Still gonna call "One More Night to Live" (to Nightwish's The Wayfarer) as the best S1 Final Battle AMV ever.
Curiously enough, I didn't. At the time it was on, I was a rather squeamish child, and the slightest hint of gross-out humor in the promotion of a show instilled me with no desire to see it. I get the feeling I'd enjoy it a lot more now, but then a lot of cartoon shows are wasted on kids.Man now there is a trip down memory lain. I loved that show.
Oh, have no fear on that score. While I'm still getting the hang of her, it's quite fun to try to make each doodle gothier than the last without exiting the cuteness boundary.I really have to give the character design people credit, they knocked it out of the ballpark with Hotaru. As this season progresses, it becomes clearer and clearer that the artists at Toei love Hotaru, and take great pleasure in drawing her. Maybe SJ will get the same way.
The threshold in the development of moe came with the breakdown of narratives and social frames and the rise of pleasure experience in the recessionary 1990s. Identity could no longer be sustained in eroding nakama groups at home, school and work (Yoda and Harootunian 2006), and youth began an accelerated process of building world and self through consumption and hobby activities (Azuma 2009). The origin myth of moe centers on the early 1990s in archetypes such as Sagisawa Moe (Kyouryuu Wakusei, 1993-1994) and Takatsu Moe (Taiyou ni Sumasshu!, 1993), the former a series for kids and the latter for girls (Morikawa 2008). The word became widespread as an abbreviation of Hotaru Tomoe from Sailor Moon S (1994-1995). All of these characters are young girls, and display a set of moe characteristics: large, pupil-less eyes, glossy skin, small (or no) breasts and an innocent or pure personality. Azuma posits that a turning point came with Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996), an immensely popular TV anime produced by studio Gainax. Evangelion features a female character named Ayanami Rei, a synthesis of different character types: a clone of the protagonist's mother housing the soul of an otherworldly being in the body of an adolescent girl. The doll-like and semi-human Ayanami became the single most popular and influential character in the history of otaku anime; fans still isolate parts of the character to amplify and rearticulate in fan-produced works to inspire moe.
I had not considered that, but I could well believe the derivation. After the first Hotaru episode, I was thinking, "This girl is even more ridiculously moé than Rei."Finally we get Hotaru's full name!
Her family name, Tomoe, is notable for being one of the speculated origins of the now-widespread (one might say overused) term moe. Patrick Gailbraith describes it thusly (with a bonus of tying in none other than Rei Ayanami to the phenomenon as well):