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One Fan’s Opinion: Look Your Age!

No more 30-year-old grade schoolers


 That's right, I'm only in 6th grade, do you believe me? 
That's right, I'm only in 6th grade, do you believe me? 
Anime doesn’t often act its age. I’m not talking about the themes and overall feeling of anime, but the characters themselves. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of seeing grade schoolers, high schoolers, and teenagers in general look as if they are fresh out of college. Why is it necessary to make grade schoolers look and sometimes act like they are 30-year-olds? 
 
Anime has always been in a quagmire that it has not been able to escape from since its conception. Do you relate to grade schoolers and high schoolers by making almost every anime and manga character be the same age as their audience members, or do you use college age or older characters that look a lot cooler? The way most creators have been answering this question is to simply use both, placing a 30-year-old in grade school. If you need an example of this, look no further than Chad from Bleach. I mean seriously, 16-year-old? He’s looks old enough to be my father!

Anime is not the only medium to commit this crime, this happens with live-action shows all the time. Child actors usually suck, are expensive, and have all sorts of laws they have to follow that adult actors don’t. However, anime doesn’t have any convenient excuses like these to lean against. In fact, it has none. Anime has no real reason to commit this crime on a daily basis! 

  Yes, I'm really 16
 Yes, I'm really 16
The fix is simple Japan. First of all you do not have to make every story take place in grade school, or even in high school; but that is easier said than done. Second you can make the main characters look like children, we really don’t mind as much as you think we do Japan. Finally, if you really have to do this, at least make everyone look that age, and not just a few characters; it’s a lot easier to fool us then. 

Most of these stories are already hard enough for me to relate too. I don’t need on top of all the special powers, the over-the-top fight scenes, and rampant perversion to see a character my age attending a grade school class, even if he is a senpai. Please, no more. 
LiberalTugboaton July 26, 2010 at 10:26 a.m.
The caption on the first picture in the article is incorrect. 
The picture is Tezuka from "Prince of Tennis". In the show he is a Senior in High School (12th Grade). Which would make him roughly 18. Compared to the art style of the older adult characters in the show, his appearance is very suitable for his age.
metalsnakezeroon July 26, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
While I look like a little kid I'm really old enough to drink.
While I look like a little kid I'm really old enough to drink.
Its funny that your up set that young characters are looking too old but there also characters that are the adults and they look like they should be in high school or even grade school. I think the idea is that they are making the character look strong or attracting to the viewers so they can see the characters in a different light. I think at the end of the day it really doesn't matter as long as I'm able to watch and enjoy the show.
Dream moderator is online on July 26, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.

 One wonders how Freddie is still in high school.
 One wonders how Freddie is still in high school.
Gaseroon July 26, 2010 at 3:41 p.m.
The age disparities in Japanese cartoons really bother me sometimes, especially in Shonen anime.
 
Why is it okay for children in Pokemon to go off on "adventures"? I think Ash was 11 when his single parent household mom said it was okay for him to leave on his own.
There's also show's like Naruto and Bleach when there are plenty of adults around, but for some reason it's the children and teenagers that hold the world on their shoulders. Of course that doesn't have a lot to do with looks, but its still awkward to me.
crusader8463on July 26, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.
I will apologize ahead of time, but the whole time I read that I couldn't get this out of my head. lol 
 

EDIT: Sorry, quoted the wrong one. Meant to quote this one.


@LiberalTugboat said:

" The caption on the first picture in the article is incorrect. The picture is Tezuka from "Prince of Tennis". In the show he is a Senior in High School (12th Grade). Which would make him roughly 18. Compared to the art style of the older adult characters in the show, his appearance is very suitable for his age. "

 
 
zaldaron July 26, 2010 at 4:07 p.m.
You touch breifly on why they do it in your comment on perversion.  Many times if they make the characters look like they were their age they would run into problems due to what they do to them.  Naruto is a great example of this...how many times have people gotten upset about the child abuse in this show?  Also in some shows they make them supposedly in middle school or younger in Japan and then in high school when in America...hentai and hentai games do this all time time...
FekketCantenelon July 26, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.
In his retrospective on Power Rangers, Linkara made a great point about Justin, the twelve-year-old Blue Ranger. He was clearly added to the show to appeal to younger viewers, but it fell flat because kids almost never want to watch other kids, they want to watch cool teenagers/young adults. Off the top of my head, the only good kid's shows I ever watched that actually featured children were Airbender and RECESS.
LiberalTugboaton July 27, 2010 at 3:52 p.m.
@crusader8463 said:
" I will apologize ahead of time, but the whole time I read that I couldn't get this out of my head. lol 
 

EDIT: Sorry, quoted the wrong one. Meant to quote this one.


@LiberalTugboat said:

" The caption on the first picture in the article is incorrect. The picture is Tezuka from "Prince of Tennis". In the show he is a Senior in High School (12th Grade). Which would make him roughly 18. Compared to the art style of the older adult characters in the show, his appearance is very suitable for his age. "

 
 
"
So making a correction based on actually seeing the source material makes me a nerd?  
I do take offense to the mislabeling. I would much more resemble a geek (modern definition, not the carnival attraction) then a nerd. I do not own a pocket protector, wear my pants above my belly button, or own prescription glasses. I do however take issue with inaccuracies; especially when it has to do with topics I am very familiar with. 
 
:)
bakaojou379on July 27, 2010 at 7:12 p.m.
 First of all the author should know in Japan age only matters when you're a student. And to adult's view point, If you're still in school whether you a kindergarten or highschool or universities, you're still a kid if not a BIG kid, but nonetheless a kid in their eyes. Japan is an asian country which means that people there don't look like their age or their sexual gender. Manga is the only way to express this matter that the appearance of the person doesn't matter as long as it's sending message whether it be hentai or just for kids. Manga is like a whole another world separating from the real from fiction.    
crusader8463on July 28, 2010 at 5:01 p.m.
@LiberalTugboat:  It's a joke.

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