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What is your take on "moe" in anime? Eerily sexual or just cute?
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Posted 3/18/12

DASawyer wrote:

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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cute?
Posted 3/19/12

imtheonlysane1here wrote:

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.


agree. examples:
The Lucky Star girls,
The K-On girls,
Mikuru Asahina and Yuki Nagato,
Ichigo Mashimaro girls,
Taiga Aisaka,
Etc.
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Cuteness is the best thing EVAR! However, pervyness is anime not cool, especially in relation to little kids. Just my two cents
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Moé is something that needs to be experienced to understand, and anyone who has ever truly experienced it couldn't possibly find it a bad thing unless they were a sociopath, it's a purely positive emotion.
Of course what causes people to experience moé differs from person to person. That's part of why it's so hard to really define.
It's not just a simple character archetype, or set of archetypes, nor is it just a genre of simple, cute slice of life and romance shows. those are just common forms for the creation of characters which inspire moé among a large segment of their target audiences.

Probably the simpliest, though hardly the best, way of describing it in my experience is love, pure, unabated, and unfiltered by any sort of requirement of keeping a public face, sense of shame, or social/cultural expectations or requirements.
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Moe I thought was supposed to mean cute. But not sexy. But then again... the Japanese have so many words and phrases with double meanings that it could mean either/or. Things can be sexy and cute at the same time but it also depends on the context so that being said it really depends on what's being considered moe, now doesn't it?
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Posted 3/30/12

arylpremente wrote:

Moe I thought was supposed to mean cute. But not sexy. But then again... the Japanese have so many words and phrases with double meanings that it could mean either/or. Things can be sexy and cute at the same time but it also depends on the context so that being said it really depends on what's being considered moe, now doesn't it?


You just answered the question with another question!

Silly person you.
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Posted 3/30/12
Actually, that was kind of the point. But seriously. The word can mean both things. It just depends on how its used.
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For people who want to know what MOE actually MEANS: http://forum.evageeks.org/thread/11090/What-is-Moe-Noob-Thread/?

I do not care for moe girls in anime. They make me want to kick them really hard.

Moe guys on the other hand I will fight to protect to the ends of the earth I'm talking about you Ikari Shinji
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Posted 3/30/12
Moe is cute. I don't get the hate.
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Posted 3/30/12
The definition of 'moe' differ from person to person as most people don't share the same fetish. For example, some people tend to gravitate to meganekko, some people like loli characters, some people are attracted to pettanko, some preferred tsundere and the list goes on. Regardless of appearance or some quirky behavior, the word 'moe' seems more to be sexual in nature.
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cute duhhh
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Moe =/= loli. Loli content is weird to me. Moe content is cute. Neither good nor bad, just cute.
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DASawyer wrote:

such characters are meant to appeal to males in the same way a daughter might appeal to a father.


This pretty much sums up my views on the subject.

In fact, even when these characters are depicted in a sexual manner, I can only really see them as kids. That's where I think "moe" differs from "cute." Moe is the side of cute that takes sex out of the equation. Even if the character is in their 20's or 30's, if they are acting moe, then they give me that paternal feeling. As a guy, dating a cute girl can have different effects on me based on how she acts. There's the sort of childish (moe) cute that makes me want to take care of her, and there's the sexy cute that makes me want to, well, bang her. She could be completely naked, but if she's asking me which color cable plugs in to which color slot on the television, my feeling is more, "aww, it's cute that you don't know that, let me help you." I've found that the most manipulative girls know how to act both ways very easily. But to answer OP's question, I think moe is pretty much non-sexual, unless you like combining your paternal and sexual instincts. Which, as others have stated, is just weird.
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