by Magic9mushroom. Submitted 2013-11-30. Source.
(Here is one person’s experience of yandere and the understanding they derived from it. It’s an interesting perspective and probably a good representative example of the idea of “serial yandere” that I’ve briefly discussed in the Deconstructing the Deconstruction posts.
Thanks for the submission!
4 days ago
The second Pink part of your Yandere Notebook project seems to only be accessible from your main blog page, not from the index page or from either of the other two parts. Just thought you could do with a heads-up on that.
Oh, whoops! ^^; Thanks for the message. I’ll fix it right now.
5 days ago
*NOTE: The following contains spoilers to School Days. Elfen Lied, and Shuffle!
When I was first conducting research for this article, I’ll admit that the topic was actually about hair length and not tropes. I had first thought I noticed a trend that yandere characters with a shorter length of hair tended to not get their loved one (such as Kaede from Shuffle!, and Sekai from the anime School Days). However, further research quickly debunked that theory, as there were plenty of short-haired girls that seized their partner successfully (eg. Koharu from Koharu No Hibi, Sekai from the manga School Days, and Nagato from Curry Today, Curry Tomorrow).
Leaving one theory behind, I redoubled my efforts and noticed a different pattern much more interesting and with better evidence behind it. I discovered a trend that every yandere character I looked at seemed to fall into one of two possible categories: the homemaker, always doting on the man and doing anything for him, and the idol, a popular girl with eyes only for one. Let’s look at these two types in more detail.
The idol character is the girl every guy notices. She’s got long, flowing hair that accentuates her overly feminine traits and proper attire. She’s likely an athlete or in a student council or other type of club. Often, she obsesses over being the ‘perfect girl’ for her target. To keep up appearances, she’ll be very good at being sociable and hanging with others, making her very popular. She’s also usually the type most paranoid about being the only girl in his life, and is convinced that he needs no one else other than his ‘idol’. She will not tolerate people being near her man and this will likely set off a psychotic episode in her. Her breakdowns are more instantaneous, is often more direct in confronting competing women, and is overall much more dominant than the homemaker type.
The homemaker is usually more reserved. She does a lot of cooking and cleaning, and is mostly found with short, well-kept hair and wearing an apron. She is more submissive, willing to do anything that will make her lover even the tiniest bit happier. Typically, she is not the popular girl, but she doesn’t prefer the limelight anyway. She’d rather live a quiet live with her future husband with no one else around. However, because she’s more submissive, she’s also more likely to tolerate her competition. That’s not to say that she can’t snap though, and when she does, the results aren’t pretty. Her descent into yan mode is more gradual, assessing the situation and taking appropriate measures. She will tend to use psychological warfare more than direct offenses, breaking her opponents will and resolve and taking her man when she has the chance.
Using this model, let’s see where some of the more well-known yandere characters fit into…
Yuno Gasai (Mirai Nikki) - IDOL: In both the anime and manga, Yuno is recognized as one of the most attractive girls in school. She’s also incredibly agile and athletic, able to take on multiple opponents at once, with her knife wielding capabilities being second-to-none. She hates having Yukki anywhere near his other friends and will try to separate them from him any way possible. Obviously, she prefers full on combat when people get too close, and snaps incredibly quickly.
Kaede Fuyou (Shuffle!)– HOMEMAKER: Kaede has been doting on Rin for a good portion of his life, doing his laundry, cooking his meals, and doing everything she can for him. She sports very short orange hair that doesn’t get in the way when she’s cleaning, and, though considered beautiful in-universe, does not participate in much school activities. Furthermore, the idol role is quickly taken up by the god girl and demon girl, both of whom Kaede tolerates Rin being around, despite them obviously being contenders for his heart. As a child, you could see her manipulative yan side when she made Rin’s childhood a living hell, and this relapses later in the series when a particular girl gets too close to her man.
Kotonoha Katsura (School Days) – IDOL: Kotonoha is an interesting girl. While not very sociable, she is blessed with great beauty acknowledged by most of the characters. She is not very loud spoken, but always keeps a proper, eloquent composure. I guess a princess would be the best way to describe her. Yet, in the manga, when she finally discovers Makoto cheating, she brings a knife to their next meeting and swiftly tries to end Sekai’s life. Likewise, when Makoto gets what’s rightfully coming in the anime, Kotonoha is right there on the rebound to avenge him.
Sekai Saionji (School Days) – HOMEMAKER: Within the same show, we have Sekai, the less stunning of the two but more caring. Rather than being upset that Makoto likes someone Kotonoha, she instead helps him get together with her, and aids their relationship despite her own feelings. Though not acting herself, her large posse of friends mind-break Kotonoha into a blank state, making the idol fall from grace.
Koharu Mutsuki (Koharu No Hibi) – HOMEMAKER: This one is a no-brainer. Koharu will do anything if it pleases her sempai, even stating once that she’d die for him. She loves making boxed lunches for him, and dedicates her entire being to him. Her stature is very plain, with conservative clothing and short hair and is considered odd by the rest of the cast. Rather than being violent, she does some mentally scarring stuff to one particular girl, all for the sake of sempai.
Lucy (Elfen Lied) – ???: Decided to do a hard one last. She’s not a popular student, but she is a physically capable killing monster. Like other idols, she has the looks and can be set off with any trigger, literally ripping apart her enemies with ease. However, she’s also quite reserved, not talking much and in the end, leaves the protagonists side to make him happy. So perhaps she’s a homemaker in an idol’s body?
I am open for suggestions and debate to improve this model. Perhaps there’s a third dimension I’ve missed, or you disagree with the outline I created. I’m interested in any constructive thoughts!
((Shiny new submission! Woohoo! Thank you, NailBail!
This is a very interesting observation. I’ll assemble a response later. Hmm, Kaede is also an idol - especially at the beginning of the series, when a whole bunch of people were in the “Kitto Kitto Kaede-chan” fanclub… Ah, also, this theory doesn’t generalise well to the Yandere no Onna no Ko series, or to Bungaku Shoujo.
Let’s see where this idea goes.
1 week ago
They exist now! Yes, this is what I’ve been secretly working on in secret.
These 1-inch pin badges are now available on our Etsy store, YandereSquare.
(Did I mention? We have an Etsy store now. I’ve also been working on that in secret secrecy. In all honesty, I don’t expect many sales - but if you want to prove me wrong, well, by all means! ;3)
Time to show the world how much you love yandere, hmm?
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1 week ago
Asakura Tomoe's epilogue please! :D Honestly I had no sympathy for that protagonist. /: So what if she's a transgender? If he hadn't been such a prick about it he wouldn't have driven Tomoe over the edge.
Ah, Tomoe. This could be fun.
…I wonder where I can take this story…
2 weeks ago
Yandere notebook project
I don’t think I can deal with work right now, so I guess I’ll just wait until the weekend to see him. I booked the seat next to his at the cinema, so I’ll get to be with him for nearly 2 hours! <3
2 weeks ago
Yandere notebook project
Short black hair. Slightly shorter than me. One small earring on each ear. Cheap necklace and bracelets.
Goes to university. Majors in Journalism. Mentioned a Yoshida-sensei and a Takahara-sensei -> search faculty websites?
-> Goes to ████ University, probably, since it’s the only one that lists both names in Journalism dept.
-> Lives in dorms. 2/F, no. 233.
-> Leave notes in her mailbox or under door? But I might get found out… I don’t want him to know someone’s after her! Especially since he might hate me…
-> ████ Too risky.
-> Sneak into her room and look around -> I think I can get some ideas like this. If I can find her on the Internet, I think I can win.
-> Steal stuff from her room - but if I do that, it’ll alert her…
-> Make sure the doors don’t lock themselves!
(To be added to as story progresses. Last updated 2013-11-19)
2 weeks ago
Yandere story index
MGY contents page
"Alright, I’ve decided! Aki-chan, to make up for all the trauma you put me through, you have to make me a bento tomorrow!"
"Can I kind of just… Buy one?"
"No, it has to be homemade. I know you’re capable of cooking, so don’t be lazy on me, now."
"Alright, fine. What would you like?"
"Something that one of these VN heroines would make."
"Roger that. Look forward to it!"
2 weeks ago
…which is currently on Kickstarter and in need of funding.
It’s titled The Last Assumption, and it’s a live action film project exploring, in a different way, the destructive power of wrong impressions of reality. I randomly ran into it on Kickstarter a few days ago, and from what I’ve seen, it certainly looks like it has potential.
In this film, the main heroine (whose perspective we use) suspects that her boyfriend is cheating on her - and decides that becoming his stalker is the best way forward. She gathers information that, naturally, feeds her confirmation bias. Her obsessiveness, fuelled by possessiveness, reflects all that is strong and weak about her.
…Now, I don’t expect her to be violently insane, in the way that we’ve grown used to seeing in recent years. I expect her to be more like older yandere characters, such as Fuyou Kaede - subtle, less extreme but well-executed, with deep-seated personal issues that more than make up for the lack of axe-swinging in terms of impact. At least, from what I’ve seen, this is what the creator aims to achieve.
Oh, and I rather like the idea of having “Yandere Squared” listed on a credits roll somewhere. That kind of won’t happen if the project doesn’t reach 500 pounds in the next less-than-a-month.
If this sounds good to you, too, please reblog and/or pledge a little something to the Kickstarter project! Thanks!
3 weeks ago
"Yourfandom" - I’m waiting for you in the story index is gone - for me anyway. btw, thanks for doing all this!
O-Oh no, link rot…
I’ve updated the story index. It turns out that one of the other things I linked to has also mysteriously disappeared.
…It would be nice if I could somehow recover them, but I don’t think I can. They’ve vanished from Google Cache and everything. Sorry.
3 weeks ago