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Post Reply Preferred Age for Anime protagonists?
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Posted 3/20/15 , edited 3/20/15

elsa-maria wrote:

I want more protagonists who are aged 26-59. I still like anime about high schoolers, but you can only watch so many of them before you start to feel a little tired of them. With shows about adults (dealing with the responsibilities of adulthood!), there are just so many possibilities with where the story and characterization can go.

I can understand why anime has so many shows about teenagers though. If you think about it, the one thing that most of us (and most anime watchers in Japan) have in common is that almost all of them have been to high school. It's a very universally relatable story. Anything beyond high school, people's lives start veering in different directions. Some people may not go to college. Some may go to a trade school. And after that, the possibilities are endless. High school is a good time to set a story, because it's when the characters are maturing, growing up, and experiencing a lot of change in their lives. Conflict and tumultuous times make a good story!


Agreed.

I would prefer anything post high school really, I mean why are all these characters "high school students" when they don't go to school, don't have parents at home, etc? I mean come on...

I think that the older age bracket is severely underrepresented in recent years.

I'd say anything from 23-40 would be good.

EDIT: Think about it. the characters is Psycho Pass, Ghost in the Shell, Shirobako, and half the cast of Durarara are of this age bracket. All quality shows. Then there's Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Hellsing, and many more older titles that totally rock out an aging cast. It provides balance to the inexperienced "just starting out" teenager with a person that has a chance to have lived at least long enough to develop SOME backstory, and not act like a complete idiot in some situations.
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Posted 3/21/15
Dang, I wonder who those two who voted 60+ are? And what kind of anime will that be?
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Posted 6/28/15
14-20
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Posted 6/28/15
I don't mind side characters under 12, but I don't want the story to focus on a 10 year old life/ saving the world (it's just not interesting). I'm ok with main characters over 25, it's just that their not as relatable.
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Posted 6/28/15
My age and in college
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Posted 6/28/15
16-25 usually
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Posted 6/29/15
18-25
Posted 6/30/15
26-59 (let's go for a bit of a much older generation)
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Posted 7/1/15
Depends on story or genre, but I always have tended to like characters around my age (which is currently 20). So I chose the 18-25 range. Of course I've enjoyed stories and shows and movies and anime where the protagonist was younger or older than myself numerous times.

I prefer near my age, but it depends on the anime, genre, and execution I'd say. If they can come up with some epic anime about toddlers then I'd watch it
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Posted 7/1/15
Like many others have said, it really depends on what the story is about. High school slice of life, would obviously be someone between the ages 14-20. I mean, imagine an anime with a 35 year old in high school. That would really creep people out. For shows that have action, I'd actually prefer them over the age of 18, or maybe 17. Although I must say that a lot of anime lately tend to target young adults.
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Posted 7/1/15
18-25 i think
Posted 7/1/15
Over 60
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Posted 7/1/15

severticas wrote:

Over 60


That's an interesting choice. What would you like to see happen in an anime about 60+ year-olds? Maybe wizards, or martial masters, or tutors?
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Posted 7/1/15
Early 20s, still doesn't know everything they need to know about life, but more than enough to make it through their situation without stumbling so much that it irritates the viewers. Just at that age where they;re also able to pull something philosophical out every once in a while. Gintoki is in his mid-20s or so, yeah, that's a good place to be.
Posted 7/2/15

jtjumper wrote:

That's an interesting choice. What would you like to see happen in an anime about 60+ year-olds? Maybe wizards, or martial masters, or tutors?


Something like Peeping Life
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