Good evening, ladies and gents. I’m chigaimasu. I will (hopefully) be the second contributing writer to this blog. While juggling college and other obligations, I’ll hopefully be punching in my two cents whenever I feel it’s appropriate. Anyway, shall we begin?
I wanted to get this first article out a week or so earlier, but such is the life of a college student. A little more than two weeks ago, the Japanese Saimoe 2007 tournament came to a close. For those not in the know, the Saimoe tournament is a 2 month, viewer’s choice elimination tournament, where the fans pick which anime character is the most moe. (It is assumed here that moe is understood by the reader. If not, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_(slang) for more information).
This year’s winner was Furude Rika from Higurashi no Naka Koro Ni Kai. Even though I have my opinions on the events of this year’s tournament, I will not get into arguments over whether or not this was the right call by the voters. That’s not my style. I am going to point out something that seemed apparent to me as the ending stages of the tournament came together. I found it very fascinating that the two finalists (Rika and Sanzenin Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku) were little loli girls. Backtracking, you can also find that 3 of the 4 semifinalists (Shinku, Rozen Maiden Ouverture) and 7 of 8 quarterfinalists (Konata and Tsukasa, Louise, and Nanoha [yes, Nanoha counts. Even though she’s 19, She started as a little loli girl back in 2005.] from Lucky Star, Zero no Tsukaima, and Magical Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, respectively) were also little loli girls. It seems the otaku believe in building their moe small.
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