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One thing you might want to try is looking back to older anime series and giving them a shot. In the 80's and 90's there was more of a balance between age groups represented in anime, a healthy dose of adult characters, teenagers, and kids. Sometime in the aughts it started shifting towards teenage characters, and has been ever since. When I was young in the 90's, even though I couldn't relate with the older characters and themes at the time, I at least felt the medium had a degree of maturity to it that that made anime seem more universally appreciable. Now that I'm older I can look back at some of those series and enjoy them from an adult's perspective (like NInja Scroll and Riding Bean, for example).

That said, I don't necessarily think that older characters in an anime means that you can't appreciate anime with younger characters. There are lots of anime with kids and teen characters that I've watched and enjoy, like Nadia of the Secret Blue Water, Mysterious Cities of Gold, and even Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan. Although shows with adult characters are more likely to appeal to older sensibilities, that doesn't mean shows with younger characters can't appeal to adults too. For example, I'm still able to appreciate shows like AoT and KlK because of their original concepts, and because their teen protagonists don't annoy me (that is to say, I don't like the modern metro look of guys in anime or the moe cutesiness of girls, and those series mostly shirk those conventions in favor of distinct characterization and a unique atmosphere).
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I'm 25 and watch every kind of anime... Age doesn't really matter. It's your tastes that change
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Feia20032 wrote:

I'm 25 and watch every kind of anime... Age doesn't really matter. It's your tastes that change


This pretty much, I can actually safely say I will watch anime till death. You will never find such amazing storys in live action or anywhere else. Anime is in a tier of its own.
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Why pick out anime ? Aren't most movies TV music aimed at a younger audience? Sit back and enjoy what you like.BTW with so much anime out there you have a lot to choose from!
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Hibria187 wrote:


Feia20032 wrote:

I'm 25 and watch every kind of anime... Age doesn't really matter. It's your tastes that change


This pretty much, I can actually safely say I will watch anime till death. You will never find such amazing storys in live action or anywhere else. Anime is in a tier of its own.


Totally agree here. I'm 25 and love all types of anime still. Whether it is more juvenile or more sophisticated does not matter to me one iota. What matters is how much enjoyment I find in the series. I can find enjoyment in cute girl shows or more true to life ones. Age has nothing to do with liking anime, it is your mindset and what you find appealing in the medium that matters.
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While I can't relate since I'm still young, one's never too old for anything. You could be 90 and still watch Dora. Well... maybe not lol. While you may be too out of the age demographic to connect to some shows anymore, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. As like everyone else says, your tastes change as you watch more and more anime. And with that you're more analytical to what you watch & the industries who make them. From that I believe you get less concerned about the characters being young but rather the plot and storyboard aspects that makes a show good or bad to you.
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Technicolors wrote:

While I can't relate since I'm still young, one's never too old for anything. .


is anybody above 18 supposed to be old

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The thing you have to remember is that anime isn't just for children and young adults. Even western cartoons were like that at one point. Bugs Bunny, Scooby Doo... stuff like that has references and themes in it that go completely over the heads of little kids.
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YOU ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO ASK YOURSELF THIS!

^ Is the response my Grandpa, age 72, gave me when I asked the same question last Christmas, when he gifted me Samurai 7... which he recommended to me back on 06, and I bought in 07 at my first Anime Convention.

Too old to remember how much he has influenced my life, too young to find nothing relatable.
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Is highschool dxd or sekion no qwaser meant for anybody UNDER 18??? Hell no
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I'm going through sort of the same thing right now. I don't know whether it's because of age (even though I'm not old, but I'm not a teen anymore), or I've seen the same cliches over and over again (I can only handle "teenagers saving the world" for so long). But I think the answer to both questions is the same. There are anime out there that aren't about teenagers. And there are anime that dodge or shake up the same plotlines that I've seen done over and over again. You just gotta find them (or ask someone else for help). Try watching a different genre than you normally watch.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

The older you get, the more refined your tastes will become, because you've seen that character or storyline thousands of times already.

I think it's more about becoming set in our ways. I remember reading about a study that did social experiments to measure our capacity to imagine fantastic things, and young children, on average, were 40 times better at it than adults.

(As in, an adult could come up with 5 ways to do something, while a child could come up with over 200.)

Basically if there's an adult with an imagination as vibrant as a child's they're effectively a genius. As we age we lose the capacity to enhance our entertainment with our own imaginations, and we're cynical if something fails our expectations.

Although, granted, I remember being the harshest critic of the bullshit on Nickelodeon you could imagine as a kid. I had friends who loved Rugrats! To this day I do not understand how anyone could love Rugrats. And they didn't like chess!

(... I might've been a weird kid in retrospect.)

Anyway though, I think the truth probably lies somewhere between our two respective positions.
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If you can't relate to the anime characters,
treat them like idols or people you wanna cheer on instead!
(At least this applies to the girls in my case as
I've never felt related to any anime character despite the fact that I've been into stuff like that since 3rd grade)
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I don't watch the anime in order to try to relate. I watch anime to entertain myself.
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It's always entertaining to read from a teenager considering themselves as "getting older", as much as I completely understand the feeling.
In today's world though you can pretty much get away with living your adolescence straight through to about 30 (as long as you don't have any kids) and nobody will be able to do anything about it. Being someone actually in their 30s, I'd also say there are exceptions to even that rule.
At this point I absolutely do have problems relating to most anime; and for that reason watch very little of it but I'm quite busy anyway and fully enjoy the two or three shows I {carefully) choose to watch at any given time.
I honestly can't stand animes that take place in high school, and can't think of a time when I ever liked them.
Those shows that tend toward war or political stories get my attention, and more often than not I tend to relate to; and become a fan of- the older characters rather than the younger. I prefer shows with adult casts, where high school is as far away from the story as possible. Often this means I have to dig into the catalog and drag out some quite older shows (like Ghost in the Shell) but that's one of the great things about the genre of anime: it's HUGE.
And huge genre means there is so much to choose from, and so many shows made every year that even if you get tired of school days type shows you'll still find plenty to watch, and probably never run out.
The WORST thing you can do is skim the currently-streaming lists on these websites and resign yourself to thinking this is all that's available.
There is just a ton of anime out there, go ahead and reach backward a few years or even decades and you'll find plenty of stuff made for older audiences that will impress you.
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