Senpai Saturday-Are You Awkwardly Shy, Timid, Or Antisocial? Don’t worry! You’re Just A Dandere.

Guess what day it is?!

You guessed it! IT’S SENPAI SATURDAY! Brought to you by your favorite senpai…Ayachan!

I can’t believe we have finally made it to July. Time is going by in a rush and there is nothing we can do to stop it. We just have to continue getting old, and fat, and wrinkly….wait…why am I talking about myself again? How rude of me. *Ahem* I am sure you guys don’t want to hear about my problems. You are here to get another lesson in all things “dere.”

Today we are covering the term dandere! I feel like I am a mix of all things “dere.” There are so many prospecting terms it’s hard to decide which “dere” I am exactly. I am content with being a mix. I think we all are in most cases? I’m just guessing at this point. I have no life. Don’t make me ask for halp again!

Also I am now on Twitter! You guys should come follow me if you haven’t already. My account is You follow me and I will follow back!

“Dandere is a common Japanese character archetype that describes heroines (and occasionally heroes) who are introduced as very shy, awkward and often insecure people who barely talk. Often, they want to be sociable but are either too embarrassed or scared of getting hurt. In nearly all cases, however, they overcome this and reveal their true selves- sweet, gentle and very friendly people.” 

Hinata.jpg(This Hinata artwork can be found here:

A lot of the time dandere’s are often mistaken for kuudere’s. This is largely due to the cold/distant nature of the character, but the difference is dandere’s are usually just socially awkward. Dandere’s are often people who considers losing a friend as the worst pain someone can endure and something they could never get used to.

Dandere’s are considered to be the “most” heroic of the four “dere” terms, as they are “almost” never villains and hardly “ever” anti-heroes. There are some exceptions to this rule. An example would be Akame from Akame Ga Kill!  If by chance a villainous dandere does come into play, high chances are they are likely to be redeemable villains.

Gonna get some help from my friend over at for this one! Just a tad bit more information on how we get the term dandere:

“Dandere is another Japanese loanword that we use in English. Again, this word is comprised of two different Japanese words. The “dan” part comes from “danmari” meaning silent or taciturn (they don’t talk), and the “dere” comes from “deredere” meaning to become lovey dovey.”

I feel like “dandere” might be the term most people can relate to. “Kuudere” is relatable as well, but we ALL go through socially awkward moments in our lives. We can be “shy” and “timid” at times until we meet the right people to break us out of those shells. There is nothing wrong with being apprehensive, demure, or introverted. We all have different personalities and quirks. PLUS ULTRA! (I had to throw in a Boku no Hero Academia reference…OKAY?! Jeez…just leave me alone guys! This is my blog not yours!) *Sticks tongue out* What am I five?! XD

So whether you are a yandere (I would hope not because you don’t want to go to prison for murdering people), kuudere, dandere or tsundere you should EMBRACE it! I love that we are all DIFFERENT! The world would be a boring place if we were all the same archetype. It would be like that episode on Fairly OddParents where Timmy gets turned into a grey blob like everyone else and they all just look the same and it’s soooo lame! You know what I am talking about? I know you do. You love that show just as much as I do ❤

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Which “dere” category do you think you fall under? Do you guys want me to continue Senpai Saturday with other anime/otaku related terms? Let me know down in the comments section! I always get excited when you guys write me. 😀

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

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