Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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What is Moe? +

Moetan

If you’re a fan of anime, the word Moe should not be new to you. It’s one of the most important words in Otaku culture today. Moe is used to describe anything from a really cute girl, a situation, or the feeling you get when you are watching Ink in the popular, and fittingly named, anime Moetan.

But where did Moe originate, and what does it really mean?

There are a few different opinions on where the word comes from. Akiba-blog’s weekly AkibaWord column choose Moe as their first AkibaWord. Akibablog writes,

Originally, “Moe” is used to express feelings of loving something- especially, when otaku is crazy about bishojo (cute ladies) characters, they say “Moe.” Sometimes, it can be used to show the sexual excitement.

Moe: Sailor SaturnUpon doing my own investigating, I turned to my ever-increasing library of books and found a really good answer in Cruising the Anime City. The book talks about how many believe the word Moe came from the shortened version of Tomoe, the real name of Sailor Saturn in the classic anime Sailor Moon. Others say that the word originates from the Japanese word Moeru, which means “burning” (the burning desire that fills your soul when you see a cute girl)

Moe at its most purest form means “a plant sprouting.” In anime and manga, it’s common to see a character obtain an older brother role to the girl he finds moe. He is willing to protect her from harm, and anything perverse.

Moe Maids

Moe as a word can be used a few different ways:

Ink from Moetan

One cannot talk about the word Moe, and not talk about the underage aspect that is attached to the word. While the word was clearly used before being attached to rise of the Loli-scene, many continue to associate Moe with it. However, when one talks about Moe, the image that usually comes to mind is that of innocence and purity… something definitely not associated with the Loli-scene.

So now that you are a bit more familiar with the word Moe, add it to your Otaku vocabulary!

7 Responses to “What is Moe?”

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    SasaanthaNo Gravatar Says:

    Moe Rocks! How do anyone feel about anime cliches?

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    RileyNo Gravatar Says:

    I learned what Moe is from “Ouran High School Host Club” cause Rengai is obsessed with moe :)

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    journieNo Gravatar Says:

    i first heard moe i ouran high school host club. =]

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    5 reasons why Shoko Nakagawa is awesome Says:

    […] know who Shoko Nakagawa is, you have missed out on one of the most entertaining, funny, and truly moe idols ever. She is not only a successful gravure idol, but she can also sing, act, and is one of […]

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    xorsystNo Gravatar Says:

    @lsio: Perfect example, Mikuru is the definition of Moe.

    @gordon: Moe definitely isn’t Moe, lol.

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    LsioNo Gravatar Says:

    LOL @ gordon

    I think I first learned that word from Haruhi Suzumiya in ep2 where she kidnaps Mikuru just because Mikuru is moe.

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    gordonNo Gravatar Says:

    do a google search on the word “moe” and images of moe the bartender from the simpsons pops up.

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