Tanaka Manabu is a regular honors student. On the way to school, he meets a girl carrying a bloody bat. That girl is Ryuuzaki Reina, leader of the school's female delinquents. It's love at first sight. Yandere Kanojo
is a gag manga (with a combination of yonkoma
and normal page) about having a yankee dere-dere girlfriend.
A drama CD came out in Japan in 2010.
NOTE: In the title of this series, "yandere" refers not to this term
, but to the "yankee
"+ "dere-dere" combination. In this sense, 'yankee' means troublemaker, not
Not to be confused with Onidere
, which has a strikingly similar concept, but is only similar to this series in that regard.
Tropes in Yandere Kanojo
- A Day in the Limelight: Reina's parents in their flashback chapters, and Hijiri and Shiratori in chapter 27.
- Sumika and Nanami in their flashback chapters, and Shiratori solo in chapter 34. A-ko in chapter 37 and Hiromichi (the cafe manager) in chapter 39. Manabu's parents in chapters 61-63.
- Even Nanami's minions get one in 40.1.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Ugajin to Reina. Manabu is just as put off by it as her.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: There are at least two in this story: Ran, Reina's mother, and Azami, Manabu's mother. Justified for Azami, she had her child when she was still in highschool.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Shuuei Mori. In his introductory chapter, the first thing he says to every guy he meets is "Hey, wanna go to a hotel later?".
- April Fools' Plot: The subject of chapter 27.1.
- At Arm's Length: Reina does this to Nanami the first time they fight.
- Author Appeal: The author likes characters that look tough, but aren't, and who have 'evil eyes' - hence Reina's dad. Similarly, because he likes old guys, he included Manabu's grandad.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Reina really should, especially when a certain clown might be listening.
- Beach Episode: Chapter 17.1.
- Bears Are Bad News: Subverted in one chapter. Manabu is worried about encountering bears when he and Reina are in the mountains looking for a Sakura tree. Reina reassures him and says she'd gladly kill and eat any bears threatening them. A bear overhears them and is absolutely terrified.
- Big Bra to Fill: Lampshaded.
- Big Brother Instinct: Reina's uncle's dog feels this way toward Reina; that's why he dislikes Manabu, because he feels that Manabu isn't strong enough for Reina.
- Big Damn Heroes: Manabu saves Chibita and Reina from attacking cats using dried bonito as a diversion.
- Big Friendly Dog: Chibita, Reina's uncle's dog. Except around Manabu.
- Bishie Sparkle: Shiratori, in his initial appearance.
- Bittersweet Ending: Nanami and Sumika's flashback. Sweet, in the fact that Sumika becomes friends for real with Nanami and Nanami's dad returns and reconciles with his family, bitter in the fact that his new job means that Nanami has to move far away from Sumika.
- Blah Blah Blah: How Reina summarizes the need for Manabu's grandfather to help them teach Akira to feel more girly.
- Becomes an actual form of communication here.
Hijiri: Please go back to using normal words!
- Bland-Name Product: Reina's dad buys a "Play Halaytion Portable" along with a certain game about partying up with others to hunt monsters that's extremely popular in Japan.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: All over the place.
- Cats Are Mean: To be fair, it's Chibita who strikes first...
- The Cats Strike Back: Chibita tries to scare a cat stealing a fish. The retaliation is swift.
- Cerebus Syndrome: What started out as a goofy gag yonkoma has been getting steadily more serious since the introduction of Manabu's family situation.
- Cooldown Hug: Kouichirou to Ran in Ch 37
- Cosmetic Catastrophe: Reina starts out well when learning how to use makeup, getting Mayami to help her, but when she tries to go solo, it descends into this.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- The Kendo Club shows up to defend the school from a possessed Reina, which ends exactly how you'd expect it to. Then the Judo Club shows up only to suffer the same fate.
- A-ko was trying to fight Ran for Kouichiro's love. She never stood a chance.
- Date Peepers: After telling Mayami she can't come with them when they go to see Avatar, Reina and Manabu end up spending most of their date following Mayami after they see her seeing the same movie with some guy they don't know, to make sure he's not a creep.
- Death by Childbirth: Azuma's wife.
- Demonic Possession: "The Cursed Black Bat". Manabu manages to stop it with The Power of Love.
- Deus Exit Machina: In "The Cursed Black Bat" (26.1), Manabu and the Principal are conveniently absent when trouble starts, though Manabu returns to save the day.
Hijiri: Why now of all times!
- Doctor Jerk: The school doctor. And he knows it.
- Family-Friendly Firearms / Nerf Arm: The weapons shops sells weapons that look and feel like real weapons, but do no serious or permanent damage. They are only to be used for comedic effect.
- Fictional Counterpart: Mouseland -> Disneyland.
- Foreshadowing: As early as Chapter 17, Azuma tells Reina that an important choice for Manabu is coming up that might turn his life upside down. It isn't until nearly 40 chapters later that we find out just what he really meant.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: The Cinderella chapter, with Reina as Cinderella, Manabu as the wizard who helps her, Shiratori as the prince, and Nanami's gang as the stepsisters.
- Fragile Flower: The Principal's wife.
- Reina also had her moments as well.
- G-Rated Drug: Amazake in chapter 31.1. Normally it's either non-alcoholic or has a low amount of alcohol. Reina, under the impression it's safe regardless, puts in too much sake lees, making it a strong booze, and everyone has a crazy moment as a result.
- Genre Refugee: A lot of characters seem to have got lost from contemporary girly romance manga. Not that it's a bad thing.
- Golden Snitch: Mayami pulls this as hostess of a gameshow. Reina, as one of the contestants, is not happy.
- Leads straight to a Crack Defeat when two guys in the background who admit they're so unimportant they don't even have names, and have not answered a single question right, win. The question? What is the name of the author of Yandere Kanojo?
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Reina met them in the chapter where she tried to find out the reason Manabu wears glasses without need.
- Green-Eyed Monster: After Shiratori calls Manabu's sister "Mayami-kun," Hijiri goes into a minor Heroic BSOD that's serious enough for her to request that Reina punch her to snap her out of it. Mayami is sharp enough to notice it and assures her that she has no interest in Shiratori while teasing Hijiri about her jealousy.
- Het Is Ew: According to Shuuei Mori.
- Hidden Depths: A lot of seemingly Jerkass characters are actually decent people when the situation calls for it.
- Hot for Teacher: A-ko falls for Kouichiro after he helps her, and tries to convince him to leave his wife for her. Three guesses as to how well that works out.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- When Reina saw one of her subordinates crying because she saw her boyfriend with another girl, she just told her to go kick their asses. When she sees Manabu with another girl...
- Mamoru's final advice to Manabu is to be sure to take care of the woman he loves or he'll be left with nothing except regrets. Seeing as Mamoru's neglect of doing so with his own woman led to his family's life being an absolute hell, his son is understandably not pleased.
- In Which a Trope Is Described: A common format for chapter titles runs "X, that is, something something something."
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The series title.
- Wakako seems to have the name she does just so the author could pun her name into Bakako in the title of the chapter she features in.
- Kimono Over Boxers: A crowd of male onlookers collectively drops to their knees in grief after Reina denies them a Panty Shot, or something even better, this way while celebrating a badminton victory a little too enthusiastically.
- Locked in a Room: Hijiri and Shiratori get locked in a storage closet. They're quickly rescued, though, since Hijiri told a teacher she'd be working in the closet with the faulty lock.
- Love Epiphany: Hijiri in chapter 42.
- May-December Romance: Mayami and the Manager have plenty of significant Ship Tease moments with each other. Being a first year, she's around fourteen-fifteen; Chapter 25 reveals that he's twenty-six.
- Mr. Exposition: Lampshaded in chapter 5.1. When Shiratori gives a description of the girls and guys having separate swimming times, two background characters comment on his doing so.
Background Character A: Oh, what a detailed description
Background Character B: Shiratori is always yelling in a big panel, isn't he?
- Mythology Gag: Seen under Yandere for What Could Have Been with Manabu's lil sis? Behold, Tsugumi Shiratori, Reina's pen pal over a misplaced letter.
- Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters
- Nice Character, Mean Actor / Mood-Swinger: Reina's uncle, Souijiro/Soji.
- Odd Friendship: A recurring theme. Most of the friendships are of this trope (Reina/Hijiri, Reina/Mayami, Manabu/Shiratori, Sumika/Nanami).
- Official Couple: Manabu and Reina's relationship is pretty much the entire point of the manga.
- Older Than She Looks: The Principal's wife, she was so young looking and adorkable that most male students fell for her. Of course, it helps that they didn't realize she was the Principal's wife.
- One-Note Cook: Reina and curry. With a lot of help she made cookies one time.
- Open Secret: By about four chapters in most students realize they're a couple; they're just smart enough not to say anything.
- Otaku: The Manager. He does know when to turn his enthusiasm off, if necessary.
- Painting the Medium: Mayami uses square speech bubbles to imitate narration bubbles and the others acknowledge that because of this they have to follow what she said.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Manabu buys one of these when Reina takes him to a weapons shop.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Reina's delinquent gang. They're in school every day, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, and the only gang fight seen in the comics takes place with a felt-tip pen. Naturally enough, this gets lampshaded.
- Polyamory: Ugajin's groupies seem to have no problem with sharing him, or the fact that he's pursuing Reina.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Manabu's glasses are just for show.
- A whole chapter is actually devoted to exploring the mystery of Manabu's glasses. Long story short, they're basically a Memento MacGuffin from his grandfather.
- Recursive Canon: The manga and author exist in the manga's universe. None of the main characters know them.
- Refuge in Audacity: What does Reina do, when after she demands to talk with Manabu's mom while brandishing a baseball bat, his uncle threatens to call the cops on her? Why, kidnap their father, Azuma, and threaten to bash his head in with a baseball bat if they refuse! The kidnapping itself is most likely staged, considering Azusa and Reina's characters. That doesn't stop her from hitting Grandpa with a bat when Manabu's uncle tries to call her bluff.
- Relationship Upgrade: In a roundabout way, chapter 27 has Hijiri and Shiratori acknowledging each other's mutual attraction and going out on a date. Due to their inexperience with such things, though, they don't actually think it was a date or that it makes them a couple.
- Chapter 46 sees Hijiri finally confessing her love. On national television, no less. In chapter 48, they finally become an Official Couple.
- Serious Business: Bloomers.
- Shiratori always takes everything with such high fervor. Sometimes it's endearing, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Reina's employer outfits his female employees with this at Christmas.
- Ship Tease: Hijiri and Shiratori, sometimes Awwsome, sometimes humorous. This example manages to be both.
- Chapter 18 has Hijiri refuse confession from another guy after Shiratori says "Don't do it." He's talking about a reference book Hijiri used.
- Chapter 27 is focused entirely on their Relationship Upgrade. Not into a full couple, but pretty damn close.
- Taken even further in Chapter 31, an entire chapter that kicks off with Hijiri admitting that she likes Shiratori. We'll see if this leads anywhere.
- Topped by 4Koma chapter 31.1, where Drunk!Hijiri made dirty jokes and kissed him on the cheek, but doesn't remember anything when she's sober.
- This culminates in Chapter 46, when she confesses her love on national television, flooring everyone.
- Mayami and the Manager; their exact relationship is ambiguous, but it does have romantic overtones sometimes, such as the fact that they establish the cafe together. The most significant Ship Tease of them so far is Chapter 39, a Manager-centric chapter. The title page has the statement "give flowers to your loved one" and features a smiling Mayami getting a bouquet.
- In Chapter 45, Mayami kept her hair long for the sake of the Manager. Then in 45.1 she's very much conflicted between keeping her Genki Girl (for the Manager) or Yamato Nadeshiko (for her Grandpa) persona, and the Manager decides to go along with the latter. When the Manager asks if he's the grandad Mayami had a crush on when she was little, Mayami looks away while blushing and says there's someone else she likes.
- Shoot the Hostage: A Show Within a Show has the magical girl heroine kill hostages just to get to the villain. She even has a specific hostage-killer attack.
- Shout-Out: See here.
- Show Within a Show: "Princess Mamii", a Magical Girl Warrior anime.
- Smarter Than You Look: Mayami and Manager. No wonder they got some Ship Tease.
- Smoking Is Cool: Manabu's grandfather smokes, and is as cool as they come.
- Spoof Aesop: Beaten into the ground.
- Supporting Harem: Daikichi Ugajin's groupies are this in a literal sense.
- That Came Out Wrong: Reina and Hijiri, while discussing Hijiri's crush (or, rather, lack thereof) in home ec:
Hijiri: "I must say, you look really cute when you're working hard...in fact, I'd say I'd rather love Reina than some guy. *beat* O-OF COURSE I DIDN'T MEAN IT IN A WEIRD WAY! I MEANT AS FRIENDS!"
- Theme Naming: Reina's flunkies are named Eiko & Biko ("Girl A" and "Girl B"), fitting their largely unimportant to the plot status.
- Transsexual: When several of the students find an old yearbook photo of Sally, the school's janitor, they see her as a male-bodied student in a boy's uniform. Sally laughs it off and says that back then she "hadn't blossomed as a woman yet".
- Two Lines, No Waiting: Is actually two different titles; a web published one (the 4-koma) and a print one (the conventional one). Since most scanlation sites just put the story up in order, it leads to the two-part stories being cut off in between.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Daikichi Ugajin and his groupies in Chapter 38.1.
- The Unsmile: In chapter 22 Hijiri's face freezes into a smile when she becomes jealous about Shiratori calling Mayami by her first name.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Daikichi Ugajin, much to the dismay of Reina and Manabu.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Chapter 47.1 in a nutshell.
- Wham Episode: Chapter 65 drops a huge one, when Manabu learns that his father left his mother to take care of his sister after her messy divorce since her leech of a husband nearly bankrupted his family.
- What Does She See in Him?: Manabu's a relatively ordinary-looking guy. Reina seems to think he's on the male supermodel/"legendary man-whore" end of the spectrum.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Reina's parents' first meeting, and Sumika and Nanami's first meeting, both get two chapters.
- Hiromichi's origin in chapter 39.
- The story of Manabu's parents takes up chapters 61-63.
- Chapter 55.1 is a flashback to Manabu's childhood.
- Yandere: Subverted, when you consider the title and Reina's personality. An omake reveals that Mayami was originally supposed to be a murderously jealous yandere little sister before the author decided otherwise.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Reina on one of her dates.