Love in the Moe Realms – A Concise ‘Dere’ Guide

45. picture1The moe phenomenon has been around for a couple of decades now – long enough to see many sub-trends come and go, and for copious amounts of manga and anime to be based on almost nothing else. Small wonder then that moe as a whole has spun off into numerous different types and categories over the years, each of them catering to its own particular brand of fetishized cute: glasses moe, maid moe, and bandaged moe, just to name a few. Another distinct evolution of moe (or rather, several evolutions closely related to each other), are the ‘dere’ varieties, all of which have seen widespread fan usage since the early to mid-2000s. This article aims to loosely explain the four most common of these – tsundere, yandere, kuudere, and dandere. Continue reading

Defining ‘Moe’

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The word ‘moe’ is one that often seems to be used as a throw-away term within the anime fan community. It’s actually been bandied around on internet message boards and forums since as far back as the 1990s, but became popularised within the Western-speaking fandom since the early to mid-2000s. Since I’ve used the word myself several times in previous articles here on Otaku Lounge, I thought I’d take the opportunity to give a (hopefully simple) but slightly more in-depth explanation. Continue reading