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Does anyone above the age of 25 enjoy ecchi or harem animes?
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As a young and horny teenager I thought harems and ecchi were the two greatest things to ever exist. Now that i'm an old man of 27 though, I find myself automatically shutting down the second I see "Harem" in the tags, and ecchi needs to have an absurdly mature story (which isn't exactly common) for me to be able to tolerate it. Does anyone past their mid 20s still enjoy those genres, or is it a strictly teenage thing?
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It is true, that ecchi/harem stories lose their impact when you get older. If I wanted to see boobs bouncing with no story, I would go to my favorite porn site. I still watch some harem animes, more for the art style or story though. It is always as filler, when I don't have anything else to watch. There is an exception though. I am really into the monster girl genre, so anything with that quality, I make it a point to check out. "why monster girls" you ask? It is because it is something different that there isn't much of.
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Posted 12/19/14
I do (I'm 44). My wife likes some of them too.
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Posted 12/19/14

dracphelan wrote:
My wife likes some of them too.


Same here. My wife and I both crack up at Daimidaler.

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Well in Japan most of the fans of that sort of stuff are 30-40 year olds who can afford to collect all the figures and merch the companies throw out to support the show and it's collection of cute characters. For me it just depends on the show it can be these things and still have a decent storyline but often they choose boobs over any sort of substance. The World God Only Knows was the last harem anime i thought was really good. In the current season Trinity Seven has it's moments as does Inou Battle Within Everyday Life.
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Posted 12/19/14
Oh hell yeah.
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I still enjoy both of those genres...after all, there's nothing wrong with a little titillation, and if there's a good, character-driven story attached, all the better.
Posted 12/19/14

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As a young and horny teenager I thought harems and ecchi were the two greatest things to ever exist. Now that i'm an old man of 27 though, I find myself automatically shutting down the second I see "Harem" in the tags, and ecchi needs to have an absurdly mature story (which isn't exactly common) for me to be able to tolerate it. Does anyone past their mid 20s still enjoy those genres, or is it a strictly teenage thing?



It depends. The only real ecchi show I like is Highschool of the Dead. It is just very entertaining to me. I have cut back on harems, but it is because not many are charming right now. Like many genres they are formulaic and when a girl has a sad back story, I no longer feel attached because almost every harem has a girl LIKE THAT [no need to cite others where everyone is happy and horny - that is the direction I openly dislike].

In my old age, I generally don't like shows that are more than a "Love Triangle" and at most a Triangle + an extra that fades off early (True Tears). After living extra years, I felt as much disconnect to harems that I do with shows that have magic in them. Most of them just aren't believable, so I don't like them as much as when I didn't know any better.

*Note : nothing wrong with these things, Just answering the original post. I should add - I'm not attracted to 2D characters.
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Posted 12/19/14
At 24 I still enjoy them
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I am 25 and i still like them. More of along the lines of action harem like Trinity Seven. It has a story that I can get into and still have the quirks of the harem
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Yes, but they have to have a good story beyond being Ecchi or Harem show. Also I find some 'harem' shows are anything but that and are labeled as such to sell to the horny crowd OR a reviewer wants it to be that way. Ai Yori Aoshi is one such show. The male MC (Kaoru Hanabishi (Honjo)) loves the female MC (Aoi Sakuraba (Honjo)) and has fading feelings for Tina Foster. Everybody else are comey relief and never get past the 'just friends' stage despite their delusions.

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Well, I just finished Denki-Gai last night and loved it and I think it fits both genres you mentioned (the harem for Kantoku/Hiotan, Tsumorin, Kameko or Sommelier/Fu-Girl, Ero Hon G-Man). If a harem has a good plot, solid characters or story I still love it (Strike the Blood, D-Frag, Nisekoi). If an ecchi has fun or lovable characters I love it (Mayo Chiki, Grisaia). I'm part of the above 40 crowd.
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When I was younger I thought I cared about anime being taken seriously as an important "artform" -- this notion kept me from being able to relax and enjoy anything that wasn't serious or "artsy". As I got older I realized what I really care about is being entertained -- so now I only worry about if it works for me, and let the rest of the world take care of itself.

Not all Ecchi or Harem shows are worthwhile to me, but the ones that are good are among my all time favorites.
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To be honest, I'm in my mid-30s, and I don't notice fan service half the time, unless it's particularly in your face (Freezing, YnS, Sekerie, Rosario x Vampire, etc.). Unless I'm watching with my wife, in which case she'll point out every needless up-skirt camera angle.

Still, I like shows with interesting character dynamics and settings, or that make me laugh. If they happen to be ecchi harems with boobs hanging out and panty shots galore, whatever. If they happen to be chaste shows about reconnecting with family and community, that's fine too.

I did get turned off by Freezing, I'll admit, but only because the titillation and gore were worked into the same scenes. (Seriously, you want me to get a boner by a girl as I'm watching her hacked to pieces?) I also don't get the tentacle or loli fetishes that sometimes creep their way into mainstream anime from hentai (see SAO: Fairy Dance and Kanokon, respectively, for examples).

Otherwise, good shows are good shows, boobs are boobs, and I'm grown up enough to understand and appreciate both without getting all hot and bothered about it.
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I'm well over the age of 25, and I see no reason why I should not enjoy it. As others have said, it's best if it has a good story behind it. One of my top favorites is Heaven's Lost Property, and once you get beyond the ecchi, there's a pretty cool story behind it. Shame about that final movie tho. If not a good story, at least some good humor like Nyaroko. The flip side is something like Horizon In The Middle of Nowhere. It has a good story, but the fanservice was bad. I made it to episode 10 and had to stab my eyes out cause I couldn't take any more chest torpedoes.
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