My latest Aniwords column is live on Crunchyroll and it’s a real important one this time.
It’s about moe.
I was thinking about doing moe character rankings for this one, but honestly I thought that would get a little bit out of hand. Instead, I decided to champion a few of my favorite moe shows in an attempt to provide some fresh cuteness to those who already love it and attempt to convert those who don’t.
1. Non Non Biyori – You may have heard me talking about this show as the currently airing sequel season approached, but let me tell you—Non Non Biyori is potentially the best moe show ever created. Not because it’s super cute (which it is), but because it is phenomenally, almost impossibly relaxed. I like to use the word “vibe” a lot to describe shows, but NNB‘s vibe is something else entirely. It is the feeling of an idyllic countryside incarnated in an anime series. And it’s amazing.
2. Love Lab – A Dogakobo 4-koma sort-of rom-com adaptation, Love Lab is in turns cute and hilarious…and constantly in brilliant animated motion. Love Lab was one of the first anime comedies where I laughed my head off most of the way through every episode, so even if moe isn’t your thing, you should check it out for the laughs—which are plentiful.
3. Yama no Susume – On of the better shorts I’ve ever watched, Yama no Susume doesn’t quite manage to achieve Non Non Biyori levels of sheet atmospheric brilliance, but it comes pretty close! This is the kind of show that would be a real drag to get through in full-length episodes, but the shorter runtime really benefits the show. Plus, you’ve got Kana Asumi as the irrepressible Hinata—something that’s enough all on its own.
Favorite moe shows, guys?