If you’re an anime fan, you may have come across the word ‘moe’ (pronounced mo-ay). So what is it exactly? Moe means ‘cute’, and is more the feeling you get when you see something that’s cute, like when you see a cute puppy.

Now you know the definition of moe, so what exactly is a moe anime? There are quite a few and you’ll most likely recognise them. They seem to lack a strong storyline and concentrate on character development and making things as ‘moe’ as possible. It can also be very funny and amusing to watch, especially moe anime like Nichijou and Lucky Star.

 

One thing I have noticed with moe is that you either love it or you hate it. I personally love moe, since it’s cute and funny, my twin loves moe and then there’s my little brother who hates it because it doesn’t have a storyline. Whether you’ll like moe is entirely up to what sort of anime you enjoy, and whether you prefer anime to have a storyline or don’t mind if it doesn’t. You may have already seen a moe anime without realising it.

Here’s a list of some moe anime:

Yuru Yuri
Acchi Kocchi
Nichijou
Himouto! Umaru-chan
Love Live
Non Non Biyori
Gocchumon Wa Usagi Desuk Ka?
Lucky Star
K-On!

 

Moe anime characters tend to be very cute with large eyes and are chibi-like. They also may act in ways that make them cute too, like they are clumsy or very shy.

Moe doesn’t strictly stick to anime, and it can include characters from other anime. An example would be Mirai from Beyond the Boundary who is very cute, however, I wouldn’t consider it a moe anime even though it does have a few moe traits. Honey-senpai from Ouran High School Host club is a good example of a moe anime character. He’s very cute, small and acts childlike at times; even having naps and carrying around a stuffed toy.

 

Nichijou is my favourite moe anime, it’s very funny and adorable.  Mr. Sakamoto and Mio are my favourite characters mainly due to them being really cute. It’s a relaxing anime to watch. While there is no overall storyline, each scene has it’s own small story, this means that it’s easy to stop watching it and picking it up later on without having to worry about what had previously happened.

 

So have you seen any moe anime? What are your thoughts? If you haven’t seen moe anime, would you consider watching any moe series? Leave a comment below!

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