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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So, by now I’ve watched episode 3 of Upotte!! about five times, and it’s made me realize something:
This is the most entertaining anime I’ve watched in a good while.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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