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No, you will not continue to relate to most anime characters as you get older. As you get older, instead of relating, you'll be reminiscing. What I mean by that is that you'll start remembering a time when you felt that way, would've reacted that way, or experienced something similar when you were younger. (This applies to realistic animes, "Slice of Life", "Romance", etc...) As far as fantasy anime, you're never really going to relate to those characters, anyway. How do you relate to an esper who kills people with her mind? Or a pirate made of rubber who fights admirals and fishmen?

But, as you get older, you won't really be looking to relate with anime characters, anyway. You'll be using anime as a diversionary tactic to escape the daily grind and entertain yourself. Sometimes, you might find an older character you relate with, but it'll be few and far between. But, as someone 13 years your senior, let me tell you, you have nothing to worry about, because not being able to relate personally with anime characters won't decrease the enjoyment you have for anime. At least it doesn't with me.


Pretty much said exactly what I was going to say here, 100% agreed.

I'm obviously not too old myself but my brother is 33 or 34 (I can never remember exactly and I think that might make me a terrible person) and he's more of a fanatic then I am.
Posted 1/26/14
Simple solution: stay immature.
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I will still be watching anime in the nursing home
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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



anyone under 40 is just a kid

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The trick I find is to not try and relate to the characters or to project yourself into them while watching a show.

When I'm watching, I'm not imagining that I'm in the show with the characters. I'm just some guy on the other side of the screen, and if they break the fourth wall and talk to me then that's the closest I'm going to come to actually interacting with the characters.

That is why I especially hate it when there is a character that is relatively bland and featureless who is intended to be the guy the viewer is meant to project themselves into. I want my characters to be interesting, I don't want to have to make them interesting for myself.

I do not "see myself" in any of my favorite characters. I have little in common with any of them. I like them because they're awesome themselves.

I'm not saying it's wrong to do the things I don't do, it's perfectly fine. So if you do like to do these things you're all good, it's just that I prefer not to.
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supasoggyrolle wrote:

No, you will not continue to relate to most anime characters as you get older. As you get older, instead of relating, you'll be reminiscing. What I mean by that is that you'll start remembering a time when you felt that way, would've reacted that way, or experienced something similar when you were younger. (This applies to realistic animes, "Slice of Life", "Romance", etc...) As far as fantasy anime, you're never really going to relate to those characters, anyway. How do you relate to an esper who kills people with her mind? Or a pirate made of rubber who fights admirals and fishmen?

But, as you get older, you won't really be looking to relate with anime characters, anyway. You'll be using anime as a diversionary tactic to escape the daily grind and entertain yourself. Sometimes, you might find an older character you relate with, but it'll be few and far between. But, as someone 13 years your senior, let me tell you, you have nothing to worry about, because not being able to relate personally with anime characters won't decrease the enjoyment you have for anime. At least it doesn't with me.


Couldn't have said it better myself.
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supasoggyrolle wrote:

No, you will not continue to relate to most anime characters as you get older. As you get older, instead of relating, you'll be reminiscing. What I mean by that is that you'll start remembering a time when you felt that way, would've reacted that way, or experienced something similar when you were younger. (This applies to realistic animes, "Slice of Life", "Romance", etc...) As far as fantasy anime, you're never really going to relate to those characters, anyway. How do you relate to an esper who kills people with her mind? Or a pirate made of rubber who fights admirals and fishmen?

But, as you get older, you won't really be looking to relate with anime characters, anyway. You'll be using anime as a diversionary tactic to escape the daily grind and entertain yourself. Sometimes, you might find an older character you relate with, but it'll be few and far between. But, as someone 13 years your senior, let me tell you, you have nothing to worry about, because not being able to relate personally with anime characters won't decrease the enjoyment you have for anime. At least it doesn't with me.


Couldn't really say it any better than this...

Still, some of the anime themes you will see time and time again will get old..

Some of the old shows you've seen will get a reboot, for better or worse . . . I've seen it happen.

I guess I don't have anything to add without sitting and thinking a typing out several pages of the parallels of poetry and art and music and theater and anime....
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Ok good, i'm not the only one who pointed out that 19 is not old... not saying I am at 22... but damn if 19 is old...

Anywho pretty much everyone has stated that getting old doesn't matter as an Anime fan, and i'm too tired to repeat all of it.
Posted 1/26/14
Who cares if you can relate as long as it's good.
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Anime is just another form of entertainment. That also goes with movies, books, videogames, board games, theater, etc. Each involves your imagination. If you lost your imagination or don't find enjoyment in it, then find a different genre in the broad spectrum that is anime. Do you have the same problems when watching live action movies? Or when you read a book? or watch a play? If you can't find any then it's not anime you have a problem with at all.. something's wrong with you.
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nah I never get too old, i'm always a 15 years old inside... j/k preferences in genre can change over time but overall it's based on whether you think something is entertaining enough to put in the time to watch it or not.
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Insomnist wrote:


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.


I strongly agree with that point.
I do believe that as people can make more logical sense of the world through cognitive development, the more they lose the imaginative side of things, as those two things conflict with one another. Being logical cancel out that illogical thinking.


(I didn't know anybody in our generation who disliked Rugrats though, haha, but as a kid, I never liked Looney Tunes as it was too predictable)
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I don't really watch anime just to relate myself to them, just like I don't watch a movie because I can relate to them, but my preference on watching what genre changed drastically when I got older. They mentioned refined, that maybe true for me but I still don't mind those cliche jokes or nonsense comedy anime from time to time.
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In my late 20's I relate to the characters no more and no less than I did when I was in my mid teens.

Honestly, most anime with high schoolers is actually created for my age bracket in the first place. So you really don't feel any sort of generation gap. And even if you did, it's masked by the already present cultural gap (for all us non Japanese)
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