Emotional Manipulation or Emotional Investment?

Icon-MOEHave you ever cried while watching an anime? Have you ever gotten angry at a character for doing something you find reprehensible? Have you ever pumped your fist in the air or jumped out of your seat in excitement when that mech you love does that really cool thing?

Congratulations: You’ve emotionally invested yourself in an anime.

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Operation 21ST Phase Four: Moé As a Feeling

This article is part 4 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.

Have you ever encountered a character that just hit all the right spots? A character you felt a connection with on a personal level? A character whose smile made you smile? A character whose sadness made you sad? Have you ever encountered a character you fell in love with?

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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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