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!

7 Comments

  1. ルルーシュ said,

    僕もう黒デレの一人です。

  2. joe said,

    i suppose the unknown is more scary/thrilling than the known, so haraguro is “normal” and kurodere is frightening.

    what is yukorin saying to show her true self in the clip? ah, i wish she wasnt so cute.

  3. bangin said,

    ルルーシュさん: 黒デレは演技力が大事!高レベル黒デレを目指してね!

    joe: This program in the clip must be 夜もヒッパレ一生懸命[yoru mo hippare isshoukenmei] where show folks enjoy karaoke. She wasn’t that famous at that time. Anyway, she said like, “My name is Yuko Ogura, I’m young and hot. A while ago, I stayed the night at Miyake-san(the man who is speaking with a microphone)’s place! Oh what am I saying? That was a lieeeeeeee, kidding! Kyaaaaaaaa!”
    Ugh, this is too far away from the current Yukorin. She changed her personality for some reason. Too bad, if this video hadn’t come out, she might have been a 黒デレ.

  4. goodyfun said,

    Wow, this one really is a perfect word for 姫宮 アンシー in the tellevision series. Not so much in the novels, but really.

    I think I would like a girl that’s truly a tough person under her sweet cover. This type could scare every man on earth!

    P.S. “She might be… near you!” You’re so funny. ^_^

  5. bangin said,

    I hope this type of girl shouldn’t be in 3D, but I dare to say there are a lot in the real world!

    At least, there are three around me though they haven’t show me the proof.

  6. 子犬 said,

    I agree with goodyfun. I do not believe that someone should be all good. It makes me happy to know that what they do, they seem like they are getting walked all over, that it really has a plan behind it. Then they are in control after all!

    Oh, but I do not like people who act nice and polite, but are still thinking mean things. If somebody acts polite but it is only faked that just makes it worse and condescending! I think this is different because you can see, a little. Not quite like haraguro because they aren’t evil, but maybe close…

    (I am not sure if all of that you can understand. My English is bad now, sorry. Too much to say!)

  7. bangin said,

    Good point, kurodere and haraguro are pretty equal, but not the same. We can see how evil haraguro characters are like Lelouch or Yagami Light. But kurodere characters don’t show the dark side of him/her to us. Once she shows it, she is not a kurodere anymore.

    I like haraguro, but do not like kurodere that much.>< Though I like Mikuru.

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