Before I get labelled as some Yandere theorist like mefloraine: no, I’m not a Yandere expert. Heck, I’m not even a Yandere fan, even if Kaede from Shuffle sits on my MAL top 10 favorite characters or that I tend to like a lot of yandere characters or that I argue for them when— okay not helping my case.
Of all the character archtypes lying about out there, Yanderes seem to be the most misunderstood and hated, far more than even the most sadistic variation of tsunderes. Obviously, I can’t judge other people’s preferences on the matter, but I always felt like people are taking Yanderes the wrong way. When most people think of yandere they instantly think of “they will murder you! Nice boat style!” Uuuuuu— I feel bad for them already. After all, they just wanted to be your bestest friend for ever and ever and ever. That boxcutter business? It’s not going to happen unless you cheat on or betray them, and in some cases you might be just a bit deserving of what’s coming… I mean, Makoto (School Days) sure does.
But even then, it’s not quite that simple. I knew that Yanderes (and Yangires for that matter, see their MAL club for word breakdown) were on the extreme ends, but even I didn’t quite understand the issue involved until I read this TIME magazine article on Borderline Personality Disorder. Yeah, psychologists once thought of this as a fatal disease, how’s that for you sick-girl Moe lovers, not to mention all the Damaged Goods and Katawa Shoujo fans.