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Does anyone above the age of 25 enjoy ecchi or harem animes?
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It depends on the anime. I love the genre when it is done well. Ouran Highschool Host Club is one of the best anime series I’ve ever seen, and it’s a romantic comedy/harem anime. The thing that makes it interesting is that it’s very satirical; all of the characters are knowingly playing into the roles of a harem anime, but they do it because they all have individual goals, and acting that way helps them further their goals. It’s very easy for people who aren’t paying attention to write the show off as stupid, and it is definitely silly (funny), but it is by no means stupid. The character development is more layered than any other anime I’ve seen; it’s more realistic in that they have a social personality and a private personality (the rest isn't realistic, of course). Most anime have the character “grow” somehow into a “new” character at the end of some journey, but they still just have that one personality, and you don’t really know what motivates them.

In a good harem anime, it allows you to see what motivates people, how they choose to act (social) based on their personal motivations (private), and that interaction is very interesting. In action anime, it pretty much always turns into something like “I’m strong enough to express my vulnerability and that’s what makes me strong!” Even with good action anime, it gets pretty boring. The characters just have no dimension; they’re fine characters, but they’re not as likable as a good socially-oriented anime’s characters are. And harem anime are (usually) one of the types of socially-oriented anime. And the good ones do it well. Actually, I’d go so far as to say that the action anime, with harem-like elements added as an afterthought, are some of the more fan-servicey and awkward ones. The awkward ones are the ones where all the pervs make creeper comments like “We all know what that means…” It’s like “Yeah, because it wasn’t even subtle; but thanks for crashing a proverbial semi-truck through the wall to point it out again, ya socially-awkward creeper.” Sorry that's harsh; but it just gives me the creeps! It's like, if you saw two people kiss, and then someone stood next to you and was like "We know what they're gonna do later..." I bet you'd be like "Guh, creepy!" but the comments are rife with people saying that kinda business. Now this obviously does not apply to everyone, but I am gonna help you out if you read this, socially-awkward member of Crunchyroll. Try saying something like "That kiss was hot." That's just an opinion on something you saw. That's not creepy. Implying non-existent characters are going to go off somewhere and do "something else" is just you imagining pervy things (because the artist certainly never drew it), and no one wants to imagine you imagining pervy things. It's not creepy for you to do, it's creepy to tell people about it. One of those "keep it to yourself" kinda things.

TL;DR – It’s more about the writing than the genre.
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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?


You're experiencing the maturity curve paradox. At some point young people feel the need to be all mature and dropping all things presumed childish or immature. They get all serious, graduate, get a job, live together and things like that. Than some were past their 30th birthday they realize being mature or an adult doesn't exclude all childish or immature things like watching cartoons, playing games or collecting dolls.
A definite sign of the maturity curve paradox is calling one self old at 27 ;). Although watching any anime would definitely be a no-no. So not all is lost, just keep those shows for in a couple of years when they will return to be mildly fun.

Edit: On Harem in particular, I don't get that writers can't get more imaginative than repeating the same things over and over again, never giving any progress or resolve. Hell, don't even mind the lack of resolve as long as there is any development. Maybe they could ship some characters off, than have them break it up, cheat, etc. Anything really that is more than almost confessing, almost kissing, almost sailing away. Maybe it's a bit lame of a comparison but Lilly & Holden (ATWT) or Brooke & Ridge (BB) in western soaps were always dancing around each other, but still they got other relationships, broke up, got together, married, divorced, got babies with others, got kidnapped, got back together again, broke up again, etc. You get the idea. The relationship between the two mains more or less stayed the same but at least shit happens. But unfortunately most harem/romantic anime take the Nanny or Who's the boss route.

(p.s. sorry if the examples are before your time, but Dawsons Creek or Twilight probably have similar mechanics I presume)
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