It’s fairly safe to say that an anime viewer, regardless of their preference in genre, will at some point be exposed to the baffling, fascinating conundrum of a yandere.
The yandere will, if stumbled upon in its natural habitat, appear kindly, supportive, and cheerful at first. Don’t be fooled–unless you want to end up in a drugged stupor, tucked away in the yandere’s apartment as they protect you from the outside world, and locked in cage full of plushies if you try to escape their loving care…
No? Just me? Well, moving on then.
My first yandere experience was an explosion of emotion and a repeated aloud chorus of, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHY? WHAT? BECAUSE THIS IS SO ILLEGAL!” etc.
*”Amnesia” spoilers below*
My first yandere is Toma from “Amnesia: Memories.”
To be honest, he’s been my only yandere, but he was very well contrived in that he did exactly what I’d assume a good yandere is supposed to do; he shocked me silly.
He’s basically normal–wonderful even–for 8 of the 12 episodes. He’s endearing, helpful, and seemingly even loving.
He does, in that 8th episode, slowly start to become more possessive, but with the circumstances surrounding the heroine, it doesn’t raise a single red flag.
Until, quite suddenly, it does.
Toma goes from 0 to 60 SCARY in a heartbeat, and we are left scratching our heads as to how this character we’ve grown so fond of has become…suddenly insane.
I don’t think a good yandere is funny. I don’t think that a “yandere simulator” is an amusing game. I think that you’re supposed to be shocked and dismayed and left wondering if every small instance of possessiveness was supposed to be a warning that you were too blind to heed until…
And I now know that I like a good, romantic yandere–
–but definitely not for the reasons that I’ve seen from most anime viewers.
I’m not attracted. I’m fascinated.
What do you think? What was your first experience with a yandere?
Until next time,