*Que Britney Spears*

I know, I know. I keep screwing up my blog schedule! I usually post Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but this week seems like a jumbled up mess. I can’t help it! I work late afternoons until about ten at night. Then all I want to do is lay in bed and watch anime. I’m a lazy p.o.s…merp. Things would be a lot easier if I could have someone write my blogs for me. You know…like a ghost writer type of situation. Man! Wouldn’t that be nice. To sit back, have a tropical drink in my hand and just laze about like the fat hippo that I am…but noooo! I have to do everything myself. Welcome to adulthood. #adulting


Today is another Senpai Saturday…well Sunday but you guys get the point. We are going to explore the term “fujoshi.” That beautiful otaku term related to many ladies in the anime community. Usually you will see this term used for girls who love anything with the concept of BL (Boys Love). It seems this two terms go hand in hand or you can’t really think of one without the other…that type of thing.

So lets get on with our bad selves!


Fujoshi definition:

Fujoshi (“rotten girl”) is a self-mockingly pejorative Japanese term for female fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men. Men who, like fujoshi, enjoy imagining relationships between characters in fictional works when that relationship is not part of the author’s intent may be called fudanshi (“rotten boy”) or fukei (“rotten older brother”), both of which are puns of similar construction to fujoshi.” 


Victor Yuri and Maccah-chan

While “otaku” has been the main term used to describe fans of anime, another term has been making its way through the ranks in the anime community. Hence forth the term “fujoshi!” This term typically pertains to women ranging in their early-teens to mid-to-late forties. Many of these “fujoshi” fans are correlated to the term BL (Boys Love), as I mentioned above. BL (Boys Love) has been consumed by many women since the 1970’s, but the concept of this term (and particular type of woman) gained more mainstream popularity in the early 2000’s on 2-chan (a popular messaging board website in Japan).

As my lovely friend Emma over on https://honeysanime.com/what-is-fujoshi-definition-meaning/ states:

“Since its first appearance on the Internet (within Japanese BL fan culture), fujoshi has become only one of many terms used to describe women with these interests. Despite this, it is by far the most commonly used term among BL fans and mainstream media in Japan.”

Just like the term otaku, the word fujoshi has spread far and wide in the anime community. It has even appeared outside of Japan, making its way to the western culture. Many anime series such as Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!), Ouran High School Host Club, Yuri!!! On Ice, Super Lovers, and Junjou Romantica (To name a few…because there is a shit ton more :P) have made the term “fujoshi” a main concept of their story-lines.


If you want a good laugh then I highly suggest you check out AkiDearest’s video on the term fujoshi. Hey…maybe you’re still trying to figure out if you’re a fusjoshi or not. Then you have come to the right place my sweet innocent little panda. Mama Aki will take care of you! *Clicky clicky*


The term fujoshi isn’t limited to just women though. If you are a male who likes BL (Boys Love) or anything in the yaoi community then you my friend are a “fudanshi.” Which is pretty much the male version of fujoshi.

It is estimated that 80% of all consumers of BL (Boys Love) and yaoi media is women. Which does not surprise me at all…(considering I am part of that percentile). Ain’t nothing wrong with having a little gayness in your life! Most of the viewers/readers of BL (Boys Love) and yaoi/yuri are heterosexual but straight males who view/read BL (Boys Love) are few and far between.

Hoshi-kun over at https://honeysanime.com/what-is-fujoshi-fudanshi/ gives us a general idea on why this is:

“Because heterosexual males consume Boys’ Love and similar media a whole lot less than their female counterparts in real life, they are featured a whole lot less in anime, but given changing times, they are being centred a lot more in manga and will probably appear more in anime. Fudanshi personalities are vastly different from the stereotypical fujoshi; however, they do have a lot of the same tendencies – fudanshi can be obsessive and in pursuit of the creation of the same experiences they see in BL media in their everyday lives. In contrast to that desire, fudanshi seem to be under more pressure in a social context – they work hard to keep their “fu” a secret and therefore live under a more stifled experience, since they find it difficult to explain why they enjoy homosexual romantic media as heterosexual males.”


Whether you’re a “fujoshi” or “fudanshi,” it seems like BL (Boys Love) and the yaoi/yuri fandom will only keep on growing. I think we will start seeing more shows catering to the yaoi/yuri genre in the upcoming years. I actually wrote about the terms “yaoi” and “yuri” in another Senpai Saturday if you guys want to check that out. You can find that blog post here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/senpai-satur-eh-sunday-oops-time-to-be-gay-for-a-day-just-kidding-im-gay-all-the-time-and-you-might-be-too-if-you-like-yaoiyuri/.

I have very high hopes for the fujoshi kingdom. I believe (us) ladies will demand more of it from anime producers/creators. You can only go up from here! I am totally down with some yuri action too. *Keeps eyeing the news about the upcoming anime Citrus* As long as the story is done right I don’t care if the characters end up with the same sex. Just make sure I am properly entertained! That’s all I ask. Nothing like a good story concept and execution.


What are some of your favorite “fujoshi” catered shows? Do you have a favorite yaoi/yuri couple? Do you think we will get more “fujoshi” and “fudanshi” centered shows in the future? Do you think the “fujoshi” fandom will continue to grow or stay the same? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section below! ❤


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

What exactly makes a leading lady in anime “waifu” material?

Is it her devilishly good looks? Is it her over the top sexual prowess? Is it because she cooks, cleans, and acts like a potential wife for the main character? or is it simply because she is the best candidate out of the slew of girls gunning for the main character’s heart?

In otaku retrospect it is a combination of all the potential questions I stated above. A “waifu” is someone that makes a certain impression on the viewer. Whether that is their personality, their actions, or their very larger than life oppai (that means boobs if you didn’t know)….”waifu” material can mean anything to anyone. Gotta love things that are open to interpretation!

Let’s go over the definition of “waifu.” I mean…this isn’t called Senpai Saturday for shits and giggles. I am here to teach you guys (my general understanding) of what otaku terms mean. Today just happens to be waifu! You guys voted via Twitter (https://twitter.com/paperpandabears) and I am here to give you pandas what you want. Should I take a cue from Sebastian Michaelis and say, “Yes, my lord?” Bahahaha…If only I was cool as Sebby XD


Waifu definition:

Waifu (noun). fictional character a person feels affection toward. 2. fictional character considered one’s spouse. 3. Japanese word derived from the English word ‘wife.’
synonyms: husbando, mai waifu


In uncomplicated terms “waifu” is a fictional character that a person loves. Many people approach “waifuism” casually, while other fans take this term a bit more seriously. Some people be cray cray over shit like this!

Usually comparing “waifu’s” is just something that is entertaining and temporary, while other’s take this as a more ostentatious type of relationship. Some fans even take it as far as wearing a wedding band to symbolize their marriage to their waifu. This is where we insert the word “obsessed.” I mean…I feel strongly about my waifu’s but I’m not that crazy! Lololz….or am I!? You’ll never know 😉


As Chris over at (https://www.japanpowered.com/otaku-culture/what-waifu-means ) states, the word “waifu” is a more recent term in otaku culture. It isn’t as old as some of the other terms I have covered so far. Here is a little history to get you guys caught up to speed:

“Waifuism is a fairly recent development in otaku culture.  Google records the first significant appearance of the word waifu in November 2007. The oldest entry for mai waifu appears in the Urban Dictionary in April 2, 2007.  However, waifu has a longer history outside of otaku culture.

Waifu is an English loanword that appeared in the Japanese lexicon around the early 1980’s. Dynamics between husband and wife continued to change in ways that made the tradition way of referring to a woman as a wife offensive to young couples. Kanai, the word for wife that uses two Chinese characters that mean “inside the house” became objectionable for many young women. Likewise, the word for husband, shujin or danna, translate roughly to “master.”  Because these words fail to match their relationship, many couples adapted the English words husband and wife. Of course, the words changed slightly in pronunciation. Wife became waifu. Husband became hazu.

These words were slowly picked up by American anime/manga fans and were used to refer to their favorite fictional characters. The anime Azumanga Daioh is thought to be one of the anime that popularized the use of the word waifu. However, the words were in the Japanese lexicon and used by anime long before this popularization.” 


Emiliatan

To me, a good “waifu” is someone who is strong, sexy, intelligent, a bit irrational at times, but also sweet on the inside. I am a sucker for “yandere” and “kuudere” girls in anime. Sometimes you just have to play hard to get. Which in most cases almost all girls in anime are! And or you a lucky and get thrown into a harem of anime girls

*Does best Katy Perry impression…breaks out into song and dance *

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down…

*Ahem* I’ll stop being a weirdo now. Maybe I had too much coffee today? or not enough sleep? Yeah…it could be a number of things. I can’t keep track anymore. Send me a life raft when you find one my pandas. You could LITERALLY be saving my life right now. Ya’ll have know idea.


What does the term “waifu” mean to you? Who is your favorite “waifu” in anime/manga? Do you have more than one? or do you have a favorite “husbando?” Let me know in the comments section below! 🙂


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

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 😉


Yandere:
“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.” 


Kurumi date a liveNow 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.

Shuu TG


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. ❤


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

Ayano-senpai here!

Bringing you (my pandas) a lesson in all things tsundere! I know most of you, (especially the ones who dabble in all things anime like myself) know what tsundere means, but this little mini-lesson is for those who may not be as familiar with the term.


Tsundere:
“A Japanese term for a character development process that describes a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing a warmer side over time. The word is derived from the terms tsun tsun, meaning to turn away in disgust, and dere dere meaning to become ‘lovey dovey’.”


ToradaSo you can essentially think of tsundere as a light switch. Switching from on and off; on representing the character’s hostile side and off representing the character’s more loving/caring side.

Most of the time a “tsundere” character is in love with someone but they are too stubborn to admit it. This usually stems from being insecure, being too prideful, or simply the fear of being rejected.

To hide their feelings most “tsundere” characters will yell or hit the person they are in love with.


There are two different archetype’s to the “tsundere” category. This usually depends on the character’s mood. (I will be gathering some help from http://www.hero.wikia.com for this section since the information is waaayyy too long for me to summarize on my own).

  • Harsh (or Tsun): These Tsundere have tsun tsun as their default mood. It takes someone special to trigger their dere dere side. The intensity of the tsun tsun can range from “I must glare and fight my way through life” to grumpy pessimism. It’s about which part of the tsundere personality is the public face and which the hidden. If the Tsundere is The Rival, she is more likely to be Harsh. Helping a rival out is usually accompanied by a line like “Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doing this for you.”
    • Harsh types can overlap with a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but usually not. The moods of a Tsundere tend to switch in reaction to the actions of select people or adverse scenarios; the deredere side usually only comes out when someone has acted in a way to trigger it. A Jerk with a Heart of Gold is jerkish in general regardless of whether the other person is mean or nice, and shows their hidden heart of gold only when the situation warrants, regardless of how the other person had been acting. Male characters in particular should be considered for Jerk with a Heart of Gold status, as arguably because of double standards, men are generally that instead of tsundere, although the kuudere subtype is more equally split in gender. Oranyan is sometimes used to refer to a male tsundere character – incorrectly since it means the complete opposite.
  • Sweet (or Dere): These Tsundere have dere dere as their default mood. They are sweet, kind and generous, but just happen to have a hidden violent side as well. In this case, temper is almost always triggered by someone or something else, usually a love interest. Either they have belligerent sexual tension, are an accidental pervert, or just have no idea how to handle feelings of love and attraction. May also overlap with violently protective girlfriend if her love interest is threatened or in danger.
    • Sweet types should not be confused with a Yandere. If a Sweet Tsundere were really convinced that their love interest didn’t want them, they would revert back to the dere dere side and probably enter an “I want my beloved to be happy” phase, while Yanderes are not good with rejection at all and have been known to get downright murderous under such circumstances.

There are also other classifications of “tsundere” which include kuudere, dandere, and yandare, but we will get to all of those lessons at a later time!

So why are “tsundere” characters so common in the anime/manga world? Mostly like due to “tsundere” being a cross between a mildly masochistic fetish and liking a highly quirky person. It also might even cater to the fact that the “tsundere” girl/guy finds the MC special enough for her/him to show his/her true sweet/loving side.

These “tsundere” qualities are typically what leads the viewer to finding this type of character attractive. Some people really feed into the “hot” and “cold” personality of others. I think it also has to do with the so called “chase” of another person. People like to be “chased,” because it allows them to feel wanted or needed. I think “tsundere” characters feed off of this quite well. They want to play coy in order to get the main character to notice them, but they also don’t want to admit their feelings because of their pride being largely vast.

Sometimes tsundere characters can be annoying, while other times the viewer can find their situation quite relatable. I know I find myself struggling with my feelings sometimes. I find tsundere characters more relatable than not. But other times I just want to slap the shit out of them! Like spit it out already!

Hikari


My personal favorite type is yandere. I’ll have to cover that next week! Which is your favorite type of tsundere? Which character(s) fall under the “tsundere” category that you enjoy watching the most? Let me know down in the comments section! I always enjoy hearing from you guys.


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).