“The Answer is Always More Art”

I recently read an article on Penny Arcade that got me thinking about the moé debate. The article itself, while completely unrelated to what I’m about to talk about, is a very good read, though, if you’re not hip to the Hitman: Absolution trailer controversy (A gaming issue), some details might fly past you. One quote from the article, however, stood out to me as particularly applicable to the moé debate:

The answer is always more art; the corollary to that is the answer is never less art.  If you start to think that less art is the answer, start over. That’s not the side you want to be on.

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Moe Discussion – Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

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Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather.

High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 700 people die from extreme heat every year in the United States.

Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly. This keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use all can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

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People age 65 and older are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.

Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.

Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask these questions:

  • Are they drinking enough water? Learn more about meticore.
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they need help keeping cool?

People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as you can. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one way to protect yourself against heat-related illness and death. If your home is not air-conditioned, reduce your risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned and using air conditioning in vehicles.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Check more about metabolic greens plus healthy supplements.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.

Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:

  • Limit your outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
  • Pace your activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Moé and Emotion

 

There’s something to be said about a show that can draw a genuine emotional response from the viewer. When every element of a show, from the story, to the characters, is working to make the viewer feel a certain way, and succeeds, it’s a testament to the kind of power a well-crafted anime has. At times, moé is a major factor in playing with the viewer’s emotions.

Two anime in particular, Clannad and School Days, have managed a strategic use of moé that, coupled with the show’s story, tugs at just the right heartstrings at just the right time to elicit a true emotional response out of me.

This article with undoubtedly contain hardcore spoilers for both Clannad, Clannad: After Story, and School Days.
Hit the jump and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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The Disputed Relationship Between Sex and Moé

There’s a big debate surrounding the subject of moé and sex. The Anti-Moé Brigade is adamant in the notion that moé is a sexual thing. The moé fandom, on the other hand, can’t seem to agree whether moé is partially sexual, or completely nonsexual.

This time, however, the Anti-Moé Brigade is facing in the right direction. Of course, their rhetoric is still misguided.

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How the Anti-Moé Brigade Has Prevented a Genuine Dialogue About Moé

The Anti-Moé Brigade, for all their touted intellectualism, has, for the most part, been very resistant to any actual discussion about moé. They’ll certainly talk about how much it moé sucks and how horrible it is that we aren’t getting more REDLINEs and Cowboy Bebops, but when it comes to actually discussing moé, intellectualism seems to take a back seat to plain old anti-otakuism.

(Bonus content at the bottom, courtesy of the Anti-Moé Brigade)

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Blinded by the Panties: “Distracting” Fanservice

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Time Enforcer Anubis here, and I’m here to make an assertion.

I hear a lot that fanservice is “distracting.” Somehow, too much panties can completely ruin an otherwise good series. The presence of large, jiggling breasts somehow rips the viewer away from the compelling things happening in the series, forcing them to focus on the dirty, creepy ecchi-service.

But maybe, none of this is the case. Maybe, just maybe, fanservice by itself isn’t capable of tearing the viewer away from the story and whatnot.

Maybe, when fanservice is “distracting,” that means that, in actuality, the rest of the elements in the series just weren’t worth paying attention to.

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The REDLINE confutuation, or, “Seriously, guys? THIS is your flagship?”

I recently watched (and reviewed) the 2009 anime film, REDLINE. Pockets of the Anti-Moé Brigade have showered it with massive amounts of praise, so much that I decided to check it out and see what the hype was all about.

This film deserves none of the praise that was given to it.

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Moé Can Only Be Good for Anime

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Time Enforcer Anubis here with more on moé!

No matter what your personal definition of moé is, I’m sure everyone can agree that the purpose of moé, generally speaking, is to make characters appeal to the viewer. It’s a group of strategies employed to endear characters to the viewer. According to the Anti-Moé Brigade, however, moé is killing anime. How is it that a simple group of tropes meant to make characters more compelling to viewers is what’s killing anime? As far as I see, moé can only be good for anime.

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The Anubis Perspective: Moe Moe Part 8: Mindless Fan-Service

This is an old post I originally wrote for the now-defunct Moé Coalition site. The site has since been taking down by the owner, but I’ve managed to salvage some of my posts. This is one of them.

 

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Time Enforcer Anubis here with more talk about moe!

Moe anime and fanservice often go hand-in-hand. Not always, but often, and especially when the Anti-Moe Brigade’s talking about either.

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