Moe Sake Set Lets You Make Perfect Blend of Tsun & Dere
posted on by Joanne Mertz
Tomu Sake has created what it calls the first Moe-shuu or "Moe-sake" blend. Like tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted) anime characters, the tsundere sake can confound and delight drinkers with two polar-opposite personalities, depending on the mood. The set features Sakurako Kasugano, a mascot character drawn by Shiratama and voiced by Sakura Tange (Cardcaptor Sakura).
The sake comes in two varieties — one dry and one smooth — so that the drinker can blend them to their liking. The official website states that sake drinkers can enjoy making their own blend using both types, and it provides a scale from 100% "tsun" (most dry) to 100% "dere" (most smooth). Recommended mixes include the perfectly proportioned 70% "tsun" and 30% "dere," and as well as a half-and-half 50% "tsun" and 50% "dere."
The two-can set went on sale last week at Animate chain stores for 4,800 yen (about US$48) each. The set includes a bonus 40-minute drama CD featuring Tange as Sakurako.
The sake's mascot Sakurako is a student who dreams of becoming a nurse. As graduation from nursing school draws near, she finds herself to be a little nervous, and ends up going back and forth between a sweet and sour personality. The drama CD elaborates on her story further, with Sakurako bringing over ingredients for nabe (pot stew) and a present of sake over to the listener's house for a house date. By mistake, Sakurako drinks a little too much and becomes drunk.