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I'm a 38 year old married physician. I have been an anime fan since Robotech (my gateway drug to anime) and have been attending anime cons since AnimeCon in 1991 (the predecessor to Anime Expo). My wife thankfully puts up with my anime/manga/video gaming/figure collecting hobbies and even comes to some anime conventions with me. She even cosplayed as Mio Akiyama last time. I do have other more mainstream hobbies like following various pro/college sports, golfing, exercising, etc but I don't think I will be giving up anime anytime soon as I simply enjoy it too much. I also like Japanese culture and especially Japanese food and have been to Japan 3 times (and hope to go back more). I've also started studying the Japanese language and have passed the JLPT N5 and N4 exams. I love watching the anime simulcasts on Crunchyroll and really hope that CR keeps up the good work.
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I'm 43 and when I was a kid before cable was around occasionally we here in San Diego would get a signal from a LA channel that showed Stars Blazers aka Space Battleship Yamato. One website says it was broadcast in the US in 1979 but I think it was earlier than that.
Of course there was always Speed Racer. I was so amazed, back then, of the sound effects of the Mach 5 as Speed would push the buttons on the steering wheel.
I've always watched cartoons but they pretty much sucked, especially the Hanna-Barbera cartoons (original Jonny Quest excluded).
I will thank Adult Swim for bringing anime to my door. Still not satisfied with the end of a season and waiting for the next, I finally found CR where I could watch cataloged shows or streaming without the lousy (imo) dubbing.
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I don't really know why but I think older people who watch anime are so dang cool.
Discussing anime with someone significantly older than I am just seems like it will be such a fantastic experience (in real life/first person, of course). Unfortunately, there's not that many anime-watching old people here in Alabama.. lots of deer-shootin'-hoss-folks-on-rammer-jammer-roll-tide though.
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Samurai X all day everyday!!! Inuyasha! Kuroni Kenshin!!! Wooohhhh~!!! I could go on with the shows I used to watch years ago! Good times~ ^^
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37 / M / Australia
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Heyo, I am mid 30's and still watch anime and still will be when i am 80. Forget the haters! Most nights after the kids are settled we all watch CR instead of mind controlled commercial tv programming.
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Posted 3/18/13
I've been watching anime since I was a child, started with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, now I'm 25 and I don't think I'll ever stop being an anime fan. I'm in it for life!!! Plus I have plenty of friends and co workers who are my age who still watch as well so we're not alone
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I may be stating the obvious, but people older than 20 (i.e. working adults) are the ones who create the anime that you watch. Although high schoolers might do fabulous drawings and sing in idol groups, creating anime is a full time job. The people who fund, and run anime companies are even older than the workers in the trenches. The organizers for long running anime conventions are probably of an older age group (at least college age).

The inference from all this is that interest in anime does not necessarily decrease with age. What is probably true is that there are more demands on your time that pulls your interest away.
Posted 3/18/13
Check my age.
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I have been watching anime since I was seven. Growing up my favorite shows were Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho and Naruto (though that is more recent kind of).

I am only 19 but I will still always love anime. When I was eight, I our neighbors were a couple well over 70. From my window at night I could see directly into their window and only see their TV. They watched Inuyasha, plus just general adult swim every night. I thought it was pretty awesome at that these older folks watched anime.
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yes yes I love DBZ like hell and watching the old Toonami every week when I was a kid but now is just finding time to watch, thank you CR and the Internet cause I'm not stopping anytime soon.
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31 / M / South of sanity.
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Posted 3/18/13
Yeah, I'm 30 and couldn't quit anime if I wanted to.
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37 / M / Seattle, WA
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Posted 3/19/13
Mid 30s, and some might say I've been at this for too long... If I'm honest, they have a point.
It's good stuff, and has always been a highly effective escape, but oddly enough it has also induced some pretty extreme depression.

How else do you expect me to react to beautifully idealized romantic situations? Is that shit supposed to be enjoyable? Why the bloody hell do I keep subjecting myself to that crap? /rant

Maybe I just need to watch something with lots of explosions for a while.
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Posted 3/19/13

Man_Of_Leisure wrote:

Yeah, I'm 30 and couldn't quit anime if I wanted to.


Quit anime? No, I don't think I ever could or even want to.
But the love I felt for anime in the past and the urge to watch every single show has come to pass a long time ago.
Nowadays I watch 2 to maybe 4 full series per year (both new and old) and sample maybe another hand full only to drop it after completely losing interest after episode 3 or 4.

I don't expect to lose my interest in anime unless I get a blow on the head and go completely amnesic, but over the past few years I have moved on to several other interests.
Posted 3/19/13
anime is for all ages. you are never too young or too old for it. now some genres might be too severe for some veiwing audiences.
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I have to admit I've run into ageism in the past on Anime forums. I was told I was too old more than once at the whopping age of thirty. I stopped posting on those forums. Who cares what those kids say? I love anime and will continue to watch it.
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