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Are there any age 40+ anime lovers out there?
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Posted 11/30/12
So i was thinking that it appears that anime is for the young. I ve seen several people in their 30's but nothing higher so far. Although i wont reveal my age, i am not a teenager and already long past the college years. I now live for anime more less. Put it this way, it is a part of my daily routine to either watch a show, go the forums or talk to buddies. Soooo to you 40+ anime'ers, how did you first find anime, what made you stick with it, and do you consider yourself dedicated to anime like all of the young people? AND WHAT DO YOU YOUNG PEOPLE THINK? Tell me anything of relevance. I feel awkward at times that makes me feel like "i am not suppose to be into this" but dont care what others think, I love it and cant deny it.
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Posted 11/30/12
You like what you like. It's one of those things that I don't advertise much. I'm in my 30s. People do have a lot of preconceived notions about it, and it's kind of a drag. So it's something that I do with friends who are like-minded. I know plenty of middle-aged guys out there hide their anime, throw the Xbox under the couch when the girlfriend comes over, that kind of stuff. It's kind of funny.

In short, just have fun and enjoy. Anyone who says different, don't know why you would care.
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Im in my 30s, and I will never give up anime. Im glad all the people who make our anime never gave up on anime as they gotten older aswell:). Do you go to any cons ani-mae75? If you do im sure you will see that its not just full of teens. And everyone at every age gets along pretty well there.
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I'm 47, married with 1 adult son (moved out) work full time and own my own home. I'm an average guy. I also prefer to watch Anime and Asian Horror Movies over reality TV any day. I watch what I like, my wife usually watches the same stuff I do.
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Well, you've got a 42-year old here who's been watching anime since the 80s when the English adaptation of Battle of the Planets (originally Gatchaman) came out here in the US. I really got into it in the early-90s when I saw Record of Lodoss War (still one of my favorites for the art quality).

I'm sort of bipolar when it comes to anime. On the one hand, I really like the long-running action series like Naruto, Bleach, and Dragon Ball Z. But at the same time I absolutely LOVE the highly artistic anime movies that are out there, especially anything by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli (though Akira definitely ranks up there as well). And I'm proud to say I've gotten both of my kids into various anime, though they aren't as hard-core about it as I am. Of course, they're not even teenagers yet, so I figure a few more years and I'll have a family of anime geeks that would make anyone proud. ;-)
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Well, I'm not quite 40 yet. I'm in my early 30's. I've been a dedicated anime fan for well over 15 years. All my first anime were fansubs on VHS. I met most of my current friends and husband on an anime message board over 10 years ago. Anime is part of my everyday life. I watch new stuff every season and keep up with old favorites like One Piece. When a season doesnt have any new shows that interest me, I'll go back and rewatch the classics. I also read lots and lots of manga. I've enjoyed watching the evolution of anime in the U.S. I've been dismayed at the downfall of great companies like ADV, Pioneer and Manga Ent. They were pioneers is anime distribution and I wish they had weathered the market more favorably. It certainly is a very different feeling to be an older anime fan, one that's been around awhile. I dont think I can ever see eye to eye with the newer fans who have always been able to turn on their computer and watch whatever anime they please. Back in my day I had to stalk IRC channels and wait weeks to watch a single ep of an anime and the quality was always horrible. I'd be lucky if I could read the subs. Kids these days have it so easy. lol
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Posted 11/30/12
I'm obviously still to young, haha. But to your question on what younger people think... I think it's quite awesome you've stuck with something you like for so long. Since I started watching I have only began to enjoy it more and more, so I could still see myself watching that far in the future.
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50+ body
mind though has never got past 17 hehehe
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Be 42 in a month. Got hooked on anime with Starblazers, Battle of the Planets, and Speed Racer when I was in elementary school. I was crazy about giant robots by the time Robotech came out. Been a fan for most of my life really.
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48 and female so I always get strange looks when I mention my love of comics and anime. My favorite response is "You still read comic books?" to which I inevitably reply "They're still making them, aren't they?"

I am fairly new to the world of anime and manga. It's only been in the past 6 or 7 years that I have really gotten into it. Partly due to the difficulties involved in getting releases back in the day and partly due to my personal lack of interest in the titles that were available (particularly the more "cyberpunk" titles). But I dabbled from time to time with titles such as Vampire Hunter D, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Witchblade and Rurouni Kenshin (to name a few) catching my eye over the years.

It was when I discovered animes and mangas (along with a ton of viruses!) on the internet that I really got hooked. So I'm really glad to see sites such as CR come along where I can indulge my passion legally and safely. As of right now, I have about 12 new titles that I am following, plus checking out a few older titles that I have heard about, plus 2 or 3 old favorites that are taking their turn in the "periodic re-watch" rotation. And in my spare time, I work a full time job and sleep.

My tastes are pretty eclectic so even though I might say that I don't care for "cyberpunk" as a general rule, you never know when a really cool title will come along that captures my imagination and my heart. Which is the best part - finding that unexpected title that just totally blows you away (especially when it's a genre you don't usually follow).

Ultimately, much like the response to the "You still read comic books?" comment, as long as they are putting out animes/mangas, I'll be watching/reading. I'll be streaming CR in the nursing home.
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Hey, I'm fifty and have been watching anime since the 1980's. It wasn't as prevalent as it is today with the internet, but it always amazes me that younger people think anime was invented with the internet in the early 1990's. It's been around longer than I have.
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Posted 11/30/12
Used to watch, while living in Yokohama in the early 70's.
Got back into it a decade ago, thanks to a friend of my kids.
Never looked back. :)
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Posted 11/30/12
I'd say there are probably more 'older' anime watchers than you think. I watched anime (but didn't know it) when I was a kid, with star blazers, battle of the planets, etc. I knew they were kinda different but never why. Flash forward to my thirties, I started watching some stuff on Toonami and then picked up Initial D (I'm an amateur racer), and I was hooked. I then started going through the 'normal' titles, like Bebop, Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, etc. Now I'm 43 and it's pretty much all I watch. Reasons? Normal TV sucks for the most part, and I just love the stories/art/music. Of course there is plenty of sorry anime out there, but where else would you get shows like Read or Die (title snagged me instantly) or School Rumble? Wife does get concerned with some of the fanservice, but no worries. Went to my first con this year and had fun (but no cosplaying for me). Bottom line, I watch what I like and don't worry about what anybody thinks, nothing to apologize for.
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Posted 11/30/12
/me raises hand. I am 40. Robotech and Starblazers. Still an anime fan, just more selective. Time is more important these days.
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Posted 11/30/12
One of my good online friends is a 40+ anime lover. I'll probably still watch anime when I'm 40+ and beyond.
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