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Is Your Favorite Character a Modern Yandere?

In 2007, the anime Lucky Star proposed the idea that there had been at some point a fundamental shift in what it meant to be “tsundere.” A character archetype whose primary trait is a shift from hate to love for another, Lucky Star argues that tsundere can be roughly divided into two groups: traditional and modern. Since then, another related character archetype has been on the rise, which is the “yandere,” or a character who goes from being in love to being obsessed/psychotically dangerous. What I believe is that the yandere also has two main versions, such that there is a difference between a “traditional yandere” and a “modern yandere.”

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