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Domino’s now sells Tsundere Pizzas in Japan

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

You could argue that pizza is the ultimate social food, since everyone loves a pizza party. But at the same time, pizza, by nature of how popular pizza delivery is, is also the perfect food for otaku whose ideal way to spend a night is by relaxing at home and watching some anime.

Domino’s Pizza Japan knows this, which is why in the past it’s catered to the otaku market with virtual idol AR concert pizza boxes and romantic anime meme delivery techniques. Now, though, the company is extending its otaku appeal to the menu itself, as it’s created the world’s first Tsundere Pizza.

For the uninitiated, tsundere refers to an anime character/personality type of running hot and cold with one’s affections. The tsun comes from tsuntsun, the metaphorical onomatopoeia for being thornily standoffish. On the other end, dere is from deredere, which fills the onomatopoeia role for goey, lovey-dovey behavior.

The new pie is even called the Tsundere Pizza on Domino’s Japan’s official English-language menu, since tsundere, via the international popularity of anime, is a term that’s spread beyond Japan’s borders.

So what makes a pizza tsundere? Well, first you’ve got to have the hateful tsuntsun part. See the massive pile of circular toppings atop the pizza? Those aren’t sliced mushrooms, they’re jalapenos. With the volume of spicy peppers almost equal to that of the entire rest of the pizza, so just like if you’re going to get into a romance with a tsundere, if you’re entering a gastronomic relationship with a Tsundere Pizza, you probably should expect it to hurt.

However, when making a Tsundere Pizza you can’t have the tsun without the dere. Domino’s Pizza promises that the Tsundere Pizza’s cheese coating will lovingly spare you from the full fire of the triple portion of jalapenos, and that the resulting flavor is “nice and mild,”though we wonder if that’s an assurance we should take at face value or not, given tsunderes’ proclivity for downplaying the sharpness of their tsuntsun actions. Domino’s also says the Tsundere Pizza is “#4 Happy Range,” a designation the world’s tsundere would probably click their tongues at me for not having any idea what it means.

For this passive aggressive declaration of culinary love, Domino’s is asking 2,800 yen for a medium, 3,399 yen for a regular, and 3,900 yen for a large. I recommend against asking the Tsundere Pizza why it exists in both “medium” and “regular” sizes when “small,” “medium,” and “large” would have been easier to understand, since trying a tsundere’s patience is a good way to end up getting hit over the head with a 50-ton hammer, as documented in plenty of anime evidence.

At this time, the Tsundere Pizza is exclusive to Japan, but considering the positive response the idea is getting from English-language online commenters, Domino’s might want to consider adding it to its menus overseas as well. In the meantime, we’ll also be brainstorming ideas for other -dere pizzas, like the Kuudere (just a baked crust, with no cheese, sauce, or toppings whatsoever), the Deredere (a dessert pizza overflowing with chocolate sauce, maple syrup, and honey), and the Yandere (a pizza topped with bacteria that devours the organic matter in any other food you have in the house, and then you).

Source: Domino’s Pizza via Jin

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Too spicy for me! Banana peppers on pizza may be better.

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I'm in. I love jalapenos!

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...although I'm not much of a fan of Domino's soggy pizzas. They never cook the crust enough, and it's still half-doughy.

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I'll pass on the Tsundere Pizza. I can handle a little jalapeno here and there, but not a mountain of them. Might I suggest an alternative for the Yandere Pizza while I'm at it? A seemingly innocent cheese pizza on the surface, but underneath you find that it's riddled with Naga chillies and Scotch Bonnets. Just a thought.

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I had this and it sucked, not nearly enough cheese to counteract the spiciness.

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Maybe they could make an '80s pizza - just cheese, with nothing of substance underneath!

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I wonder what Yandere pizza will taste like?

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Does anyone know that pizza is unhealthy food ???.

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in the past it’s catered to the otaku market with virtual idol AR concert pizza boxes and romantic anime meme delivery techniques.

Good grief.

Domino’s Pizza promises that the Tsundere Pizza’s cheese coating will lovingly spare you from the full fire of the triple portion of jalapenos, and that the resulting flavor is “nice and mild,”

Madden: I had this and it sucked, not nearly enough cheese to counteract the spiciness.

With all those jalapenos on there, I believe Madden. Thanks for the heads-up, Madden!

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Domino’s is asking 2,800 yen for a medium, 3,399 yen for a regular, and 3,900 yen for a large

Never understood Domino's pricing strategy in Japan (not saying it's not working, probably does).

Just don't get that Domino's more expensive than local Italian restos. Used to get a D pizza for a fiver in oz on Tuesdays, $7-10 on other days. That's 400-700 yen.

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Domino's pizzas are horrible, always half cooked and doughy. Sticks to the roof of your mouth. Expensive too.

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This looks so unappetizing to me. If it looked really tempting I might be sad about the fact there is not even a single Domino’s in my prefecture.

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Domino's pizzas are horrible, always half cooked and doughy. Sticks to the roof of your mouth. Expensive too.

I've never had a half cooked D pizza and I've had plenty of D pizzas. Not too expensive if you get takeout. A medium D Deluxe is about 1100 yen takeout.

Used to get a D pizza for a fiver in oz on Tuesdays, $7-10 on other days. That's 400-700 yen.

That's OZ. I'm assuming that's for a large. They couldn't make a profit in Japan even at 1,400 for a large delivered.

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I've never had a half cooked D pizza and I've had plenty of D pizzas.

Whaaaaa? I don't know if I've ever gotten a properly cooked pizza from Dominos. It's my biggest complaint about their pizzas.

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Pizza: It's not like I want you to eat me or anything!

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That’s not what “onomatopoeia” means.

You cannot imitate the sound of an abstract emotional impression.

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