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Characters stories discussion groups toys and games based around the original manga and anime rolesAuthor Patrick Galbraith is the world's acknowledged expert on MOE and a journalist based in Tokyo For this book he interviewed twenty important figures in the world of Japanese manga and anime to gain their insights on the MOE phenomenon These interviews provide us with the first in depth survey of this subject Galbraith uncovers how MOE is influencing an entire generation of manga artists and readers For those new to anime manga and youth cultur. I don t want to write a review so here are my thoughts

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The Moe Manifesto

MOE is a huge cultural phenomenon and one of the driving forces behind the enormous success of Japanese anime and manga not just in Japan now but throughout the worldIn Japan avid fans of manga comics anime films and videogames use the term MOE to refer to the strong sense of emotional attachment they feel for their favorite characters These fans have a powerful desire to protect and nurture the young beautiful and innocent characters they adore like Sagisawa Moe in Dinosaur Planet and Tomoe Hotaru in Sailor Moon They create their own websites. As someone living in Japan and fascinated by the modern trends of Japanese culture I have enjoyed books by Patrick Galbraith including this book But the effect of the book might have been different than the author might have expectedI am fascinated by modern Japanese culture and although I am not a particular fan of anime or manga I am curious about the otaku who are obsessed about these topics I had heard the word mo but didn t know what it meant Now I know and it made me rethink my view of manga and animeThe book is a collection of interviews with illustrations that in total give me a feeling that I now know what mo means and it is not meant for me Mr Galbraith is a good writer and an good interview

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E in Japan he discusses what constitutes the ideal MOE relationship and why some fans are even determined to marry their fictional sweethearts He reveals key moments in the development of MOE and current and future trends in the spread of MOE works and characters from Japan to other parts of the world The Moe Manifesto provides an insider's look at the earliest MOE characters such as Ayame by Tezuka Osamu The book has over 100 illustrations of the most famous MOE characters many in color and it is sure to delight manga and anime fans of every a. Patrick W Galbraith is arguably the most entertaining and insightful writer on contemporary Japanese pop culture His writing is based on the research of an academician by training and an otaku at heart While the academic makes a strong case for the cultural and social importance of manga anime and gaming to contemporary Japanese society it is the otaku that explores and uncovers what is real and not just what the adults in the room imagine without experience or understanding When I first started reading the book a few years ago not long after it was published in 2014 I didn t have enough familiarity with the subject matter to find the book useful But in the ensuing years having watched hundreds of anime r


10 thoughts on “The Moe Manifesto

  1. says:

    As someone living in Japan and fascinated by the modern trends of Japanese culture I have enjoyed books by Patrick Galbraith including this book But the effect of the book might have been different than the author might have expectedI am fascinated by modern Japanese culture and although I am not a particular fan of anime or manga I am curious about the otaku who are obsessed about these topics I had heard the word moĆ

  2. says:

    This book is a collection of interviews with different insiders of the Japanese otaku industry ranging from supportive views to critical perception of the current state of things Some pieces are mildly interesting how magical girl genre used to construct positive career role models for young girls before receding into the cliche

  3. says:

    I am so glad I discovered this book it is a treasure for any anime manga and gaming enthusiast I believe this book is a foundational

  4. says:

    I received this book via Goodreads' First Reads Giveaways That was in July It has taken me this long to realize that I will never finish this book The vast majority of my complaints for this book stem purely from its forma

  5. says:

    Before I started it I wasn't all that sure what moe was Now I have a much better understanding of it The book is wonderfully illustrated Each chapter is a interview with someone connected to the otaku community from professors to gam

  6. says:

    I don't want to write a review so here are my thoughts

  7. says:

    It is safe to say that I've been into otaku culture since perhaps age 8 or something It is also safe to say that my first moment in my life that I attracted to female is the Makoto Izumi character from the 90's 'trendy dorama' Beach Boys that aired on local TV station The general confusion of this feeling of attraction to fiction

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    The MoĆ© Manifesto is a collection of interviews with mangaanimebishōjo game insiders and artists about moĆ© recent Japanese history and how it impacted media cultural icons males youth Akihabara the interviewees themselves and cute girl characters We see differing perspectives and explanations as to what moĆ© m

  9. says:

    Patrick W Galbraith is arguably the most entertaining and insightful writer on contemporary Japanese pop culture His writing is based on the research of an academician by training and an otaku at heart While the academic ma

  10. says:

    There are some interesting tidbits on Japanese culture and aspect of moe in this book but it doesn't offer deep analysis or anythin