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I have been a anime fan since i was 8. The first japanes show i saw was samari pizza cats .... i wish i didnt have cruddy tv back then but meh we didnt have satalite back then. we had the space chanel back then and every once and awhile it would show great moves from over the water like galexy express and akira.
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I'll be 53 this year. First show = Speed Racer. Like some other "oldsters" have posted I dont really get into the endless battle stuff anymore. i'm prefering slice of life and plot driven stuff. I enjoy all types of animation, For instance, Pixar and dreamworks films as well as american prime time stuff. What keeps me in anime is one thing above all else - Story. You're never too old to love a good story and as long as the anime industry keeps telling stories, I'll keep watching.
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@OP:

36 year old reporting in. I watched Robotech in my Underoos (TM), then I lived in Japan in the late 80s/early 90s and watched things on their original air dates (remember this was before streaming, so it was a big deal ). When those same shows started airing on Toonami, I felt a little deja vu.

The generational gap within the community is probably not much more pronounced than normal. People younger than us aren't sure how to treat us: Are we "adults like their parents"? Are we creepy pedos (both genders)? Will we buy them alcohol?

I think the younger members of the community might be unused to the concept of "treating older members like people," and to be fair, they a) might already have trouble treating each other like people, and b) for the most part have a legitimate interest gap with us.

People just have different concerns at different stages in their lives, and oftentimes it's not enough to just have one or two things in common. As mentioned above, posting in a "virgin/sex/boyfriend/girlfriend" thread is of zero concern to an older person who more than likely has had a few (maybe more than a few) relations under their belt; and honestly who wants to be that old dude/old lady who says sensible, uncool things in a teen thread, or give sex advice to someone who may not even have "grass on the field" yet? Conversely, it takes a clever and confident young person to walk into a discussion about pre-Millenium anime storyboarding and make a meaningful, reasonable contribution to the conversation.

As far as being "the old one out?" As life goes on, we'll all find we're T.O.1.O. in more and more things. What's key is that the few truly exceptional people will be the ones to accept and embrace us for who we are, without age being a barrier. The rest of them will just have to feel that same sting when their time comes and they realize how shortsighted they were.

tl;dr You're not alone, just keep reaching out and you'll start meeting the rest of us. Heck you might even be the alpha leader in a discussion sometimes.
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im not that old-old but i know what you mean
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I'm almost 30 and I still watch it. But I prefer the more mature ones like Fate/Zero, Death Note,Hunter x Hunter etc. Comedy here and there is fine too.

I noticed the change from Harem to mature anime as I aged. I used to love the High school/Harem type when younger now I can't stand em.

I see nothing wrong with watching anime at my age and older and neither do the people around me. Surprisingly a lot of them are aware of it, even ppl I never expected.

Don't feel any stigma or anything on my end for being old and neither do I care enough because Me> anybody else.
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Retread wrote:

I'll be 53 this year. First show = Speed Racer. Like some other "oldsters" have posted I dont really get into the endless battle stuff anymore. i'm prefering slice of life and plot driven stuff. I enjoy all types of animation, For instance, Pixar and dreamworks films as well as american prime time stuff. What keeps me in anime is one thing above all else - Story. You're never too old to love a good story and as long as the anime industry keeps telling stories, I'll keep watching.


This...totally this. Story. Quality over quantity.
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I watch older stuff mostly, I am kinda sick of the fan service anime seems to use right now that is pretty damn sexist and childish its gotten old, the old school anime had wonderous adventures and memorable heroes and foes, new skool has alot of whining and bitchy Heroes and very bland villains (except a few). And most of the new shit takes place in a school what the hell is with that?? when I was 15 the only animes i seen in a school was Ranma 1/2 and maybe Sailor Moon, everything else was in space or in the realm of fantasy...which seems more like a purpose for animation to me..not whining about life at school and trying to get tail and every woman is an insecure bitch..what is this Western television?? we have enough of that shit on our Televisions back in the 90s and anime was the escape..what happened to that is all I ask...even Bleach and Naruto Suffer from this at times..I understand some people eat it up but most of us grown very tired...That's why Go Lion and the Sabre Riders kick some much needed ass!
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Jeez momokoseiya, apparently you have not been around that long...look around...there are many older fans of Anime. Personally, I have been a fan since days of Chiisana Viking Bikke ("Vicky the Viking") by Zuiyo Eizo Studio on Fuji TV back in the 70's. I'm in my 40's now and while my taste has changed and I'm much more demanding these days, I'm still into Anime, just more of the adult stuff.
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29 and I don't feel too old to watch anime. I know a number of people well into their 30s and 40s who still watch it. I don't watch as much as I used to for real life reasons. I picked up on anime back when Cartoon Network was still "Cartoon Network" and Toonami aired at a much more convenient time. I guess that's how alot of people in my age group and younger got into it. Tenchi Muyo is what really got me hooked. Then shows like 08th MS Team appeared and that drew me really into mecha anime.
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Lol I only feel old when I play video games online, and there are a bunch of ten year old voices coming through my headset. You're never to old for anime. If your friends don't understand it, enlighten them or get new friends...just suggestions don't take me to serious. I mean come on, if they were true friends, they'd understand. You are you, just be you, there's nothing wrong with that is there?
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Too old for anime? Well I guess I could act my age and watch Honey Boo Boo or w/e other garbage is on TV now a days.

Really though, one of the main reasons animation has the bad vibe of being for kids is because it was original aimed towards kids because the medium was so limited. Now with CGI and huge advancements in technology animation has surpassed film in visual effects. So there's no reason to think of any animation as just being for kids.

Anime/Animation is nothing more than a medium. There's going to be kids series and there's going to be adult series. CR luckily does a great job as mixing it up. So be proud of your old self and watch some Gantz, Excel Saga, Panty and Stocky, or whatever other mature anime you can find! lol
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@ westnyorai i couldn't agree anymore. theres has been a lot garbage on tv between jersey shore to all the way thoses america got talet shows. i think anime has started reaching out to older adults with shows with like afro samuria or ghost in the shell. i thnk the best anime shows are the ones you can watch it way more than once and and enjoy it like naruto or DBZ.
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Feel exactly the same westnyorai.

It's funny because when I was a kid/young teen and before I got into anime, I never interpreted it as being for kids. I always thought of movies like Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Iria when I heard the word anime used. Then I was introduced to Miyazaki and more light-hearted anime such as Digimon which changed my opinion. Now I feel there aren't enough adult anime shows onpar with Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, etc anymore. There have been a few recent exceptions ofcourse.
Posted 1/11/13 , edited 3/12/13
I am old ( I have passed the half century mark) I love watching anime and reading manga but this wasnt always the case. I ddnt start watching anime till my late 40s and I started reading manga about a year after that. In my "old age" I found that American pop culture held no interest for me ( Twilight anyone? Bad Girls Club? X Factor? No thanks!)

To me this is like any hobby or entertainment choice. But at my age it is difficult to let others know about my choices...most don't understand, especially when I try to explain that a LOT of anime has adult themes. I mean a cartoon is a cartoon right? Well, we know better.
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Posted 1/16/13
in my early 30s, i still watch cartoons and other animated stuff as well, you're never too old for anime
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