A Question for the Ages.
There’s questions like, what is the meaning of life? why are we here? Does the jeudo-christian God exist? and is there life outside our Earth? All pressing and very mind-taxing questions. Questions which have been debated on, some more seriously than others. But they pale in comparison to the one which is asked in the titular, Is Revy a Tsundere?
Don’t be mistaken. She’s a Maneater.
Now what is all this flagrant Tsundere prattle, you may ask, looking rather snotty and adjusting your monocle. I am not about to give you a wikipedia definition or anything, because you guys can do that for yourself. Rather, I will explain it the concept to those who don’t know what Tsundere is. Basically, Tsundere is actually a 2 HIT-Combo of the words “Tsun Tsun” and “Dere Dere”. “Tsun Tsun” meaning that the lady has a 90% urge to do the Undertaker Pin on you, Slap you or Castrate you if you make a move on her. “Dere Dere”, on the other hand, is when the lady converts the said 90% rage into an urge to do anything you please to get into your pants. A rather crass explanation, I know, but seriously, thats what “Tsundere” is.
The road to “Dere Dere” is going to look PAINFUL for Rock.
This whole fangled Tsundere concept lies mainly with females in anime, though I know the 4chan community has jokingly asked if there were any Tsundere males in anime (Probrably more of them than females if you think carefully). Regardless, lets assume its a Ladies-only privilege to get the hallowed rank of “Tsundere”. Before you dismiss it as grouping criteria, I should probrably point out that they have contests in Japan ranking the most popular Tsunderes. Our beloved Revy therefore qualifies to the “Tsundere Test”, seeing as she is a gorgeous young lady. Though, I may argue that she has more testosterone in her veins than I do. She’s also the first of her kind, usually Tsunderes are your typical moe highschool girl types or a magical shoujo type. She’s the first Chinese-American Modern-Day Pirate Tsundere Candidate I know of, anyway.
You are already dead.
When you look at it, we know that in Black Lagoon, there is only one guy that Revy ever pays attention to. This guy, is a dazed Japanese Businessman and our Anti-Hero, and goes by the name of “Rock”, or “Rokku” as he is so affectionately known by his other half. His other, more brutal half I might add :p (But so sexy). In the Second Barrage especially, I am noticing that she is becoming “more accustomed” to Rock, in that she hesitates whenever something is asked about him, or gets touchy. I know that the soft, gentle type is out of the question when we profile Miss Rebecca, as she’d probrably kill anyone if a proper payment is made…but I do know she would think twice if an order was made out to shoot Rock. It would be criminal to consider even making Revy softer for any other reason concerning Rock, of course, as it would spoil the whole aspect of Revy’s badassery. However, the writers are somehow implying a soft spot from Revy to Rock, this overbearance has played in my mind for a bit, though I know it won’t turn into a full blown romance, I am beginning to wonder whether the “Dere” Revy might come out to play in the season finale. Maybe even a tease would satiate me! Perhaps a warm smile from Revy to Rock, throw me a bone here!
Yeah, it’d be better if he wore his Gucci suit instead of his Versace one.
Usually, a Tsundere has a trigger before she is “tamed” (as in they basically throw themselves on the bed and await some sweet loving). For Louise in Zero no Tsukaima, it was Saito’s crazy manliness as he vowed to throw his life away for his master in a valiant proclamation, For Haruhi in MoHS, it was Kyon’s constant resistance to her zany ideas and for Shana in Shana in Shakugan no Shana, it was Yuuji’s personal kindess and warmth. Rock, however, is in a much more “unique” situation. Revy’s had a heavy past, probrably had to wield a gun at an ungodly young age. Rock’s had a sheltered, educated life, where the sanitized facts in his text books has shielded him from the mud-stained ground of Revy’s world. What Rock offers Revy, is no mark of gallantry, not offer her a Man’s protection, nor a Soft Kindness. Rock offers Revy himself as a link to a world where things aren’t so covered in blood and hopelessness. Could this be Revy’s trigger? I mean, she lives in a violent reality, through no fault of her own, and is what makes Revy sexy, but she’s also got the capacity to care for Rock in her own way, and I have no doubt their relationship will play a key role in Revy’s behaviour path in future episodes.
Rock’s compassion may be the “Trigger”.
Wait a second! you say, “She’s obviously already overbearing on the “Tsun Tsun”, and she’s displaying hesitation and overprotectiveness on issues concerning Rock, therefore she’s already a Tsundere!”. Well, I thought of that, but not quite, Revy is obscenely confrontational. I mean she literally nearly shot Rock’s head at point blank in season 1, This Tsun Tun act goes off the charts, even beating Louise’s horse crop whipping of Saito in ZnT. I figure, her hesitation on Rock-related issues is because she cannot understand him, as opposed to not being able to understand the concept love, which what many Tsunderes get all fussed about. Revy’s really street smart, and seeing as she lives in a Gangsta West-Side Craphole, its easy to see why. But in order to be tough as nails, she’s given up the concept of warm big sisterly love to embrace gunnery skills. It could be that I am mistaking her acts of neutral comradeship for a warm affection for Rock, however. I had the opportunity to re-watch some parts of Season 1, and even then, the notion of the two having some kind of mutual respect and something “more” was already being portrayed. In a way, this is excellent, as Revy will never be a one dimensional psychopath, but she has to fight two battles. One to survive, and another to see the world from Rock’s viewpoint (which may lead to negative implications on her combat doctrine).
“Honey, you broke my jaw”
“Sorry Sweetie, I was aiming for your nose”
Initially, I was convinced that she was all Tsun-Tsun, as you may notice where my argument is taking us. Recently, however, with Eda’s constant jeering on their current relationship stance, our Supreme Overlord Revy has gotten to be softer and more censored about what she says about Rock. Heck, in the last episode I blogged, she even showed signs of Denial when she dismissed Eda’s remark of Rock being “manly”. Mind you, I think Rock is awesome, I dare any Japanese businessman to go Jedi Master on a Chainsaw-Wielding Body Disposal Lady….with nothing but a STEEL RACK and still survive to flee to the roof WITH a distressed Indian Lady behind. Its funny when you think of it, they are two stupidly different people, one who wants the sanitized view on things, and one who can no longer maintain any childlike innocence. Yet, when it boils down to it, they are survivors in the Ratlike town that is Ranapaur. When you boil these two characters down to basics, they are one in the same. I know Rock’s receptive to any affection Revy might display, but is Revy currently at a state of doing the same? Will she ever?
I dunno, she seems more receptive to Kevlar than anything Rock does, at times.
It’s no secret, Revy and Rock are super-dynamic on screen together, especially for me. Though they lack in character synergy compared to Chidori and Sagara (Full Metal Panic) on screen, they are definitely going to be the most Badass couple in anime history should they ever hook up in future episodes. If they do, it confirms my now growing suspicion that our Princess of Chaos may one day lay her guns down, just for one moment to embrace the tranquils of affection. Revy is hands down my favourite character in Black Lagoon, and also in my favourite list of coollest female lead characters of anime (this is a given). However If she does indeed become a warm soul, then perhaps “Tsundere” does not fit Revy. She needs a whole new category for herself, I propose “TSUN-TSUN-TSUN-dere” instead!.
Remains one of my favourite scens in BL, so far.
Rock’s on the other side of the character scale when he is put next to Revy, perhaps the cardinal rule of opposites attract may break Revy’s barrier? Perhaps…And So, dear readers, I present you with a question. Is our dear Miss Rebecca a Tsundere? (or TSUN-TSUN-TSUN-dere, as I call it) The fate of the universe lies in your answer, so think carefully.