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Anime Sterotypes 101 – Moe

Nowadays it is almost impossible to escape the Moe Genre. Super Cute  super adorable and sometimes super sugary to the point where you just want to vomit rainbows. But where did this  strange genre develop from ?

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Before we begin with  this brief little article on moe we first need to know what the term means.While Moe has no set timeline where the word originated from as of most words created from the internet.  We can safely presume that Moe is a verb originated from the Japanese pun “to bud like a flower” and the term moekko meaning a small female child. While many people mistake Moe as a sexual love (Lolita-complex) towards a female character. It is not that simple to explain as it isn’t so much to have sexual feeling towards a character but it is to protect.

These are characters designed to be protected . Either they are weak physically or emotionally weak or sick. We as the viewer will feel possessed to want to protect them from all the big bad things in the world . The core concept of moe seems to have to do with the notions of “sweetness” or “cute ” and yet there is also a widespread perception that moe constitutes a form of perversity. It is more of a over popularized trope that when it became popular it was just done to death causing a influx of many shows very similar to each other.

The earliest example of this type goes as far back as the 1990s anime and manga Sailor moon S which had Sailor Saturn . A character who had cybernetic implants and her father passed away . In the anime she was prone to seizures which kept her distant from the rest of the class . Because of her feeble nature we are supposed  inclined to feel love for them like an older brother to his younger sister which especially in Japanese culture where most families have 1 child or 1 boy and 1 girl and being in a conservative culture the closest female  outside your mother is going to be your younger sister or cousin.

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Now the genre did not get popularized until the early 2000s with Studio Kyoto who worked on Lucky Star , K-on, and Clannad . Which was a lot of their artists even left during the time of Lucky Star initial run ended.

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Acclaimed and World Renowned Hayao Miyazaki has slated the fans of this genre as people who don’t understand people . Whether you love Moe or hate it I will give one thing . Because of its popularity they really try hard to create fresh original material and try to break the genre every season with shows like higurashi using the Trope in horror direction to Survival Games Club and Girls und Panzer creating a bizarre parody of what it means to be Moe and we can use a little sweetness from time to time just not all the time or else you will get sick from it.

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If you would like a better more in depth approach to the subject http://henryjenkins.org/2015/01/in-defense-of-moe-an-interview-with-patrick-w-galbraith-part-one.html

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Medaka Box Review

Medaka is a popular and overly charismatic girl who become elected as president at her school with 98% of the votes on her side. Her first act is to create a suggestion box to help her school and her students . She forcefully includes her average friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi who is more than reluctant to help her but is roped into the position of General Affairs (take in suggestions and water flowers) . Slowly at first she convinces the other 2 per cent to be her on her side .

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Now it seems a little stereotypical at first gets more complex and action packed as we enter the Flask plan arc . You see there is 3 types of students at this school. Normals – typical normal students, Specials – People that excel in a specific ability

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or subject and Ab-normals-abilities so magnificent they border super human. The Task plan is experiment on the rest of the students making them all ab-normals.

This show has blown me back with the style of story telling and twists and turns develop this show into one of my new favorite shonnen shows because it’s not just about team work but to truly keep the peace between friend and enemy. even the character Medaka is not as simple as your typical main character. Because she excels in everything she is isolated with most of her fellow students , even her masters have retire because she beats them at everything. She wants to make friends most people either consider her a rival or an unholy demon .

One of the jokes mentioned in the show is if anything almost extraordinary happens its most likely her . But this joke takes on a new form when part of a school blows up and no one is even worried if she’s alright.

Her greatest ability is also her greatest curse. Even helping so many people with their problems its hard for her to maintain relationships because she isn’t near anyone level.

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Her friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi is a normal no special abilities but has the sheer determination to stay by her side. So even being a regular guy he takes on any task helping her. While he starts as the straight guy in her comedic foil . He turns into the protector for her emotional burden and always making sure she never sheds a single tear.

this show is absolutely fantastic and an absolute addictive watch

Episode count 23 plus 1 side story