What is Deredere? [Definition, Meaning]

Here at Honey’s Anime we try our best to act an educational senpai (Read: Chuunibyou) who will instruct all the kohai of the anime world on the many wild creatures that can be found in the wild. Many viewers can instantly identify creatures such as the Tsundere, a being with a soft inside and a barbed exterior to protect themselves. These characters try to protect themselves from being eventually sucked into the harem of the protagonist by acting as mean, rude or borderline abusive as possible. When sampling such creatures, it is best to crack open the exterior using cute compliments and ecchi moments to expose the soft interior, bringing out the cute girl in them.

There are other dere archetypes that follow the same naming convention such as Dandere, Yandere or Kuudere. These are well known to anyone who has watched anime for a while. The creature that we are exploring today is a lesser known one called Deredere. The Deredere is strange in that it looks more like a spelling error than a term used to describe a character. After all, the logic behind Tsundere or Kuudere is that it identifies a character with a trait plus, the fact that they are lovey-dovey. Hence, a Kuudere would mean a character that was in love with the main character but acts cool at the same time.
So just what is a Deredere supposed to be?

Double Trouble

So instead of following the usual naming convention, it has gone rogue and named itself the same thing twice. The simplest way to interpret such a thing would be to assume that it means precisely what Dere means, except twice.

To put it simply, a character that is a Deredere is a very sweet and energetic person whose entire character archetype centres on their love for a single character. This differs from the other archetypes like Tsundere or Yandere as while they are indeed in love with someone, they are still able to develop their characters separate from them along a different path. For example, a Yandere character would still be able to carry out actions that are entirely selfish in terms of the character that they are in love with by doing things to harm those who would get close to him or by kidnapping him for themselves.

A Deredere wouldn’t even be fazed by another girl getting along with their main love as long as they’re not doing anything harmful to them. She’s even completely fine if their love starts to couple with another girl because that’s just how nice they are. In the end, as long as he/she is happy, the Deredere won’t kick up a huge fuss with whatever happens in the end. They’ll even be nice to all their rivals and have fun in the process. In the end, Deredere ends up being the “vanilla” option, which is not a bad thing, because you can’t go wrong with a Deredere. No mix signals or psychopathic killers, just a straight forward, plain relationship.


Girls Bravo: First Season

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: July 2004 – September 2004

Girls Bravo follows the story of Yukinari who can’t seem to catch a break. Not only is he small in stature, this leads to him having no real luck with women all his life, because of his size. He is constantly bullied and belittled by other girls when he was younger and this lead him to be somewhat apprehensive towards approaching women, though not to the point of a mental breakdown whenever a female appears in the room. His “can’t catch a break” streak continues as he begins high school where he develops a condition that causes him to break out in hives whenever he comes into direct contact with a female.

As if being nervous around girls wasn’t bad enough, now he has to fear for his life around them purely from a touch as well. To further compound his issues, he is transported to another world into the city of Seiren where women outnumber men by a large margin, fortunately! The females here seem to be a lot nicer to him and there’s even a girl whose touch doesn’t cause him to break out in hives!

While the show seems a bit dark in the outset, his transport to the new world with more women does exactly what you’d expect, set up for a harem. Whilst the girls on Earth are more vicious and realistic like people usually are in real life, the girls in the mystic world are noticeably more “touchy” towards the main character and go so far as to chase him down the street in droves just to interact with him. There’s not specific character that embodies Deredere the most in this show as many of the girls themselves are Deredere due to the general light heartedness of the series as a whole. This show is what happens when a majority of the characters end up being Deredere.

Girls Bravo (Geneon) Trailer


Aa! Megami-sama! (Ah! My Goddess!)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: January 2005 - July 2005

Keichii is just the average guy of your run of the mill anime guys who passes each day like any other would go about his day. Like most guys, he doesn’t have much luck with many things, like his studies, clubs or love life in general. Yet at the same time, it’s mostly okay just not fantastic. Whilst going about his chores like a normal guy would do, as opposed to using a Rasengan or a Death Note to kill people, he tries calling his Senpai, only to accidentally reach something called the Goddess Help Line.

Enter Belldandy, a goddess who has responded to his call and appears to him through the mirror. She’s ready to help and he’s freaking out about it but she isn’t fazed at all because that’s just the kind of Deredere character she is. Throughout the show, he continues to get into hijinks in an episodic nature and she always helps out him out in the end, though sometimes it’s more indirect than direct. He has to solve his own problems sometimes too.

Though the premise of having a generally unlucky guy be the main character is still present like the previous anime, it contrasts itself in the sense that instead of being in a world full of Deredere characters who converge on the main character like locusts, Megami-sama is focused more on a central character who is extremely Deredere. Belldandy is helpful, kind, free spirited and just plain loves the main character. There’s never really any heart breaking moments or tense situations with her because that’s what Deredere characters do.

[Previewed] anime "My Goddess" PV's first Blu-ray of


Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2004 – December 2004

When talking about Deredere girls it’s a must to mention the magical girls genre, and what better way to talk about magical girls then to use one of the long running series of Lyrical Nanoha, which has four seasons under its belt so far, where the magical girls are generally light and vanilla in nature, as opposed to the darker themes of Madoka Magica.

The premise is pretty basic as far as magical girls anime can get. The main character Nanoha comes across a ferret that is secretly a mage who grants her a red jewel which allows her to transform into a magical girl. This allows her to fight off evil monsters and find the Jewel Seeds that the ferret lost throughout the world. There’s not much more to talk about without spoilers as that’s pretty much the basic summary of the beginning.

The unique point of the show is that Nanoha is indeed a Deredere as most magical girls tend to be. She’s sweet, kind and has a caring family as a whole. However, this contrasts with the rival character of the series who is pretty much in the opposite situation as her. Compound this with fighting monsters and having to find the Jewel Seeds, what we witness is actually a Deredere character who becomes more matured over time instead of remaining a one dimensional nice girl.

She doesn’t stop being Deredere when the situation calls for it, but when the going gets tough, Nanoha becomes a tough chick who is able to use her magical powers to kick ass and chew bubble gum. This development of a Deredere character is what makes the anime slightly different to other anime that feature Deredere characters.

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Anime Trailer (PV)


Final Thoughts

Like it or hate it, the Deredere archetype will continue to perpetuate throughout anime, at least as long as harem anime exists. Whether to serve as foils or to be the main focus of the series, Deredere will always be around to raise the overall energy of the show and allow viewers a reprieve from all the brooding and crying that many characters tend to do nowadays.

Sick to death of people dying? (Pun intended) Don’t want to see some guy ranting like a crazy bastard? Find a Deredere anime near you and get your heart filled up with sweetness!

Aria

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Author: Aria

Hi, this is Aria. I have abandoned the 3D world for the 2D one. Occasionally I leave the 2D world to write my thoughts down. With that said and done, it's time for me to depart once more to the forbidden world, my waifus await.

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