Just a quick look of what this genre entails. Haven’t written one of these since I talked about my love for the Girls Club subgenre in the first year of this blog.
So, moepocalypse. Obviously I’m no the one who created the term but I’m sure the one who will use it more frequently. The term refers to anime featuring cute animals and or things going through unspeakable amounts of physical and (mostly) emotional trauma with a bit of psychological thrown in the mix.
These anime either start off deceptively innocent but shows hints of becoming more sinister as it progresses or it starts off grim from the get-go.
The damage inflicted is usually emotional or psychological. Yes this involves physical damage but the goal is to traumatize cute girls or animals into emotional break downs.
Why adolescent or teenage girls (sometimes boys) specifically? Mostly because it is easier to relate with younger people getting into emotional perils and trauma inducing events that even adults have a very hard time coping with. The torture has to be strong enough to get viewers who are emotionally invested to ask the question “Why are these cruel things happening to these cure girls/animals!?” Basically it’s easier to get “the feelz” when the torment is happening to young people rather than a 40 year old ripped war veteran for example.
Now when the term”moepocalypse” is used that doesn’t always refer to shows that mainly center around young girls and take place after the apocalypse, the point is that the strongest dose of pain is inflicted on the whippersnappers.
Sometimes the young ones are unprepared for the impending doom that will plague their lives for a long time while other times the yokels had been through so much pain already that they lost most, if not all their “feelz”.
…and sometimes there’s Naru Taru.
The one bright side is this exercise of padawan suffering gives way to interesting storytelling, though whether it is praised or not is subjective. It is usually about the journey than the destination, also like the overall show the opinions of whether the heroes/heroines should survive all ordeals placed before them or not is subjective.
In the end humans are violent creatures who react quicker to negativity and are attracted to suffering no matter how much they try to deny it. That is why moepocalypse anime/manga/games continue being churned out in droves.
Can’t help but be intrigued by these shows. The mix of interesting plots and “NOOOOOOOO! NOT THE KID!” is what keeps the interested coming for more…that and people who feel a natural attraction to the morbid rather than mere curiosity. That’s the best reason I can think of that moepocalypse media keeps getting churned from the land of the rising sun…and possibly other countries I am not aware of. Of course the shows I used as examples here are far from the only moepocalypse media out there…