If you’re a good observant, I’m sure you would notice the word Tsundere (ツンデレ) has been floating in our fellow otaku’s world for quite some time now. So what exactly is tsundere? Let’s start our lesson to find out~ I’m glad Izumi Konata is willing to lend a hand.
Tsundere consist of 2 words – tsuntsun (ツンツン) and deredere (デレデレ). Tsuntsun simply means “aloof, morose, pointed” while deredere is defined as “exhausted, lovestruck”. Thus, a person with tsundere would have features for both tsuntsun and deredere.
“…a conceited, spikey, combative personality that later on turns to being modest and loving. It can also describe a personality that is good-willed, but its attitude and actions often contradict its nature.” – Wikipedia
Some examples of tsundere:
- Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière – Zero no Tsukaima
- Meia Gisborn – Vandread
- Tohsaka Rin – Fate/Stay Night
- Suigintou – Rozen Maiden
- Shana / Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite – Shakugan no Shana
Antonym of tsundere – Yandere (ヤンデレ) is still a new term in anime and manga. It is used to describe personality that is initially kind and gentle but changes to brutal or psychotic.
Yandere is made out of the two words – yanderu (病んでる) defined as ‘to be sick’ and deredere (デレデレ).
Yandere characters are often portrait as normal girls but with a darker side of the personality. They can turn into a colder and more violent person to the extend of murdering or committing suicide. For example: Sonozaku Shion from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
Another term, Yangire (ヤンギレ) is used to differentiate girls who exhibit yandere traits but do not fit the true definition of yandere. An example: Saionji Sekai from School Days.
Yangire is a combination of yanderu (病んでる?), and gire (切れ?), which means ‘to cut, slice’.
“This behavior is different from that of a yandere character in regard to the motivation that sparked the change in the character. The yanderekko is motivated through her love for the male protagonist, while a yangire character is motivated through other characters and will not be connected with emotions of love or attraction.” – Wikipedia