Let’s start from illicit behavior and work from there, as I’m sure this topic has been done to death before. Throughout my time on forums, blogs and Twitters, something I keep noticing people say has only just started to perk up my ears. It usually comes in the form of “there shouldn’t be porn of X show” out there, and how Rule 34 always proves them wrong in that aspect. In the case of ARIA (as with other shows, I’m sure, but this is the one I know), this comment is prevalent as well, but now this prude reaction has seemingly been extended into the realm of subtext that is or isn’t there. Now I agree when people say that there’s no hint of yuri in the show (even though I don a pair of yuri goggles every now and then to “make believe” there is), and I can agree that wondering about it is a waste of time (albeit a fun waste), but it gets interesting when I hear people criticizing both the thought of subtext that might or might not exist in addition to the people themselves who have those (apparently wrong and scandalous) thoughts.
That sort of thing always gets a “Whoa. Step back” from me for a variety of reasons, but it makes me wonder why people feel that strongly enough to go that far. And the usual reasoning in defending the show from these apparently bad thoughts tends to go along the same vein as the reason as to why said porn shouldn’t exist. Things like “the show is pure/innocent/not (or could never be) like that/etc.”, which is usually true and makes much sense. But when it’s actually being written out there or said out there as the reason, my next thought tends to be that the person saying these things just wants to take them home protect those shows. In the same way that people apparent attribute those feelings to characters who are moé. Granted, I’m probably taking that train of thought farther than it should be taken, but it’s something.
What makes people call some works “moé anime” compared to other shows? Could there be such a thing as shows that evoke the qualities of moé (not the burning type, but the budding/sprouting type) as a whole from what ideas they represent or from the concepts they are built on, that is, not just because there are “moé” characters in the show? And if that was the case, could people feel for these types of shows in the same way as they do for characters with those same concepts (a “fatherly” sort of feeling in their pants), or it really just another variation on strongly defending a show that they like? And as always, does what I’m talking about even make sense here?