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Hey everyone! I have commented to Crunchyroll forum posts before but I don't think I have ever started a thread here! So. here goes!

I wanted to address something that have been wondering about for a while. How many older anime fans are there on this site? Whenever I look at the posts in the forums, I see a lot of younger people. It's nice to know that anime is becoming popular among the younger demographics. I have been an anime fan since adolescence. I grew up watching Sailor Moon, DBZ, Gundam Wing, etc. Sometimes I feel like of out of place commenting in the forums because of my age. Yes, I'm 29 years old and by mst people's standards I am too old to be watching anime. Anime is a passion of mine and I don't forsee myself giving it up in the near future.

I love this site and the people on it seem like really cool people. I just don't want to feel so lame when I post on the forums. I don't want people thinking "wow, she shouldn't even be on this site. She's ancient." I know it's an exaggeration but I do feel out of place here at times.

Any older anime fans want to chime in? Do you feel like "the old one out" at times?
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Posted 9/17/12
They show anime in nursing homes? Well that's interesting

jk btw
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I don't post all that much (in my opinion), but I've never thus far gotten any sort of reaction to indicate "you're too old to be here," or anything like that. Indeed, who's even to say one is somehow too old to be here or watching anime? On what grounds can one base such a statement?

While the CR population definitely skews young, I've seen some 40-somethings, 50-somethings, and assuming people aren't all just lying about their age, even a few 60-somethings and older. Myself, I've only been interested in anime for a few years (3 or so?). A lot of the posts don't interest me, and/or are so far removed from my personal or recent experience (e.g. stuff about highschool travails and anxieties) that I feel I've nothing of value to contribute to those topics, and so I don't. When I do post, I'll just post my sincere thoughts, and not worry so much about being considered lame. To much of the CR crowd, I really am just plain old, O-L-D, old. No way to hide it. No reason to hide it. However, I'd like to think my age has given me some measure of wisdom, experience, and perspective, and so I try to share that when I can, if I think I can be of help to anyone. Anyone reading can take it or leave it, as they wish.
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Maybe I do feel like "the old one out" at times... I'm only 21. I think I could still watch Japanese Cartoons, anime, till whatever age. It's changing for me quite a bit. It may be an age thing. I'm getting more picky with content. I think the older I get the more complex the plot has to be or at certain age of audience appropriate for me to continue watching anime.

I don't think anyone is too old to watch animations. Still surprises me that someone of your age could still be watching anime.

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You are definitely not too old for anime or commenting on this forum.

I know when I'm your age I will still be watching anime for sure, and I think most of the younger crowd here feel the same way.
Posted 9/17/12
You rang?

I belong to a little posse of old farts on here, too.
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Sometimes I feel like the "old one out" when it comes to a lot of the topics here on Crunchryoll, but most of the time I just post in topics that are about specific anime or manga rather than the million "what would you do if your bf/gf asked you to have sex?" topics.

It's nice to find people my own age that like anime though, or at least those who have been into it for awhile, we tend to have watched the same things when we started off. First two anime I ever saw were Tenchi Muyo and Gundam Wing, both on cartoon network lol. I really enjoy anime and doesn't see myself stopping anytime soon really... been watching for 12 or so years I think, why stop now?
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I'am suddenly feeling not 18 anymore... but not yet ready for a walking stick
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I have found that their are quite a few "older" people on CR in fact I find that the majority of premium members are part of the older generation its just that that select group isn't exactly active on the forms unfortunately. On the forms you see a lot of children but when CR use to do that insta chat when you watched a show, none of them where under 18 or 19 the average was 21-30 years of age (ruffly). you just don't see them because their not as active on the forms but their here
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If you are 29 you are certainly not ancient on this site. I tend to hang out in the Forum Games section since I have more opportunity to be silly or whimsical. I used to be serious a few years ago but as the brain cells regress and go rigid into epic fail mode I tend to specialize on single-tasking (tagging forum posts with rim-shot humor) instead on multi-tasking on the Extended Discussion section (oh, dig out the dictionary, philosophy manuals, history handed down from the ancients written in blood as telepathed via interplanentary dieties, etc., etc.). Intellectually disingenuous....a little, but it's more fun.

Welcome aboard! You should still possess that sense of immortality under-30 somethings have. Enjoy that. Those days for you are numbered. LOL.

And yes, my age posted is my real age, not pretend.
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I turned 50 this year.
I started watching anime when I was still in elementary school, when all that you could find was stuff like Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Princess Knight. Later on it was Captain Harlock. I didn't know that it was anime at that time -- I thought it was "French animation" because most of these shows were on the CBC French channel. I couldn't understand the language and I got my sister to give me the gist of it most of the time, but it didn't stop me from watching it. As I got older, I got out of it (only kids watched cartoons) and then got back into it when my daughter started watching anime on TV. At that point I said to heck with it because I loved the genre and life is too short to be in denial.
I have anime posters in my cube at work, I watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga (time permitting), I go to conventions and I cosplay (age appropriate - no high school students or magical girls). I also post on the forums if I see a post that interests me and I feel that I can make a positive contribution by posting.
I'm extremely thankful when I come across older anime fans because sometimes feel like I'm the only one out there. All in all, enjoy your hobby and don't feel ashamed about being an older anime fan. Remember that in 10 - 15 years from now those youngsters will be in our shoes.
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29 too old for anime? You've got to be kidding me! Listen up, kiddies. I'm waaay older than 29, and have been watching anime since before the bulk of you were born. I saw Akira in the theater and witnessed the discovery of "japanimation" here in the US. Same goes for Ghost in the Shell and all that followed. I had a friend bring me manga back from Japan in the early 80's. I even collected chogokin back in the day (if you don't know what that is, Google it). Granted, I'm an artist by trade (graphic designer and illustrator), so I've always had an interest in all things animation and comics (yes, I still read comics).

I've never posted to forums on this site because, yes, it's mostly young people. But as far as being a fan and watcher of anime - absolutely!

Yes, alot of anime itself seems to be geared towards a younger audience, but the artistry (and alot of the artists, frankly) is very highly developed and mature. In fact, I would say that animation and comic artists only get really good when they have significant experience. This is the same for comic artists here in the States. The really great artists are always significantly older than the bulk of their audience. I've never met an artist who considered himself too old to create comics or animation, so how could anyone possibly be too old to enjoy them. In fact, I would say that myself and my fellow older otaku are the ones that have a true understanding of the artistic subtleties going on in anime and manga.

So, kids, use your appreciation of anime as a gateway to a larger understanding of art and world culture. By being drawn to anime, you have shown an affinity towards things artistic.Run with it.
Posted 9/17/12 , edited 9/25/12
One word, NO! I like anime so I don't care what anyone thinks about it
my first anime way Ronnin Warrior's at age 12 I think and at age 17 I was buying
dragon ball Z VHS tapes...it was $15.95 every two episodes, but I bought every single one. Pretty expensive for a 17 year old working at blockbuster's.
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43 myself Robotech was the first anime style show I watched. I don't find any ageism here on crunchy, but I dont talk anime with my friends they dont really get it.
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