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Post Reply does the main character's age matter when you read anime/manga?
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Posted 5/22/16
I have noticed this about myself recently. As i get older i focus more attention on anime or manga that have characters that are my age or older. I watch these shows regardless if they are good or not.

Finding those show get difficult when you get older. I think i just don't want people to say " hey why are you watching a show about a bunch of 15 year olds? what can an adult get from that?"

Is what i'm doing stupid or does anyone else do that?
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I find the specifics of a story matter little. Ages, nationalities, a world filled with magic, giant robots, or ordinary Japan, none of it really turns me on or off.

Give me story. Give me drama. Give me something that challenges my expectations. Anyone can do the predictable. Give me something that I won't know what is coming. Or if you have to give me something predictable, make it so beautiful or interesting that I won't care.

I want to be entertained.
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Nah, I do the same. There's only so much high school drama / cliches one person can take anyhow. We all like characters we can relate too.
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Yeah, it's easier to relate to someone in the same age group as yourself.
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Recently I've found that anime tends to restyle the characters slightly making them look younger against the manga. That's led me to reading the manga over the anime. While it doesn't bother me much when I see someone I think is 13 on a show I do find it more comfortable with some of the situations anime tends to get into when I realize the character is actually 19 and in the manga is drawn that way.
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28 / M / Greensboro, NC
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The age changes, but the anime/manga doesn't really focus on that factor.
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22 / M / Hongdae
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Depends on the maturity of the show. Im finding it harder and harder to watch shows made for 14 year olds though. But its probably more because I've seen so many shows like those that I find them more cliche or silly now and I know what to expect. Some slice of life shows or comedy school life shows I will never get tired of though. Such as SNAFU, lucky star, and yuruyuri. Those will be classics for me because of just how comedic I find them. The characters may all be between 12-17 years old, but they can still be funny. And does an 'adult' every really stop being a kid? I hate work, I want to sleep and watch anime/play games all day. :p Who doesnt?
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26 / M / Connecticut
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Posted 5/22/16
I try not to but it is nice to occasionally have a story about someone who is closer to my age or older
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Age matters very little to me. I'm more interested in a good story. Some times it bugs me that all the MC's are 14 and 15 years old, especially when it comes to Mech anime's. I can't stand the whole: Only a 14 year old ace pilot (who's never even been in a mech before the series started) can save us from the evil alien invasion. You would think there would be some experienced combat pilots out there who'd be way more advanced than some kid who is just so awesome because he was good at video games or something. Those are the stories that bug me. I don't like it when they put young people in the plot for absolutely no other reason than to sell manga's or dvd's. Now if you give me some reasons why this 14 year old is so awesome and it makes sense then I'll jump on board. Also if you give me a great story then I'll jump on board. On the other hand I do tend too find it refreshing when a new anime does something surprising and makes their mc older for story reasons. I liked the fact that the MC in Erased was older even though we spent much of the series following him as a child. But then again that was a really good story so that's what I cared about most.

The ONLY exception to this rule is cute girls being cute. Some anime's, okay most anime's love to throw young teenage girls into their shows because they're just too cute. I don't think School Live would have worked as well if they were all 30 year old women. Same for Yuki Yuna is a hero. Sometimes it's just fun to watch cute girls being cute and when they give you a great story on top of it then that's even better.
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I have to agree with "The Original Stray" on this. I'm interested in the story, the drama, the thrill, the action or romance. MC's age doesn't usually come into play unless it makes no sense. Lance N' Masques would be the only example I've dealt with where I couldn't watch the show because everyone looks 6 years old. TTGL Had a younger MC, but I really enjoyed it. I think what most hate would be the constant cliche and trope of some 14 year old high school student gets invincible plot armor and saves the world BECAUSE REASONS !
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 5/22/16
Yes, I resonate more with characters that are similar to my age. But honestly, I am just sick of 14-year-olds kicking everyone's ass.
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20 / M / Eng Land
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Not all the time, but I do appreciate when a show focuses around an adult cast, if for no other reason than it being a nice break from the constant high-schooler settings.
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It really depends. There have been some good television shows where the main characters have been definitely way younger than me (high school, etc). But I still enjoy them for one reason or another. I enjoy Sailor Moon because of nostalgia and it isn't that childish (Usagi aside). I mean, grown people watch My Little Pony Friendship, or whatever, and a lot of the main characters are pretty young (or were when watched whatever generation was on when I was a kid...).

I didn't intend to try to defend my watching of anime that has young people as it's main characters, but it certainly looks like I have done just that. Hahaha.

I don't like high school slice of life anime. I don't like the typical special high school girl or boy anime where they suddenly learn they're super special and can do things. Or can already do things and are under cover, or isn't let anyone see their full potential. Some anime that fit that bill make it through and I end up watching them (e.g. Sailor Moon, Code Geass, Big Order). But mostly I have been gearing more towards drama anime with stronger themes (e.g. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju -- a show about the Japanese form of comedy called rakugo), and some that just are kinda way out there (e.g. Kabaneri).
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Posted 5/22/16
Depends on the story.

I'm too old to be watching teenyboppers but if you can spin a trope into something different or well...I like comedy(Non Non Biyori/Azumanga Daioh/Daily Lives of High School Boys), then I'll watch.

However, the older I get the more I gravitate towards dramatic anime that features more adult characters(Rakugo, Erased, Joker's Game). I wish there was more adult MCs in mainstream anime...but I do understand why teenagers are always the MCs just about.
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25 / M / Canada
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Posted 5/22/16
The issue is less the age of the protagonists, to echo many of the prior entries, but rather the locale, genre and plot. The issue I'm seeing, is that while the locale changes, we seem to get the same by the number genres and plots going on. The general trend towards 'harems' of sorts with the protagonists, at least in the anime I've chosen to watch each season out of morbid and terrified curiousity is also something that turns me off more than specific ages.

Although I must admit that seeing older protagonists, adults rather in their mid 20's to 30's is quite nice as a mid twenty-something myself. If the problems and conflicts also age with the protagonist, that is the difficulties of adulthood rather than childhood 'romances,' it becomes even more enjoyable. Of course I'll use Cowboy Bebop as an example of this.
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