At 7/1/16 08:10 PM, Idiot-Finder wrote:
People have became obsessed over these lately.
you what mate
I think we're well over the moe hump at this stage. It's still there but it's calmed down, with the biggest anime of the last couple years being action again like Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill. Compare that to 2009-2012 where the biggest shows were shit like k-on and oreimo. I think moe features have always been around, it was just never a mainstream attraction and especially not in the west.
To my knowledge (which admittedly drops off pre-2007 unless we're talking movies) it's k-on that kicked the moe concept into overdrive, in that it could hold up entire shows with literally no other draw nor any narrative development, compared to something like sailor moon where the characters have moe features but they actually fucking do things as well and serve a narrative purpose beyond selling overpriced figures. That's the peak we've been winding down from.
Of course it's been used long before that as a sort of supplement to boost success. The word itself has existed in japan since the 80s, and I'm claiming another point for Evangelion in popularising moe side characters from the late 90s to mid 2000s; characters who draw a lot of fans without them being the focal point of the show. In the very early development of Eva there was a push to have more male characters, in the end its two main girls are by far some of the most enduring and widely replicated anime characters.
Sorry I don't know what the fuck happened there, I tried making a snarky reply and ended up writing some sort of introduction to a speculative history essay. I'm bad at this anime club lark.
At 6/29/16 03:39 PM, TheMaster wrote:
It's in The Pile, just haven't got around to it yet.
I spy the disaster artist. Really good shit that, even without any waifus.