What's the difference between Yangire and Yandere?
This ask has been sitting around for quite some time, as I was not sure whether to respond with heavy sarcasm(Click that link it’s great), giving “useful” information or name a bunch of characters that fit in the two stereotypes. I decided to do a bit of the last two.
Wikipedia got it quite right and there is not much to add. Although following addition from Urban Dictionary describes it with more than one sentence:
It already speaks about Ryuuguu Rena, and the anime School Days which features Kotonoha Katsura, Hetalia features the yandere character Belarus, and I wouldn’t dare to forget Gasai Yuno from Future Diary. Queen.
As 7th in Future Diary would say “Live for love, die for love!”, this applies to the yandere stereotype. Also stopping anyone in their way in whatever manner, may it be manipulation, bulling, actually murdering, ect.
If this is all old news to you, then you probably have heard about the game called Yandere Simulator/Lovesick that is currently developed. It is, I repeat, still in development but you can try out the debug builds which are pretty good already. (Or watch YouTubers, depending what you enjoy.)
Yangire is a little harder to grasp than the term yandere. It starts with the same “yan”, which means violence, but ends with -gire (to snap) instead of -dere (lovely). Yangire’s are intelligent, charismatic and independent, hiding their real personality and wearing a mask. Unlike a yandere they are not motivated by love, but “snap” due another strong emotion like jealousy or a past trauma.
My personal favourite yangire’s are OhSangwoo from Killing Stalking, Dokuro-chan from Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Annie Leonhardt from Attack on Titan, Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter and lastly Hannibal Lecter. (I am aware that HP and Hannibal are not anime, yes.)
so i’m like halfway through ‘the new daughter’ thanks to you (no seriously thank you I LOVE IT), and i’m wondering if you have any other suggestions for fair folk movies? short films? ... books lmao. everything tbh. i really need more, always.
You’re welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m assuming you’re talking about the movie, so if that’s the case, you should also read the original short story, too! The ending there is a bit more ambiguous, and I actually prefer it over the film’s. John Connolly also wrote a short story featuring the Erl-King (titled “The Erl-King”) that’s in the same book “The New Daughter” is in, and it’s pretty good, too.
As for other films…
I’ll skip Pan’s Labyrinth and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (and I suppose also Coraline, though the fairy connection is sort of lost in the film adaptation) since just about everybody knows about those, but I do know about a couple of other fair folk-related films that could be of interest to you.
If you liked The New Daughter, I suggest you also check out Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, specifically the 2010 remake co-written and produced (but not directed by— that honor goes to Troy Nixey) Guillermo Del Toro. It has some similar beats to The New Daughter, like a father and his estranged daughter in a new house, and said daughter being drawn towards mysterious entities without fully realizing how dangerous they are, though this time the fairies are smaller, and more visibly sadistic.
Related to that, there’s also The Hallow, a British-Irish horror film written and directed by Corin Hardy. It’s about a British conservationist and his wife and baby, who move into an Irish village near a forest with a colony of deadly fairies. The film goes for a semi-scientific explanation for how the fairies work, but leaves enough ambiguous to imply that they may still be magical (particularly when it comes to the changelings and fear of iron).
I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard about an old film from the Nineties called The Guardian (no, not that one), which was about a dryad masquerading as a baby sitter to kidnap babies and feed them to her tree. From what I’ve read it’s not that great, but I suppose there’s no harm in checking it out.
On the lighter side of things, there’s the found footage film Trollhunter (original Norwegian title: Trolljegeren) by Andre Ovredal, which is more of an urban fantasy story. It follows three college students as they document the adventures of the title character, who hunts trolls for the Norwegian government. It has particular fun with the idea that trolls can smell Christian blood, notably in a later part of the film when the characters are joined by a girl who is Muslim, leading them to wonder if the rule applies to her as well.
Taking a break from Europe, there was an old Filipino film I saw called Shake Rattle and Roll 13, which was a horror anthology. One segment was called “Tamawo” which was about a family moving into a farm after the previous owner is killed by the Tamawo, a tribe of fairies in the Philippines. The family is then attacked for being guilty by association (the fairy treasure the farmer stole is still buried in the farm somewhere).
The Japanese film Kwaidan is based on Japanese folktales, but two of the segments— “The Snow Maiden” and “Hoichi the Earless”— echo Western tales of fairies. I really recommend it. Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams also has two segments that fit the mold— one featuring Kitsune (fox spirits), and another featuring the Snow Maiden.
This is not a movie, but R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour had an episode starring Willow Shields called “Intruders,” which was about a teenage girl finding out that she’s a changeling, and that she can join the fair folk again if she does something in return… It’s short, but the atmosphere was pretty good, and the writers make up for the limited budget by letting the viewer’s imagination fill in the blanks for them.
As for short films… there’s an animated short I shared a couple years back called “The Forbidden Forest,” which has a notable Arthur Machen feel to it. I’ll share it here:
There’s also the short film “Duwende,” inspired by Filipino folklore:
That’s all that I can think of for now; there’s definitely a lot more, but I hope this helps! If anyone else has a film to add, feel free to share it on here!
Do you think that Jak's hair went green as a child to blond tips as a teen because he stayed out in the sun more?
I headcanon that some jnd humans have a gene that causes hair pigments to deteriorate and fade away with sun exposure (specifically UV radiation); this usually affects some pigments more than others, which accounts for the extreme gradients seen in some characters’ hair. In addition to Jak, Keira and several TPL npcs display this trait; Jak inherited it from his mother (it wasn’t present in the Mar lines) and he probably had the beginnings of lighter tips when he was first kidnapped since he was definitely in the sun a lot in Spargus.
Hair gradients are rarely seen in Haven due to various factors (including air pollution and city folk typically spending most of their time indoors) though it’s still technically present in the population. Most Havenites (those who ascribe to cultural norms and mainstream beauty standards) consider hair gradients an ‘undesirable’ trait, as it’s associated with heavy labour and is something of a ‘country hick’ stereotype; most city folk with the fade gene would prefer to dye their hair darker or wear it cut short in the event that they actually get enough sun to develop a gradient. By contrast, people living in the past and modern-day wastelanders are more likely to display the hair gradient phenotype as they spend a lot of time outdoors and lack the social stigma towards it, and Havenite colonies fall somewhere in the middle (small farming communities are less likely to care as much while bigger and more urban colonies like Kras generally follow the Havenite norm).
And while we’re on the topic of hair genetics, jnd humans naturally have a much wider range of available hair colours than irl humans (we have two pigments; I’d give jnd humans four to account for the possibility of green/blue/purple hair colours) and generally speaking their hair tends to be relatively light even among darker-skinned people. Also, frequent eco users commonly go white at a relatively young age, as seen with the Acherons and Damas; this is probably unavoidable for Jak as well.