This is an old post I originally wrote for the now-defunct Moé Coalition site. The site has since been taken down by the owner, but I’ve managed to salvage some of my posts. This is one of them.
Time Enforcer Anubis here, continuing the moe talk!
Not long ago (Author’s note: Quite long ago, at this point), ANNCast did a round-table discussion about moe, and a certain idea was brought up during the discussion. The idea was that moe is “dangerous” to anime in that it “enables bad storytelling.” It’s one of the big points of contention in the Great Moe Debate, with the Anti-Moe brigade clamoring for “deeper” anime, and pushing anything moe to the side, often judging it as bad anime, or worse anime than anime with no moe elements.
Operation Dandere is go!
A few weeks ago I spoke with now newly-established anime blogger VillainousHanacha about his feelings on moé, its affect on the fandom, the moé debate as its progressed, and other related topics. It was a very enlightening discussion, and his perspective is pretty interesting.
You can listen to it after the jump.
I get frustrated from time to time looking at some of the things other anime fans complain and argue about. I feel like, if one tenth of this kind of energy was put into having a worthwhile discussion about issues that can affect our understanding of this medium and how we engage with other fans who enjoy it, we’d be closer to being a more cohesive community.