I'd say then that if you simply don't like a moe-licious character, then she isn't moe to you since such a large part of moe is "appeal". I just prefer putting both girls on a balance-beam-scale and determining who's more moe by the weight (as it were). Take Shiki for example. I totally love her character; she's awesome, and one of my favorites. But compared to Mikuru, whom I like less, Shiki's moe pales in comparison. Since this is a moe contest (as opposed to a popularity contest), Mikuru must get my vote. And I am sadHetaliafan09 wrote:I really just vote on who I like better as a character. Voting for the most "moe" in my mind would mean Mikuru winning every round and every necklace since her whole creation was to pander to every type of moe there is. I mean if you find someone extreamely moe but don't even like them as a character then what's the point? There would be no satisfaction in seeing them win.
But ZETSUBOU is a major part of ISML too; so I guess it can't be helped
And I'll go against the trend and grain to add that Mikuru, while being a "moe-blob," is still moe. I mean, so what if she was created to elicit feelings of moe? Are her creators supposed to tone down her appeal in order to not be thought of as being manipulative by otaku? If that were the case, then a LOT of characters wouldn't be as appealing as they are.
I have a hard time envisioning the animators at KyoAni huddling together around their meeting-table and conspiring to create Mikuru or Tsukasa in just such a way just so that they'll be seen as super-moe But it wouldn't surprise me, given their trollin' ways