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Do you feel too old to watch anime sometimes?
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im 30 years old but i still enjoy anime, their are lots of anime genre so a lot of different anime, i think you are just watching too much shounen and ecchi genres lol

but if anime is getting really boring for you i suggest you do not force it, just let it go, because sometimes you just need to take a break lol especially on this modern age where their are lots of distractions from phones to computers to endless workloads both in schools and jobs
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Posted 11/10/12
well, i'm 99 years old, so uh... yeah, i do feel too old to watch anime.
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rveniss wrote:


“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.


QFT - said more eloquently than I ever could.

Posted 11/10/12

DeadRekoning wrote:

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.


For me, back when I was in grade and middle school, I had guilty pleasures like G-Force and Sailor Moon, though I would never have admitted to watch them back then. As I grew older, I realized I had different tastes, and I accepted that and kept moving forward. It wasn't until high school that I found some common ground with some others as we all were fans of Dragonball Z. We'd spend hours every day talking about the episode the night before.

But many other people weren't as keen on the idea of animated shows. They were "growing up." While some people generally do lose interest in them, others cast them away for fear of shaming themselves. Growing up doesn't mean you have to cast away things you enjoy, all growing up means is learning how to conduct yourself in society and learn how to be a productive member of it.

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Posted 11/10/12
sometimes i guess... but i won't stop watching anime
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mesomuffin wrote:

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.


I also noticed this too. The main characters are mostly 13-16 years old. I think it's because animators realise a lot of adults aren't into animes so they try to aim it at teenage audience instead and gain their attention.

And most of the characters in these animes say the most cliched of things... "Oh is that an octopus in your lunch box?"

But you know, I'm seeing a lot of changes in High School anime settings. For example, Sket-dance is outside the stereotype... it's fun and engaging, and the characters don't say stupid obvious things like, "Onee-chan I really like your shirt".


I really enjoyed Sket-Dance.

The best high school anime I've seen so far is Death Note. I hope there will be more animes like this in the future. Animes that make you think about worldly issues and the characters that feel real and not superficial.

If there are more animes like this in the future, I will never ever feel too old to watch anime.

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Sometimes, since most people assume animation in general is a kids only medium. But I don't really care when I find a series or movie I like. If it's good I'll watch it, and that goes for anything animated.

It sucks because when I want to go see the latest animated movie, no one wants to go unless they have a child to bring along. The last few Pixar movies that came out I ended up going to see by myself, and it will probably be the same when I go see Wreck-It Ralph. I'm kind of excited for this one, it's the first non-Pixar Disney film in a long time that makes me want to go to the theater to see it.

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Sometimes. I watch the high school ones sometimes and I say "What am I doing?" lol but i watch it anyway. But for the most part not really. I kind of feel like I missed out on a lot since I was busy with school most of my life after I was 18. Now I don't care.

Yes I love romances sometimes what of it lol. Also I get down with a awesome action anime. I'm a mixed bag.
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is true what you said but some of those anime are awesome not being a supporter,but why are they doing so many of them like really,they are making kids argue over which anime is better and all that crap,which they are being inmature about it."TRUE ANIME FANS HAVE NO FAVORITE,TRUE FANS LOVE ALL ANIME AS EQUALS"
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Posted 11/10/12

YUI8 wrote:

sometimes i guess... but i won't stop watching anime


Inspiring words to live by,true fan
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Posted 11/10/12 , edited 11/10/12
I don't feel too old watching something like LOGH!!
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Posted 11/10/12
"A true fan loves all anime no matter the difference",just believe on these words and your ok also you can talk to me and I'll give advise
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I sometimes think along the lines like "I hope the day i stop watching anime never comes". Because i truly enjoy it right now, and it's an hobby i wouldn't trade for anything.
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My philosophy is "I'm too old to be too old for things." Basically, I'm also a big fan of the C.S. Lewis quote.
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