12 Days of Moe – Day 2: Cute Girls doing Cute Things
When I didn’t want to use the term moe anime, I seem to have a habit of describing the anime as “slice of life/cute girls doing cute things”, which is long as fuck, yet, it’s important to label the latter part too. Anime like OreGairu and Mushishi are slice of life too, so it gets a bit tricky if we want to filter it to just moe anime, I guess that is one of many reasons why the term “moe” is born-it just makes for easier categorization.
Anyway as for Cute Girls doing Cute Things (henceforth “CGDCT”), it should be very self-explanatory. CGDCT shows emphasize on the cuteness, fun and entertaining aspects of the anime, and is the driving aspect of the moe genre. Just like how watching the keion girls’ everyday lives of procrastinating and practicing and how watching the everyday cafe lives of GochiUsa characters. CGDCT shows emphasize on the fun atmospheres and subtleties behind the characters’ lives.
You may say there’s no story but the characters’ lives -are- the story, it’s just mundane, unless one were to think swords, guns and massive explosions as actual story. Anyway, I’ll just stop this here for now as this is something I will cover in more detail for later posts.
Also, it’s important to note that “CGDCT” isn’t exactly an official genre, not official in the sense of genres like “action”, “adventure”, “romance”, etc… I assume it’s a term initially coined by fans, and it has since evolved into such a helpful term to categorize moe anime that it’s really become an almost universal term on it’s own.
Though while CGDCT shows are something I like, there is something that makes it special, as with the end of every other slice of life anime… which will be something I will talk about in the very next post.