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I've never said this to anyone, but before my job transferred me to San Diego (Home of Comic-Con!) I used to get ridiculed for being an old man who loved anime. (I lived in Hawaii for the last five years) I was called everything from a closet pedophile, to a sick, old pervert. I still kind of fear reprisal, but it hasn't been as bad here.
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water_tiger wrote:

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.


It was great living in Quebec at least for the anime. my first anime memories where from some guy in speed racer saying of his own car "C'est un 'T-bird' noire" or Albatar le Corsair D'espace!

not to turn this into an old person vs. young person fight but that's one advantage we have over the youngsters. They have no experience from which to imagine what it's like to be us... But we remember being them very well... sometimes better than what we were after in the kitchen cupboard just now.


mb67 wrote:

I've never said this to anyone, but before my job transferred me to San Diego (Home of Comic-Con!) I used to get ridiculed for being an old man who loved anime. (I lived in Hawaii for the last five years) I was called everything from a closet pedophile, to a sick, old pervert. I still kind of fear reprisal, but it hasn't been as bad here.


Wow.. Here in Toronto I don't experience much (a little ignorance from time to time) for being transgendered. and anime? seems like everyone knows what this. I don't even have to say 'Japanese imported cartoons'... much.
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I don't think there really is an age limit to anime. I've grown up watching the same anime's you have, including dragon ball z, pokemon, card captor sakura, and Lupin the third. And I have no intention of quitting now.
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Oh yeah and happy birthday!!!
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


uncletim wrote:

I will most likely be watching anime in the old folks home when not chasing nurses or running from my wife for chasing nurses


assuming I'm still working, you better not be chasing me. You probably wouldn't want to at that since by then I couldn't compete with the cute young things.



that must mean your a nurse well then


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46 and love Anime.
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uncletim wrote:



that must mean your a nurse well then




Tee hee.
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Anime producers ages go from 28-75. For example:

Tomohiko Itō (age 34) produced popular anime such as SAO, Death Note, and Blue Exorcist.

First anime was broadcast in 1961 and became mainstream in the 80's. These producers made this a career and work in the industry to this day. Anime are not cartoons, they have a history, culture, demographics group, and genres. So don't worry about age since the greatest anime comes from older minds that the youth enjoy. Just because you get older doesn't mean you need to get boring.
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I'm only 27 and still watch dragon ball z weekly but, the first time I ever saw an anime episode was with my cousin. It was cowboy bebop.
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Posted 10/18/13 , edited 10/18/13
I haven't experienced any ageism on the CR forums, but I do think there is largely a better class of fan on these forums then you'll find in other places (please save yourselves from the horror that is 4-Chan). Anyway, I don't make many posts personally as most of the topics are too far away from my current life experiences. The times I have posted most of my comments were well received. BTW, I'm nearly 33 and I've been a fan since I was about 13 years old, blame it on Vampire Hunter D and the Sci-Fi channel (remember, before it became SyFy, what is that?). Anyway, returning to the topic at hand, you're never too old for anything as long as you're enjoying it in a health way. I personally think CR is a great way to stay current with the fandom and the trends.
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devynp wrote:

Anime producers ages go from 28-75. For example:

Tomohiko Itō (age 34) produced popular anime such as SAO, Death Note, and Blue Exorcist.

First anime was broadcast in 1961 and became mainstream in the 80's. These producers made this a career and work in the industry to this day. Anime are not cartoons, they have a history, culture, demographics group, and genres. So don't worry about age since the greatest anime comes from older minds that the youth enjoy. Just because you get older doesn't mean you need to get boring.


Sorry. this is an argument for another thread but... Anime's relation to cartoons is closer than those who think anime is something special and cartoons are trash, would like to believe.

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33. Systems Admin at Riot Games. I've always loved anime and it is relevant to my daily work. I don't think you ever grow too old to enjoy creative and fun entertainment. I intend to read manga and watch anime with my grandchildren.
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This might help?
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I'm 26, and still having a driving passion for anime. I've dealt with the ridicule of being a fan all of my life (I live in southern Indiana, where you "should" be riding a John Deere around everywhere... not really but, you know.) but I've never let that affect me. I will continue to enjoy what I love until I kick the bucket.
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37 and still loving Anime. I don't think that is going to change.
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