Operation 21ST Phase Five: Moé As a Type of Appeal

This article is part 5 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.

At its broadest, moé represents a type of appeal. Whether through an aesthetic choice, a character’s personality traits and the tropes surrounding him/her, a bond created between the character and the viewer, or a combination of the three, moé is, at its most basic level, a type of appeal.

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Healthy in winter weather

The end of the year can be a busy time for many of us. On top of that, the seasons are changing (winter officially begins on December 21), which can affect your physical and mental health. But you can’t forget to take care of yourself! Try out blaux portable ac.

With shorter days and colder weather on the horizon, it’s important to maintain healthy habits. And that means doing more than just bundling up. Here are six ways to stay healthy during cold weather:

  1. Wash your hands often. Winter is peak season for contagious illnesses, such as cold and flu. The most effective way to remove and prevent the spread of illness-causing germs is to wash your hands frequently. When washing your hands, remember to get a good lather of soap on your hands and scrub for at least 20 seconds with warm water.
  2. Get a flu shot. No one wants to come down with the flu virus — it can cause symptoms such as coughing, congestion, fever, and fatigue, that can last up to two weeks! You can protect yourself and your family from getting sick by getting the flu vaccine. Recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu between 40 to 60 percent.
  3. Eat for immunity. As part of your efforts to stay well and avoid the cold and flu this winter, it’s important to eat healthy foods that support your immune system, including mushrooms, garlic, citrus fruits, herbs and spices, probiotics, prebiotics, and chicken soup. Learn more from these Meticore reviews.
  4. Keep moving! The winter months can be a challenging time to stick to your exercise routine. Parties and gatherings can leave you feeling drained; the cold weather can also be a deterrent to getting outside for some exercise. To stay active during the winter, try hitting the gym or working out at home with DVDs or exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or stair climber.
  5. Get some sun. While the availability of sunlight is limited during the winter months, it’s important to spend some time outdoors even when it’s cold. Sunlight has been shown to help improve your mood by boosting the release of a hormone called serotonin. Exposure to sunlight is especially important to those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression. Exposure to sunlight also helps regulate your circadian rhythm, which controls your body clock and affects sleep habits.
  6. Maintain good skin health. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, leaving you with dryness, flaking, cracking, and in some cases, eczema. To keep your skin moist and healthy through the winter, be sure to drink plenty of water, hydrate your skin with an ointment moisturizer, and use sunscreen whenever you’re out during the day. Exposure to the sun’s rays, even in the winter, can still have damaging effects on your skin. So be sure to choose a sunscreen that has an SPF factor of 30 or above to ensure adequate protection.

Operation 21ST Phase Three: Moé As a Series of Tropes

This article is part 3 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.

Moé characters are often described archetypically. Taiga Aisaka is a “tsundere.” Belldandy is a “yamato nadeshiko.” C.C. is a “kuudere.” The archetype- and trope-driven nature of moé goes two ways in discussion. On one hand, the moé fandom can look at character archetypes as a way to easily describe a given character’s personality in a basic way. On the other hand, the Anti-Moé Brigade often looks at tropes and archetypes in moé as a negative thing, creating a rift between the two subsets of the anime community.

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Operation 21ST Phase Two: Moé As an Aesthetic

This article is part 2 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.

Probably one of the most recognizable aspects of moé is the aesthetic. Though different artists and character designers have different ways of representing it, the moé aesthetic can almost always be immediately identified.

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Operation 21ST Phase One: “Moé As a Genre”

This article is part 1 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.

In discussions among members of the anime fandom, “moé” is a term that is used to describe several different aspects and elements of anime. At times, this can be confusing at best, and at worst, derail legitimate discussions, turning them into superficial semantic arguments. This is where Operation 21ST comes in.  The objective of this operation is: To examine and discuss the various ways the word “moé” is used throughout anime discussion.

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