Moe represents different things for different folks. For some it’s ribbon-loaded seifukus, others wheelchair-bound blind sisters or dead imouto’s voice messages. (Do check out what the Japanese wikipedia has to say about moe at Jpmeyer’s.) Although, moe is the single most important attribute demanded of my figure purchases, I find it hard to express what it really is. Like the appreciation of beauty, the designation of moe-ness appears to be highly instinctive and extremely subjective. Nevertheless, since I have discovered my moe fix for winter, I shall use it to crystalise my brand of moe.
Here’s a list of items I find moelicious about Venus vs virus:
If wearing a scar is gar for men, then eye-patches have to be the moe-equivalent for girls. Men are drawn to that enigmatic aura about females (which partially explains why scantily clad models turn men on more than outright nudes since the brain is the biggest sexual organ in men and imagination, the greatest aphrodisiac) and eye-patches heightens that mystery. Moe factor – 8/10
Heterochromia can be unsettling in RL but in anime and games, its an uber-moe trait that spawns truckloads of doujins (just ask Yuna of FF10) and pwns all in competition (our angel of Desu, queen of Sai-moe can attest to that.) Moe factor – 8.5/10
A legacy from Gretel. Gun-toting little girls never appealed to me (None in the cast of Gunslinger girl ever gave me the craving for taiyaki or gooey peach drink) until I became enamoured with Gretel and her teddy-beared BAR. Moe factor – 8/10 (8.5/10 if she can’t shoot straight)
One of the newest denomations of moe to storm the anime scene last year. With moelicious trailblazers like machete-mad Rena (Higurashi) and boxcutter-megami Kaede (SHUFFLE!), psycho-moe is currently the fastest growing fetish in anime cultdom. Although berserker Sumire is hardly on the same level as her founding senpais, she holds my attention with her gleeful cruelty in decimating viruses. Moe factor – 8.5/10
The useless cousin of legwarmers, handwarmers serve little purpose except to cover non-erogenous body parts so that the remaining exposed portions may titillate. Handwarmers also contribute to another of the Zettai ryouiki family, where the upper arm is the object of adoration. (Yes, the wobbly tricep portion which many ladies are so concerned about.) The golden ratio for this relative of the fabled Zettai ryouiki is also 4:1:2.5 (length of sleeve : exposed arm area : length of handwarmer above elbow) Moe factor – 7.5/10 (8.5 if it meets golden ratio)
Ok, I’ve to admit that though it’s moe that drew me in, my interest in the series stems mainly from the promising premise/characters. Lucia and Sumire seem to have interesting backstories to tell and it’s immediately obvious that there’s several layers to their personalities; especially Sumire whose circumstances is complicated by her berserker mode. Here’s hoping they keep the series focused/streamlined and animation quality consistent (AQ saw a significant drop in ep 2. Though not to Cabbage love levels, it’s rather noticeable.)
BTW, Lucia need to find a REAL gothloli outfit.