Moe has no shape. If you feel hot for something, whatever it is, it might be moe, I think. I already mentioned 工場萌え[koujou-moe] here. Actually a friend of mine is a big fan of 工場萌え. You might be surprised to hear so many plant fans are actually women. Why do they feel romantic towards plants? In fact, there is even one-day tour for plant maniacs. Yes, when it gets dark, plants start to light up. It looks so beautiful. My cosplay friend is so into plants that she had a photoshooting in front of the plant. She showed some of the photos, and they all look fantastic.
Come to think of it, there are cosplay events at the plant as well. Needless to say, those fans go and cosplay at such an event. Those cosplayers do such as Evangelion, Black Lagoon, Darker than Black or Togainu no Chi. So did I. However, if the plant is not alive, I mean, if it’s abandoned it would be cooler, wouldn’t it? There is no people insinde, the walls are decayed, and a cloud of dust fills the air. Looks like a ghost appears. Yes, that is 廃墟[haikyo] or devastation. Of course, there are even haikyo maniacs. Speaking of haikyo, I have been to the jail named Alcatraz in San Fransisco. I just saw the outlook from the sea, though. I regret that I didn’t go inside. It is a popular sightseeing spot since it was closed in 1963. There’s even a film named Escape from Alcatraz, you should watch. Oh I shouldn’t forget Castle in the Sky, should I?
A while ago, I got an e-mail from a man named Muen Kashi[夢煙夏士]. He is a haikyo maniac, and loves to take photos of haikyo. He actually asked me to take my cosplays because he wanted to challenge to take cosplayers at the devastation. I was on it, so went to the appointed place. It was so far away as it took four hours in total. First two hours were train, and the rest was his car. The devastation we arrived was called Block Art. The place is confidential. According to him, even among haikyo maniacs, it shouldn’t be unveiled. He said haikyo is alive because we never know how long the devastation could survive. Today we had a photoshooting here, but tomorrow we might not be able to. Because it might be completely demolished, that’s why. So chance is only one time…
He chose two characters from my cosplays, Heiwajima Shizuo from Durarara!! and Nagisa Kaworu from Neon Genesis Evangelion. When I got inside, it chilled my spine because it was a totally different space. Can I say like 閉鎖空間[heisa kuukan]? It’s like a real RPG! Muen Kashi kindly escorted me inside because there are a lot of danger at haikyo.
Well…I have no words to describe how mysterious it was, but…we had fun, that’s all I can say now. Haikyo-moe is very deep.
Character: Heiwajima Shizuo [平和島静雄]
Amazing grace, how sweet that sounds
That saved a wreck like me…
I was once lost, but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see…
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion [新世紀エヴァンゲリオン]
Character: Nagisa Kaworu [渚カヲル]
Photographer: Muen Kashi [夢煙夏士]