Moe Day [part 1]

People from all around the world! Get ready for a party…because…this day…10.10.2010 it is the official MOE DAY!!

Japanese culture can impress you when it comes about explaining enjoying the little things. They tend to celebrate the most inexpressive things but which are useful and simple. We have celebrated different festivals related to different things. But now, it’s time to dedicate ourselves to the cutest and sweetest and the most beautiful things that exist: all that the moe phenomenon contains.

Now, an ample definition of this idiom would tell you that it’s a cliche when talking about anime/video-games female characters.

As you can see above all that is cute and apparently innocent it’s moe.

But this concept it’s not related only to the physical aspect of a character. The capacity of creating good impressions by acting “cute” in someone’s presence is also moe. If you saw “K-On” you know that the entire show goes like “moe, moe – kyun”. Cuteness overload. Perfect expression for describing what that show offers.

And it’s not the only one. And still, I have one question. Why do we have to celebrate moe again, when we already are celebrating it, with every show that we watch? The answer depends on what you feel when watching something. If you’re absorbed into it, you probably are involved in a fixed session of cherishing the plot, the characters, the messages..and honestly I’ve been through that.

Anyway, for those who really are into MOE, what can I say – enjoy it while it lasts 😀

[part two coming soon]

Wandering Warrior Reina

This September, figure collectors will get the chance to put their hands on this Queen’s Blade Reina character with some adjustments and improvements.

The complete name of the product – Queen’s Blade Wandering Warrior Reina 2P Color Vers. The changes are the gray hair and the black outfit – totally different from the anime version.

The figure it’s produced by Daiki Kogyo and it will cost about 13,000 yen.

If interested you can pre-order the figure here: Reina Figure.

M.O.E. [part 1/10]

When creating a character – there are some aspects that everybody wants to share with the world. A screenplay, a book, the story of a game, the plot of a show, the body of a literal sketch, any written work has some visible features that help creating the whole story.

And in a story, besides the main part [the action/the events] we have characters. Most stories present these characters as being involved in an evolution process. Their journey from point A to point B, their existential data being transformed.

Cuz we love anime, this article will refer to anime characters and the popular phenomenon that it’s now called MOE. There isn’t a precise definition of this term, but we know some aspects of it and we can relate them to nowadays anime personalities. The main question that will be found in these articles will be: What’s moe got to do with…? The blank space will be replaced with ten anime characters that [as I will try to prove] have a certain degree of moeness in their construction. So, let’s begin.

Today’s feature is none other than Misaka Mikoto [To Aru Kagaku no Railgun]

Many new anime shows have more female characters than male ones, and the artists when asked what they prefer to work on, they said that cute girls are more fun to draw.

Misaka Mikoto is one cute character, that’s true, so we have our first step into moeness. Moe it’s about lovely, cute characters. They have to be part innocent, part life-experienced, capable of supporting others and also open to those who want to help.

Misaka is a student at Tokiwadai Middle School in Academy city, a Level 5 psychic power user. Her powers involve electricity and she is known by the name of “Railgun”.

She works with the “Judgment” a group of youngsters that help keeping the peace of the city.

So, what’s moe got to do with her? Besides being a lovely character and an innocent one, her sweetness gets out when trying to offer her help to the others. She is capable of establishing relationships with others, she is still a girl [she loves some frog toy figures].

She enjoys the little things, like most young anime characters do. She plays the violin, she loves to make a good impression. Of course all these attributes were offered to her by her creator, but in a show, characters tend to act like they were real, like everything that they do is something we could learn.

Moe stands out when precising that she is cute, not matter what she wears. So, a certain [scientific] degree of moeness has touched this character. And all over the world, people liked it.