Moe, mOe, moE?


Hirano Aya

Well, well, well. What is moe? Well, it’s hard to define. It’s one of these things that if a person knows, he knows. Okay, okay, I’ve practically said nothing up to now. But to try to clear up it a little bit, I’ll say something about it, and show some pics.

First, it’s not like anybody doesn’t know that “moe” means burning in one sense, and “growing” in another sense. You will know when you watch enough anime and is qualified to join “Genshiken.” (If you spoke great Japanese and can disguise yourself as a Japanese).

Second, Hirano Aya is moe. Nonaka Ai is moe, Saito Chiwa as Hazuki in Moon Phrase is moe, Kugimiya Rie as Louise the Zero is moe, and Nonaka Aoi in Binchotan is moe (hardcore moe fans can appreciate that…), oh and ichigo mashimaro is moe…Still don’t understand?

Well, to explain more about moe…it’s cute and innocent. Small and cute. It’s not supermodel-like, it is girls who lashes at you but their lashings are so cute. It’s tsundere that seems like who can’t talk with a mature voice. It’s Hirano Aya when she speaks normally, it’s Kawasumi Ayako when she gently snorts a “baka”, it’s Tanaka Rie coos “chi~”, it’s Multi from “To Heart.” It’s the “fab 4” in Ichigo Mashimaro; it’s Binchotan, it’s not Sailor Moon, it’s not Misato and Dr. Akagi from Eva, it’s definitely NOT Motoko from Ghost in the Shell or Revy from Black Lagoon. Oh, and it’s like Mikuru from Haruhi…

Hmm…Next are some pictures that may clear up the matter even further…


Goddess of Moe hating the taste of Japanese energy drink


Nonaka Ai powering up her moe level


What is moe? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no’ mo'(haha, sorry about the pun), what is moe?
(tilting my head repeatedly to one side Saturday Night Live Style.)


Mike’s favorite moe – Tsundere – Mike moes Tsundere


Um…I often tease Mike about his moeing of Tsundere…But I moe Sawachika Eri, so…This techically isn’t hardcore moe, but…come on! It’s Eri chan!!!
(image taken from http://www.riuva.com/?p=312)


The fab 4 and neesan from Ichigo Mashimaro
(image taken from ichigomashimaroclub.deviantart.com)

I hope that explains it, if it doesn’t…Well, let’s just say words don’t adequately explain its essence, it just has to be felt.

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