This is basically a genre of AV (porn video), so I don’t know since when this got into the mainstream of moe. If you happen to be in Japan and hopefully an adult, go to the rental video shop and see how it is. You will be able to see all the video get classified and find one of them saying 素人[shirouto] for sure. 素人 literally means an amateur, so in this genre, such amateur girls show as a pornstar…I am not so sure they are really amatuers or merely pretend to be. But why amatuer?
There’s often an old saying, 畳と女は新しい方が良い[tatami to onna wa atarashii houga ii] or the newer tatami(Japanese mat) and women, the better. You know, fresh tatami is vividly green, but it is going to be yellow as time goes by. The same goes to women, in other words, the younger the better. Well, I think all the men prefer young girls. Oops, there’s other way around. I will mention it later.
So this assumption brought about this genre of moe…that is 素人萌え[shirouto-moe]. If you prefer such an amateur girl rather than a seasoned one, you belong to this. What is so special about this?
Naturally, only professional people can survive in the entertainment industry. However, we have seen too many professional people so that people seem to be bored. Because anyone looks the same; same songs, same singing, same dance, same looking…anything. 素人 is very innocent and doesn’t seem to get used to the work. That’s why it is remarkable and get people into it. Their performance is not so good that it requires some patience. People who have 素人萌え eventually forgive such an immature performance, and get satisfied.
OMG, I must say this is my weak point because I think I have 素人萌え. Whenever I see cosplayers’ pictures, I always recoginse those cosplayers who seem to get used to. Whether they are cute or not doesn’t matter, I mean, they seem to accustom themselves too much. So their faces truly tell they are cosplayers. Personally, when I seek for a cosplay buddy, I don’t value the professionalism since I am not professional either. Rather, I prefer such a beginner because they are so humble.
Well, but people can’t be 素人 forever, so this type of moe is ephemeral. Maybe the allocated time might be one or two years. After the season ends, they won’t be 素人 anymore…then new 素人 comes. This sounds like the big idol group, AKB48. Even though they get trained as an idol, their performance is not so professional. But it must be a good point for fans because they don’t feel such a far distance. And the agency recruites new girls again when someone is gone. In this way, this makes the group keep being young. I must say this is a very shrewed way.
Oh well, everytime I come acorss such a 素人, I can’t help but stopping to watch…Oh please someone, stop my (*´д｀*)ﾊァﾊァ!
I forgot to tell, if you prefer such a middle-aged woman[おばさん], you would have a 熟女萌え[jukujo-moe]. 熟女[jukujo] literally means a ripe woman. Umm, it sounds erotic! Not moe!!