The -dere

During my brief and wonderful vacation in Quebec City I had the chance to watch an anime my friend suggested to me- servant x service. It was pretty great. After discussing the anime with the friend and one other friend, who I had passed on the recommendation to watch, I realized that I was using a word they had never hear of. The little nerds never heard of the word Tsundere. A Tsundere in simple terms is an anime character who on the outside is sometimes violent, but it is sweet on the inside. It is the first of the four -dere types of Japanese anime; the other three being: Yandere, Kudere, Dandere. Yandere is the term for someone who is sweet and cute on the outside, but would fuck someone up to keep there partner with them. A Kudere is a character who acts unemotional on the outside, but is secretly sweet on the inside. You know, the emotionless anime character who has a small tear when they pick up a cat left in a box on the side of the road. The last -dere is the Dandere, the character who is shy and/or anti-social and opens up only to very specific people.
If you could meet the friends who I was talking to you you would see why it was hysterical that they didn’t know about the -dere. I received the recommendation from a stereotypical real life Tsundere and passed on the recommendation to the Korean male version of the real life Dandere How could they not know! They where nerds, albeit more popular less stereotypically nerdy nerds then me, but still nerds. 
Explaining it to them was easy, thankfully. What was even weirder was the -dere I was labelled with. THEY SAID I WAS A YANDERE. Images of Yuno from Future Diaries flashing in my mind the rest of the night. I swear, I am not that bad. No, I can’t be that bad. 

A topsy-turvy anime obsessed,
I.L. Knight

P.s. I need to stop teaching friends anime terms. It back fires…


Hide and Seek- Lizz


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