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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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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Personnel Reconnaissance: C.C.

Code Geass is one of my favorite anime, and as with all of my favorite anime, the characters are a big part of what made the show for me. Code Geass had a lot of characters, most of which were very well-implemented, but one in particular stands out to me as possibly one of my favorite characters.

That character is C.C.

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Personnel Reconnaissance: Sora Kasugano

Yosuga no Sora helped put arc-based harem anime on the map, with its branching episode structure. Its four heroines each have very well-done, fleshed-out paths, and bring the branching style of eroge to anime.

Sora Kasugano is the twin sister of main character Haruka Kasugano. Though she’s spoiled, jealous, and possessive, she became my favorite character as I watched the series.

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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.

 

Selnia Flameheart 7Howdy!

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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The Anti-Moé Brigade vs. The Moé Fandom

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Time Enforcer Anubis here with more on moé!

Being fans of obscure media (At least, obscure in relation to more generally-accepted media), some infighting will occur within the fandom. Arguments are inevitable between individuals who are passionate about a particular subject. However, at the end of the day, those people should be able to accept each other as members of the same fandom, and work together to better it.

The Anti-Moé Brigade doesn’t seem interested in this.

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