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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Personnel Reconnaissance: Kotonoha Katsura

School Days is a particularly infamous series. Based off of an eroge, the anime is notorious for its bad ending, as well as how it turns the harem genre completely on its head. This makes for particularly compelling characters to be both loved and hated.

Of the School Days characters, there was one in particular that caught my attention, and not from hatred, like many of the other characters in School Days.

That character is Kotonoha Katsura.

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