Friday, April 15, 2011

Glossary Term: Yandere

Today's term is Yandere. If you remember the last lesson, "dere" comes from deredere, meaning lovestruck. But what does the "Yan" in this word mean? Well... in this case, it comes from yanderu, meaning mental/emotional illness. Uh oh.

Hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned

These are the characters that go BERSERK when something or someone gets between them and their love. This isn't a tsundere's "violent beatdown of the love interest", this is more like "axe-murderer rampage". It should also be noted that many yandere characters are not obvious at first; they can seem to be sweet and affectionate at first but when they snap...

For obvious reasons, this character type is a source of criticism by many. A few examples of manga/anime that have yandere characters are Mirai Nikki (pictured above) and (semi-spoiler alert) School Days.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I like your idea of presenting a new term as a blog post. You should have a quiz!