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favorite moe anime?
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Yuyushiki introduced me to the genre and Kinmoza cemented it into a must watch genre each season. So these two have a special place at the top for me.

Loved YuruYuri but marathoned that after it had aired so it got overshadowed by these two. Non Non Biyori also but I'm so glad I could marathon that.

Nichijou counts as a moe anime? Well, Hakase and Nano so yeah I guess. I can't call it an exclusively moe favorite since it kind of goes beyond the boundaries of sol moe even though it's one of the best and funniest series I've ever watched

Still haven't seen K-on but maybe I should move it up on the watchlist?
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Posted 8/14/14 , edited 8/14/14

Demimaelstrom wrote:

Nichijou counts as a moe anime? Well, Hakase and Nano so yeah I guess. I can't call it an exclusively moe favorite since it kind of goes beyond the boundaries of sol moe even though it's one of the best and funniest series I've ever watched :lol:

I guess it's mostly Hakase and Nano but the other girls do have some moments, like the world's most awesome argument and "Mio runs" (plus the follow up). Nichijou may be my favourite anime overall, I think I went through every possible emotion watching it (I'm more likely to be over emotional while watching anime alone though). There are so many good ones though.

Does "Kill Me Baby" count? I didn't love it but it was okay and they totally got me with the ending.
Posted 8/14/14

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Isn't a genre merely a means of categorizing things? It's true that "moe" can refer to an emotion, but I don't see why it can't be expanded to include a genre. The fact that people have instinctively posted responses seems to support this idea.


Yeah, they're mostly westerners posting in a western thread. I already said westerners use the word mostly to refer to a specific type of anime featuring cute girls.


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Furthermore, I would argue that the industry itself is making moe into a genre by producing shows specifically designed to evoke the feeling. While it's true that the feeling is subjective, the similarity in people's tastes tends to cause a coalescence of tropes, themes, and designs which evoke the feeling of moe in a large audience. Because of this, I would argue that these shows which appear to be designed to evoke the feeling of moe in a large audience can be considered "moe anime" - just like how a movie that attempts to evoke a frightful atmosphere might be considered a thriller or a novel that attempts to appeal to a large audience's emotions might be considered sentimental.


That's your opinion. People get moe over mecha, fujoshi get moe over BL pairings and BL pandering, people get moe over tanks, and people can get moe over sports. Just because these shows seek out and pander to an audience that get moe over these things doesn't make them a moe show. Just means certain people get moe over them. K-on! girls are moe to some people, while Free! boys are moe to others, and other people get moe over characters like Major from Ghost in Shell or Nine from Terror in Resonance. There is no way to fit it into a concrete thing because anyone can feel moe towards anything. It depends on the person. Literally, anything could be classified as moe going by its definition, because there is something or someone that could be moe to someone in that show.

The debate is pointless though because it is not a genre and there is currently no such thing as 'moe anime.'
Posted 8/14/14 , edited 8/14/14

Charizam wrote:

Yeah, they're mostly westerners posting in a western thread. I already said westerners use the word mostly to refer to a specific type of anime featuring cute girls.

That's your opinion. People get moe over mecha, fujoshi get moe over BL pairings and BL pandering, people get moe over tanks, and people can get moe over sports. Just because these shows seek out and pander to an audience that get moe over these things doesn't make them a moe show. Just means certain people get moe over them. K-on! girls are moe to some people, while Free! boys are moe to others, and other people get moe over characters like Major from Ghost in Shell or Nine from Terror in Resonance. There is no way to fit it into a concrete thing because anyone can feel moe towards anything. It depends on the person. Literally, anything could be classified as moe going by its definition, because there is something or someone that could be moe to someone in that show.

The debate is pointless though because it is not a genre and there is currently no such thing as 'moe anime.'


Lol, I feel like we're just talking in circles around each other now.

First, even if the term is being "misused" in a western context, I don't really see why that matters. I won't press this issue (since it gets into a whole other debate), but words take on new meaning in different cultures. I could cite tons of evidence from Japanese misuse of English phrasses, but as I said, the issue is moot. However, I also posted a screencap from an anime illustrating that even in Japan the concept that anime can be produced specifically to appeal to a "moe audience" is not foreign. So i'm not even convinced that it's a misuse of the word.

I understand what you're saying - that pretty much anything can be moe because it's a subjective experience. I felt that I adequately addressed that point, but you didn't even quote the part that was most relevant or respond as to why a general experience of the feeling can't coalesce into a specific genre.

I suspect that what we're dealing with here is a fundamental difference of opinion. I will acknowledge that you don't think moe is, or ever will be, a genre because it is too subjective. Until I feel that someone has adequately addressed my response, I personally disagree.

And with that, let's agree to disagree. ^_^
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Love Lab, since it actually uses really funny comedy instead of using cuteness to pass off as comedy.
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Is the Order a Rabbit? is pretty good but K-on is tough to beat for my top moe anime.
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Posted 8/14/14 , edited 8/14/14

Charizam wrote:

Yeah, they're mostly westerners posting in a western thread. I already said westerners use the word mostly to refer to a specific type of anime featuring cute girls.

Putting aside what "seekerperson7" mentioned ("language is fluid" I guess), it's also worth noting that the original post did give an explanation of the type of anime they meant and most people seem to be following that. I don't think that the word "moe" is even all that relevant to the thread.

Just thought I'd mention it. Personally, I don't often use the word "moe" due to how imprecise it can be and the fact there's still a lot of debate about what it means and should be used for (there's usually a good alternative anyway). It does seem that quite a lot of people have strange ideas about what "moe" means as well (some use it as an insult of sorts) so that doesn't help.

I may have run out of good examples but I have a couple of possible outliers left. I'll go with "Morita-san Wa Mukuchi/Morita-san Is So Quiet" (I think that's the right title), it has short episodes and is here on CR. Talking about shorter anime, "Tonari no Seki-kun" might count too (it even has cute robots, kind of).
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Charizam wrote:

The debate is pointless though because it is not a genre and there is currently no such thing as 'moe anime.'


Actually there is such a name for this genre among the Japanese. It's actually nicer to just call it moe anime.
Both the anime genre and the people who watch it are referred to as moebuta, or moe pigs. It's a derogatory term originally meant to insult those otakus who keep dishing out cash on all of these animes that are more or less just about exhibiting cute anime girls, however the word has also expanded to encompass the genre of anime itself.

I personally may or may not enjoy it. There are some shows that are tolerable others that are just plain stupid... Lucky Star was funny and clever beyond the girls, so I will go with that one.
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Probably Chuunibyou. But there are so many that I love!

Hidamari Sketch
Minami-ke
Yuyushiki
A-Channel
Lucky Star
Azumanga Daioh
Bamboo Blade
K-On
Non Non Biyori
Yuru Yuri

They're all a guilty pleasure for me. Cute girls doing cute things is my favorite type of anime, and I view it as the epitome of moe though according to this thread that's apparently a very subjective opinion. Oh well!
Posted 8/14/14
Is the Order a Rabbit? is a very cute anime!
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Going to say, Hayate Combat Butler
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Non Non biyori (so far), Azumanga, and of course:

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Madoka Magica by far.
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