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Do you feel too old to watch anime sometimes?
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19 / F / Oslo
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Posted 11/4/12
Hey guys, I'm sure a lot of you are wondering the same thing. It's just that sometimes I sit myself down and watch whatever, and I start to ask myself if I'm too old for anime.
I don't know, it's just gotten to the point where watching some 13 year old save the world...yet again... is getting a little stale.

And it seems like the majority of other shows revolve around some dude who, god only knows why, gets a bunch of 10 year old girls to swoon over him.
Or it's another highschool/middleschool love story where the unattractive girl/guy gets the hot guy/girl.

Did/do you have this problem? And if so, how do you get over it?
I really like anime, I just don't know quite what to think anymore. I'm probably just thinking about it too much.
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Posted 11/4/12
I know what you mean. Alot of the good animes stories involve little kids but there is a genre for adults too. So yeah i do sometimes when I'm watching some of the mainstream titles like naruto cause they direct their attention to young kids. =(
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Posted 11/4/12
that's why I usually don't watch shows geared towards children. there're some good ones every now and then, but I just want something a little deeper.
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26 / X / Rochester, NY
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Posted 11/4/12
Watch the other ones, like "Another", etc.
And no, I don't feel too old for anime. I'm 24. I love it
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24 / M / California
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I feel old, I have mini crushes on some of the girls in the animes and I forget that they are based on high schoolers... T^T
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I am old enough to be the father of everyone else in my anime club. Old enough to be the grandfather of some of the younger ones. It does make me feel a teensy like a senior citizen.
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never really felt too old to watching anime
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You're never too old to enjoy something which seems like it is from the past, though it is worlds more advanced.
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I'm 32 and enjoy almost all anime. When I was in grade school many of the kids in my class stopped watching cartoons because they felt like it made them immature. I continued to watch because I enjoyed cartoons, Batman, Spiderman, Xmen, now some of these story lines are taken and made into live action movies and considered box office smashes. Honestly I think that people are way too hung up on appearances and should just do what they enjoy (within reason of course). Your opinion is the one that matters.
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Posted 11/5/12 , edited 11/5/12

“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.
To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.
And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow.
But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development.
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly.
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
--C.S. Lewis


This is a quote I like to live my life by.

I've found that my tastes may have changed as I've aged and delved further into the anime fandom, but that's certainly no reason to cease being a fan. For every "teenager saves the world from evil" and "nerdy guy gets the hot girls" show out there--for every Naruto, every To Love Ru--there's a Steins;Gate, a Clannad, a Serial Experiments Lain, a Neon Genesis Evangelion.

If you realize you're watching a show with the same old premise as a dozen other titles you've gone through, drop it and find another. Anime is a massive medium. There's a show for every mood you're in; you shouldn't base the entire medium off of two or three genres--whether they're the most prevalent or not.
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21 / M / Lichfield, UK
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Posted 11/5/12
I agree, this site is great for that.
Just the other day I got recommended a 7 year old anime I had never even heard of and found that it had an incredibly deep story which should have made it the most memorable of 2006.
Anime with a deep story is not hard to find if you are willing to scratch the surface a bit, not that I dont still love those shounen and rom-com animes you mentioned though.

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29 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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Posted 11/5/12 , edited 11/5/12
You should take a break from anime if you're so burnt out. Or watch better series and more interesting genres.

I've been happily watching anime in some form since I was 12, and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
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35 / M / Northern California
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Posted 11/5/12
I've been watching anime for literally over 30 years now; I started with Star Blazers, way back then. I turn 34 in a few months, and I know I'll never tire of it. There are always more series to enjoy, and I'll keep looking for more, until I can't watch them any more. I'd be more likely to lose what eyesight I have left (I've been legally blind since birth) than tire of anime/gaming, if that's any indication.
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Posted 11/5/12 , edited 11/5/12
I never think I'm too old for it until I read things posted by other fans in my age group and get really embarrassed.
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39 / M / Utah
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Posted 11/5/12
No.

And I won't either.
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