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What is your take on "moe" in anime? Eerily sexual or just cute?
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To start, I am a female anime fan that enjoys series like Lucky Star, K-ON, Potemayo, etc.
These are all categorized with the theme of moe. I've read and understand that this term has various levels of meaning, such as embracing feelings of purity and innocence.
However, does anyone find the fact that these anime featuring little girls are aimed at an adult male demographic slightly off-setting?

What do you think?
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Personally, I think it can calm adult males who had a depressing childhood and are stuck with gloomy child traits feel less negative. Considering that anime I consider moe have helped me get past bad memories, I'd say, it has benefits.
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first off it's not a genre i don't care what reviewers say, it's a character trait that fits the air head archetype. Second thing it's cute or meant for the girl to be cute/sweet not sexual "i can not help the way others think". I think that it's cute or they are cute not in a sexual way mind you and here are some examples below.
Rika is Moe~ or cute/innocent "despite her split personality with dark overtone this is not something I would sexuailize

Tomoyo from clannad is not moe, sure she is cute but not moe. She is more of a strong female character with a back-bone, kicks ass and yes some I would
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Neither. Just deal with it in anime. Well, if you've watched enough series like some people, they get used to it. Series like Higurashi where the term "moe" is almost not a factor that affects me when I first watched it due to its superior arcs and characters.

Rika thinks so too



In other words, it's not off-setting. So my take on "moe" is /care. As long as the anime has a great storyline and delivered well, I would watch it.
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i fined it cute
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I think it's both. Why writers and animators combine those two aspects in the first place, only a Japanese audience knows. I'm not saying we can't analyze or understand it from a Western perspective but the moe concept is generally targeted towards Japanese viewers.
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It's just an animation style. And while it was intended to emphasize cuteness (and capitalize on otaku dollars), I don't find the style in and of itself to be particularly sexual. That really has more to do with the writing and directing of particular series.
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I heard bad things about the Higurashi Kira OVA ;o

I've yet to watch it though.
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stark700 wrote:

I heard bad things about the Higurashi Kira OVA ;o

I've yet to watch it though.


talk to me via pm i did a review on the first one, each one is different just deen/r7 having fun with the characters.
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It all depends on the show and personality of the characters. As others have mentions Higurashi, I would say it is an example of characters that are 'moe' and sexualized at the same time. I don't see it as an issue unless they appear prepubescent which they are in Higurashi but I still enjoy the series.
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I read a review already. It sounded awful and the trailer looked like fanservice shit so going to skip it. It is 4 episodes though so I "might" give it a shot when I have the time. The original Higurashi was a masterpiece in my book so I was satisfied with that.

Well, I guess it isn't "shit" but definitely not worth it compared to the original Higurashi.
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Moe can be cute in some series and WAY too prominent in others. It is all about how you do it. I think you are talking about loli and the funny thing is that the people here are using Higurashi as an example of cute not sexual ..... obviously they have not seen some of the episodes in kira and Rei. Edit - actually throughout the series has overtones of loli which is gross but hey the series was really good so I overlooked a lot of it.
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I was not talking about loli. I made that clear in my first post. I disagree with you that Higurashi characters are sexualized. Especially Kira…It is just fanservice ecchi. Oh well. The main arcs were good.



Um…I have seen “enough” anime. I am used to moe. That wasn’t the subject...”Just deal with it” wasn’t really where this question was going. I meant for this to be more of a moral/ethical intellectual exchange of ideas with discussion…
I, too, wasn’t affected by the moe style in Higurashi while watching.



Hey Ku! Long time!
I actually am familiar with the cultural, historical, and psychological elements behind moe, but I feel that it may not be appropriate for discussion here. Let me just say that it is able to be observed in historical aspects of Japanese society.



Total ecchi-fest. Kira takes it to levels that aren’t even moe…It steps into lolicon territory, my friend. O_O



Yes, I can see that. One has to step back from the interesting storylines and see that there is inherent sexuality. It's there. It was meant to be there....Deliberately.
But I agree with you, in that it does bother me when concerning prepubescent girls.

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I think it moe anime can be cute. Since I can't see girls in a sexual way, they do not creep me out. I just enjoy the cutesy art and all the friendship. I'm more scared of the kinds of guys who like it on unnatural levels.
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KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

I think it moe anime can be cute. Since I can't see girls in a sexual way, they do not creep me out. I just enjoy the cutesy art and all the friendship. I'm more scared of the kinds of guys who like it on unnatural levels.


I'm with you on this. If there are any dudes out there who likes it on unnatural and even sexual levels....then they need to take a trip to a mental ward.
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