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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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I personally tend to lean towards the older protagonists at my age or older as well. However if a high school shojo is well written I am all for it! Like Skip beat for example loved that series for years now.
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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.


Yeah, I'm really tired of that one myself. Its not just mecha anime either. There's always some shoehorned Plot Reason(tm) for why <insert power> can only be wielded by people who aren't old enough to shave yet. Or worse yet <insert power> disappears when you get older. But yeah, its getting kind of absurd how many times the world has to rely on some random 14 year old off the street that happened to wander into a mech to save the girl he has a crush on.


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It bothers me if they look too young, but it's always been that way for me. That's why I never got into Pokemon or Digimon even when I was a preteen.
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Silenteria wrote:
It bothers me if they look too young, but it's always been that way for me. That's why I never got into Pokemon or Digimon even when I was a preteen.


True that. Though it might be that some shows with a 10-11 year old protagonist are aimed at younger kids who likewise don't want to see a protagonist their age.

It could all be a cruel cycle. -.-
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TheOriginalStraynge wrote:

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.


You know it is funny because I have caught myself getting annoyed by that same thing where the age makes no sense... but If i sit and think about it, I was once a young boy who fantasized about being amazing and special in contrast to grown adult with experience and hard work behind them.
So I think those shows are probably focused on a young or semi-young audience who may still feel a bit insecure, trying not to worry about how they are going to make it in life after school. It gives a sense of hope or thrill that some day, something will take them away from a mundane life of classes and exams, and right into a place where they fit in, where they belong in the world.
If you notice, even those anime that revolves around school really focus more about the drama, the clubs, events and anything that takes away from the stress.

That aside, I'm not too concerned whether or not it makes sense... to a certain extent. The exception is when guys or girls become unrealistically sexualized like in many Harems, for example. My first few Harem anime's were funny, entertaining, but at this point in my life I don't find them very entertaining anymore. Also kind of upset with the excessive fan service in One Piece these days.
But at the end of the day, I simply like to be entertained. I can watch anime geared towards teens and not feel ashamed, because I have a different perspective on it now than I did when I was younger. At the same time, I do get more out of older characters now, and I find myself seeking that out more than when I was younger.
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It's anime what the hell do youw ant.
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It's anime what the hell do youw ant.



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I'm going to hyperbolize a little:

Stories about adults can explore aspects of life that stories about teenagers just can't. Even anime/manga's vaunted high school senior is still shielded from the bulk of reality. Of the few I've watched (Shirobako, Clannad After Story, Nana, and probably others I'm forgetting), anime about adult life just seem to be good. Sure, middle- and high-school students can have issues relevant to everyone - SNAFU and Monogatari are really good that way - but they still have people to fall back onto when they fail (or if they don't, that fact is often seen as a sad part of the story, and not just how life is). Adults don't have anyone to rely on, and that's what makes life difficult.

Several of you mentioned the "teenage robot pilot saves the world" trope; we bristle at it because one would imagine it takes a lot of training to pilot a giant robot - training a kid wouldn't have been alive long enough to have had, or even comprehend. So any story that does have a teenage robot pilot has to ask its audience to suspend disbelief - which is fine, but it costs something. Further, you can't think too much about whether this teenage pilot is prepared to die; that might be more than the story can handle.

I guess what I'm saying is this: even if we can imagine kids in the roles many anime/manga put them in, we will still analyze the stories with the background knowledge of what it means to be a kid. And there are aspects of life stories about kids can't even touch. So I think age does matter, whether you like it or not.

A few examples - that I should probably hide behind spoilers:

(spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Clannad After Story)


(spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica)


(spoilers for Nana)
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The thing with anime and manga is it is targeting a specific audience that is in the teenage range which is why most settings are High School. As fans grow up they can't really relate to High School kids anymore. You can't put yourself in their shoes really if you are 10 or 20+ years older than them.
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Same with me, as I grow I older, I find anime with characters around my age more enjoyable
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Khaltazar wrote:

The thing with anime and manga is it is targeting a specific audience that is in the teenage range which is why most settings are High School. As fans grow up they can't really relate to High School kids anymore. You can't put yourself in their shoes really if you are 10 or 20+ years older than them.


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There does seem to be some more anime coming out though that has older protagionists (Psycho Pass, Erased, Showa Rakugo, Jokers Game....)
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Hm, never thought about the age, the reason why is because the narrator always tell us the characters age at the beginning of the Anime. Like JoJo series for example.
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It doesn't matter that much but I prefer older characters. If they're like 12 I'll be like "ehhhhh", but there are exceptions (like Gon and Killua!)
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nah

it's the plot and the setting that is more important to me
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