Yanderella: A Very Bloody Love Triangle
Meet Yatarou, a boring ordinary Japanese high school student. His childhood friends Hinata and Honoka couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing in common: their love for Yatarou. But when the three of them are reunited after years apart, will the love triangle tear these three friends apart?
Short answer? Yes. Yes it will. Just look at the game title. If you’ve been around the anime fandom for any length of time, you’re probably aware of the tsundere trope. Well, meet the yandere, her psychotically and violently obsessive cousin.
Yanderella is a horror JRPG (haven’t reviewed one of those in a while!), so expect plenty of violence and absurdity wrapped up in an 8-bit pixel art package with tons and tons of text. If you treat this like a dating sim, well, let me put it this way: neither girl particularly appreciates being left behind.
I have to admit I don’t really understand the appeal or popularity of the yandere trope, but juxtaposing the violence of thwarted love against the fairytale perfection of Cinderella is interesting. The core of the yandere is that pushed too far, the serene, gentle submissive housewife/mother can become a monstrous figure, but one still ultimately dependent on her lover. I’m guessing that the tension of the yandere is that any little thing can set her off…like, say, choosing the wrong girl.
Can you survive the love triangle? Only time will tell.