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What is your take on "moe" in anime? Eerily sexual or just cute?
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Posted 3/15/12
moe blob is the death of anime
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Yeah I guess it would depend on the anime. Miyuki from Lucky Star is moe cute but not sexual really. Mikuru from Haruhi Suzumiya is moe cute and has a bust size that could calm rhinos.
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Me and my cousin had a discussion about K-On!, I was watching K-On! with him, my sister and younger cousin then out of nowhere he says, "This show is creepy in a Mr' Roger's kind of way" I said he was crazy and that I couldn't see what he saw... I just thought they were adorable.

he made me feel a little Uncomfortable.

Moe is cute:)
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See that's the thing... Moe isn't just cute, or else Japanese people would just keep calling it kawaii. Moe adds something extra. What the extra is and why it's needed is obviously up for debate but it's been around for at least a decade or so and isn't going anywhere.
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A little of both.
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I thinks Moe it's cute (I'm a female btw) to put it in other way sometimes where the scenes that there are a lot of cute lil girls were hugging and cruzin together, I saw some sign of ''you know'' higher or sexual level (I was like where the hell are they touching? That's creepy D:) But not all of this kind of anime does that (But I see it like a lot now a days~anyway).
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I think the "official" definition of moe (if there is one) is a depiction of cuteness that invokes an emotional response, usually one of protectiveness.
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Posted 3/16/12 , edited 3/16/12
I can't really say I think it's sexual. Like many people have said- it's for the Otaku's enjoyment along with any other person who simply loves cute stuff... Haha, then again, that's just what I think. There's nothing really to back it up.
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The way I see it, anything that is considered 'moe' can and will be sexualized. But not everything in anime that is sexual in nature, can be called moe. Certain characters in harems, for example, purely exist to be sexualized; however, most viewers wouldn't consider the characters to have moe qualities. An example would be Highschool DxD. On the other hand, you have a character that is not intended to be sexual in any way but is the very definition of what we call moe. Examples would be Squid Girl or Yotsuba.

Then there is that synthesis of sexuality and moe, where a character exudes all the personality and visual characteristics of the stereotypical moe character but is also interacts and is portrayed as a sexual being. Let's call it 'Moero'. A moero-type can be any almost any age and is almost exclusively female. Some examples would be Asahina Mikuru, Towa Erio/Meme, Ririchiyo Shirakiin, and Hideyoshi Kinoshita.

This is of course my opinion and there are exceptions to these classifications as I can think of a few characters that don't fit any of these molds yet can still be considered as 'moe'. Really, moe is about how it makes you, the individual viewer, feel towards the character and not about why they are or are not sexual or cute.
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I like the simpleness of moe style the art of it is just appealing to me don't ask me why it just is lol. but it has nothing to do with it being sexual that has never crossed my mind.
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Some moe is some isn't. It isn't like we guys are the only one with "moe" many consider shows like black butler to be "moe for girls". I always joke around saying that anime girls will be 4 years younger looking and anime guys will look 4 years older.

I would say it is very slightly sexual just cause if you watch black butler and enjoy you are more likely a girl and if you watch something like clannad you are more likely to be a guy. If you swapped genders with all of the cast in any moe show Iam sure the other gender would go for it more.

I like tsunderes but when you make a tsundere a guy like ciel, is just itsn't as appealing to me. idk mabye he is just a bad tsundre but I doubt it seeing how popular with the girls he is.

some shows are more ambiguous than others shows that are funny can usually get away with more moe and seem not as sexaul-ish. I think inu x boku is very ambiguous you got this tsundere loli with this sort of Sebastian type. you have a man who looks grown up wearing bunny ears.... and a quite moe type girl.

It really varies from person to person. anime to anime.

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AnimeKami wrote:

moe blob is the death of anime


I concur.
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Moe is more cute, really.
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Posted 3/17/12 , edited 3/17/12
i believe that 'moe' is referring to that feeling you feel when you are watching kittens/puppies do stuff. this means, i find 'moe' anime cute.
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Posted 3/18/12 , edited 3/18/12
I've been unsure about the exact meaning of the term "moe". But the OP mentioned K-On as an example, and as I'm following the series right now, it helps me to understand the meaning better. I don't particularly see those characters as overtly sexualized.

I think aWatcher and imtheonlysane1here may have it right: "moe" may be a cuteness intended to evoke a warm, fuzzy, protective feeling. I once read a comment that such characters are meant to appeal to males in the same way a daughter might appeal to a father. I suspect this is particularly appealing in a culture in which the rate of reproduction has dropped below the rate of replacement... in other words, in which the experience of "family" from the paternal point of view is a rare experience. As a man in his mid-thirties who completely failed at marriage... I can relate.

Of course, it is possible, and indeed prevalent in certain species (especially humans) to combine juvinile traits with sexual maturity; such traits are referred to as "neotenous traits", and include such traits as blonde hair, lower levels of body hair (particularly in females), smaller size, and so on--retentions of juvenile traits intended to provoke both a sexual response and a protective response at the same time, to encourage their mate not only to mate, but also protect and provide. If biological evolution managed to produce this trick, it's not surprising we make the same appeal in art.
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