Moe(pronounced "mo-eh") is a Japanese slang word that is used to referring to a fetish or love for characters in anime, manga, video games, and light novels. I think that the idea moe has greatly affected the anime industry in the last 7 to 8 years but to the better or worst?

Mikuru, the perfect example of moe
I have talked to anime fans who have been watching anime since the 80s and they think that the concept of moe is ridiculous and they hate it. I think that moe changed the minds of otaku(s) over the years little by little without anyone noticing. Just look at the popular female anime characters, they are very cute girls that look underage(or they are underage) and have some sort of quirk to them and many otaku(s) have been brainwashed to think that these anime characters are the perfect girls.

Travis Touchdown, the perfect example of an otaku who loves moe anime characters

I find it interesting that the concept of moe has become a product that can be marketed. Just look at the maid cafes and cute idols that swarm Akihabara. Below is a video that I found on Youtube that has these cute girls who can't sing at all but they are using the idea of moe to attract a fanbase.

So, what do you think of moe?

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