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My question is that in almost every anime show ive seen, the characters and their age so, do not go together..
take Prince of Tennis, it's suppose to be middle schooler but most of the players look like junior/senior high school student, some even college...
there are so many shows that do this, but i'm wondering why, cause if the creators are aiming for certain age groups, i doubt their reaching them cause POT is watched by ppl beside middle schooler?
So, ppl what's your take in general? can u guys name any shows/characters that acutally look the part that their playing?

PS i didn't really fully check with the search engine cause..i really didn't know how to word my topic (and still don't know if it makes clear sense) so, if it's a duplicate...just lock it..

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The PoT manga characters in the earlier chapters definitely look a lot younger than their anime counterparts. I personally think it was part of the anime producers' attempts to appeal to a wider demographic (namely, that of the yaoi fangirls), in addition to middle school boys.

Most other series, I think characters look about the right age. I remember PoT striking me as weird particularly because the characters didn't look their age.
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Grenadier *cough*
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markie9412 wrote:

Well in Prince of Tennis the manga-ka originally was planning them to be in middle school, but then he decided that high school characters would be more popular.

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Markie


I remembered hearing that somewhere too, but I couldn't find a source anywhere. Do you remember where you heard that from?
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Well.. if you look at most real action movies and tv shows, the actors and actresses playing the roles do not necessarily look like their age. For high school roles in particular, the actors and actresses are almost always older than the role that they're playing. Maybe there's a parallel to that and anime?
But really, as someone said, it's ultimately just as the director or whoever envisions it.
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Posted 4/3/08
well.. the animators are just expressing their freedom of thought... i mean... it's their work... they can do whatever they want with it. Besides, the story is more interesting than the faces...
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take Prince of Tennis, it's suppose to be middle schooler but most of the players look like junior/senior high school student, some even college...


Possibilities are endless when it comes to Shounen series. Also it depends on the creators/authors style in my opinion. Okay next question please.
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Posted 4/3/08
Because the artists wanted to. XD
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Maybe coz they just wanted to....
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Posted 4/3/08
hmmm.
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Posted 4/3/08
Yeah like Honey and Clover, Hagu look like a small girl and yet guys like her....it rather piss me off lol

In Saiyuki I thought that goku was smaller, turns out he is 18 lol
Posted 4/3/08
Not so much in series as in movies. Anime movies tend to be more "serious" anyway. I noticed that the more expensive the anime, the more they pay attention to "age" thing, and other details.
Posted 4/3/08
yea they make a kid into man and vise versa
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Rottensentence wrote:

Yeah like Honey and Clover, Hagu look like a small girl and yet guys like her....it rather piss me off lol

In Saiyuki I thought that goku was smaller, turns out he is 18 lol


Yeah i agree (hagu part ) i mean come on! the other girl is waayy more better than her uhm at least she's not such a cry baby!
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Posted 4/5/08
maybe beacuse they want to draw it like that
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