Talk:Moe (slang)

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What does this sentence even mean?[edit]

"Moe used in slang refers to feelings of affection, adoration, devotion, and excitement that embodies characters that appear in manga, anime, or video games, into enforcing who they are." I have tried to understand what this sentence is trying to express, and failed. Maybe this is inadequate translation from Japanese? Embody: "1 : to give a body to (a spirit) : incarnate. 2a : to deprive of spirituality 2b : to make concrete and perceptible. 3 : to cause to become a body or part of a body : incorporate." What is it that embodies characters here? Characters in manga and anime generally have (drawn or rendered) bodies already. Anyway, I find this nonsensical. I suspect 'embodies' is just the wrong word, and maybe instead of "that embodies" it should say "toward" or "most commonly toward"? And I can't even guess what is intended by the phrase 'into enforcing who they are'. There is no preceding verb that would accept an "into" argument: "refers... into"? "embodies ... into"? And one enforces a condition, rule or law - you can enforce solitude, enforce peace, or enforce the policy against zombies on school grounds - but you can't enforce "who they are". If somebody can offer more explanation I'll try to hammer it into plain English. Or if somebody has the original Japanese, I'll ask my bilingual brother to explain it to me. Spike0xff (talk) 04:10, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

The edit in question appears to be this one. I don't know what it means either, and it doesn't seem to backed up by reliable sources, so I undid the change.Tosiaki! (talk) 17:55, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Female child?[edit]

Quote: Girls who are moe are called moekko (萌えっ娘?) from the honorific "娘" meaning "female child".

Shouldn't that be "girl" instead of "female child"? Maikel (talk) 20:04, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Waifu redirects here[edit]

but isn't mentioned in the article. Serendipodous 12:51, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Yeah Waifu is not the same thing as Moe. Someone should fix the redirect. I'm not editing anything. I got in trouble for removing something from another article that was completely irrelevent and was warned for vandalism.

Agreed that it's not great to have redirects for terms that are not clearly explained in articles. Looking through the history, one point is was a redirect to 2D Love, but that article was deleted, and is now also a redirect. I think the redirect should either be deleted, or go to Wikt:waifu. If there are reliable sources discussing the term as it relates to moe, then a couple of sentences about it would solve the problem. If not, where else should the redirect point? Grayfell (talk) 23:29, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
I've gone ahead and made it a Wikipedia:Soft redirect. The only relevant links it had were from Template:Internet slang but I've removed it from that, as well. Grayfell (talk) 23:47, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Article rewrite[edit]

I notice that there are no reliable resources cited for the lead where it gives the definition. It says, inaccurately, that there is no particular definition of moe, and that it has to do with personality or physical traits of characters. In reality, it has a concrete definition and it means "a feeling of strong adoration towards characters," a statement that can be backed up by reliable sources. Moe is not a quality of "cuteness" etc. of a character, but a feeling towards a character. As in, "I feel moe about X," and all reliable sources say this. If nobody opposes this change, I shall make this change right now. Some may say that misappropriated Japanese words need to focus on the English usage of it more. I would say that rather, that this is not exactly a misappropriated word in high circulation and that the Japanese definition deserves greater priority.--Tosiaki! (talk) 12:15, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Commentary section[edit]

The Commentary section is no longer a rough translation from Japanese, but may still require some further revisions to attain perfection. I believe the current notice should be removed, though I am not certain whether I actually have the authority to do so. However, like the previous comment on this Talk page, if nobody tells me otherwise I will attempt to remove said notice myself. --26in9 (talk) 10:30, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Project box[edit]

In a recent edit here, I have kept the anime/manga project box at the bottom. Having this box in the lead of the article in my view is distracting, I understand we want to promote people to join our project, but feel the central focus should be on the article. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 15:22, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Moeblob redirects here[edit]

Moeblob redirects here but the article doesn't define or describe it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:20, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

I have never even heard of it, it may be a candidate for WP:RfD. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 16:56, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
"Moeblob" is basically derisive slang for the stereotypical way characters in "moe" shows look, generally used by people who don't like those character designs. It particularly gets used a lot for Kyoto Animation's typical style for shows like Clannad, Kanon, and K-ON!. I'm pretty certain I've heard it used on Anime News Network, so if you search ANN for "moeblob" you might find reliable sources referring to the term. I think it is appropriate as a redirect, as anyone trying to figure out what the term "moeblob" means would want this article (even if it isn't mentioned in the article). Calathan (talk) 17:57, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Okay fair enough. - Knowledgekid87 (talk) 14:40, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Wiktionary also has a definition, though mainly references usenet posts from 2009. Based on my searches I'd say for now it's a bit of a neologism because there are only some mentions in reliable sources, none in academic/book publications, and mostly in self-published posts/comments; though there're probably enough to warrant mention.

  • Japanator seems to use it slightly positively?: "[Is your order a rabbit? Season 2] lives up to the moeblob cuteness of the show"
  • ANN's Carlo Santos uses it negatively for humor: "Who says anime today is lacking in variety? This spring, you can choose between a moeblob about a rock band or a moeblob about mahjong!"
  • THEM says: "The character designs range from standard moeblob models for females and bad haircuts for the boys"
  • Gamespot says: "The time has passed when we could accept the Moeblob (the chirpy girl with no other definable character trait), the orphaned hero, and the monosyllabic brooder as the best ensemble cast available. It's time to create people, not 'types.'"

Based on the small usage in reliable sources I would say the term refers negatively to a very standard moe character without unique traits (both in terms of looks and characterization). This agrees with Calathan's definition and Wiktionary's. Any ideas on how to present the term in the article? (It doesn't necessarily need its own section as an anchor can be used) Opencooper (talk) 02:13, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Should we add moe in real life?[edit]

There has been real life examples of moe like the Korean actress Park Jin-joo. Should we add real life examples? -- (talk) 08:02, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

You'd need to cite reliable sources that connect the actress to moe or else it will be considered original research. Also, for real-life people, especially in South Korea rather than Japan, I doubt it'd be specifically moe but rather just general cute-siness and things like aegyo. Opencooper (talk) 10:53, 5 November 2017 (UTC)