How I view Days:

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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.

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