Reddit Mystery Spot (your guide to crazy subreddits): r/TsundereSharks

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Here on NMR’s Weekend Edition, we’re always looking for the weird stuff on the web. Maybe because it’s the weekend, maybe because we ate too much paint as a kid, but we like ODD. On Sundays, we dredge up the strange and amazing things that YouTube has to offer with our YouTube Treasure Hunter series. On Saturdays, we focus on one of the best sites for weird content: Reddit.

Reddit is sort of a catchall of the web — all the world’s information, disinformation and cat pictures filter through there and users of the free site upvote or downvote the information based on how interesting they find it. This usually winds up in some pretty strange stuff being upvoted to the front page. But to get REALLY WEIRD you have to crawl down into one of the many subreddits out there — and there are thousands.

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Like the Parisian catacombs, you can truly get lost in Reddit’s subterranean layers. That’s why, each Saturday, we’ve dedicated ourselves to presenting you with one unusual subreddit for you to explore at your leisure.

Caution: Some of the stuff found within might be VERY NSFW depending on the subreddit we explore. If it’s an entirely NSFW or nasty subreddit, we will warn you below. Also, if you’re working today, you deserve to look at NSFW stuff!

Today’s Reddit Mystery Spot:

                                                   r/TsundereSharks

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I’m so at a loss for this subreddit, and yet, it perfectly exemplifies exactly what Reddit’s subreddit culture is all about. Where else would you constantly have people uploading live sharks doctored to look like anime characters? “Tsundere” in Japanese means someone who is initially cold or hostile to other people before gradually warming up to them. So now that sharks have been all scary to people for thousands of years (or at least since the movie JAWS came out …), they are beginning to warm up to us and show us their friendly side. That’s where Tsundere Sharks comes in. Since sharks haven’t actually been withholding kindness of spirit from us, they need PR reps in the form of weird-ass Redditors to do the job for them.

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And so you don’t have to look them up, “baka” means “foolish” or “stupid” in Japanese and “senpai” is an explosion of adulation. Those are mostly the only things you need to know to explore the depths of this site.

r/TsundereSharks information:

Totally riddled with NSFW: I… I… can’t tell.  
Violent, morbid or outright evil:  No, just the opposite of that, baka! 
Okay for kids: Probably better to not get your kids hooked on this stuff …   
Started: 2012
Number of members: 27,389 shark-chans 
Is it active: Yes.
Friendliness of community: Too friendly, except for always calling each other baka… 
Funniness of comments: These comments aren’t funny, they’re cloying. This is ultimate saccharine-type stuff. 
Sample post: I made this today …
Sample comment:

 

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Subreddit’s best feature:

In order to promulgate the brand, the subreddit has intensive listings of fake eyes, shark pics and Japanese terms for you to use. Essentially, it is a meme generator specifically for this lone page. The inmates have taken over the asylum in this instance. But it’s mostly so cute and harmless, you can’t help but smile a little bit.  

 

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