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Series with age 20+ Protagonist?
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When I was 16 I used to think Onizuka Ecchi (22) was pretty old. But now that I'm 27, I'm looking for protagonists even older than that.

This idea spiked up the other day when I started watching Kenshin again out of boredom. When I looked up his age I realized, "Wow, Kenshin is 28... that makes him only a year older than me!" where his age once didn't matter to me, today it suddenly seems really badass realizing that a superhero like Kenshin isn't in high school.

It's really enjoyable to watch right now and I identify with Kenshin at this part in my life a lot.

I want to know if anyone knows anymore good series with older protagonists.

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Gin Toki from Gintama is probably in his upper 20s.
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Huh...you made me curious so I looked it up. Spike Spiegel is 27 years old. There ya go. Unless you've already seen Cowboy Bebop.
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Motoko Kusanagi from GitS is what? In her early thirties?
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Main character from Spice & Wolf is 25

I think the main character from Steins:gate is over 20 as well.
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Wow, there's more guys I didn't realize were that old when I used to watch them.

Do we have protagonists like that in recent anime? I was watching Steins;Gate and I thought for sure that Okabe was in his 20's. I was a bit weirded out when I found out he was only 18. He didn't look like one.
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Shiroe of Log Horizon is a grad student. It was one of the things that immediately got my attention about the show, because it's nice not to have another protagonist that is in middle or high school. Also, I'm a grad student myself, so I can relate. A number of the characters are in their twenties or older, including an engineer and someone with a business degree.

Technically, DBZ has older characters. Probably not what you're looking for, but Goku and his cohort are all easily over twenty for the majority of the show.

Fate/Zero has mostly older characters. Alexander's person, Saber, and maybe Gilles's person are the only ones that might be younger than twenty that are important characters. Part of the reason I haven't looked into Fate/Stay Night yet is because I don't feel like dealing with teenager non-sense after how awesome Fate/Zero was.

Not an anime, but the manga Pluto has an older protagonist. It's an adaptation of an Astroboy story, but Atom isn't really the main character.

Hei from Darker than Black comes across as being in his early to mid twenties and only Yin in his group is younger. Most of the characters tend to be adults (government agents, scientists, etc.). Though there are definitely some kids and teenagers thrown in.

Baccano has character ages all over the place, but a good number of the important characters are 18+. There really isn't one protagonist.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex definitely has characters over twenty. I'd say most of them were over thirty.

Trigun mostly has adult characters.
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Main character from Spice & Wolf is 25

I think the main character from Steins:gate is over 20 as well.


Rintarou Okabe is 18 from wiki.
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Going through my list and checking wikis...

Yakumo Fujii from 3x3 Eyes is 20 in the second set of OVAs (16 in the first).
Afro Samurai from Afro Samurai is however old he is.
Most of the cast of Baccano! are adults.
There's also Black Lagoon.
And Break Blade.
And Casshern Sins probably (how do you tell how old a robot is anyway).
Claymore.
Cowboy Bebop.
Death Note.
Fate/Zero.
Genshiken is college, so 18+ mostly.
Ghost in the Shell is obvious.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Hellsing.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
In Kara no Kyoukai Shiki and Mikiya are between 16 and 20 depending on the movie.
Karas mostly has adults from what I remember.
The Portrait of Petite Cossette.
Orphen (Krylancelo Finrandi) from Majutsushi Orphen is 20 (which I liked).
RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne.
Monster.
Mushishi.
Paprika.
Parasite Dolls.
Perfect Blue.
Psycho-Pass.
Samurai Champloo probably.
Balsa is 29 in Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (which was awesome).
Kraft Lawrence from Spice and Wolf is 25.
Texhnolyze (Ichise might be just below 20 or over it, not sure).
Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Susumu Kodai is 21.

Bunch of older OVAs have older characters as well since they could be aimed at an older audience.
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Thanks for taking the time
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many animes have older characters, most young ones are from shounen, and a main character i recall is Toriko
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One Outs the protagonist is in his 20's.
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Insomnist wrote:

Going through my list and checking wikis...

Yakumo Fujii from 3x3 Eyes is 20 in the second set of OVAs (16 in the first).
Afro Samurai from Afro Samurai is however old he is.
Most of the cast of Baccano! are adults.
There's also Black Lagoon.
And Break Blade.
And Casshern Sins probably (how do you tell how old a robot is anyway).
Claymore.
Cowboy Bebop.
Death Note.
Fate/Zero.
Genshiken is college, so 18+ mostly.
Ghost in the Shell is obvious.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Hellsing.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
In Kara no Kyoukai Shiki and Mikiya are between 16 and 20 depending on the movie.
Karas mostly has adults from what I remember.
The Portrait of Petite Cossette.
Orphen (Krylancelo Finrandi) from Majutsushi Orphen is 20 (which I liked).
RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne.
Monster.
Mushishi.
Paprika.
Parasite Dolls.
Perfect Blue.
Psycho-Pass.
Samurai Champloo probably.
Balsa is 29 in Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (which was awesome).
Kraft Lawrence from Spice and Wolf is 25.
Texhnolyze (Ichise might be just below 20 or over it, not sure).
Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Susumu Kodai is 21.

Bunch of older OVAs have older characters as well since they could be aimed at an older audience.


Have you forgotten Kaze No Stigma?
Kazuma Yagami is 22 years old.
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Have you forgotten Kaze No Stigma?
Kazuma Yagami is 22 years old.
Hard to forget something I didn't know exists.

It's far from a complete list for sure, it's just from what I've personally seen and put on my Hummingbird profile.
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Legend of Black Heaven has a middle-aged protagonist in Oji.

Protag from Barakamon has to be in his mid twenties.

Golden Time has college students.

Most of Bubblegum Crisis's main characters are over eighteen. They come across as older than they look.

I think Yoriko Readman of Read or Die is in her mid twenties.

Virus buster serge has characters in their mid twenties too.

The Licensed by Royalty characters come to mind.

You might want to look up older anime, especially in the 1990s. Even if the characters are still eighteen or under, they tend to come across a lot older than most modern anime, which tend to set their main characters sixteen and under.
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