'Moe in the Military 2'


Unlike the Super-Deformed or chibi characterizations which pepper the anime and manga of my generation, I never quite understood the appeal of moe.

My initial, foolish, assumption that moe is a hyper-critical self-examination of the Phallic male gaze was very far from the mark -- pressure-cooker society and all aspects of sexual repression aside, PG pal Jason Thompson does an ace job here in describing what moe actually represents.

5 comments:

DVC said...

Jason delves deeper into the Japanese pop cultural psyche than I've been able to, so I've bookmarked this for my girlfriend to read -- when she's old enough ;D

P.S. I still don't dig moe...

B-chan said...

My aching head...

Steve Harrison said...

Nobody is following the discussion over at Colony Drop?

http://www.colonydrop.com/index.php/2009/11/10/moe-studies-the-fetishization-of-mental-illness-early-wip-1?blog=1

Quite interesting actually. Those addicted to MOE are amazingly defensive about it.

DVC said...

Been reading Colony Drop for a while, quite prolific.

Moe is about as appealing to me as kiddie porn. I'm not saying I'm too stupid to grok the 'depth' of the genre, just saying... it creeps me right out.

Tohoscope said...

Hey, Uncle Steve found us. Cool!