Yes!

You heard that right. I have launched a t-shirt campaign to represent kawaiipaperpandas! I asked you guys (via Twitter) what otaku phrase/word you would wear if given the chance and it turned out Notice Me Senpai was the winner. Ask and you shall receive. So I created a t-shirt based on what you guys wanted. I quite like the way it turned out! I’m hoping to design more shirts based on what you guys (my followers) want to see in the future.

I need to sell at least 11 shirts in order to get them printed and sent out. I’m asking you guys to come purchase one! You can find the campaign here: https://www.bonfire.com/notice-me-senpai/.

Please please come support your Senpai and purchase one! It would mean the world to me ❤

You guys voted and I’m delivering!

Here are my choices for Spring Anime Season! I have another full plate this time around. I swear I always watch a TON of shows each season, (seems to be the case over the last year and a half), but I’m not complaining. I think the last 5 years for anime has really stepped up to the plate. I would much rather watch an engaging and thought out anime than some boring TV show any day….buuuut I do love my trash anime…and I also LIVE for the drama that is reality TV as well XD Stop judging me! I can see it in your beady little eyes. That’s the look of disappointment, but someone’s gotta do it lololz

You guys already know the drill with these type of post but if you’re new here then I’ll give you a little refresher. I basically state the anime I will be watching, leave a synopsis of said anime (usually copied and pasted from My Anime List), and link a trailer to that anime (if there is one…if not I’ll just post a picture). Pretty easy peasy. I am not going to link Boku no Hero Academia season 3, Tokyo Ghoul:reShokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen, or High School DXD HERO because these are all continuing anime series. I will be watching all of these because I have seen all of the previous series and I love them oh so much! We also have leftovers from Winter Season which will be Darling in the FranXXNanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu, and CardCaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen.

I am, however going to start this list of with Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS (and yes this is a second season of a previous anime). I feel like this anime doesn’t get enough credit. The original Selector Infected WIXOSS is soooo underrated. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND watching the original and first season of Lostorage WIXOSS if you haven’t yet

1. Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS

Anime synopsis:

(I have to paste the very first season synopsis since Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS doesn’t have any information)

“Things are not always what they seem. This is especially true for Ruuko Kominato, when she receives a deck of cards for the popular card game WIXOSS, only to find a girl trapped inside her LRIG, or avatar card. Upon meeting others in the same situation, Ruuko discovers that she has now become a “Selector,” a player in a special version of WIXOSS where girls can battle each other for a chance to have their deepest desires come true. However, there is a catch. In contrast to the glory that awaits them after their victories, there is a cruel fate: if they lose three times, their lives will be destroyed.

In an ominous game filled with lies and deceit, Ruuko and her newfound friends must uncover the secrets behind WIXOSS and realize what is truly most important to them before it is too late.”


2. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Anime synopsis:

“The story follows Karen Kohiruimaki, a 183-centimeter-tall (6-foot-tall) college student who’s insecure about her height, and is bad at dealing with people in the real world. She enters the world of Gun Gale Online with her avatar, Ren, who is less than 150 centimeters (5 feet) tall and wears all pink. She meets a beautiful, brown-skinned female player who goes by Pitohui. They hit it off, but one day Pitohui pressures her to participate in “Squad Jam,” a team battle royale variation of the Bullet of Bullets tournament.”


3. Persona 5 The Animation

Anime synopsis:

There isn’t really a synopsis due to this anime being adapted from the video game Persona 5.


4. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

Anime synopsis:

“The story centers on the awkward romantic comedy between Narumi, a female office worker who hides her fujoshi lifestyle, and Hirotaka, a handsome and capable company man who is secretly a game otaku.”


5. Golden Kamui

Anime synopsis:

“In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.”


6. Devil’s Line

Anime synopsis:

“Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood…” 


7. Caligula

Anime synopsis:

“The Caligula Effect is set in a virtual reality program known as “Mobius”, created so people can escape pain in their lives and live in an idyllic high school setting, forced to live out their 3 years Indefinitely. The main protagonist is one of a group who realize that they are in a virtual world, and form the “Go-Home Club”, a group dedicated to escaping from Mobius and its god-like overseer program, a vocal program called “μ”. They oppose the “Ostinato Musicians”, a group who supports μ and sees the Go-Home Club as traitors.” 


8. Mahou Shoujo Site

Anime synopsis:

“Asagiri Aya is a young girl who has fallen victim to bullies at her school. Looking for a way to escape her troubles, she looks to the internet for distraction, when a mysterious website called “Magical Girl Site” appears. Simply viewing the page is all it takes to hurtle Aya headlong into the deadly world of the Magical Girl Apocalypse. There, it’s fight or die, against a seemingly endless array of savagely adorable, frilly-skirted killing machines, each armed with magical powers and an unquenchable thirst for blood and chaos.” 


9. Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai

Anime synopsis:

“Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from Luxembourg. Upon arriving in Japan, she got lost, separated from her travel companion. Mitsuyoshi helps her and brings her to his grandfather’s coffee shop.”


10. Piano no Mori

Anime synopsis:

“A tranquil tale about two boys from very different upbringings. On one hand you have Kai, born as the son of a prostitute, who’s been playing the abandoned piano in the forest near his home ever since he was young. And on the other you have Shuuhei, practically breast-fed by the piano as the son of a family of prestigious pianists. Yet it is their common bond with the piano that eventually intertwines their paths in life.”


11. Shiyan Pin Jiating

Anime synopsis:

“A scientist couple has been arrested for conducting illegal studies, allegedly for performing genetic modification on five of their children. Youngest children, Dannis, is the only one who grew up as a normal human, and has become the only family member who has to tend to rest of the members and to try to find a medicine to turn them into normal humans again.”


12. Juushinki Pandora

Anime synopsis:

“In the year 2031, an experimental energy device known as the “Quantum Reactor” is created to help alleviate the problems stemming from Earth’s dwindling fossil fuel reserves. Unfortunately, the “Quantum Reactor” goes out of control, exploding and bathing the world with unknown energies in an incident known as the “Shouryuu Crisis”. As a result of the catastrophic environmental changes that follow, humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction, and strange new organisms – part organic, part mechanical – known as the “B.R.A.I.” emerge.

Seven years later, Leon Lau – one of the scientists at the center of the “Shouryuu Crisis”, is living in the wilderness near Neo Shouryou, one of the last remaining human cities. Leon has entered into a “family contract” with Chloe Lau, and together the two of them research their own methods of combatting the B.R.A.I. threat.”


13. Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

Anime synopsis:

“The series centers on a female college student named Aoi, who inherited the ability to see spirits from her late grandfather. Aoi prides herself on her cooking, and one day she’s feeding some agricultural spirits when suddenly a god and the master of the “Tenshinya” (Heavenly Inn) appears and takes Aoi away. He says that due to her grandfather’s debts, she must become his bride. Aoi hates this idea and instead declares that she will pay back her grandfather’s debt by working at the Tenshinya.” 


14. Uma Musume Pretty Derby

Anime synopsis:

“The game’s concept begins with Uma Musume (Horse Girls), girls endowed with excellent running capability, and who aim to become top idols and compete in the national sports entertainment show “Twinkle Series.”


15. Nil Admirari no Tenbin

Anime synopsis:

“The Taishou era didn’t end in 15 years, but went on for another 25.

In order to protect her waning family, a girl resolves to marry a man she doesn’t even know the name of. However, just before the marriage was to take place, the girl’s younger brother mysteriously committed suicide by self-immolation and was found holding an old book in his hands.

Appearing before the bewildered young girl was the “Imperial Library Intelligence Asset Management Bureau”- more commonly referred to as “Fukurou”.

According to these men, there exists “Maremono”, which are books that greatly affects its readers. On top of that, ever since the incident involving the girl’s younger brother, she unwittingly gains the ability to see “Auras” (the sentiments of the Maremono which manifest as bright lights and are usually invisible to humans). It was as though fate were trying to drag the young girl in its flames.

And then, even though apprehensive, the girl chooses to venture outside her bird cage.

Jealousy, hatred, scorn, compassion and love. What awaited the girl was the darkness of betrayal that had already begun to bewitchingly inlay the imperial capital.

Toyed by and swayed within that darkness, will the young girl finally reach the truth after her struggles, or…?”


16. Butlers ~Chitose Momotose Monogatari~

Anime synopsis:

“Koma Jinguji (Jay) is the smart and handsome student council president. His elegant smile captures the hearts of women. Tsubasa Hayakawa is a multi-talented and gentle shop assistant at a café. His cafe latte with owl latte art is very popular with female customers. The two men travel through time to fight their archenemy. The charming “Butlers,” as they are called, fight supernatural battles and also experience a slapstick comedic life at their academy.”


17. Mahou Shouko Ore

Anime synopsis:

“This story is about a 15-year-old girl who is a newbie idol in love with her best friend’s brother who is also a popular idol. But she runs into a scary yakuza guy and finds out that her mother was an ex-magical girl, and the yakuza was her mascot. Her love interest gets kidnapped by demons that look like burly men with cute squirrel heads. So she contracts the yakuza to become a magical girl, which in this story means she turns into a handsome guy in a magical girl outfit. On top of that, her love interest shows an attraction toward her magical guy form. Her best friend turns out to be in love with her and also becomes a magical cross-dressing guy to save her life.

Thus, their manager, who is a magical girl geek, then decides to turn them into an idol unit.” 


18. Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

Anime synopsis:

“Four men—Gure, Sui, Tokitaka, and Tsubaki—each help run a Japanese tea shop together called Rokuhoudou. When one visits the shop, they are greeted warmly, is served tea, and are often helped with any problems they may have.” 


19. Akkun to Kanojo

Akkun to Kanojo

Anime synopsis:

“The romantic comedy follows the everyday life of an extremely tsundere boy named Atsuhiro “Akkun” Kagari and his girlfriend Non “Nontan” Katagiri. Akkun’s behavior is harsh towards Nontan with verbal abuse and neglect, but he actually is head-over-heels for her and habitually acts like a stalker by tailing her or eavesdropping. Nontan is oblivious to Akkun’s stalker ways, and thinks his actions are cute.” 


20. 3D Kanojo

3d Kan

Anime synopsis:

“Hikari Tsutsui is a high school boy who is satisfied with the virtual girls he encounters in anime and games. He does not have many friends and he lives in his own world. One day, when he is stuck on pool cleaning duty, he is approached by Iroha, a “real girl” who is showy and popular with boys.”


Whew! My list is stacked up for spring season. All together (including the on going series and leftovers) I’ll be watching a total of 28 shows. I think this is my biggest watch list yet! But ya never know how some of these new series will go. I might end up dropping some of these if they don’t keep my attention. So only time will tell!

What shows are you most excited for this upcoming season? Is there any on my list you haven’t seen before? If not, will you be adding some of these to your watch list? Let me know all of your thoughts and feelings 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.

First and foremost…sorry this wasn’t posted yesterday my pandas! I had a very busy day and I didn’t have the time to write it, but I’m glad I’m actually writing this post today instead of yesterday. I got to go to a local Pride Day Festival in my town and it was SUPER fun! Super GAY and rainbowy. My inner bisexual-self was proud! ❤

So what better way to celebrate PRIDE then to go over Yaoi/Yuri in the week’s Senpai Saturday. We’re here! We’re queer! (And no hate marches/rallies/protest are gonna stop us!) We are here to stay.


My lovely friends over at Wikipedia describe Yaoi/Yuri as the following:

Yaoiprimarily known as Boys’ Love (BL) in Japan, is a Japanese genre of fictional media focusing on romantic or sexual relationships between male characters, typically marketed for a female audience and usually created by female authors.

Yuri: also known by the wasei-eigo construction Girls’ Love is a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media. Yuri focuses on the sexual orientation or the romantic orientation aspects of the relationship, or both, the latter of which sometimes being called shōjo-ai by Western fandom.”


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It seems yaoi/yuri relationships didn’t really pop up/appear in manga until the early 70’s. Then in the 90’s new terms, like Boys’ Love and Girls’ Love took over for older terms such as tanbishōnen ai and Juné in Japanese usage.

In 2003, the first manga (Yuri Shimai) was produced specifically dedicated to the Yuri audience. Its revival, Comic Yuri Hime was launched after the former was discontinued in 2004.

Yaoi is a term mostly used among female audience members. It is used in manga, anime, dating sims, novels and fan fiction works. Yaoi idealizes gay male relationships (which should be easy to guess if you have any common sense 😛 ). The Yaoi genre has spread beyond Japan, and both translated and original yaoi works are now available in many countries and languages. Yaoi isn’t just for the ladies though! Many guys enjoy these types of stories as well.


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I want to quote a little information I found because I find this bit pretty damn interesting. It seems that the Yuri genre in North America (or Western culture) gets the more “sexual” side of the spectrum. That isn’t to say Yaoi doesn’t either (because it MOST certainly does), but (personally) I feel like women get “sexualized” more than men.

“In North America, yuri has initially been used to denote only the most explicit end of the spectrum, deemed primarily as a variety of hentai. Following the pattern of shōnen-ai, a term already in use in North America to describe content involving non-sexual relationships between men, Western fans coined the term shōjo-ai to describe yuri without explicit sex. In Japan, the term shōjo-ai is not used with this meaning, and instead tends to denote pedophilia (actual or perceived), with a similar meaning to the term lolicon (Lolita complex). The Western use of yuri has broadened in the 2000’s, picking up connotations from the Japanese use. American publishing companies such as ALC Publishing and Seven Seas Entertainment have also adopted the Japanese usage of the term to classify their yuri manga publications.”

Anyone have any particular thoughts on this? I would love to see other people’s opinions! You can always leave your comments down below.

Men have become more “sexualized” over the last decade or so. Women are becoming just as lustful as men. Hence, the movies Magic Mike 1 & 2 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about just Google it). Insert the Yaoi terms “seme” and “uke.” I think if you want to know more about those two terms you should just Google them as well…loloz XD. I don’t think I need to cover super sexual terms on my blog. I mean…I could but I feel like that would take away from this specific topic. I am here just to give you guys a general breakdown of specific anime/otaku terms without going too off topic.


Yaoi/Yuri isn’t just for the LGBTQAI community. Many straight people actually enjoy this genera as well! Surprise, surprise! Of course it is usually men who enjoy Yuri, while women enjoy Yaoi. Yuri is mainly aimed at men, while Yaoi is aimed at women.

Why do you ask? Because there is no distraction of the fan’s own gender, they can focus on the two girls or boys involved without having to feel “threatened” by the presence of a significant other. In laymen’s terms, if Miroku and Inuyasha are a couple, the female yaoi fan has no worries of her favorite bishounen being “taken” by another girl. They can sit back and enjoy the two studly bishies together. The same thing applies to yuri, except with the male fan focusing on the girls without the distraction of a male character.


I’ll leave you guys with some of my favorite Yaoi/Yuri anime series (some of these might have yaoi/yuri as a secondary element):

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Love Stage
Sailor Moon
Yuri!!! on Ice
Super Lovers
Kuzu no Honkai
Strawberry Panic
Junjou Romantica!
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Riddle Story of Devil
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid



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

Japanese suffixes…also known as Japanese honorifics. You know those lovely little terms you say after ones name. For example the nickname I was given, Aya-chan. The suffix “-chan” is a type of Japanese honorific.

Ayano-senpai is here to give you a lesson in all things prim and proper today! We will be diving into the realm of Japanese honorifics. Japanese honorifics are a proper way to address someone when you are speaking to them. These guys may seem confusing at first, but once you get the hang of them they are not difficult to learn.

So don’t be afraid my pandas! We can do it!

(P.S. I cannot speak fluent Japanese nor do I claim that I can. I know key words and phrases but that’s about it. I know it’s never too late to learn though! I am just here to bring you the information that I find and break it down so you guys can understand it in more latent terms) 😀


Lets start with the definition of honorific:

“Noun:
1. (in certain languages, as in Chinese or Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
2. a title or term of respect.”


Now I am going to quote some information from http://takelessons.com/blog/japanese-honorifics-z05 so you guys can see the difference between formal and informal Japanese honorifics:

Japanese Honorific Prefixes

If you have some experience with Japanese, you may have noticed that lots of Japanese titles start with “o.” An “o” at the beginning of a Japanese title is usually an honorific prefix.

Removing the “o” makes the title more colloquial, and in some cases, rude.

For example, the word for mother, with honorifics, is oka-san. Without the prefix, it becomes ka-san, which is more like “mom” than “mother.”

Keep this in mind as you learn about Japanese honorific suffixes.


Formal Japanese Honorifics

1. – sama

The most formal honorific suffix is -sama, and it’s used for God (kami-sama) and royalty(ohime-sama).

You can also use -sama to flatter people or to be sarcastic. For instance, if you attach the suffix to the slang male term for “I” (ore) to create ore-sama, this basically means “my royal self.”

2. -san

The most common formal honorific is -san, and it translates (approximately) to Ms. and Mr..

It’s used among peers and in public settings, like offices or schools (unlike in the United States., coworkers and fellow students usually refer to each other formally). It’s also used for acquaintances.

*Note: When in doubt, use –san.


Informal Japanese Honorifics

1. –chan

This is an endearing female honorific. While it’s most commonly used for children, it’s also used fairly widely among family and friends.

All of the women in my family refer to each other as –chan, even my grandma (oba-chan).

You can also use –chan for males; one of my second cousins, Tatsumi, has always been Tat-chan instead of Tat-kun, probably because it just sounds better.

This suffix reminds me of the diminutive –chen in German; lieb means love, but liebchen, which technically means little love, actually means darling.

You can use -chan the same way, to add a sense of cuteness to names and titles.

2. -kun

This is the male equivalent of –chan; it’s used for kids and between peers and friends.

While all of the women in my family refer to each other as –chan, we don’t usually use the –kun suffix (or any suffix at all) for grown men in the family. It could be interpreted as a little too “cutesy.”

3. -bō

This suffix is more cutesy than –chan and –kun.

It’s OK to call an adult male –kun, but it’s definitely not OK to call him –bō, which is reserved for little boys. It’s a derivative of obbochama, which means something like “little lord.”


Formal Japanese Honorific Titles/Suffixes

A few Japanese honorifics can be used as stand-alone titles as well as suffixes. Think of the English prefix Doctor: you can call your doctor “Doctor”, or you can call her “Doctor Smith.”

Sensei: Used for teachers
Senpai: Used to refer to upperclassmen in school or a sports club.


Lastly we have family Japanese honorifics. These are used formally to address older family members. Most of the time they are addressed with these honorifics rather than their names. It is actually possible to address elders with these suffixes without seeming rude or improper. I will now add in a chart for you guys to see these type of titles:

Proper Honorifics


If you feel like you still need more of a lesson in Japanese honorifics you can always check out Reina-senpai’s video over on YouTube. She always makes learning things super fun! ❤


When in doubt make sure to use the suffix “-san.” It is the “go to” honorific, which can work in formal or informal Japanese. It is the best way to address someone especially if you do not know them. You can even use “-san” after a first name or last name. As Reina-senpai states in the video if you are unfamiliar with the person “-san” should ALWAYS go after the persons last name. Make sure to be respectful!


Who is your favorite “-san,” “-sama,” or “senpai?” Which Japanese honorific do you like the best? Let me know in the comments section below! Aya-chan loves 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.

I mean who didn’t want to be a cool kid in high school? I know I did (even though it never did happen). The so called “cool” kids ended up being all the rich kids that could afford to do cool shit with their friends. But fuck the norm! We weirdos are waaayyy cooler anyways!

Speaking of the word cool, here we are with another senpai Saturday! Ayachan (that’s me) is here to give you a little informational download on the word “kuudere.” Also shout out to Yukinocake for giving my such a kawaii nickname! I wuv it! ❤ Don’t forget to head on over to her site and smash that follow button! You just click here: https://shinyuusite.wordpress.com/. Go on now! Shoo shoo.


Kuudere:
“Kuudere refers to a type of character that is cool, aloof, and introverted but usually very confident-at least on the outside. This contrasts with what is actually a very ‘deredere’ or sweet and loving interior. Kuudere comes from the word “kuuru”, borrowing from the English word “cool”, and “dere” the Japanese term for being sweet. “


Tobiichi

I’ve always enjoyed the whole “cold shoulder” concept. I feel like “kuudere” guys/gals give off an extra edge when making their appearance in anime. Sometimes guys/girls that are too sweet piss me off. Not everyone is like that in real life! Maybe that’s why I find “kuudere” characters a bit more relatable.

Kuudere’s sister term in tsundere, but the difference between these two is “tsundere” characters tend to be a bit more cold and hostile upfront (this usually only last for a short amount of time), while “kuudere” characters hold their composer/emotionless facade the whole time. Hence the term “cool.” They maintain that cold stability regardless of the situation they might be thrown into and they may even seem uncaring/apathetic. But once a “kuudere” reveals his/her even just a little bit you soon realize they have a very sweet and loving side underneath all of that ice.


I am back at it again with information at http://hero.wikia.com/wiki/Kuudere. They have some very good information on all the “dere” terms! I see you judge me again. STAHP IT! *Gives dramatic eye roll*

  • Like its sister term Tsundere, it became popular during the release of Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the debut of Rei Ayanami, who to this day remains one of the best and most well-known examples. It is used to describe characters who always remain calm and composed. Though they act serious on the outside, they often have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor. They tend to have deep love for someone (whether romantic or otherwise) but are afraid to show it too often because they view it as a weakness, either because of who they are or because of the situation they are in. More often than not, they come off as emotionless, acting very cold, blunt and cynical.

When you look up the term “kuudere” I am sure you will find terms such as “cool,” “cold,” “cynical,” or even “blunt.” But just because a character might be “kuudere” doesn’t mean they are unlovable. Just like any other “dere” character “kuudere’s” have great qualities as well! I often find “kuudere” characters have a lot of dedication and they tend to work harder than others. Once they are committed to something (or someone) they do everything they possibly can to succeed!

Kuudere characters are famous for being ice queens, both aloof and distant. But that is just their outer surface. Their hearts radiate an incredible warmth that fans worldwide can’t help but want to bask in!

We still have to cover the term dandere. That will be next weeks lesson! We are slowly making out way through these character types. I am having a blast doing these little mini-lessons for you all. I hope you guys are too!

Yin artwork


Which character(s) fall under the “kuudere” category that you enjoy watching the most? Do you prefer their sweet or cold/emotionless side more? Let me know down in the comments section! I would love to see which characters you guys like most!


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. ❤


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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).