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There is as large community of "older" viewers on here. This is a premium site that offers the best anime as fast as possible for a price if you pay for it. Not very many teeny bopers or kids can or want to pay for it they will steal it or try to find free ways to get the shows. Some also just wait the week or so if not a premium member to get it I think? Not sure how that works I've always had a membership.... Having a site that asks for a premium in exchange for superior content and also exclusive content is an attraction to the mature crowed. I am 30 years old and have been watching anime for about 6 years. Started with Naruto on Cartoon Network with English dubs and then I had to go to youtube to find the next ones that they didn't show on TV... once I caught up to all they had with the English dub I had to start searching the internet and found out that the subs were a year or more ahead of what I could get with English voices. I was upset at first but then I started watching here on CR and found out that they CHANGE a lot of the worlds and meanings when they dub it to English!!! Also the voices were SOOOOOOOOO much better with the original voice actors that it made any English dub just 100% silly to even listen too... like poison to my ears. I've fallen in love with so many shows since then and follow about 14 ongoing ones ATM.. I love anime, it adds to my life and love meeting people who watch as well.. I love talking about it so if anyone ever wants to chat or add me go for it.
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I still love Anime and Manga since the time that I was a child and will still continue watching it till I die I remember way back when Toonami used to show the good Anime shows and when Kid's WB used to run Yu-gi-oh ....

Then for some time (when my parents could afford it) I used to read a lot of Shonen Jump and that was around the same time that I got into doodling in the style of Manga which to this day I still do....

I'm more into the adult themed Anime's now , like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun, as well as Inuyasha and Follie Collie,which used to be shown on Adult Swim at one point ... I still think it is but it's been a while since I watched Adult Swim .... :/

Anyone else dislike Dragon Ball Kai which I think is an over censored version of Dragon Ball Z ? I wish that series would play again on network television because I miss those memories ..
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I actually think for this first time in several decades, it's better to be an "older" anime fan than a scrappy teenager. In recent years, more and more shows have been released that target more mature audiences (and not just "mature" as in the hentai meaning haha)... In the past few seasons we've had a lot of great anime from Kids on the Slope to Space Brothers which have been targeting older audiences, we have the noitaminA time block... Even the ratio of more "adult" shows to the purely juvenille anime is pretty stacked in the older audience favor: Psycho-pass, Robotics;Notes, Btooom!, Space Brothers, Jorgumand, Sukitte Ii Na Yo, Shin Sekai Yori, and Code:Breaker are all geared towards older audiences (not that these are all stellar examples of quality shows), but it's a far cry from the days when the offerings were far more limited and the percentages of shows geared strictly towards the teen male were much higher. Slice-of-life shows, which generally draw in older audiences, have been increasingly on the rise over the past 5 - 8 years or so... I can't see a show like Kids on the Slope getting near the amount of attention it garnered if it were released 5+ years ago. Even shows that are licensed in the US now generally target an older audience than the days of 100 variations of shows like Sister Princess on DVD.

In my opinion, it's a good time to be an older anime fan. And as long as you love it, so what? The average WoW player these days is approximately 28.5 years, one of the most popular and beloved Battlefield players is nearing his 70's, not every Angry Birds player is a 10 year-old hijacking their mother's iPad. The dramatic increases we have seen in technology, whether it be in gaming, a cell phone app, or anime has changed the entire question of "when are you too old for.... [fill in the blank]?". Just because it also appeals to young people and your interraction with it is on a screen doesn't mean you should outgrow it any faster. No one is going to tell you you are too old to go out and play catch with a baseball or spend some quality time laughing with good friends. Life is most enjoyable when you do what you truly enjoy and don't try to shove yourself into the societal peg of what you think you should be doing and enjoying at X years. We've all spent our teen years dealing with insecurities, if we can have one thing as adults, let it be feeling confident living our lives abd picking the activities we love according to our own standards for ourselves, not anyone else's.
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I actually think for this first time in several decades, it's better to be an "older" anime fan than a scrappy teenager. In recent years, more and more shows have been released that target more mature audiences (and not just "mature" as in the hentai meaning haha)... In the past few seasons we've had a lot of great anime from Kids on the Slope to Space Brothers which have been targeting older audiences, we have the noitaminA time block... Even the ratio of more "adult" shows to the purely juvenille anime is pretty stacked in the older audience favor: Psycho-pass, Robotics;Notes, Btooom!, Space Brothers, Jorgumand, Sukitte Ii Na Yo, Shin Sekai Yori, and Code:Breaker are all geared towards older audiences (not that these are all stellar examples of quality shows), but it's a far cry from the days when the offerings were far more limited and the percentages of shows geared strictly towards the teen male were much higher. Slice-of-life shows, which generally draw in older audiences, have been increasingly on the rise over the past 5 - 8 years or so... I can't see a show like Kids on the Slope getting near the amount of attention it garnered if it were released 5+ years ago. Even shows that are licensed in the US now generally target an older audience than the days of 100 variations of shows like Sister Princess on DVD.

In my opinion, it's a good time to be an older anime fan. And as long as you love it, so what? The average WoW player these days is approximately 28.5 years, one of the most popular and beloved Battlefield players is nearing his 70's, not every Angry Birds player is a 10 year-old hijacking their mother's iPad. The dramatic increases we have seen in technology, whether it be in gaming, a cell phone app, or anime has changed the entire question of "when are you too old for.... [fill in the blank]?". Just because it also appeals to young people and your interraction with it is on a screen doesn't mean you should outgrow it any faster. No one is going to tell you you are too old to go out and play catch with a baseball or spend some quality time laughing with good friends. Life is most enjoyable when you do what you truly enjoy and don't try to shove yourself into the societal peg of what you think you should be doing and enjoying at X years. We've all spent our teen years dealing with insecurities, if we can have one thing as adults, let it be feeling confident living our lives abd picking the activities we love according to our own standards for ourselves, not anyone else's.


I'm with this person....... I have been watching for a long time too.... and I have noticed some of the stuff coming out lately are aimed more on the mature side.... especially if you guys like me who double or triple dip subsriptions from Here and other places like Funimation and TAN.....I have been noticing that Funimation got a lot of mature Anime.....and its nice to see the older people watching... its what keeps us young at heart.
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32 F/ NJ still going strong with anime even got my two teen kids into it. Will be an anime fan for life.
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Since when is 30 old?

I first saw Akira when I was 15, then no other anime until I got into college and Adult Swim had Fullmetal Alchemist, which is when I started watching it regularly. Now it makes up 75% of the programing I watch.
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There are Anime for for all ages and demographics. I could see myself watching anime even 50 years from now.
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Im not really an older anime fan, only 17 right now, but I've thought about this topic before when I think about maintaining my anime habits in the future. Quite honestly, I personally don't believe there is a certain age when your to old to watch anime. Thats like saying there is a certain age when a person gets to old to watch television. Correct me if I'm wrong, but anime is far different from simple cartoons. Its not like Tom and Jerry where the entire plot is about the cat trying to kill the mouse. There are deep emotions, plot twists, and character development that is packed into the twenty or so minutes of every single episode. Not to mention that there is a lot of stuff that just wouldn't make sense or be as funny/cute if it were cast with real life characters or something like that.

Also incorporate the fact that a huge chunk of popular anime has magic or some other theme involved which would be way to expensive to cast with real life characters, and you've got a show that just makes more sense, looks better, and is more fun to watch with drawn "animized" characters.

Sorry if I went to much off topic xD, but the point I was getting at is that only the ignorant would call anime a cartoon that you can be too old to watch, and I will stick to this argument until I'm laying on my hospital bed, rewatching all my favorite anime^^
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This extrovert with a career just turned 40 this year.

I go back to when Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) got to the U.S. in syndication and I hold a very soft spot in my heart for the bowdlerized Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman).

What keeps me watching anime is the amazing progress in the medium year after year and the new chances writers take with every sub-genre. I'll probably stay a fan for another 40 years if i could help it.

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I'm going to watch anime for the rest of my life even when I'm old and working >;3
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Well, I'm not the oldest one (56 as of the 24th), but it's not the biological age, it's the mileage on the frame as it were. I've been watching anime on and off since the mid-70's, and I don't plan on quitting until they plant me in the ground.
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If anyone decides to make a 25+y.o. anime lovers fangroup PM me I'd love to join lets show these whipper snappers what for! lol I'm ah ride tell I die animefan forever!
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In some ways it seems like the question here really isn't "is there ever an age that is too old to watch anime" but more rather "is there ever a point that anime will interfere with your life [as an adult]." It's sort of the classic addiction question... plenty of things are perfectly harmless until they start interfering with your job, friendships, relationships, and responsibilities. The obvious answer to the first question (are you ever to old to watch anime?) is quite obviously no. You are never too old to stop engaging in an activity that you enjoy. The second question is applicable to people of all ages, not only adults. Granted the extra responsibilities that one has an adult can make managing their downtime or "anime time" a bit more difficult and we are more responsible for our personal finances have less of a safety net if we fail in that regard, the heart of the issue is really no different than if anime is interfering with a teen's academic progress or choices regarding th.e amount of money spent on anime-related products. As they say, everything in moderation. But even in that regard, I think you will find far fewer adults whose "real" lives are negatively impacted by an activity or hobby like watching anime, just by the benefit of extra life experience. We've spent more time shouldering our own responsibilities and managing interpersonal relationships, jobs, and academics. True independence is high risk-high reward.
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Wow, older people watch anime!??? Who knew?
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Your correct Killbethy with that last post. The only thing that should stop you from doing any hobbie you like is when it interfers with your ability to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Age should not be a factor thats just society at large trying to force you into what they deem acceptable for the norm. I totally rebel from that mindset I don't care what others think if they got a problem with it I tell them to move on, I do not like control freaks.
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