Few studios do tsundere like ZEXCS. And they do it right because unlike most others who shape characters out of a tsundere core, ZEXCS first lovingly craft credible characters and THEN coax out tsundere qualities ONLY IF they are aligned with her personality. ZEXCS understands 3 key things about tsundere -
1. No one is ALWAYS tsundere.
2. Tsundere is not character but an expression of it.
3. Any girls in love CAN be made tsundere.
Adhering to these basis, the audience would then be assured not to get tsundere-poisoning (overdoses of unnecessary, unjustified tsundere) and yet able to enjoy strategically released tsundere charm from any female in the cast.
ZEXCS most recent triumph in the tsundere realm is Felli Loss. Traditionally there are 2 characters classes that make good tsunderes – ojousama (with their tremendous ‘royal’ pride) and brother-loving imouto (who need to hide their taboo inclinations). Adilicia (Rental Magica) and Nemu (Da Capo) are classic examples of well-crafted tsunderes from ZEXCS. With Felli, we can now officially add EQ-challenged psychokinesis users onto the list.
I don’t deny that my overwhelming love for Felli could be influenced to her light-hair attribute or Nakahara Mai voice but most of the credit needs to go ZEXCS for bringing out her endearing qualities. Underneath that seemingly violent, shin-bashing, disinterested facade lies a confused little girl, grappling with powerful feelings for Fon-fon yet having poorly developed avenues of expressing them.
For those who haven’t discovered Hontounia’s current top tsundere, do check out Chrome Shelled Regios – also my current favourite series airing. You may just find more than well-crafted, endearing tsunderes.