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Grew up watching anime in the 80's up to now. why would anyone be too old to watch anime? I still play video games as well, If anything it's great because it's something my kids and i all do together :).
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Robotech and Captain Harlock were early morning cartoons for me. In college I saw Akira and the Castle of Cagliostro on the big screen.

Being older (and hopefully wiser) has made me more picky about what I watch. I have no patience for immature anime that I probably would have watched in the past. Never too old to enjoy a good story and excellent artwork. And I have said this before, but it seems ok to see superhero movies but not ok to see anime?
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I'm older and I love anime!! I'm 37 years old and I too get looked down upon by peers sometimes. I'm glad you posted, I'd love to see how many of us there are ;-)
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I'm 33 and been watching ever since i saw Fist of the North Star for the first time.
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I'm 23 and I've been watching anime since I was a kid, and before I even realized it was anime (Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Pokemon). I'm also a teacher, so I'm sure I'd get some funny looks from parents and my coworkers if they knew that I watched "cartoons" in my spare time. Honestly though, even though I don't go around wearing anime shirts anymore, I'm not ashamed of watching anime and I don't see myself growing out of it. The same thing goes for video games and graphic novels.

Life is too short to change just because other people might think you're a little strange
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30 here, been watching since I was 6. Waiting to see if CR is going to get some better content. (Comparable to say.... Kenshin, Shura no Toki (short though... 25 eps), etc )

That, and I still havent seen a whole lot of anime with more than 12-24 episodes, unless you include bleach, and naruto..(i know there are a few others), but come on, im tired of burning through 12 episodes and going "well... that was fun... what now"

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I do post here from time to time. Mostly under the anime section of forms and only if its a topic about anime that I feel I have something to say. Then there are these times when I post on the general forum. My age isn't an issue. In fact, it never was when I first came here to Crunchy right up to the present time. I don't feel uncomfortable here. Friends are friends regardless of age And people who share something in common never worry about age either. So relax and enjoy the company of whatever age.
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<---- 46 year old leg breaker (debt collector) with a wife and a parrot.

I watch anime because I like cartoons.
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hmmmmmm I'd have to say the early days of ninja scroll and fist of the north star
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I'll second argentlupe's notion. Who cares how old you are. I still watch Disney channel regularly just because I find the shows entertaining. So, they are a bit "kiddish", but lightheartedness keeps you young
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I'm 43 and started out watching Speed Racer on the Superstation 17 (aka TBS) on Saturday mornings at 7:30am during the 70's. Then Star Blazers, Voltron and G-Force in the 80s. Then I was the only woman in the Anime Section at the Video stores in 90's. Then I would look forward to Sci-FI Channel's Anime Week. It used to take WORK to get Anime. I also used to order from Right Stuf. They had a HUGE catalog. Then Adult Swim, Anime Network and now CrunchyRoll. I've recently cancelled my Anime Network On Demand service. It didn't update for 2 weeks.
I've also seen a 69 year old gentleman on here.
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I barely post anything anywhere (almost never) but I'm 30 (31 on Thursday! Eek! >_<) and I unabashedly watch anime and avidly read manga. My tastes are sometimes questionable but it doesn't really embarrass me.

Same here - I just really like cartoons.
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I am almost 34 years old, and only started watching anime about seven years ago. I am completely hooked, unable to figure out how I got by without it for so long. My family, friends and co-workers laugh & trash talk, but I don't care.

My personal recommendations:
Clannad
Clannad: After Story
Ai Yori Aoshi
Shura no Toki
Another
Shuffle!
Hanasaku Iroha
Summer Wars
5 Centimeters Per Second
Bakemonogatari
Nisemonogatari
Kids on the Slope
Anohana
Kokoro Connect
Ef - A Tale of Memories
Ef - A Tale of Melodies
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I do get the question "Aren't you too old for anime?" from time to time. I know in their mind they equate anime to the Saturday morning cartoons they watched when they were kids. So in that context I do see where the question is coming from. They do not realize that Japanese anime is much more broad and sophisticated than the cartoons they remember. As someone who eagerly enjoyed a steady diet of Smurfs, He-Man, and Transformers when younger, they are not at all comparable to the adult emotional power of NANA or the mysterious wonder of Haibane Renmei or the psychological roller coaster that is Higurashi. As long as the industry keeps producing interesting animes I will continue watching no matter how old I get.
Posted 9/24/12
Of course theres older anime fans ever heard of seinen? Those typically dont sell all that welll but what are you gonna do?
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