In light of comments recieved in response to last week’s article on moe I thought it might be apropos to crunch the whole thing down into something that would fit into a dictionary. This surely won’t satisfy critics looking for a pat definition, as there isn’t one (at least not here); I believe moe is […]

In light of comments recieved in response to last week’s article on moe I thought it might be apropos to crunch the whole thing down into something that would fit into a dictionary. This surely won’t satisfy critics looking for a pat definition, as there isn’t one (at least not here); I believe moe is a socially constructed term that varies in meaning between its individual consumers, producers, adherents and detractors, a spectrum of interpretation that I tried to capture in the article but that defies rigid construction. As an exercise in academic fancy, though, I present the following challenge to the HD readership:

Define moe in one sentence.

Here are a couple of examples I came up with this morning to get the ball rolling:

  1. Moe is a conservative cultural movement that employs elements of nostalgia, cuteness, erotica and romance in the creation of interactive virtue-based narratives, focusing on ideally feminine protagonists who address the consumer in predictable modes designed to comfort, tittilate, and preserve the status quo of both his present condition and the fictional stasis of the narrative.
  2. Moe is potential.

Have one to share? Feel free to post it in comment to this post, or in the ongoing thread in the forums. English and Japanese entries are both welcome. よろしくお願いします~orz