The only kind of “moe” I really understand is Moe Howard. I’ve been trying to get a handle on moe as the term is used in the otakusphere, and I have been following Avatar‘s reporting on this year’s Saimoe tournament, but I’m not sure that I grasp the concept (or that there is a concept there worth grasping). Let’s see if I have this right.
Not moe. (From Oh! Edo Rocket)
Let’s try a subtler distinction.
Probably not. (From Denno Coil)
Isako is possibly the most interesting character in any current series, but I think that she’s probably too intimidating to be truly moe.
Let’s see how far we can push the concept.
Definitely not moe.