Operation Dandere is go!
Operation Dandere is an effort to get people thinking and talking about moé in a way that goes past “Moe a piece of shit. You guys are retards for liking something so dumb” or “(Character) was so cute this episode!” It’s an effort to explore how people really feel about moé, the issues surrounding it, and how it affects the medium we all love so much.
Put simply, I want to talk about moé with people.
I want to first make it clear that Operation Dandere doesn’t discriminate. I want to hear from all kinds of anime fans, from hardcore moé fans to the Anti-Moé Brigade. I want to start the moé discussion. Here’s how to get involved:
Below is a set of discussion questions I’ve come up with to help get the dialogue rolling. They are deliberately open-ended and general. There are no limits on how long answers can be. Feel free to ask for clarification or ask follow-up questions of your own, if you so desire. I want this to be a discussion, rather than just an interview.
Would you say you generally like or dislike moé?
What does moé represent to you as a concept?
What would you consider the quintessential moé anime?
What is your favorite moé trope or archetype?
What is your least favorite moé trope or archetype?
Would you say that moé has been generally good or generally bad for anime?
How, specifically, would you say moé has affected the anime industry?
Would you say that moé has affected the anime fandom positively or negatively?
How would you say moé has affected the Western anime fandom?
How do you feel about the moé fanbase?
Does the Anti-Moé Brigade exist?
How has the moé debate affected the anime community?
Do you see the moé debate thus far as having been ultimately beneficial or detrimental to the anime community?
Do you see the moé debate continuing to be beneficial/detrimental?
What role do you believe sex plays in moé?
How do you feel about lolicon?
How do you feel about the concept of “waifu” and “2D” relationships?
How do you feel about the idea of moé as a replacement for real human relationships?
How do you feel about the idea of moé and hentai as a replacement for sex?
How do you feel about Japanese otaku in general?
With regards to moé, where do you see anime in the future (3~4 seasons down the line)?
Do you think moé could stand to improve, and on what aspects?
Has moé changed anime?
I’m looking for people who want to have an in-depth discussion about moé. Those interested can contact me at SLCmail.Anubis@gmail.com (Subject line: Operation Dandere) with how you’d like to proceed. I can do this via email, IM, Skype call, anything.
While it might be tempting, I’d rather people not respond to the questions in this post’s comments. If you’d like to respond, email me or get me on Skype (Timeenforceranubis on Skype).
The discussions that occur will be transcribed (For Skype calls, an audio file will be produced), and will be individually posted under the Operation Dandere category.