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Old 2013-03-26, 14:43   Link #61
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As far as I understand the two, I take Kawaii as something Cute, Good-looking, Beautiful and Moe as something Cute, Hot, Hitting.
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Old 2013-03-26, 17:11   Link #62
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Regarding "moe", i just wished Zac Bertschy from ANN to stop bitching this thing. It's just getting very annoying recently
I stopped giving ANN page views years ago and I highly recommend avoiding it unless there's no other choice. They make money off of page views - there's a natural tendency to publish bullshit and controversy just to get the rage going.
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Old 2013-03-26, 18:51   Link #63
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As far as I understand the two, I take Kawaii as something Cute, Good-looking, Beautiful and Moe as something Cute, Hot, Hitting.
Moe? Hot? Hmm.. kinda...

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Old 2013-03-28, 05:55   Link #64
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This subject gives me a headache. When people are talking about mo it can be anything from art style to the feeling for a character to a series' descriptor. I don't find that kawaii at all.
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Old 2013-03-28, 06:09   Link #65
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This subject gives me a headache. When people are talking about mo it can be anything from art style to the feeling for a character to a series' descriptor. I don't find that kawaii at all.
Same ... it's like a thread entitled "Broccoli versus Forks". The first response is "wut?".
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Old 2013-03-28, 14:40   Link #66
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Saying 'moeeeeee' makes you sound like a retard.

It's just that kind of sound I guess.

Please consider this, when trying to decide between the two.
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Old 2013-03-28, 23:09   Link #67
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Saying 'moeeeeee' makes you sound like a retard.

It's just that kind of sound I guess.

Please consider this, when trying to decide between the two.
What if it's said by a cute girl?
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Old 2013-03-30, 19:25   Link #68
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Kawaii as a word and a concept seems to have been around longer, and has some kind of meaning in general Japanese culture outside fandom.

I remember coming across a list of 8 or 10 traits that made something kawaii. From that, and concrete examples, I think an exact equality between, say, US notions of cute, and Japanese notions of kawaii doesn't really work, but there's enough overlap for it to pass as a translation.

"Moe" doesn't have an English analog that leaps to mind, and I'm not always sure what people mean by it, either, but it's been in conversation more lately.
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Old 2013-03-30, 20:20   Link #69
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"kawaii" you will find in any standard japanese dictionary. Official word, long standing, used by general populace of Japan.

"moe" is a slang term, used almost only by the anime fandom in Japan (otaku + casual fans). It is a slang term, not used by Average Japanese People.
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Old 2013-03-30, 20:42   Link #70
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Saying 'moeeeeee' makes you sound like a retard.

It's just that kind of sound I guess.

Please consider this, when trying to decide between the two.
I'm not sure if Ka-Why-Eee... is that much better than Moe-HEYyy...

At least to English ears. That's usually how the two terms sound to me when I've heard other people say them.
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I'm not sure if Ka-Why-Eee... is that much better than Moe-HEYyy...

At least to English ears. That's usually how the two terms sound to me when I've heard other people say them.
Please tell me a word that doesn't sound silly when you drag it out.

But anyway, who cares about what English speakers think ?
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Old 2013-03-30, 20:53   Link #72
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Please tell me a word that doesn't sound silly when you drag it out.
That's much of my point to Dhomochevsky. Kawaii doesn't sound significantly better than Moe if you similarly drag both of them out. It's been my personal experience that English speakers do tend to over-emphasize the ends of these words. Japanese speakers probably don't do that as much, of course.


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But anyway, who cares about what English speakers think ?
So you don't care about how you sound to those you converse with regularly?
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Old 2013-03-30, 22:34   Link #73
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So you don't care about how you sound to those you converse with regularly?
The closer me and someone else are, the less I care about how I sound.
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Old 2013-03-31, 14:08   Link #74
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Moeeeeeehhh reminds me of sheep.
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Old 2013-03-31, 23:42   Link #75
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...and with that, I think we'll close. There have been some pretty good definitions given that clearly explain the difference between the two terms. Moral of the story is basically that just because two words can be used, in some contexts, to describe the same thing, doesn't mean that the two words actually have the same (or even a similar) definition.

If there's a good reason to re-open the thread, please feel free to contact any member of the staff.
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