This edition of Viewster‘s Anime Lessons is focused on the character type kuudere. Previously, we’ve covered the dandere and tsundere, but the kuudere is a different character-type all together. The ‘kuu’ comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the English expression ‘cool’ and the ‘dere’ comes from the Japanese onomatopoeia ‘deredere’ for being lovestruck. When these elements are combined, they are used to describe a character who is extremely calm and almost emotionless. The kuudere is the polar opposite of the genki girl.
In general, kuuderes have difficulty expressing their emotions, and feelings such as happiness, sadness, and anger. In some cases this is because a kuudere is incapable of showing emotions (cyborg? clone?) and in other situations it is because the kuudere is all business. However, underneath all of their outward self-control, there is often a hidden reserve of passionate emotion.
The quintessential kuudere is Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Ayanami Rei whose piloting skills and focused demeanor make her appear like an emotionless machine. Another great example is Saber from the Fate/Stay series. She is strong, silent, and completely focused on cutting through the task at hand. Mei Misaki from the series Another is also a kuudere, but for different reasons. She is a loner, and her classmates ensure that she remains so, and her social skills suffer as a result.
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