I've always hated moe for some reason. Until some days ago, I couldn't realize why. But now I know. The main problem is that men, grown-ass men, watch moe anime and become obsessed with it. It's pretty obvious, really.
Men are practically throwing their manliness away with it, because the sole reason they watch it is because "they're cute". I've seen it happen a lot.
Think of it; if this was 1990~2000, and we saw a 20-year-old guy watching my little pony, a cartoon aimed at 6~10 year old girls, what would be the first thought on our minds? "Faggot." "What the hell is he watching?" "Why is he watching a girly cartoon, and not something like X-Men?".
This is now 2012, and we see the same guy watching the same show, what do we do? We raise our hand and say "Yo, brony!".
Really, that's screwed up. Sure, times change, but there's something terribly wrong here. It's like the recent approval of gay marriages in some countries. Society just doesn't care about sex roles anymore.
Really, watching a show just for the character design is just as bad as playing a game for its graphics; it happens a lot, too, and we should stop. I'm not saying every show should be analyzed in-depth by a professional to fully enjoy it, but you can't base your preferences over something so superficial, either. It's like you're a baby that can't understand speech yet, and just enjoy watching the characters move around.
I've also been trying to expand my preferences as of lately; for example, being a little bit more broad on the anime genre. Now that I'm in a vacation period, I've started to watch animes like Nichijou and Hayate the Combat Butler, which have art styles a little bit more inclined to "cuteness". Tell you what, I've been enjoying them, not because of the art style, but for the funny jokes they crack sometimes. I look forward to discovering more cartoons like these.
Sure, cuteness has its place; I've never said the contrary. But you can't keep feeding off the same thing every day. You can't create an anime based off pure cuteness and ignore other important aspects. Everything should be well-balanced.
I really can't stress it well enough; people shouldn't consume entertainment based on mere superficial skin. People should enjoy the actual content they give. That's why people don't read any books, because they don't have any illustrations on them. I would say... "don't read a manga based on its cover". Give it a go based on its literary aspect.
Man, I'm going to end up renaming this blog to "Gens' Rants".