new relationship with Sasahara is extremely evident. Her eyes begin to sparkle soon after she begins to date Sasahara and they remain sparkling for the remainder of the series. This “sparkle” symbolizes that she has gotten over her past and is ready to accept herself for who she is.
Ogiue makes a dramatic change in her character as the series progressed, a trait much needed to be considered as a part of a character archetype that is defined by being dynamic. Her tsun tsun aspects are hard to miss and quite brutal, while her dere dere aspects are just as potent. She even has a physical indicator of her transition from tsun to dere. Ogiue is an incredible tsunderekko.
Tsundere effectiveness: 9 urusais
Until next time…