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"Too old" for anime never really crossed my mind until I saw this thread. I didn't really watch any as a kid anyway, so it's not something I associate with childhood. I definitely wouldn't give it up anyway, now that anime is somewhat easy to get a hold of. You guys remember how hard and expensive it was to get anime on VHS back in the day? lol
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Nope i'm 26 and got hooked when i watch tenchi muyo and outlaw star. You're never too old for anime
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otakujohn wrote:

Hey yeah, no problem. I have a professional public image to maintain after all. Now if you'll excuse me, I have things to read and watch in the privacy of my own home where no one is in danger of wanting to curl up and die.


At times, I have felt ashamed for being both a fan and an adult. It's difficult to find other post-college individuals who I can share my hobbies with. And it's easy for me to think that I should give up my fannish interests, and resign myself to supposedly adult-acceptable hobbies (prose fiction, serious movies, and maybe card games). This seems to be sufficient entertainment for my parents and their friends.

But that's not who I am. My interest in sitcoms is close to zero, and most of the movies that I watched are at least slightly unusual. I've read lots of great books, but I have also made efforts to appreciate comics. My status as a video game fan has wavered over the years, but I never gave up, and I still have a few favorite creators. And I transitioned from playing Apples to Apples for the first time to learning complex board/card games such as Flash Point and Dominion within just a couple years. So yeah, while I will need to focus on work for eight hours tomorrow, I will leave the office with my Derpy Hooves messenger bag, and carry it around in public.
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I see myself as a geezer at 25 but I still love anime. I feel that age has nothing to do with it. One can only be "told old for anime" if age actually inhibits their ability to watch. My dad just told me over the phone that he recently watched Brave 10. He will be 58 this summer.
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I would really like to meet those 60 year olds who watch anime
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I'm 33 and I still enjoy anime. Started out with Ronin Warriors and Sailor Moon when I was in my teens. My brother and I collected all of Neon Genesis Evangelion on VHS. I watched a lot of Adult Swim since I stayed up late in college doing homework (or avoiding it). I picked anime back up again in 2008 and found a lot of great anime series to watch and enjoy -- it's a huge space of stuff but I don't think I need to tell anyone here that. There's something for everyone if you're willing to look.

Over the years my tastes have changed. I used to go for the really heady, high-concept stuff like Evangelion, Lain, Ghost in the Shell, etc. I liked the mixture of philosophy and action and trying to read the subtext, and I still do to a degree. Nowadays, I find myself gravitating towards josei/shoujo type works for their storytelling and character relationships.

They're like my soaps... like... how old people like their soaps... just mine are cartoons....hmm, is that a sign of getting old?
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

I would really like to meet those 60 year olds who watch anime


Ok, but that's a long drive for such disappointment.
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caddyalan wrote:
At times, I have felt ashamed for being both a fan and an adult. It's difficult to find other post-college individuals who I can share my hobbies with. And it's easy for me to think that I should give up my fannish interests, and resign myself to supposedly adult-acceptable hobbies (prose fiction, serious movies, and maybe card games). This seems to be sufficient entertainment for my parents and their friends.


While my exchange with AllTsunNoDere was laced with a tinge of sarcasm, I suppose there was a nugget of truth in what I said.

I'm only slightly ashamed of a phase I went through in my early 20s where I wore fandom on my sleeve. It was rather like I had a giant blinking neon sign over my head that exclaimed my interest in anime to all who saw it. With age and changes in life though, I've completely lost the need to advertise. It's honestly no one's business how I spend my time at home and on the internet.

The development of two very distinct personae was no doubt the result of a number of factors, not least of which was my work, as it's full of professional relationships that I need to maintain. It's terribly sad, but I honestly can't be the same person personally and professionally. I'd be digging my own grave career-wise.

If a select group of people want into my personal life, wonderful, but of course they're expected to deal with the quirks. If they're unable to take me as I am, warts and all, I'm more than happy to show them the door.

It honestly sounds to me like you have very little reason to be ashamed. I say just enjoy what you enjoy privately, and everyone else be damned.
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dtierce wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:

I would really like to meet those 60 year olds who watch anime

Ok, but that's a long drive for such disappointment.
It's okay, I don't drive anyways.
Do middle age people talk about anime intellectually like professors, or casually ?
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36 here, the anime fans i know range from 12 to 60, so never felt left out :-)


momokoseiya wrote:

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 3/30/13

FlyinDumpling wrote:

Do middle age people talk about anime intellectually like professors, or casually ?


Both really.

As with younger fans, it depends greatly on the individual and whether anime/manga is "entertainment" or a serious hobby. Also, some people are just not that good with expressing their thoughts intellectually. Therefore, no matter their age, they casually chat about it and always will.
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I don't think anime is for one age in specific. Animation is just a medium, just like literature, photography and cinema.
Of course, you could be watching anime that are not targeted to your age demographic and ignorant people might relate that to all anime in general.
For example, a 20 year old watching Pokémon might give the impression to the people around that anime is childish.
In any case, nobody here will point a finger to any anime fan because as anime fans ourselves we understand the truth, we aren't ignorant about the nature of anime.
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52 this coming September. Remember watching speed racer, kimba and astro boy.
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Posted 3/30/13
Don't need to worry, if you keep watching anime, you will feel young once again.
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Posted 3/31/13
Well i certainly don't think your too old....I mean if you are old, then that would make me ancient....I've only been watching anime for about 3 years I guess.....My 17 year old son got me into it....now, I watch every day, either on CR or Hulu...
45 years old and I love watching anime...... ready to go to A-Kon....
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