I don’t think I’ve ever been a heavy fan of the moe genre. Sure, I really like Azumanga Daioh because it felt like natural friends meeting each other and Sound! Euphonium because it’s a decently realistic take on how a band system works, but that’s about it for me. Not having dug into the moe genre demographic or genre too much, Days is like a foreign concept to me. I know that it’s not aimed at me in anyway, but that’s why I find it interesting. How each character acts is so different then how I personally expect them to. So yeah, this isn’t a seasonal first reaction thing because I plan on starting those next week and I am not going to talk about the plot too much in this post.
Moe guys is still a completely concept to me. I know that this is a concept that started when Free became popular, but I’m always slow on the uptake when it comes to trends. The main character falls under what I call the Moe guy. He’s completely pure, innocent, and seems to be untainted by the world around him so far. He also doesn’t run like a normal person, but tries his best because he wants to be a part of a team. He’s not all that I would consider moe in the show, because so many other characters have this trait or at least the show moves into a nicer direction. Those two guys that were smoking? Nicest people around. That guy who was bossing around the first years? He blushes a lot. Also, all of the guys are slowly getting used to the idea of the main character being a part of the soccer team. Even the tough guy who is going to the pros.
The difference of character interactions may not seem like a big deal in the major scheme of things, but the way characters interact with each other is the life bread of an anime series. Since these characters are attacking in a different way then I expect them to, watching the show is like watching somebody speak a foreign language to me. I can judge the quality of the beauty of the speech, but since I haven’t heard it before I can’t judge it in comparison to how that one person speaks compared to other people who speaks the same language. I feel like I’m going to be watching and studying this show as it airs.