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.