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When I think of "moe" a great example would be Yoshino from Date a Live. If I had to substitute a word for it I would say adorable.
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I just keep hearing Konata in my head "only the most hardcorest of the hardcore otaku know what Moe is"
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Why I loved Psycho-Pass so much. When they said the word MOE was banned from development and even talking about it. I was very happy.

NO MORE MOE. I mean I if I want my Funny high school show I got FMP! and the Fumoffu spin off. And that had a good dark plot under that.
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Moe is like that little puppy you see out in the rain you want to protect it,and you want it to succeed in finding a owner.moe works on that same principal meaning the viewer wants to continue to watch to see the moe girl succeed.
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dankuuwut wrote:

Do you mean that glasses hides features we normally find attractive or do you mean that glasses are ugly or makes people look ugly? I'm the type of person that don't consider the absence of beauty ugly; the absence of beauty, is simply the absence of beauty.

Moe, I think that it's an unnecessary replacement for the word cute. What is Moe? Moe is something that is cute. Something is cute when it triggers our maternal/paternal instincts. Like a baby or puppy, which is why it's so disturbing when people fetishize it.



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Character that purposely made to invoke parental feeling towards those character..?
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sonic720 wrote:

Haha, that's great. I'm sure that's moe to someone. Touka from Tokyo Ghoul in ghoul form draped in blood is moe to some people, and that's not much of a stretch here. Heck even Monster Musume...

Touka's case is pretty straightforward, even though she's capable of extreme violence it only ever underscores her own feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, vulnerability and weakness. It's often like she's raging against her own tears.

Motoko Kusanagi is another example of a "strong" character built up around a central and profound vulnerability.
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I posted this in an older thread but my take on it is this:


kardonius wrote:

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.


Also to add a bit, it's probably going to be impossible to really rigorously define it as well, because it's an emotion, and as such, is a completely subjective personal experience, the same way that emotions like love are likewise fairly vaguely defined.

It's pronounced moé, or something like mo-ay, not like Moe(of the three stooges)
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kardonius wrote:

I posted this in an older thread but my take on it is this:


kardonius wrote:

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.


Also to add a bit, it's probably going to be impossible to really rigorously define it as well, because it's an emotion, and as such, is a completely subjective personal experience, the same way that emotions like love are likewise fairly vaguely defined.

It's pronounced moé, or something like mo-ay, not like Moe(of the three stooges)


Very well put, and I certainly agree about the feeling part being the basis of classifying something moe.

There are lots of shows and characters the fandom considers moe that I personally do not. However, there are certainly generational trends that influence what anime creators do to try and make something moe for fans. Those will vary and change with the times, while what and individual finds appealing usually will stay relatively the same.



It is what you, the viewer, find appealing in a character. If the character really appeals to your sensibilities and makes you all giddy inside, then that character is moe to you. Each generation of anime fans has certain general trends that are considered moe. Whether it be tropes like tsundere, childhood friend, and so on or a general aesthetic or mannerism to the characters that sells really well. That said, what is considered moe in the fandom is constantly in flux as trends change. However, what you consider moe personally is generally static as it appeals to your tastes. I always go by my personal tastes for moe since the popular trends will change over time, and have changed quite significantly since moe became a term in the early 1990s.

See this article for general trend changes in what is considered moe by the larger fandom over the decades:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2013/10/04-1/90s-versus-00s-moe-character-design-examined

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The short explanation of what moe is, is something cute,generally this is an anime or manga character. The full definition of moe is the strong feeling one experiences from liking something, again, generally an anime or manga character. Here is the link to an article on Moe. http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2009/Galbraith.html#_ednref6
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Funny story: I saw the title and was going to do post the "what is love" song with moe instead... and then realised I had already. xD
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MasakiTakeda wrote:

The short explanation of what moe is, is something cute,generally this is an anime or manga character. The full definition of moe is the strong feeling one experiences from liking something, again, generally an anime or manga character. Here is the link to an article on Moe. http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/articles/2009/Galbraith.html#_ednref6


I think the key take-away from this though is that moé is the response or emotion caused, not the character, interaction, setting or object in and of itself.
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Yes. I agree. The important aspect of moe is the emotion not so much the character.
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