Post Reply Growing up and Anime
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Posted 6/10/16
Hi everyone
As I get older I can't shake the feeling of missing those gold days of watching anime and reading manga as a teenager. Although I still enjoy it, I seem to be doing it less for various different reasons (university, work, just life in general).
I'm not sure if it can be applied to you but I lost a bit of the connection I had with the characters because I cannot identify as a high school student anymore despite how interesting the series is.
For the main part, characters are often in the 14-17 age range . I do watch more mature anime with older characters but i still enjoy watching the school life genre. I sometimes catch myself saying "Ahh, i wish i was still a high school student" but of course being an adult can be fun too.To be honest, it's my main source of entertainment. I'm not really into live-action or cartoons in general. I don't even watch TV anymore.
I'd like to know your experience of growing older while still enjoying anime and manga. How you manage to fit it in your current life vs how it used to be. Although i'm still fairly young (22), I'd like to continue and watch anime and read manga at least for a while longer.

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Posted 6/10/16
I usually watch on the weekends and holidays nowadays. School is too time consuming.
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Posted 6/10/16
Well, I did have a phase in which it became more difficult to be interested in high school students instead of characters that are closer to my age, not that I'm not close to their age with 19 years, but with some time I didn't mind that anymore, and that is because characters that are 14 to 17 years old are very common not only in anime but in cartoons as well. I adore Star vs The Forces of Evil and that cartoon has two 14 year old teenagers as protagonists. What interests me the most is the quality of the story and how it develops along with the characters.

Of course being a college student takes a lot of my time, I can only watch anime when I have enough free time to do so, but I think that helps to appreciate the shows that I'm watching a bit more, and I enjoy them a lot more because of it. But tbh I am more of a gamer than an anime fan. If I were to abandon anime or games forever, I would gladly give up anime over my games any day.
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I really only have time to watch anime on the weekends. Most of the shows I watch are the slice of life/school life genre.
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Posted 6/13/16
I honestly haven't watched anime recently. If I did, mostly just re-watching anime I grew up watching. I've been fairly busy with my life, and since I'll be going to law school soon, won't have time. Although since I did take a year off, I've definitely been reading A LOT of manga. I've probably read until the 3-4k rankings of finished romance mangas. YET STILL SINGLE. Haha
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Posted 6/13/16
I hate my life when i got into Japanese cartoons. Because if i knew it was gonna be a place of degenerates then i would never have interest in it, some shows are good but most are bad.
Posted 6/13/16
I feel the same as you honestly
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