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Posted 6/2/15
It's not a new thing, in fact it's the oldest anime style used in "Momotarō no Umiwashi" from 1943 to encourage viewers too enlist in the military.
Compare that with a similar "modern" example


I can understand the need for simple drawings in the early days for the sake of labour, then as technology advanced including more detail was more forgiving.
mabe it's generational.
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Posted 6/2/15
Injected with the light. I wouldn't call the earlier drawings simpler... they have more soul. can i say soul?
Posted 6/2/15
the moe fans will eat you alive
Posted 6/2/15
I always thought it was far simpler...

The moe style is cute, and people like cute things, so people like the moe style? That's how it works for me, at least.

"Moe blob", however, is generally a derogatory term for either a character type or genre ~ I don't think it really refers to the art style. At least, not in the conversations I've seen it used in.

As for why the spike, maybe because the previous environment was breeding stressed youths who then grew into adulthood seeking a medium of relaxing? Most moe shows are targeted toward an adult male audience and are extremely relaxing and serene in nature. I don't think that's really a coincidence. Maybe the trend toward men openly liking things that were traditionally thought to be "unmanly" due to established gender roles has something to do with it now that those roles have very slightly relaxed.

*Shrugs* ~ who knows?
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Spike shows what is selling in Japan right now. Unfortunate, but true
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severticas wrote:

Injected with the light. I wouldn't call the earlier drawings simpler... they have more soul. can i say soul?


Some times I feel the life draining out of me when I watch too much anime. Can I say life?
Posted 6/2/15

Sir_jamesalot wrote:


severticas wrote:

Injected with the light. I wouldn't call the earlier drawings simpler... they have more soul. can i say soul?


Some times I feel the life draining out of me when I watch too much anime. Can I say life?




You have illuminated me. Can i say illuminate?
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seekerperson7 wrote:

I always thought it was far simpler...

The moe style is cute, and people like cute things, so people like the moe style? That's how it works for me, at least.

"Moe blob", however, is generally a derogatory term for either a character type or genre ~ I don't think it really refers to the art style. At least, not in the conversations I've seen it used in.

As for why the spike, maybe because the previous environment was breeding stressed youths who then grew into adulthood seeking a medium of relaxing? Most moe shows are targeted toward an adult male audience and are extremely relaxing and serene in nature. I don't think that's really a coincidence. Maybe the trend toward men openly liking things that were traditionally thought to be "unmanly" due to established gender roles has something to do with it now that those roles have very slightly relaxed.

*Shrugs* ~ who knows?


I think there might be something to the friendlier image theory.
It could be the first moe was used to distract viewers from the stress of war and regular shows today are to distract from the daily struggle to keep up with the over complications of life in general.
This raises the question of "Why there was ever a drop in popularity in the first place?"
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