黒デレ[kurodere]

February 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm (otaku word)

OMG, this is awesome, it must be something exists not only in anime, but also our real world. I want to appreciate the first person who came up with this term. At any rate, I have introduced some spin-off terms of ツンデレ[tsundere] so far, but again I encountered a new one. Darn it, I am sure otaku people will keep making a new spin-off term of ツンデレ endlessly…

 Well, if you follow Niconico, and have watched 愛しの彼が振り向かない[itoshi no kare ga furimukanai] Mikuru version, you might be sure of this term. In this song, she cries out for one-way love for Kyon, and lack of something could get him interested. With that, she even slightly(?) insults ツンデレHaruhi, ヤンデレNagato, ガチホモKoizumi, and バカTaniguchi. Oh God, she is such a 腹黒[haraguro]! Most Nico fans got surprised about this, and labelled her…as a 黒デレ[kurodere]. [kuro] means obviously dark and デレ[dere] means such a sweet attitude. Can I translate this like dark-and-sweet? Anyway, let’s review what we have seen about Mikuru so far.

1. Haruhi grabbed her breasts in front of Kyon, and stripped her off.

2. She cosplayed a bannygirl, a nurse, and a maid.

3. She left the classroom’s door open and changed in order to show her changing to Kyon.

 Above doesn’t seems to be on purpose, but…what if she planned even these? Yes, she might have planned in order to get Kyon. Oh yes, we can see how much she loves him…but she is so clever. Like this, if we are told a girl’s clever doing though she looks innocent, she could be labelled as a 黒デレ. This is very difficult to judge. If she looks so innocent and clumsy that everybody else loves her, watch out, she is too good to be true. Having said that, if she is really really dark and evil behind us, she would be just a 腹黒, not a 黒デレ. Those girls are good at hiding the real them…even we are not told. That’s why it’s very difficult. So 黒デレ girls shouldn’t show the real them from the beginning to the end no matter what happens. The more innocent she is, the more possiblity to be a 黒デレ she has…Because she would be just a 腹黒 when we learn whatever she does is on purpose. It should be veiled…

 Even though they have a dark side, they are not yandere. I daresay they wouldn’t be mad because they have a common sense though they might be clumsy. So maybe we can’t tell she is really 黒デレ unless we see the proof. But they don’t show us the proof! Speaking of a 黒デレ girl in anime, I could think of Mikuru(already mentioned), and Siesta[Zero’s Familiar]. And in real world, I could definitely think of ゆうこりん[Ogura Yuko] and the protagonist in the most famous Korean soap opera, Winter Sonata[冬のソナタ]. As for Yukorin, I have witnessed the real her, so she failed to hide. As for Winter Sonata, there is a mean girl(well, this kind of girl always shows) who traps the other characters. But her plan comes to the light, so she turns out to be just a 腹黒. But the protagonist keeps being a 黒デレ until the story ends…I think so.

 Ah, be aware of a 黒デレ! She might be…near you!

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