This article is part 1 of a 5-part series on moé as it appears in anime community discourse.
In discussions among members of the anime fandom, “moé” is a term that is used to describe several different aspects and elements of anime. At times, this can be confusing at best, and at worst, derail legitimate discussions, turning them into superficial semantic arguments. This is where Operation 21ST comes in. The objective of this operation is: To examine and discuss the various ways the word “moé” is used throughout anime discussion.