Ninja Dojo: What are Tsundere, Kuudere, Dandere & Yandere?
‘Tsundere’, ‘Kuudere’, ‘Dandere’ & ‘Yandere’ are common slangs among anime & manga fans online. As character archetypes, tsundere, kuudere, dandere & yandere characters often follow their same respective characteristics.
The word ‘tsundere’ is a combination of two words – tsuntsun (which refers to a cold & blunt attitude) & deredere (which refers to being lovey dovey). Tsundere characters are normally initially cold & even hostile, before showing their warm side to others. The word can also be used to describe characters who seem cold on the outside, but are warm & loving inside.
Famous Tsundere characters:
- Tohsaka Rin of Fate/Stay Night
- Akane of Ranma ½
- Asuka Langley Soryu of Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Li Syaoran of Cardcaptor Sakura
The ‘kuu-‘ of ‘Kuudere’ refers to being cool & cold. Kuudere characters are normally cold and quiet initially or on the outside (kuu-), and warm inside (-dere).
Famous Kuudere characters:
- Hajime Saito of Hakuouki
- Ayanami Rei of Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Yuzuriha Inori of Guilty Crown
- Kirigiri Kyoko of Danganronpa
Dandere characters are often being confused with Kuudere characters, as they can both be quiet and distant. Kuudere characters are distant due to being cold/cool, but Dandere characters are usually shy and face problem expressing themselves to their love interests.
Famous Dandere characters:
- Yamagishi Fuuka of Persona 3
- Nagato Yuki of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi
- Tsumiki Mikan of Dangan Ronpa 2
The ‘yan-‘ of ‘Yandere’ stems from the word ‘Yanderu’ which refers to being mentally sick. Unlike the other character archetypes above, Yandere characters are often sweet and loving initially… until they show their scary side. A hidden side that is violent & deadly, where normal displays of strong and deep romantic love and affection become mentally dilapidated. This can include killing for their love interest, kidnapping their crush or even poisoning their love rival.
Famous Yandere Character:
- Gasai Yuno of Mirai Nikki
- Catherine of Catherine
- Toma of Amnesia
Bokosuka Girls: Tatsunoko Gakuen Climax announced for PS Vita
Famitsu this week reveals Bokosuka Girls: Tatsunoko Gakuen Climax, a new cute girls action game from Tatsunoko Production for PS Vita. It is said to be similar to the Senran Kagura series, and will be out in 2015.