Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anime Word of the Week - Yandere (ヤンデレ)

Yandere (ヤンデレ)

...a person who is initially very loving and gentle to someone before their devotion becomes destructive in nature, often through violence. The term is derived from the words yan (ヤン) meaning a mental or emotional illness and dere (デレ) meaning to show affection. Yandere characters are mentally unstable, often using extreme violence as an outlet for their emotions.

Character examples include Ryuuguu Rena from the Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni (When they Cry) series, Akira Kogami from Lucky Star, and Sekai Saionji from School Days (you'll understand why at the end...). A variant of the term, Yangire (ヤンギレ), originated in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS and is used to describe a character who is mentally ill and snaps instantly without showing affection for the victim of their outburst.


Richard J. said...

Ah the Yandere. One of my favorite types of characters. Ryoko Asakura is a most delightful example (Rena doesn't really fit as well in my opinion) but I'm shocked, absolutely stunned, that Yuno Gasai isn't mentioned.

Even if the anime version isn't really out there yet, she is THE best example of Yandere ever.

Enjoying the Anime Word of the Week!

carlos de Miguel Ortega said...

the "Yandere" always be in most of the anime series. Here are some of my favorites ones Narusegawa Naru from Love Hina, Susume Suzume Sakurajosui from cyber team in akihabara, Hazuki from moon phase.