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Too Old To Relate To Anime?
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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?


It's not really that hard. A character with superpowers is generally just that: a human, with some kind of weird ability tacked on to generate plot. Having freaky powers and quirky enemies is usually icing on the cake of a story about humans interacting with other humans, who almost inevitably have relatable thoughts and relationships.

And, well, the whole point of fantasy and sci-fi is to put familiar personalities in an unfamiliar world to see what happens, how they change and react, allowing you to relate to people or situations that might look incomprehensible at first glance. Learning to relate to people who seem bizarre is something people seriously need to learn, and that these sorts of things hopefully help teach (real-life stories can do this, too, but only on a case-by-case basis). And, usually, there are real-world implications or allegories, intentional or not, that wouldn't necessarily come up in a "realistic" story.

Age is just another thing people use to segregate themselves into more comfortable subgroups, like race, or gender, or religion, or whatever. The day I stop caring about anime characters beyond pure entertainment value or reminiscing potential will be the day I stop watching anime. And that will probably happen, eventually, because I'm really good at getting bored of things. But, y'know, things change.

...sorry if this sounds obnoxious. Not in the most ideal mood today.
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Seconding the general sentiment of this thread. As yet another older fan, I can tell you that your enjoyment of this stuff will not cease as you age. It will only become more layered. Take heart.
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An interesting question. I find that it depends on the anime. I can't see myself going back to watching the pokemon anime, its not that i no longer like pokemon, love the games. I just found with new voices and the same generic plots used again with the same characters and no real sense of the anime plot progressing. Would be more interesting if the cast got older/new characters.

It's down to looking for new, interesting anime, as you get older you like the similar stuff but something that stands out too. So choices seem less then when you start watching anime.

I think it's harder if you are older starting anime than someone older who knows anime. I like to think anime will be a main thing for he est of my life.
Posted 1/27/14
This never happens to me and I'm 20 well to be honest it happens when you watch animes with moe or little cute characters in it. but thats just will not happen if you watch Bleach or read Claymore or any more mature stuff like that xD
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I can't say I've ever "related" to any character in any anime. But then again I've never really related to any fictional character in any format. I just enjoy well told stories even if it's a story I've heard a hundred times before.

If age played a part in enjoying a story Pixar wouldn't have nearly the market share it enjoys. If being "like" a character mattered networks such as Nick Jr wouldn't exist since the bulk of their shows don't feature human characters.

Your tastes may change as you get older but age is never a barrier to enjoying anime that has something that appeals to you. Even my diehard I'll-never-watch-anime sister-in-law has been slowly opening up as my young nephew has exposed her to the more kid-friendly shows.
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I don't think anyone ever really gets too old to 'relate' to something... If they did, then my 90yr old gran wouldn't love Pixar movies. Ironically, it is only the young that worry about being too old to relate to and enjoy something. Once you are older you don't care, you've either lost interest altogether (which may not have had anything to do with your getting older), or you still enjoy and probably will continue to do so until you're like my gran, i.e. too old to change anyway.
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I think about this too. I watch some animes and a lot of them take place in school. Im 20 now and school is fresh in my mind but sometimes I think, when im 30 is this just not gonna work. Am I gonna out grow one of my hobbys that has helped form myself and the friends I have currently? I hope not but at the same time its pretty clear almost all anime is aimed at young adults and teenagers.
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If anything you'll just demand higher quality in Anime and might look at a favorite show from your youth and think something like "how could I have enjoyed that show, let alone watch it." All genres exist within anime so you won't stop enjoying it unless you also stop enjoying their real life counterparts.
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Posted 1/27/14

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Well as I keep getting older, I constantly wonder if I will still be able to relate with the characters within Anime, seeing as how most of them are portrayed as teenagers. As of now I can still connect with younger characters, but I can't help but wonder if there will come a time when I can't.

Have you ever thought about this or has it already happened to you?


If this topic already exists, feel free to redirect me. I would appreciate it.



That picture is sooo NOT my case. Anime is not only about going on adventures with middle schoolers. There is so much to it and for every age. One thing I don't like about CR is that they have a lot of magical girl anime and anime for little kids...there are only like 6 animes I really like from this site (Gintama, saint seiya the lost canvas, Gankutsuou, Moribito, Nagi no asukara and Free).

But those are not my favorite animes, the ones on my favorite anime list are animes with very mature characters and stories...definitely not for kids^^
Posted 1/27/14
The truth is . . . yeah. But that should happen because you are growing up. Or should be growing up. Sometimes your views on certain things change. I don't think it's more like okay I'm 40 so I should stop watching anime. But it's perfectly normal for some things to get on your nerves as you age and to be honest get a little wiser. The two should go hand in hand. If not and you just age then your taste will most likely stay the same imho.
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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.


Dude, your grandpa watches/watched anime? That is so damn awesome I can't properly describe it!
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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.


Not necessarily, you can be young and still have refined tastes, or, you can be older and still have poor tastes.


This is true. My mother likes shows and movies I find terribly immature.

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Well if the picture is your case, then you're a pedo :P
It's not normal imagining yourself going on magical journies together with middle schoolers when you're 30 years old +
Not normal for anyone under over 18 years old either :P

But just watching anime, and not imagining stuff like that is ok xD
I'll continue to watch anime aslong as I find it entertaining. I'm 28 years old now.
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Koda89 wrote:


Felstalker wrote:

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.


Dude, your grandpa watches/watched anime? That is so damn awesome I can't properly describe it!


My grandpa is what you'd call a Tech Otaku. He was recording things on VHS before VHS was a "big deal". Better yet, he recieved 2 promotions in the Army back in the VIetnam war simply because he was the only one able to type. He's rather old now, and not super duper high tech anymore...age tends to limit you some times, but he' kept up on his Star Trek and Star Wars knowledge, and still collects hundreds of different things.

My grandpa was a primary introduction into Anime, as he was the one who would buy old school VHS tapes from thrift stores. My Aunt would always get onto him for buying the B-grade movies like Quest for Camelot, Theif and the Cobbler, Hercules and Xena the Animated movie, The Land Before Time(but not the first, ALL THE HORRIBLE SEQUELS!). While my Aunt would get us Disney movies to watch! Actual Disney movies!

Since his daughter/my Aunt got onto him for those, he stuck to Anime. Dragonball curse of the blood rubies is the most famous one, we still own the Blue VHS tape of it!

My grandpa spent 4 years in Japan following the Veitnam War. He was unable to get his Thai wife(my grandma) and her Thai kid(my mother) over to the states for a while. My grandpa loves the hell out of old Japanese films, especially Akira Kurosawa. Hence, he went out of his way to watch Samurai 7, as it's the anime remake of one of his favorite films of all time.

Oh, and my Grandpa is also really good at Age of Empires, gifting me AoE2 for my Birthday soooo long ago.
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