Welcome back to another senpai Saturday my pandas!
Ayano-senpai is here to bring you another lesson in all things yandere. You know…all of those crazy ass guys/gals that make anime series more interesting. Ya those ones! Yandere is actually my favorite type of “-dere.” This is largely due to Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary). Hence why I made her my featured image 😉
“A fictional character who fits the archetype of being genuinely romantic, loving, kind, merciful, sparing, sweet and gentle, but is at the same time brutal, psychotic or deranged in behavior. The psychotic tendency can be both sudden and ever-present. Often used for both comedic and dramatic displays of character.”
Now these are the girls you have to watch out for! I like to think “yandere” characters have split personalities. You know sweet and innocent one minute and a raging psychopath the next. Pretty normal for any coming of age girl.
You may find a “yandere” who is loyal, but soon that devotion turns into something a bit more destructive in nature, often through acts of violence and brutality. These types of “yandere” characters often have mental illnesses. The term “yandere” is derived from the word “yanderu.” Yanderu’s meaning is to have a mental or emotional illness, and we all know “dere-dere” means to show affection. So these two combined is one toxic mix.
I am going to quote a little information from my good friends over at http://animanga.wikia.com/wiki/Yandere again! They have the 4-11 on all things “dere.”
- Yandere characters are mentally unstable, and sometimes are incredibly deranged and are not mentally sane, often using extreme violence and/or brutality as an outlet for their emotions. The usage of the character type has led to criticism over the amount of violence in works such as School Days. Although the character type has been used in anime and manga since Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam in 1985, conscious use of the term only began to be around the turn of the millennium.
We still have to cover kuudere and dandere in our next lesson. These two are also very important terms in the anime community. You can’t have one without the other!
Yandere takes the saying “crazy in love” to a whole new meaning. Most of these “yandere” characters do the things they do in order to prove themselves. They want to essentially “prove” their love to the characters that they are interested in, but most of the time their actions make them more psychotic than loving/caring.
Yandere is the type of sickness that embeds itself into the hearts of young, sweet, and innocent girls/boys. They will go to any lengths necessary even if their actions don’t correlate with their love interest desires. It is pretty much a lose-lose situation if a “yandere” decides to fall in love with you. These characters fully believe that what they are doing is just. It’s a mental instability that forces them to focus their energy on one cause (love), and once a “yandere” falls in love, there’s just no turning back. Especially after you’ve killed every other girl/boy your crush is close to in order to protect them.
I love seeing characters go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds flat. I think that is why I enjoy “yandere” characters so much. They look so pure one moment, and then their eyes bug out and you know they are going to go full beast mode. It makes me all giddy inside! I love the hype surrounding “yandere” characters.
Which character(s) fall under the “yandere” category that you enjoy watching the most? Do you prefer their sweet or psychotic side more? Let me know down in the comments section! I always enjoy hearing from you guys. ❤
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