Why we protecc Moe anime girls

Why We Protecc Our Favorite Anime Girls

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas here at J-List and we’ve got…a new promotion for you! To say thanks to everyone for your support, we’re going to send a free gift with all EMS orders shipping from Japan for the first week of December! So start browsing and make an order now!

I’m spending a few days in Tokyo, hanging out with the staff members who make the J-List Facebook, Twitter and Discord possible, who are visiting from overseas. It’s fun bumming around Ikebukuro and Shibuya and exploring new places with the guys. When visitors plan a trip to Japan, it’s understandable they might view the country through anime-colored glasses before arriving, only to learn that that reality is not like it appears when viewed through otaku pop culture. Well, the room my friends ended up renting is amazing, the most pure and excellent shrine to the One Piece anime and manga the world has ever seen, with hundreds of figures, posters, puzzles, keychains and more displayed in every corner, with the most valuable figures secured in locked cases. I literally laid my head down on a One Piece pillow to sleep last night.

There are many reasons we might find ourselves drawn to Japanese pop culture, including the desire to access a medium with the freedom to tell stories we can’t find anywhere else, or wanting to keep up with the shows and tropes that so often define our modern culture. Another reason might be to access emotions we normally don’t experience as part of our daily lives. One of the strongest emotional reactions in anime is moe, which is the protective feeling we get when confronted with a cute anime girl in need of help due to weakness or (usually charming) character faults. Sometimes, images create emotional conflicts inside us, as with the “protecc one girl, the others will be bullied an neglected” image I tweeted a few days ago, which caused quite a reaction from readers. Another example of the way anime can bring out strong emotions in us is this image I made back during the “pregnancy announcement” meme boom. I only added just a few pixels to the image, but the emotional tone of the image is totally changed. What do you think about the image?

Get a free gift from Megumi!

Megumi has a gift for everyone who orders using EMS shipping from Japan! Make an order and you’ll randomly get one of the following gifts included with your order:

  • Level 1 gifts include cute plush hats, Japanese snacks, hachimaki headbands with interesting messages in kanji, or New Year’s “wishing boards” to bring you good luck in 2018.
  • Level 2 gifts include awesome anime calendars, as well as popular kanji study cards for learning Japanese.
  • Level 3 gifts will include high-end items, such as figures and other cool items.
  • All additional shipping or weight charges for the gift items we send you will be covered by us.

What awesome stuff will Megumi give you? Make an order from J-List or JBOX.com and you’ll find out! Make an order now!

About the author

Peter Payne

I live in Japan and I run J-List, an anime shop famous for shimapan and Tentacle Grape. I love being able to bring Japanese culture to the world.