Of course Faye Valentine is Moe!
I must have read/skimmed a dozen posts in the last year on how awesome Cowboy Bebop is. I think digiboy’s agitprop finally did the trick (you’ll notice all of the pics in his post are Faye pics). Considering next month will be the 10th anniversary of the airing of the first episode, it was about time I started watching it.
Now I’m 6 episodes in, and I feel that I can respond to a post on Faye (Someone’s showing a bit of character: Faye Valentine), specifically to the suspicion voiced by ghostlightning to the effect that Valentine might fall within the domain of moe.
Well, from the first six episodes all I can say is: Hello?! Of course Faye is moe!
The lady is totally helpless. The very first thing we hear about her is that she has amassed an enormous debt. Then she gets herself handcuffed to a toilet. Inklings of moe.
Later on she runs out of gas near Ganymede Moon. Now, Ganymede in Greco-Roman myth was a beautiful boy who was abducted by Zeus Jupiter and forced to serve as his sensual slave cupbearer for the rest of eternity. So it’s no accident that astronomers would choose Ganymede as the name of one of Jupiter’s moons. And it’s just as fit and proper that Faye Valentine, bearer of voluptuous cups, should be stuck around that very area. Her calls for help are solid moe…
When she’s finally rescued it only means she gets to spend time handcuffed again. Here she gets to talk to the Welsh Corgi. Awesome moe.
And then on her first outing after “joining” the Bebop crew, Faye undertakes independent action and gets herself caught and bound! Her eyes, when Spike decides to rescue her after Jet has pretty much told her to fix her own problems, are ultimate moe…
I realize that this is just my impression for the first quarter of the show, that character development might shatter this impression to smithereens, and that perhaps many who read this will be smirking and chuckling and muttering: “If only he knew…”
Then again, I read somewhere that she spends most of her time in the Bebop movie tied up again. And there’s one contributing factor to Faye’s moeness that will not change unless she starts eating loads of donuts or waffles or something: her physique. What I mean is that Faye Valentine’s body has obviously been engineered to provide the perfect object for shibari, orJapanese bondage. Skinny torso, ample chest, long arms and long fingers (check out the opening sequence). So she’s just bound to be bound, and with her cheerful disposition that just means we’re going to want to rescue her. Or at least loosen the knots a bit. Ultimate moe.
Faye reminds me of Misato from Neon Genesis Evangelion. But Misato is far more adept at holding her own than the Faye of the first few episodes of Bebop. Plus Misato will only use her “feminine charm” as a last resort, whereas Faye looks like she can’t really turn it off.
I must admit that a strong, subterranean reason for my linking up Faye and Misato is that they’re both involved with male characters voiced by Koichi Yamadera (as Spike and Kaji). Of course, Megumi Hayashibara does Faye’s voice as well as Rei Ayanami’s, but these two are so different I don’t think it’s impacting the way I feel for the series.