What exactly is 'Moe'?
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As the title suggests.
Ive been reading manga and watching anime for years and I THOUGHT that I knew what moe actually meant but lately I kind of get the feeling my definition may be wrong.

So when something is a 'moe anime/manga', what exactly is that?
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If looking at the character, before you see their character development, makes you feel good then that's probably moe. At least after watching anime for a while you may have discovered that a character's personality can more or less be guessed simply by their appearance. Anime is very formulaic in character archetypes and fairly predictable in what visual characteristics go with those archetypes. Moe is more of a umbrella term because moe can be different things to many people but is also fairly limited to a defined range of character archetypes. For an individual, however moe might be a very specific thing because only one archetype out of the many moe-ish ones to them is appealing.
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i like the explanation from kin iro
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Alice: "what's moe?"
Shino: "it's the sound you make when you see cute things"
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I've always understood it to be a cute or over the top childish/cute/light hearted anime or character. ^^
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A cute, naive and innocent or vulnerable character you find endearing and would want to protect.

Edit: Quirkiness also usually plays a part.
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Scooty-Bby wrote:
So when something is a 'moe anime/manga', what exactly is that?





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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Cute girls doing cute things.
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Insomnist 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...
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Scooty-Bby wrote:

As the title suggests.
Ive been reading manga and watching anime for years and I THOUGHT that I knew what moe actually meant but lately I kind of get the feeling my definition may be wrong.

So when something is a 'moe anime/manga', what exactly is that?


There's already a recent discussion on this topic, so I've closed this thread. Please continue discussion in the existing thread:

/forumtopic-834717/what-is-moe

In the future please use Crunchyroll's search feature to see if a similar thread already exists.
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