Anime Vocab Lesson: Dandere

It’s that time again. Time for what you ask? Time for another patented (not really) word of the day! Today we’re going to be talking about and breaking down the word dandere. We’ve talked about tsunderes before and now it’s time to take a look at another part of the spectrum. As we stated in our previous article in this series, tsunderes are generally very brash and violent before eventually becoming softer and more lovey towards their interest. Danderes aren’t quite the opposite of that but they are certainly a very different breed.

Danderes are the quiet and shy ones in the group. So quiet and shy in fact that you might forget that they are even there in the room. According to my research, the word is another amalgamation between danmari and deredere. Danmari essentially means to keep quiet or to keep one’s mouth shut while dere dere, as we’ve established, is to become soft and loving.

A great example of a dandere character would be Yuki Nagato from the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. Now keep in mind that there is a slight difference between a dandere character and a kuudere character. While both character types tend to be shy, quiet and reserved kuudere characters tend to be more ‘cool’ in their emotionless status. Yes, it can be very difficult to tell the difference between them but you’ll figure it out. I have faith in you.

Dandere characters have a special place in my heart as that’s the category that I most identify with. Sure I have my moments of occasionally being talkative and social but for the most part I’m just your average shy guy who would much rather hide behind a computer screen than actually interact with someone in person.

Who is your favorite dandere character? Got another word that you want us to define/clear up for you? Sound off in the comments and let us know!



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