“.moe” Domains Approved

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Adorable .moe domains look well on the way to becoming a reality, as ICANN has just approved their creation.

ICANN, the body responsible for administering and approving new top level domains, has just issued a preliminary approval of Japanese company Interlink’s application for the creation of the “.moe” and their CEO is hopeful that the new domain will be available soon.

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With little meaningful left to register under the traditional TLDs, ICANN has been busily adding increasingly liberal new domains, ranging from the controversial “.xxx” to the likes of “.google,” “.map” and so on, to the general relief of those stuck finding all the good names under traditional TLDs have been taken and the general annoyance of those who now have to pre-emptively buy up vast numbers of new domains in order to head off malicious squatters.

Other Japanese TLDs applied for include .playstation, .nhk, .docomo, .canon, .gree, .goo, .nico, and localities such as .tokyo, .osaka, .ryukyu, .yokohama, etc. An American company has apparently requested the creation of “.ninja.”

Interlink say that if the contract goes through in October they are planning to begin sales of the .moe domain to anyone who wants one.

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  • Here’s hoping for two things:

    1) No ownership restrictions. I doubt they’ll be any in place, unlike some of the other TLDs aimed towards novelty, but it could still happen.

    2) A sane price. They definitely won’t be the $8.50 of a .com or .ca but, as long as they’re at the price of a .tv ($30) at worst, then ownership shouldn’t be too bad.

    I do wonder if they’ll allow other registries to sign those up or if they’ll be the sole distributor of them.

  • Anonymous says:

    Fun Fact:

    Japanese type-B otaku named the term “moe” in honor of Moe Szyslak from “The Simpsons”, since they identify a lot with that character: a sad, ugly, creepy, and lonely loser with suicidal tendencies.

      • Thank you for your intelligent well thought out rebuttal. I don’t get that often. I usually just get shuubi feminist ranting and voting me down from her 17 accounts. And similar replies.

        Your well worded argument almost makes me ashamed I have to stoop to such depths in my commenting when dealing with the common folk here on sankaku. But when in monkey rome..

        When discussing the definition of moe even calling it undefined gives it a definition. But I understand what you mean. It’s true that there was a time when moe was something you couldn’t look up and just had to know what it meant. But those were the days when moe and its users were still primitive. Just like with cavemen discovering fire. Theres no way to properly explain or define the event that you are witnessing.

        But as I explain in my post moe has evolved. It is no longer something that people cannot properly define. We are no longer the uneducated primitive beings we once were in not being about to properly define and understand the meaning of moe. Though I agree with you the uncertainty and the ambiguous nature of the word is still present, by now that understanding of it is more of a cute extra original users of the word keep alive to teasingly distinguish themselves from the new people first arriving at this word.

        You may feel as though westerners are ignorant bafoons who ruin Japanese things, but technically speaking moe does have a clear definition. It’s not the theory of relativity it can be accurately explained to others in a manner they can grasp and understand. As with anything else it takes experience to feel you fully understand something. But if you think about it hard enough you could come up with a definition to moe and explain it to someone who didn’t know. Similarly to how you already did.

        In my definition of moe I described it as a “state of being” of 2d girls which is where the word originated which doesn’t disagree with any of your definitions including cloudy and ambiguous and better accurately defines them. I went on to say moe has evolved into a culture no different than how kawaii can be described as a culture. This may upset people who live closer to japan who feel they have ownership over the word, but as this topic makes clear its no longer a special hidden word for the few people who feel special in having known about it for years, it is now growing into a trend and culture that can be understood and defined with the same clarity any other popular slang term can. The argument you are making about ‘cloudiness’ and ‘uncertainty’ is the same argument that was made for emo scene kawaii and hipster. You may not like to hear that just as those people didn’t like those words being defined. But there ya go. The only difference is included in the definition of moe is an ‘ambiguous’ notion. But thats a popular trend among new slang words that become trendy as well. Or really any slang words. Even “cool”.

        Westerners I suppose are just better able to breakdown the psychology of trends I reckon and make definitions.

        If you think about it everything you said could also be once applied to the formerly cool emo movement. Ill do it for you.

        Your quotes:
        Emo has: “been understood wrongly and spread out as something it isn’t.”

        “I bet you’re one of those people that heard of moe in the West” (for emo ‘the west’ would be replaced by some other lesser cool location other than the words origin)

        Emo is: “an UNDEFINED, cloudy term”

        Emo: ” varies from person to person”

        See what I mean Kagomeko?

        “You can’t define emo…you just… FEEL IT”

        Its quite hilarious that the same letters that spell emo also spell moe isn’t it? 😉 thanks for your reply. You should study social psychology you might be interested in it.

      • Where do you think moe and its popularity came from?

        It came from the disgust and disinterest in 3d women common in otaku culture. That is what gave rise to moe. Don’t try to redefine moe to be something meant for you fujoshi, gender confused males, and feminazis.

        • Anonymous says:

          Since Taylor’s ridiculous reply is now here multiple times, I’ll post mine from his status too:
          [Sigh, Taylor. You were so close, but then you had to throw a tantrum I never ’promised’ to ’leave you alone’. Unlike you, I have a life and responsibilites and cant waste all my time validating your existence, but you probably wouldnt know much about that. Me making one small mistake (which, at least I can admit to, unlike you) about an unrelated issue (the oscars????) does not invalidate my position against your foul movement.

          Sorry, I didnt come up with the definition of moe as a feeling. That’s literally the definition. If you have a problem with that, take it up with Ken Akamatsu, who regularly writes about the definition of moe.
          The feeling you feel when you see something precious to you is ’moe’. That feeling that makes you want it, to protect it, to keep it as your own. Akamatsu even made the comparison to the feeling one has looking at a small kitten. It can also be called an ’appealing trait’. People have moe for glasses, maids, clumsy girls, clumsy maid girls with glasses. I cant believe I have to argue about this, Kyon even says it in Haruhi, that he has a moe for ponytails. Sure, we can use it as an adjective too, to describe these characters that make us feel ’moe’, and it regularly is, but it still has these dual meanings. (Regularly in anime when a character says they feel moe it gets translated as ’I’m turned on’, which is half-correct but kind of clunky in my opinion as feeling moe doesnt necesarily mean feeling turned on). Please dont try to argue japanese semantics with me, you’re only making yourself look like an idiot. But of course you decide that I only said this because I’m a woman, whatever.

          As usual, you twist my words. I never said it wouldnt exist. I said I wouldnt exist as it does today. Even the doujinshi industry was ininitaly shaped much more by female fans; we can thank them for mostly getting the system off the ground, and we can thank the male fans for giving it the vigour it has today. The rest of this is just filled with anti-female venom as usual and completely missing the point I made, pretending that I said women deserve all the credit when I didnt. Yare yare.

          Women dont think figures are gross, women who arent anime fans think they are. (And not even all of them…) Men are the same. They see them as something worthless and a waste of hard-earned money, not something someone should display, etc. I’m sick of women getting the blame for otaku’s persecution complexes when non-otaku men will judge them just as harshly. You should have seen the way the otaku kid got bullied by other boys at one of the schools I used to teach at! (Even though I was told not to interfere, which is bullshit I think, I did try to stop them in my own way. Usually by standing near their desk or making sure to call on them for the next activity answer)
          The Good Smile workers are clearly fans, but I like how you discredit their work by saying THEY DIDNT EVEN CREATE THE CHARACTERS!!! like a sculptor has to only ever make their original characters. Your desperate searching for reasons to hate women is pathetic. And please dont discredit the work of figure-makers in general. Its beautiful, intricate work, no matter which gender creates it.

          And yet, saying anything against me gets me labelled as a feminazi (how classy, are you 8? Lets all compare feminists to genocide, and yet you say you cant stand internet memes or buzzwords) a ’semi-lesbian’ (how does that even work? Also, using ’lesbian’ as an insult? Very mature) and a spectacular tantrum for you.

          I’m not ’ruining’ anything. So many self-entitled men like you do this song and dance about things ’belonging’ to them and crying like little babies if women take an interest in it. And yet, most of these same men will just as easily take something aimed at women and twist it for their own purposes. Just look at My little fucking pony. ’Bronies’ get their own name, have people talk about them ’challenging gender norms!!’, and apparently a documentary in the works. And when a girl does anything thats apparently a ’boys club’, like play a video game (even though women represent 45% of the audience of video games) they get told to go away and that they are not ’real fans’ or that they are ’ruining’ something.

          I will like whatever the fuck I please, thank you very much, and you’re welcome to do the same.
          But please educate yourself on the terminology of the word ’moe’ (if you wont listen to a woman, surely you’ll listen to one of the men most famous for it) before you swing your fists around like a gorilla. It’s very undignified.]

          By the way, I dont have 17 accounts. I dont even have more than one. I’m not as desperate for recognition as you are; I’m pleasantly surprised that there are people that agree with me – something I never expected to find on this website. But again, I can only see what my comment score is when I log out. I never even knew it was high until you pointed it out. I can only tell when its low, because then the text goes light.

        • @Taylor

          I bet you’re one of those people that heard of moe in the West. It’s been understood wrongly and spread out as something it isn’t. The reason might be because western languages are mostly specific and to the point. Japanese language is highly contextual and often vague. Sometimes you don’t even say the predicate when you’re talking.

          Moe is an UNDEFINED, cloudy term people use to refer to their positive feelings toward fictional characters or their traits/design. It varies from person to person what they associate ‘moe’ with, but the community sees that there’s unnamed something common in there. That ambiguity and uncertainness is what makes moe ‘moe’.

        • Wowee.
          Moe is a feeling. Anyone is capable of feeling moe. Moe wouldnt exist as it does today without the input of female creators like Noizi Ito (her style continues to be aped) and Rumiko Takahashi (credited with creating what could be the first recognized Tsundere character) not to mention the women that voice these characters
          Anon is right. It is a pure feeling that shouldnt be tainted by such poisonous hatred. Such is my philosophy and those of the 2D complex club.

          A lot of its popularity is definitely due to otaku not wanting real women, but to say that its an exclusive no-3d-women-zone is ignorance. Good Smile Company, possibly the most moe figure company at the moment, has a huge proportion of female staff (actually, a lot of their sculptors and painters are female). They are able to transform their pure love of moe into works of art for all to enjoy.

          You can not ‘redefine’ a feeling.

        • Anonymous says:

          I figured all these anons followin me around was the semi-lesbian feminazi known as shuubi who promised to ignore me several topics ago.

          Did I not already teach you about going off on a tangent about your incorrect assumptions and opinions. Did you forget when you had to backtrack and admit you were wrong in the other post? Did I not embarrass you enough to stay away from me forever? We will never be friends I told you stop reaching out to me I am not interested in you.

          ‘moe is a feeling’ yeah this is certainly a definition emotional women would come up with. For women everything is about emotions and feelings.

          One does not “feel moe” shuubi. Not even anti-taylor supporters can help you there. How do you ‘feel moe’ wth? But I’m sure girls like you probably do wake up in the morning saying I feel moe today. But that is COMPLETELY against what moe is all about.

          Moe wouldn’t exist without women’s input? You’re going to lose all your followers talking all feminist like that. No one would argue women creators and artist amount for somewhere around less that 10% of the people who create anime and make moe happen. So you’re saying there would be no moe without this 10%. Right. Not to mention the majority of hardcore anime fans are male and they are what made moe and anime in general popular.

          But it is typical of women to do 10% of the work and take 90% of the credit. “Moe wouldnt exist as it does today without the input of female creators” Right shuubi, keep on beatin that feminazi drum.

          What’s hard about voicing a character? You’re told what to do and how they want it to be done and you have to read lines you didn’t write on a paper. But you’re going to give credit to them for creating moe? Sure there are stand out actresses that really mean something like Aya Hirano, and even then they are still directed, but those special ones even make up less that 1% of the any random whore u can pick off the street to voice act. Don’t ruin moe by crediting them for it.

          Yeah female sculptors of characters they didn’t create and are just profiting off of someone elses work. You know technically that job can be done by a little boy in china or by a machine. Are you going to credit the machine next for moe? The machine that was engineered by men? Since most engineers are men. Except for a tiny minority, women don’t even give a fuck about figures and think the men who collect them are gross but you STILL want to try to credit moe to the tiny minority female sculptors and do it using one company fml. Hey Shuubi what about the fact the majority of women think figures, and anime and otaku and moe in general is kimochiwarui gross? The 80-90% consensuses among women. What about them? Does that 80-90% cancel out the 10% of women contributing to anime and moe earnestly and not just to take advantage of otaku men. And anyway figures in general are a small part of moe. You are reeeallly trying to give 90% of the credit to women who do 10% of the work.

          “exclusive no-3d-women-zone”
          When did I say that shuubi? Fuck again your arguing points I didn’t even make and fighting with the i hate men voices in your head.

          Moe is not a feeling. It is a state of being of 2D GIRLS that evolved into a culture. Only a woman would demean and lessen it to “a pure feeling” thats 2d blasphemy. You and your 2d complex club can go to fujoshi hell. You women fuggen ruin everything shit. Go back to dramas and romance manga and leave anime and moe alone. Can we men enjoy one thing in peace? If you’re going to force yourself into a culture so obviously designed for men then at least understand it and do it right or keep quiet and stop ruining everything you touch like your boyfriends husbands their money and your relationship. -Taylor

        • Anonymous says:

          I figured all these anons followin me around was the semi-lesbian feminazi known as shuubi who promised to ignore me several topics ago.

          Did I not already teach you about going off on a tangent about your incorrect assumptions and opinions. Did you forget when you had to backtrack and admit you were wrong in the other post? Did I not embarrass you enough to stay away from me forever? We will never be friends I told you stop reaching out to me I am not interested in you.

          ‘moe is a feeling’ yeah this is certainly a definition emotional women would come up with. For women everything is about emotions and feelings.

          One does not “feel moe” shuubi. Not even anti-taylor supporters can help you there. How do you ‘feel moe’ wth? But I’m sure girls like you probably do wake up in the morning saying I feel moe today. But that is COMPLETELY against what moe is all about.

          Moe wouldn’t exist without women’s input? You’re going to lose all your followers talking all feminist like that. No one would argue women creators and artist amount for somewhere around less that 10% of the people who create anime and make moe happen. So you’re saying there would be no moe without this 10%. Right. Not to mention the majority of hardcore anime fans are male and they are what made moe and anime in general popular.

          But it is typical of women to do 10% of the work and take 90% of the credit. “Moe wouldnt exist as it does today without the input of female creators” Right shuubi, keep on beatin that feminazi drum.

          What’s hard about voicing a character? You’re told what to do and how they want it to be done and you have to read lines you didn’t write on a paper. But you’re going to give credit to them for creating moe? Sure there are stand out actresses that really mean something like Aya Hirano, and even then they are still directed, but those special ones even make up less that 1% of the any random whore u can pick off the street to voice act. Don’t ruin moe by crediting them for it.

          Yeah female sculptors of characters they didn’t create and are just profiting off of someone elses work. You know technically that job can be done by a little boy in china or by a machine. Are you going to credit the machine next for moe? The machine that was engineered by men? Since most engineers are men. Except for a tiny minority, women don’t even give a fuck about figures and think the men who collect them are gross but you STILL want to try to credit moe to the tiny minority female sculptors and do it using one company fml. Hey Shuubi what about the fact the majority of women think figures, and anime and otaku and moe in general is kimochiwarui gross? The 80-90% consensuses among women. What about them? Does that 80-90% cancel out the 10% of women contributing to anime and moe earnestly and not just to take advantage of otaku men. And anyway figures in general are a small part of moe. You are reeeallly trying to give 90% of the credit to women who do 10% of the work.

          “exclusive no-3d-women-zone”
          When did I say that shuubi? Fuck again your arguing points I didn’t even make and fighting with the i hate men voices in your head.

          Moe is not a feeling. It is a state of being of 2D GIRLS that evolved into a culture. Only a woman would demean and lessen it to “a pure feeling” thats 2d blasphemy. You and your 2d complex club can go to fujoshi hell. You women fuggen ruin everything shit. Go back to dramas and romance manga and leave anime and moe alone. Can we men enjoy one thing in peace? If you’re going to force yourself into a culture so obviously designed for men then at least understand it and do it right or keep quiet and stop ruining everything you touch like your boyfriends husbands their money and your relationship. -Taylor

        • Anonymous says:

          I figured all these anons followin me around was the semi-lesbian feminazi known as shuubi who promised to ignore me several topics ago.

          Did I not already teach you about going off on a tangent about your incorrect assumptions and opinions. Did you forget when you had to backtrack and admit you were wrong in the other post? Did I not embarrass you enough to stay away from me forever? We will never be friends I told you stop reaching out to me I am not interested in you.

          ‘moe is a feeling’ yeah this is certainly a definition emotional women would come up with. For women everything is about emotions and feelings.

          One does not “feel moe” shuubi. Not even anti-taylor supporters can help you there. How do you ‘feel moe’ wth? But I’m sure girls like you probably do wake up in the morning saying I feel moe today. But that is COMPLETELY against what moe is all about.

          Moe wouldn’t exist without women’s input? You’re going to lose all your followers talking all feminist like that. No one would argue women creators and artist amount for somewhere around less that 10% of the people who create anime and make moe happen. So you’re saying there would be no moe without this 10%. Right. Not to mention the majority of hardcore anime fans are male and they are what made moe and anime in general popular.

          But it is typical of women to do 10% of the work and take 90% of the credit. “Moe wouldnt exist as it does today without the input of female creators” Right shuubi, keep on beatin that feminazi drum.

          What’s hard about voicing a character? You’re told what to do and how they want it to be done and you have to read lines you didn’t write on a paper. But you’re going to give credit to them for creating moe? Sure there are stand out actresses that really mean something like Aya Hirano, and even then they are still directed, but those special ones even make up less that 1% of the any random whore u can pick off the street to voice act. Don’t ruin moe by crediting them for it.

          Yeah female sculptors of characters they didn’t create and are just profiting off of someone elses work. You know technically that job can be done by a little boy in china or by a machine. Are you going to credit the machine next for moe? The machine that was engineered by men? Since most engineers are men. Except for a tiny minority, women don’t even give a fuck about figures and think the men who collect them are gross but you STILL want to try to credit moe to the tiny minority female sculptors and do it using one company fml. Hey Shuubi what about the fact the majority of women think figures, and anime and otaku and moe in general is kimochiwarui gross? The 80-90% consensuses among women. What about them? Does that 80-90% cancel out the 10% of women contributing to anime and moe earnestly and not just to take advantage of otaku men. And anyway figures in general are a small part of moe. You are reeeallly trying to give 90% of the credit to women who do 10% of the work.

          “exclusive no-3d-women-zone”
          When did I say that shuubi? Fuck again your arguing points I didn’t even make and fighting with the i hate men voices in your head.

          Moe is not a feeling. It is a state of being of 2D GIRLS that evolved into a culture. Only a woman would demean and lessen it to “a pure feeling” thats 2d blasphemy. You and your 2d complex club can go to fujoshi hell. You women fuggen ruin everything shit. Go back to dramas and romance manga and leave anime and moe alone. Can we men enjoy one thing in peace? If you’re going to force yourself into a culture so obviously designed for men then at least understand it and do it right or keep quiet and stop ruining everything you touch like your boyfriends husbands their money and your relationship. -Taylor

        • I figured all these anons followin me around was the semi-lesbian feminazi known as shuubi who promised to ignore me several topics ago.

          Did I not already teach you about going off on a tangent about your incorrect assumptions and opinions. Did you forget when you had to backtrack and admit you were wrong in the other post? Did I not embarrass you enough to stay away from me forever? We will never be friends I told you stop reaching out to me I am not interested in you.

          ‘moe is a feeling’ yeah this is certainly a definition emotional women would come up with. For women everything is about emotions and feelings.

          One does not “feel moe” shuubi. Not even anti-taylor supporters can help you there. How do you ‘feel moe’ wth? But I’m sure girls like you probably do wake up in the morning saying I feel moe today. But that is COMPLETELY against what moe is all about.

          Moe wouldn’t exist without women’s input? You’re going to lose all your followers talking all feminist like that. No one would argue women creators and artist amount for somewhere around less that 10% of the people who create anime and make moe happen. So you’re saying there would be no moe without this 10%. Right. Not to mention the majority of hardcore anime fans are male and they are what made moe and anime in general popular.

          But it is typical of women to do 10% of the work and take 90% of the credit. “Moe wouldnt exist as it does today without the input of female creators” Right shuubi, keep on beatin that feminazi drum.

          What’s hard about voicing a character? You’re told what to do and how they want it to be done and you have to read lines you didn’t write on a paper. But you’re going to give credit to them for creating moe? Sure there are stand out actresses that really mean something like Aya Hirano, and even then they are still directed, but those special ones even make up less that 1% of the any random whore u can pick off the street to voice act. Don’t ruin moe by crediting them for it.

          Yeah female sculptors of characters they didn’t create and are just profiting off of someone elses work. You know technically that job can be done by a little boy in china or by a machine. Are you going to credit the machine next for moe? The machine that was engineered by men? Since most engineers are men. Except for a tiny minority, women don’t even give a fuck about figures and think the men who collect them are gross but you STILL want to try to credit moe to the tiny minority female sculptors and do it using one company fml. Hey Shuubi what about the fact the majority of women think figures, and anime and otaku and moe in general is kimochiwarui gross? The 80-90% consensuses among women. What about them? Does that 80-90% cancel out the 10% of women contributing to anime and moe earnestly and not just to take advantage of otaku men. And anyway figures in general are a small part of moe. You are reeeallly trying to give 90% of the credit to women who do 10% of the work.

          “exclusive no-3d-women-zone”
          When did I say that shuubi? Fuck again your arguing points I didn’t even make and fighting with the i hate men voices in your head.

          Moe is not a feeling. It is a state of being that evolved into a culture. Only a woman would demean and lessen it to “a pure feeling” thats 2d blasphemy. You and your 2d complex club can go to fujoshi hell. You women fuggen ruin everything shit. Go back to dramas and romance manga and leave anime and moe alone. Can we men enjoy one thing in peace? If you’re going to force yourself into a culture so obviously designed for men then at least understand it and do it right or keep quiet and stop ruining everything you touch like your boyfriends husbands their money and your relationship.

      • Anonymous says:

        NOPE YOU WOULD! YOU ARE NOTHING! YOU ARE WORTHLESS! I WOULD KNIFE! CUT YOU UP WITH MY SWORD! HEAD SHOOT YOU! WTF ARE YOU GOING TO DO AGAINST ANY OF THAT? I HAVE OVER 50 FOLLOWERS! YOU DON’T KNOW WHO I AM! I KNOW EVEN HELL ANGELS! GTFO!

        • Anonymous says:

          Do i see another Internet threat. Its usually these people that fail in every aspect in life. You and Aliens will what? Aliens would have nothing to do with someone with the mind set you have. Hells Angels would leave you behind for even mentioning such stupid shit.