ツンドラ[tsundora]

August 8, 2007 at 6:09 am (otaku word)

 I think this term has not been generalized enough among anime fans, but at least for the fans of the certain idol group which consists of five female seiyus, it got settled somehow…The certain idol group is, yes, Aice5 by Yui Horie, Akemi Kanda, Masumi Asano, Chiaki Takahashi, Madoka Kimura. A friend of mine is a crazy fan of the group, especially Yui Horie and Madoka Kimura. He then says, Chiaki(the left girl in above image) is what’s called, ツンドラ[tsundora] among the fans. When I heard of this term, I thought it is spin-off -ツンデレ[tsundere]…but actually no. This means the tundra…the large flat areas of land in the north of Russia, Canada etc., where it is very cold and there are no trees. At any rate, we Japanese say 寒い[samuicold, freezing“] not only to mean it’s cold, but also to ridicule not very funny jokes. I have never seen Chiaki, but everytime she tries to be funny, it doesn’t go well so badly most of the time. But for fans of her, it is even a good 萌え[moe] point…Her jokes is extremely boring(as 寒いas the tundra), so this term, ツンドラ came up.

 So, ツンドラ means to freeze the atmosphere with a boring joke, or a person who does something like this. Have you ever seen an icy gust of wind blowing just after someone failed to make it funny with a joke in manga or anime?  That sort of thing.

 Speaking of freezing the atmosphere, I thought it is a synonym for 電波系[dempakei; see my previous post about this, please]. Having said that, 電波系 does not seem to have the intention to make everybody else laugh though they freeze the atmosphere. Meanwhile, ツンドラ系 seems to try to make us laugh on purpose…and fails. So, it has nothing to do with 電波系.

 There’s one synonym for this; サムカワ[samukawa]. Know this is an abbreviation of 寒くてかわいい[samukute kawaii,”cold and cute“]. Even though she is so cute, she is not funny at all…such a girl could be サムカワ. I think there is this type of person in the real world, but is there any in anime or manga?

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8 Comments

  1. Avplaya said,

    Isn’t it common to refer unfunny jokes as 寒い? Is ツンドラ an otaku term or a normal slang word?

    Isn’t one of the Momusu a ツンドラ as well? Was it Sayumin?

  2. bangin said,

    寒い is common in general, but ツンドラ is not common at all…at least it is well-known among Aice5 fans. It’s not a slang, I suppose so.

    Good example. Sayumin could be a ツンドラ. Do you know Asuka Fukuda who was one of the first stage members? I think she could be, too.

  3. Avplaya said,

    Sounds like ツンドラ should become an otaku slang…

    福田明日香 right? One of the original 5 with the round face? I think she went back to be a bartender or something? Didn’t know she like to freeze people with her jokes… But I think everyone was really only looking at なっち anyway.

  4. bangin said,

    Yes, I assume it should be a matter of time…

    In fact, I have seen the real 5 of them at that time. I went to see them at the studio. Before the show started, an assistant director came out and said to the audience,” If Asuka fails to make you laugh, please do laugh. Thank you for your understanding.”
    I was a big fan of なっち, but I didn’t dislike her. I heard she is also a voice trainer.

  5. Avplaya said,

    He actually apologized ahead for her 寒さ?wwww Thats’ pretty awesome. You saw them live… don’t tell me you went to a Hello! Morning set?! You were a hard core WOTA I guess… ^^

    Man you forced me to look up Momusu info again and now I’m reminded again that my only favorite Momusu Yossi is gone…. Boy if Momusu get into anymore trouble they should just start calling themselves “Friday Musume”.

  6. bangin said,

    Yes, I was the one when they started from the original five. I saw them at the studio, I mean the auditioning program, ASAYAN. I joined the audience at that time. And then I saw the second stage members at the concert hall including Mari Yaguchi, Sayaka Ichii, and Kei Yasuda.

    But after they recruited Koharu Kusumi, I got to care less about Momusu. It doesn’t mean I don’t like her, though. I guess Hello Project will sooner or later close their business…Hopefully, Koharu works a good job as the heroine in Kirarin Revolution.

    Haha, exactly. Kago-chan started the fire and then Tsuji-chan…Who’s gonna take over the fire?

  7. Avplaya said,

    Maybe Koharu will be caught drinking in Shibuya. Yeah I have problem with the latest memebers… Have you notice something? Nowdays their only “bijin” is really Sayumin, and both her and Koraru hare HUGE girls. They are big and tall! That’s not very kawaii… So I guess I’ve moved on. AKB48 seemed more like what Momusu once was. Even my wife likes them now…

  8. tyciol said,

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