Contrary to popular opinion, moe is possible in 3D. Moe is, after all, an emotion, and an abstract concept at that. It’s entirely possible that the right kind of person could find moe in an inanimate object. I find moe in the people I see around the city.
Actually, ghostlightning told me to think about what I’ve seen and find anime in the city; not things that I’ve seen in anime, but things that give me feelings which reflect on feelings I get from anime. It just happens that the aspect of anime which resonates with me most deeply is moe, and the parts of the world that strike out at me are the ones that give me moe feelings.
The first moe feeling that I got in Manila came while riding in Alecon’s SUV through an amazingly chaotic street. I happened to spot a cute girl on a vespa up ahead. She was petite, well-dressed, and her great hair was tied back in a single short braid. The vespa was powder blue, and she seemed not the least bit a punk or other character that might ride a vespa as a fashion statement. Just perhaps a girl who was fascinated with riding a vespa. A strong appeal to my biker-girl moe.
Later that day I was in Mall of Asia, one of the biggest malls in the world, which happens to have an ice-skating rink right in the middle of it. Amongst the skaters I saw a pair of girls, probably around eight to ten years old, skating together. One of them was very good and seemed to be teaching her friend a trick or two. She was dressed adorably, with pink tights beneath a skirt that allowed the skill of her movements to be apparent. Reminded me of the ice-skating scenes in Cardcaptor Sakura.
And on that note, yesterday I was reminded of CCS in the existence of three adorable grade school girls riding on the back of a motorcycle. No, you didn’t read that wrong—the motorcycle was a component of a tricycle, but the cab was apparently already full, so the motorcycle itself was seating the driver and three girls of at least eight years old. No, it did not look safe, but the girls were happily eating ice-cream cones, and this was nothing new to them.
The girls wore school uniforms, but they weren’t all exactly alike. Ghostlightning tells me that the purpose of school uniforms in this city is so that kids have cheap clothes to wear to school and don’t have to go through their everyday clothes. Thus, the uniforms weren’t meant to all look alike, so the long blue skirts were of slightly different shades. Cheap as they may have been, the outfits (with their buckled shoes) were adorable. GL said “those girls are probably poor as fuck,” and instantly I felt the moe deep in my soul.
Have you ever felt moe for the world around you? Or otherwise gotten the feeling of an anime from something you saw?