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I'll go to conventions until I can't drive there myself.
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There is no age limit on things you love. I know people that are in their forties that still go trick or treating. They love dressing up and getting candy. I have respect for them to continue what they love, and I think everyone else would have respect for you to keep doing what you love to do.
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I will never stop doing what I like no matter what people tell me. I don't care what is and isn't acceptable.
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till Im in grave
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I am 43.

I still go. But I attend with a different mindset. I'm the old man. I've seen anime that many people have never heard of, that hasn't been seen in North America in 20-30 years. I'm there not because its new and exciting, but because I have literally grown up, and grown old with it. I'm there to share stories of the old days, should anyone care to ask.

If I have time, I may even volunteer this year.
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Posted 11/5/14
I dunno, I go at random years..so never til I can't make it anymore.
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Posted 11/5/14
Personally i don't know if i can see myself watching as much as i do,or maybe even at all when i hit an older age. I hope you guy's keep on trucking for the rest of us.
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Posted 11/5/14 , edited 3/30/15
Step 1: Create an anime or make a contribution to the anime community to get you notice.

Step 2: Make guess appearances as the celebrity you are and people will love you forever.

Step 3: Yay.

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Posted 11/9/14
hopefully never
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14
Go as long as you have interest in going.

There is a pretty large anime convention in my state that I have been attending the past four or five years. Every year, I attend thinking that it was my last because my interest in anime had waned. Plus, what makes the convention enjoyable, for me, was the friends that I got to experience it with. Lately, most lost interest in the convention because of money and time issues (ah, adult life) so they go on and off. Without them, I've been feeling a little lonely.

However, I still go because I staff and I work with a great team. Every time I step into that convention space, I remember the joy of working there, meeting folks who have like-interests, and admiring the cosplayers that show up. I don't attend the panels anymore because none hold my interest. It is the people that has me coming back each year.

So go as long as you have the interest. Age has no relationship to it, in fact, look at the people who run and staff the conventions, they are all at various ages and they participate because they have interest in it.

... though I do have to say that the older I get, the more energy it takes for me to keep up the convention.
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Posted 11/16/14 , edited 3/30/15

BlueOni wrote:

Q: At what age should you stop going to anime conventions?

A: Whatever age you are when they put you in the ground.


I like that answer. Although I might add Whatever age you personally stop enjoying them.

Or whatever age your body just can't keep up anymore.

I tend not to go to full-weekend events anymore. At late-thirties, my body and work schedule combine to make it difficult to manage. (Not enough sleep, too much work.) But still do to one-day events.
I went to the MCM London Comic Con the other Saturday. Kamen Rider belt around my waist, green contacts, black nails. And I didn't feel odd, out of place or "too old". And I intend to continue on in that fashion as long as I enjoy it.

I've seen people in their forties, fifties and even probably sixties at various events. And apart from grey (or absent) hair and long beards, they seemed to belong every bit as much as people in their teens and early twenties.


TheRealEvilSteve wrote:

I am 43.

I still go. But I attend with a different mindset. I'm the old man. I've seen anime that many people have never heard of, that hasn't been seen in North America in 20-30 years. I'm there not because its new and exciting, but because I have literally grown up, and grown old with it. I'm there to share stories of the old days, should anyone care to ask.

If I have time, I may even volunteer this year.


Thats's the other thing. i've seen shows that came out before some younger attendees were even born.

I've seen fansubs go from manually-copied VHS tapes done from Laserdiscs and a genlock. Though to digisubs and same-week (or even same-day subbing).

I've seen official releases go from dub-or-sub VHS tapes through to bilingual DVDs and now Blu-rays.

I've seen both fansubs and official release being complemented by legal streaming options.

I've seen companies come and go. Titles disappear and get rescues.

I am becoming the "Old Timer". And we oldies have opinions and experiences that are no more or no less relevant than younger fans. We can discuss the good (or bad...) old days amongst ourselves. We can compare stories with younger fans. We can maybe introduce younger relatives into the fandom, if they find anime interesting.

I don't think we're "too old" until we personally think we are. But it does mean that our perspectives and stamina are somewhat different than they were ten or twenty years back. So we go, or stop going, for different reasons.
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Posted 11/16/14
I rarely put on a costume and go to a convention.
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Posted 12/13/14
Probably about my mid 30s unless I somehow have children that want to go after that.
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Posted 12/17/14
Never. I'm going to be the old guy who starts off every conversation with back in my day...., or kids these days and there new fangled.....
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Posted 12/21/14
So far at 48, I haven't aged out of conventions. Now I help run one
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