Animecore is an aesthetic revolving around the visual culture of Japanese anime and manga. Often glorifying Japanese animation styles prevalent in the 1990s through early 2000s as well as Hatsune Miku, who is not part of Anime and more part of a software called VOCALOID. Animecore tends to overlap with other aesthetic genres, like Vaporwave, Webcore, Cyberpunk, or Scene, due to Animecore's rise in reaction to "cringe culture" that is increasingly prevalent on the internet.
Frequent motifs are "Magical Girl Anime" such as Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Tokyo Mew Mew, and other anime such as Lucky Star, Vocaloid, anime-related YouTube videos from 2007-2012, pastel manga edits, Touhou, gaudy Blingee-esque edits, and frequently stolen and edited art from the early 2000s that was often parallel to scene and emo culture. Ball-jointed dolls and anime figures are also popular. Sometimes distortion methods are used to lower image quality to replicate the look of many old web artifacts.
Animecore fashion is normally centered around either a particular anime or around the anime aesthetic in general. In theory, one could work anime cosplay into Animecore fashion, but no soul has been brave enough to attempt this, although the thought of somebody dressing up like Sailor Moon just to go down to their local McDonald's IS quite amusing. Kiss me baby one more time.
Here are some examples of Animecore fashion, non-cosplay:
- Anime graphic T’s
- Pastel skirts
- Comfortable jeans
- Bright shorts
- Mismatched socks in different heights
- Sneakers with untied laces
- Flowy dresses/Skirts
- Striped tights
- Sometimes tea party shoes
- Simple ponytail
- Messy bun
- A long braid
- Hair down with an accessory
- Hair clipped back
- Hair down with cute clips
- Cute headbands with characters or designs
- Purses or book bags with anime characters
- Cute bows
- Colored Pearl bracelets/anklets
- Pastel chokers
- Themed earrings
- Cute pastel eyeshadow
- Shiny lip gloss
- Cute blush
- Sometimes e-girl hearts on cheeks
- A bit of mascara
Itasha is a subculture of car culture where people will decorate their cars themed after different anime, manga, and video game characters. Itasha can also extend to motorcycles (which is referred to as itansha), bicycles (which is referred to as itachari), aircraft, computer cases, bags (which is referred to as ita-bag), and consumable automotive products. The Itasha aesthetic has even extended to the world of motorsports (see below in the gallery).
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Yandere is an Animecore offshoot of Lovecore based on the anime character trope "yandere." Yandere characters in anime are characterized as violent and unhealthily obsessive towards love interests. They are frequently described as lovesick or mentally ill.
Common motifs are anime and manga screencap edits of yandere characters such as Gasai Yuno, pastel text message edits, knives, blood, gore, and fetish gear. There is overlap with the Japanese art movement ero-guro, often shortened to guro, which is associated with the Gurokawa aesthetic.
Due to the controversial nature of yandere as a trope in anime, often criticized of fetishizing or demonizing mentally ill people as well as romanticizing abuse, this aesthetic had to become distinct from the more wholesome lovecore on a level beyond their aesthetic differences. Many mentally ill people choose to indulge in yanderecore to find like-minded others and reclaim the concept.
Yandere is a portmanteau of two Japanese words yanderu (病んでる), meaning to be sick or mentally or emotionally ill, and deredere (デレデレ), which is defined as strongly and deeply exhausted, infatuated, moonstruck, head-over-heels, or lovestruck, but in this case used for "lovestruck." In short, it's somebody who is sweet and kind at first glance. But when it comes to their love (crush/senpai) they will act obsessive and violent.
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