At 7/1/16 08:10 PM, Idiot-Finder wrote:
Out of curiosity, exactly when did the anime moe craze began? Especially since it have been an ongoing thing in the anime industry since the mid-2000s and the seeds were probably planted earlier.
Since the 1970's, Japan has made a lot of things... well, cute. I don't know if the people of Japan at the time were depressed or just like screwing with everyone, but it started to take off towards the 80's and 90's. There has been some brushback against this in Japan (to say nothing of the hornet's nest in the states) among old-school otaku and others, but they were largely ignored. I don't think kawaiisa, or it's anime off-shoot moe, has completely gone away in Japan as much as it has been relegated to the otaku community and public faces of Japanese companies.
People have became obsessed over these lately.
There has been a backlash towards moe in the west, though even with that, there is a lot of anime fans in the west that like K-On!, Love Live and so on, (the lesbian overtones helps) so make of that what you will. Honestly, I don't think it's the concept itself as much as it is the potential squick factor of lolicon and incest that permeates around certain moe anime.
Shifting gears here, I started on Aldnoah Zero, and so far, I keep thinking that I'm watching Code Geass again, with Attack on Titan and MS team for flavor. That's not necessarily a bad thing per se, but it does give AZ an identity crisis, so I'll see how it goes in later episodes.