ロボット萌え[robot-moe]

July 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm (otaku word)

 

 If you haven’t realised this yet, please try to recall as much the anime you have watched as you could. I am pretty sure you have already seen this in all your life. To get to the point, ロボット[robotto] means a robot. I think you already see what I am going to say…Yes, ロボット here doesn’t even necessarily mean a real robot, well something like a machine, but pretty close to a real human being. In other words, it’s a humanoid, and you can also say 人造人間[jinzou ningen].

 It seems like most anime (or whatever) where a humanoid shows as a lead could be such a heartbreaking story that fans get touched. Normally, humanoids are heartless and emotionless. Humanoids are supposed to just follow the master, obey the order, and work as they are told. However as they spend time with human beings, they would get humanized. You know what I mean? It’s like a heart is planted inside him/her. They eventually display their feelings so that they wouldn’t even fulfill the mission anymore. But they know their places, so they can’t live as a human being…what shall I do?? Why am I doing this? I have to complete my mission, but what makes me hesitate? Is this…love?

 OMG, this is kinda cheesy. But there is always a deep story anywhere humanoids are. No matter how close to human beings they are, robots are robots. These two creatures are not able to have a happy conclusion. The girl you love is actually such a 人造人間, but even that, if you want to believe her smile is real, you would have a ロボット萌え[robot-moe]. Speaking of such a 人造人間, I can think of Ayanami Rei in Evangelion, Nagato Yuki in the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Chi in Chobits, No.18 in Dragon Ball, Abeno Yasuaki in Harukanaru toki no naka de, Abusolute Boyfriend[絶対彼氏], My girlfriend is a humanoid[僕の彼女はサイボーグ].

 When I experienced this ロボット萌え for the first time, it was in anime film, のび太と鉄人兵団[Nobita and the Troop of Robots] in 1987. There is a girl named リルル[Lilulu], she is my first time seeing a 人造人間. I must say she is a really heartbreaker.

 

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10 Comments

  1. ChapterZero said,

    エエット、ロボット萌えだったらToLoveにいる緑髪の彼女はいかがでしょうか。ww

    P.S:これはルルだよ。今日から軍に入ることにするんだ。ww

  2. Neohybrid_kai said,

    Hm.. I don’t think I’m into this moe, because whenever there is robot chara appears in story, my mindset will automatically sets on “it’s just a machine created by another human, her feeling is still somewhat artificial”. Or maybe because usually robot chara is a silent type girl.

    But there’s one exception, Reverie (Revvy) from Key’s Planetarian visual novel game. Have you ever played it? the story is very tragic, as expected from the creator of Air

  3. Fritzs said,

    The story about humanoid robot “getting heart planted inside him/her” is as old as word “robot” is… This is essentially the point of Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R where word “robot” appeared for first time, motive of robot war and robots killing out all of humanity is also present, so he basicaly invented the word and two basic tropes going with it…

    Etymology of this word is also quite intereesting (and it’s reason why I preffer word android being used when speking about humanoid robots with emotions)… origibnaly Karel Čpaek wanted to use word “labor”, but it probably sounded to him somewhat stupid, so his brother gave him advice to use word “robot”, which is derived from old czech word “robota” which means slave labour… So basicaly telling inteligent autonomous humalike android she is robot means telling her, taht she’s slave…

  4. bangin said,

    ルル:あれはロボットだっけ?w
     軍か・・・ヤンデレにはなるなよw 週末は帰れるんだろう?

    Neohybrid_kai: She might show up as a silent girl, but as you two spend time together, she would get humanized. Maybe the process should be a kind of moe, I assume.

    No, I don’t know about the game. But when a humanoid is a lead, it brings about a sad story there. ^^

    Fritz: So is that the difference between humanoid and android? I didn’t understand how these two are different.

  5. Fritzs said,

    bangin: humanoid is anything that looks like human being (one head with with major sensory equipment, two hands that serve as manipulators, two legs that for locomotion), so big apes have somewhat humanoid shape… android is robot that has human shapen and behaves like human (or more corectly it’s programed to mimic human behavior)… so every android is humanoid, but not every humanoid looking thing is android…

  6. bangin said,

    Okay, so I should have said android.

  7. Teko-chi said,

    I know~
    I love vocaloids. :)
    the idol Gackt has a bishonen one now~*w*
    I’m in love with Gackt!! :D

  8. bangin said,

    I forgot to mention vocaloids, darn it.
    Kaito or Miku also belong to this genre. Gackt is an eternal bishounen!

  9. az said,

    I had robot moe when i was 12 years old. hahaha. but now, mou naikedo :D

  10. bangin said,

    I don’t have it either now, but I think I will be touched by such a heartbreaker robot. lol

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