Post Reply Anime & Mangas character age??!!
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I just wanted to know if I'm the only one who doesn't get the characters' ages in the anime and mangas....
Like it's rarely clearly stated... And sometimes you just want to know!!
And also, sometimes the timeline of the manga or anime isn't coherent... Like the events are not in the right order...
Anyone else feels that?
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1st Question: No.
Can you give examples of animes where you're confused about the characters' age?


2nd Question: I feel that way only for Baccano! and Durarara!, it's a technique used to create suspense.
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The older a female character gets the more of a Loli she is. The younger she is the more of a babe ah is.
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1) If a character's age is important you should be able to find it on a wiki somewhere.

2) There are ones where events are intentionally out of sequence, but none should break chronological continuity. A couple are Baccano!, the first season of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, and the Kara no Kyoukai movies.
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Posted 7/5/13 , edited 7/5/13
1.) A good example of this is Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. In the anime, going by her community's calendar her age is 14 years old, which is what most people watching assume. In reality, the official guidebook states that her age is actually 18, which for all intents and purposes, makes much more sense. For manga, the Wolf Guy remake has the some of its characters as middle schoolers but they are draw as someone you'd expect to be in their late teen's to early twenty's that you forget they are actually younger.

2.) Others have given good examples already.
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I agree with the second part. Naruto has an annoying timeline. If Naruto was as old as when the anime started he would be about my age, but instead he is still stuck at sixteen. I don't know how long the manga has been going.

I would like to know how old Sakata Gintoki is, but for the most part I can usually guess how old a character is.
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Posted 7/5/13
Not clearly stating the age is one technique that mangaka use to make their characters more interesting. Stating the age but having it ironically the opposite one might expect is another. There are some who will reveal the character's age to make it seem more realistic, and there are situations where the exact age does not need to be said because you can infer the general range of possibilities. And, then there are artists whose drawing styles hint maturaty or youth unintentionally.

Also, the reason events are not always in chronological order is because having them all over the place creates a certain appeal that drags in people who are tired of orthodox-style works. Also, it opens up the possibility of adding fillers and making other stories involving them at a later time to explain a certain detail or to add more onto a work that has already completed its main storyline. There are also some who will purposely create a situation in which the timeline is not proper, so that the reader/viewer will pick up on it- as it will serve a bigger purpose later.


-or something like that...
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