「絢辻詞編 第二章 ウラガワ」 (Ayatsuji Tsukasa-hen Dai Nishou – Uragawa)
“Ayatsuji Tsukasa Chapter 2 – The Other Side”
Imagine my surprise when the other side of Tsukasa turned out to be more tsundere than anything else. And here I thought only Kaoru would be filling in that stereotype in this series. Tsukasa is a lot scarier with the way she threatens Junichi into keeping her secret, but there’s something kinky about the way she goes about it as well. It’s not every day you see a character like hers give an evil smile after getting her breast groped. It’s probably even rarer to see one tease about giving a guy like Junichi a second feel as thanks for “agreeing” to keep all of this a secret and maintain her model student image. Before long, I found myself caught in Tsukasa’s pace without even realizing it, which is kind of odd because she did give off psychotic-like vibes only minutes before. Her willingness to press her body up against Junichi’s likely had something to do with it, but the real difference maker was her surprise upon learning that Junichi didn’t even read anything she didn’t want him to. That was followed up by her flustered reaction for lashing out prematurely, and her fake tears used to blackmail Junichi for touching her breast. While I can’t say I’m a fan of that manipulative act of hers, the way she “manhandles” Junichi has an almost inexplicable (kinky) charm to it. Ultimately, that comes down to whether one prefers the assertive type that this new Tsukasa embodies, much like Nanasaki Ai before her.
Regardless of what I feel about her character, Junichi evidently has a way of winning her over by just being his whipped self. From the look of things, he may go down a similar path to the one seen in Haruka’s arc, where he comes off as a fairly useless yet faithful puppy that a girl can’t ignore. It’s not a path I’d care to tread myself given the submissive nature of it, so I have to give a little credit to Junichi for sticking with his planning committee duties even after learning of that side of Tsukasa. On top of that, he’s still supportive of her and hasn’t judged her in any way yet, which looks like it will eventually win him a spot in her good books. Coincidentally, he has started to suspect that Tsukasa’s unrest stems from home and likely her sister Yukari, reaffirming the suspicion I had last time. Going on that assumption, I wasn’t inclined to classify Tsukasa as a “yandere” without learning more about her circumstances, and after seeing what she’s like when she’s not carefully calculating how to keep up her wolf in sheep’s clothing persona, I’ve started to give her even more benefit of the doubt. During Junichi’s house visit after she collapses from overworking herself, we got to see more of her manipulative side in a lighter context, plus an earnest reaction towards Junichi’s compliments of her sister’s strong personality. In a way, it was the beginnings of a bit of subconscious jealousy forming that became a lot more apparent when Junichi started fantasizing about Hibiki in a swimsuit for the Miss Santa contest.
Given the way the contest was played up from Haruka’s involvement, I can definitely picture it being the event that Tsukasa’s arc may conclude around. That of course means that I can see her participating in the event to catch Junichi’s attention — with swimsuits and all like Kanae did in Ai’s arc — as her way of responding to the fact that he’s already caught hers without even trying. All it took was a dog peeing on her leg and Junichi making the most of the situation with his innocent offering of a piggyback ride to the closest water station. The number of times he got Tsukasa blushing helplessly near the end was unprecedented, and was in spite of her outcries that he’s a pervert for touching her butt. Judging by the preview, it looks like Junichi’s going to continue to win her over by treating her no differently than before, as well as helping her overcome any new problems that arise. Either way, it’s probably safe to say that Tsukasa is tsundere for Junichi.