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Are there any age 40+ anime lovers out there?
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Posted 11/30/12
I'm nearly 34, and have been watching anime for over 30 years. The only thing that would stop me from enjoying anime at this point is losing what eyesight I have left. Regardless, I think it's very safe to say there are plenty of us out there.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-776513/older-anime-fans
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40 / M / Dragostar Castle,...
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Posted 11/30/12
I'm almost 40, so I might be the closest you can find
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I'm 50. yes 50 years old. I am absolutely addicted to manga & anime. I was accidentally introduced to manga in my late 30's and I've always loved animated films since childhood. Manga and animated films are an ART FORM. I dont'y think it's fair to relegate them as teen material. Plus, you could get hit by a bus tomarrow / have a life changing accident, do what you want to do and live for yourself. You'll be much happier....even if they do call you an otaku.
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i've been watching since i was a toddler and i'm 30. i'm a second generation fan. my mom watches with the grandsons and buys it for the "grandkids".
i started with speed racer, and sailor moon. my uncle was in the navy and stationed in japan, and he brought home gundam and i was hooked.i started watching the japanese subbed versions on the internet in the 90's. before that i watched american remakes like robotech, voltron, etc on tv. i'm totally addicted, got my nephews addicted. and am trying to corrupt as many people as i can. my mom used to steal her brother's comics, which were later passed onto me. so getting into anime and manga was a natural progression. my mom has a passion for hong kong kung fu movies, and used to make me watch with her. so it's no surprise that i watch asaian dramas too. i still play video games, although i've been surpassed by the nephews with skill. working cuts into my playtime, so it's mostly a weekend hobby now. i generally don't talk about it to other people because most people thinks it's weird for a grown woman to like anime,manga. and video games. especially a black woman. but i feel that if you liked it as a kid, why stop because you're an adult? growing up just meant i finally could afford to indulge my habit. now if i could just find a man who shared my interest, a cute guy.
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Gee that was some quick responses....and some really great stories and opinions. thanks thanks thanks!!! I liked the comment about the guy who hid his xbox under the bed from his wife...i laughed so hard....and the "50+body mind 17 though"...that was great. And thanks young people for your opinion. the only thing i noticed is that the older anime'ers began watching when they were younger or at least a decade ago. I as of yet do not see that someone began watching anime at an older age. Like I did. I always watched reg cartoons however. Lastly, Hey Spazticus, one of my buddies. Thanks everyone.
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Ask me again in fourteen years.
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I think there was a somewhat similar post not all that long ago-- one inquiring about the existence of older anime fans on this site. While the general membership of this site definitely skews young, there are a number of us older folks around. I'm employed, married, with kid et cetera, and I got into anime maybe 3-4 years ago now in my late 30's. I've always enjoyed animated media in various forms, even after growing up, and anime is just a more recent addition to that. It's a way to unwind from work for me. I wouldn't say I'm "dedicated" to it, but I enjoy it and spend a fair bit of time (maybe more than I should?) watching it. However, if it got in the way of other priorities in life, I'd give it up, but so far it hasn't, and I don't anticipate that it will. I came across anime more or less by accident while channel flipping and finding Hell Girl on the Independent Film Channel. At around the same time, I was planning a trip to Japan (a favorite destination of mine before I came to like anime), and was self-studying the language in preparation. I found the artistry and stories/themes appealing, and it complemented well with my language studies. Now, I watch anime either online on from DVDs I've bought. I do remember Speed Racer as a kid as it happened to be broadcast on a small independent channel in the Chicago area way back then, but that's about it for me-- I can't claim a long history of fandom. Actually, for quite a while I thought of anime as rather silly. In the 90's and later, I recall occasionally seeing things like Dragon Ball or Bleach on TV, but those just aren't my kind of show, and I never got what the "hype" over this thing called anime was about until much later.
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In the late 1960s, a local theater showed a different sci-fi movie every week and I got into the habit of attending. One week, they showed an animated movie. I think it was the very first Anime distributed to US theaters. I don't remember the title or many details, but I think it was based on "The Magic Serpent". I recall that it was quite different from anything from the traditional animation studios at the time (i.e. Disney and Warner Brothers) and I liked it.

Later, I watched every Anime I could find on TV or at Blockbuster. In 1999, I discovered the "A-con" Anime convention in Dallas and had a blast. I joined a local Dallas Anime club and learned a lot about the media and culture. Nowadays, I download a lot and have recommended many movies and series to friends whenever they are willing to listen.

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