Monday, November 28, 2011

Moe Moe...Nya Nya!

I've been trying to explain the concept of 'moe moe' to people for the last couple of days, but it's difficult so I thought I would try to explain it here.

Going to the Maid café in Akihabara kind of blew my mind, but in a good way. I really enjoyed it and it was fun, but it definitely left me thinking about this concept of 'love' or 'protectiveness' of the little girl Manga stereotype going on in Japan. Supposedly it's non-sexual?, and it is VERY interesting.

From the Wikipedia article:
"Moe (萌え?, pronounced [moe]) is a Japanese slang word. It means "a rarefied pseudo-love for certain fictional characters (in anime, manga, and the like) and their related embodiments."[1] Patrick W. Galbraith[2] notes that it is a pun derived from a Japanese word that literally means "budding," as with a plant that is about to flower, and thus it can also be used to mean "budding" as with a preadolescent girl.[3] Since the word is also a homonym for "burning" pronounced moe (燃え?), there is also speculation that the word stems from the burning passion felt for the characters.[4] The word has come to be used to mean one particular kind of "adorable", one specific type of "cute", mainly as applied to fictional characters. 
The word is occasionally spelled Moé, and was originally related to a strong interest in a particular type or style of character in video games, anime or manga. "Moe!" is also used within anime fandom as an interjection[citation needed]. Girls who are moe are called moekko (萌えっ娘?) from the honorific "娘" meaning "female child"."

This is a flyer from a Maid Café:
Nya Nya Cafe

And this is us having a silly, ridiculously good time at MaiDreamin: MaidDreamin
With our hands, we are making the 'nya nya' or I think 'meow meow' sign. Holy effing crap it was fun.

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