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Question: How would you define Moe? From Leap250
I am certain there are as many definitions of the word ‘moe’ as there are anime fans and one thing I am certain of is that it is a term that is better felt by an individual than it is defined by mere words. For as much as I can look up a definition and find out that originally it just meant to something to be attracted to or whatever, that isn’t how the word gets used or is understood as a general rule.
For me ‘moe’ works for things that are cute simply for the sake of being cute, or cute as their major defining characteristic. Characters that make me want to give them a hug or cry when they get hurt and are just completely adorable in one way or another.
That said, there aren’t many ‘moe’ characters out there (as described by other fans) who really appeal to me. I’m not really into cute girl anime, or the various female characters who have been given the label over the years. Sunday Without God is a good example with the main character Ai really being an over-the-top ‘moe’ character as her defining trait and yet mostly it just came off as a little silly. Meanwhile, Girls’ Last Tour really struck a chord with the super adorable characters in such a hostile situation and just getting on with their daily lives.
Still, Haruhi Suzumiya was probably the one who introduced me to the term and her sense of logic was a little off at times so I’ll concede my definition is probably a little rocky.
From Otaku in Review.
But, here’s a wikipedia definition just because…
Don’t you just love their image choice with that definition?
What would your definition of Moe be?
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