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Old 2008-04-05, 00:28   Link #261
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I would think the age in which you grow out of cartoons in general would be the correct age to stop watching anime.
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Old 2008-04-05, 00:31   Link #262
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your never to old to stop watching anime lol.
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Old 2008-04-05, 01:31   Link #263
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I would think the age in which you grow out of cartoons in general would be the correct age to stop watching anime.
I dunno... they're really two different things. For instance, I've no interest in watching those 5-minute shorts like Popeye, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes etc, but I can appreciate them well enough for the artform.

Anime to me is more like indie films set to animation; much longer, more devoted to character development and plot, atmospherics, drama and so on. As long as these elements are of interest to the viewer he or she can pretty much pick from whatever genre interests them no matter how old; there'll always be something to choose from: Sci-fi, horror, detective, romance, fantasy. Whereas cartoons are more two-dimensional (in general)... slapstick, comedy, silliness etc; for shorter attention spans/more "childish" needs.

That's kind of simplifying it, I guess. I still liked certain comics well after I got tired of watching cartoons; I still re-read The Sandman and Alan Moore's work. But "correct age to stop watching anime" smacks too much of societal approval, which is worthless. I'll stop watching anime when it doesn't make wonderful stories anymore, which isn't likely to happen anytime soon
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Old 2008-04-05, 07:38   Link #264
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Originally I kept my age hidden, but Vexx convinced me that it really didn't matter here. I see that he was right
I took the opposite route. I'm proud to be as old as I am and, like you, still open to new experiences, so I posted my age from the outset.

I started watching anime seriously perhaps three or four years ago, mostly because of two events. My daughter borrowed a friend's copy of Princess Mononoke, and I was awed by the visuals and the complexity of the story. Not long thereafter we found ADV's Anime Network on our cable system, which at that time was showing nearly all of ADV's biggest hits in their entirety as part of the on-demand service (they don't do that anymore). I then downloaded a few series using BT and never looked back.

So, welcome aboard, Ahasuerus, and enjoy the ride.

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I'm thinking 114 years old sounds good.
Note: This only applies if I am legally blind at that point.
By then, there'll be devices to inject images directly into the visual cortex so you'll still be able to "watch" anime even if you're blind!
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Old 2008-04-05, 08:00   Link #265
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I took the opposite route. I'm proud to be as old as I am and, like you, still open to new experiences, so I posted my age from the outset.
I had it up for about ten minutes before I recalled previous assumptions and hassles that some other immature board caused me and I didn't want to chance a repeat here, since I like AS so much and it's proved invaluable to me in increasing my knowledge. It pisses me off to read "act your age!" and "be more professional" and other bullsh!t spouted by know-nothings

But yeah, I'm proud of my age as well (or maybe more proud that I've survived this long ). I guess it's all in one's attitude; nearly everyone I've met or worked with are somewhat incredulous when I tell them how old I am

To paraphrase Cheech's Chong, "I'm not into time, man..."

I got into anime in a roundabout way. My first opportunities arose when Frank Miller was doing Ronin, mentioning that Manga and Anime were among his influences for it. Out of curiosity I picked up Barefoot Gen, but at the time it didn't do anything for me. Plus, there was a glut of B+W comics on the market and I just wasn't interested in "another."

I now own Barefoot Gen

But my recent foray into it (for good) came about via hentai games, proceeded to PVC figures, and then... in early May last year I discovered Elfen Lied This was like none of the "common" fare broadcast here in the States. At all. I've been a maniac ever since LOL Complete. Maniac. In fact, I consider it the second-most significant Event in my entire life, since I love good, quality storytelling

Indescribably delicious!

Anyway, I tend to spew vast quantities of words so I'll let it go at that

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So, welcome aboard, Ahasuerus, and enjoy the ride.
Thanks a lot for that; I am In fact, I spent all of the last two nights up until *checks watch* 6AM watching Black Lagoon Now THAT is a ride!

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Old 2008-04-16, 07:26   Link #266
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how old is your heart or soul? I've been watching anime since i first saw alakazam the great on tv in the 60's and i will be watching anime as long as they make good stuff. if the anime thing burns out I'll watch the stuff i have in my personal collection until they pry the dvds from my cold dead hands
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Old 2008-04-17, 01:14   Link #267
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You're never too old to watch anime, it's a form of entertainment like anything else, and there are no rules that stipulate that old folks aren't allowed to have fun.
Hell, when I'm 60, I still plan on watching it, just like I'll never give up video games either, and anyone who tries to tell me I can't is getting a wrinkled fistful! XD
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Old 2008-04-17, 04:35   Link #268
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Thinking about it, what are old people supposed to watch anyway? Dr Phil? Days of our Lives?

entertainment is entertainment, whether it's pop music or model kits or shoujo manga. As long as you have fun with it, you're never too old for it. And quite frankly, when you have retire, what the hell are you going to do? Gardening? Travel around the world? play chess? Meh, i rather hook the next gen console and frag some punks while watching anime
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Old 2008-04-17, 11:03   Link #269
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The only "assisted living" facility I'd accept better have full service high speed net access and scheduled LAN parties....
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Old 2008-04-17, 19:26   Link #270
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The only "assisted living" facility I'd accept better have full service high speed net access and scheduled LAN parties....
if they don't it won't be long after we get there before they will.
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Old 2008-04-18, 07:33   Link #271
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Seriously there is no age limit for it. If you have time to watch crap like Survivor, you have time to watch a well written and animated story. Its like saying, you're too old to play video games. Please, thats just being narrow minded and snobbish. Life is too short to allow others to dictate what you enjoy. Should you change your hobbies just because someone tells you to? If its not hurting yourself or anyone around you, don't stop, keep on a trucking.
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Old 2008-04-19, 17:52   Link #272
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When your grand kids reached the age to watch anime, its time to stop. It would be too weird otherwise.
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Old 2008-04-19, 18:40   Link #273
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When your grand kids reached the age to watch anime, its time to stop. It would be too weird otherwise.

in my opinion it's alright you know... it's not that weird.... who knows, by doing that maybe the kids and those old ones can get along real fine and they could grew so close to each other
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Old 2008-04-19, 20:57   Link #274
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You're never too old to appreciate seinen/josei themes.
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Old 2008-04-19, 23:06   Link #275
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I can't believe that there is an age limit to enjoying an art form.
I will admit that the high school romance/drama/relationship trauma oh-no-what-will-i-do-he-looked-at-another-girl-my-life-is-nothing-without-him genre isn't very relevant to a 57yo and as such it doesn't hold a lot of interest for me.
Even having said that, if the artwork is good and the story well done I can find a way to enjoy it.
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Old 2008-04-20, 03:05   Link #276
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im not sure if im right.. but.. this question may be slightly wrong to ask now.. why? because for older people, the availability of anime was simply not there before, thats why we shouldnt be surprised if we can mostly only find younger guys watching anime. Frankly speaking anime still isnt exactly mainstream. Ill say it once again, anime is just a medium, if there is an 'age' to stop, we wont find it now , because of this situation. as far as im concerned though, there isnt, because all of the older people ive interacted with who watch anime ( mostly on this forum ) are smart normal guys. to me theres no such age
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Old 2008-04-20, 03:42   Link #277
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Well, think back to something that you grew out of, and think about why. For some, it may be because they don't find interest in it anymore. Maybe someday, you won't be interested in anime anymore. Yes, folks, that's a possibility. For some, it may be because of peer pressure. This is also a possibility. While you might adamantly oppose that no one will make me stop watching anime, it is true for some people, and it could be true for you later on too. You can never know what will happen in life.

For me, I've grown out of many hobbies and forms of entertainment that I was very into (meaning spending 5~8 hours a day on). I'll acknowledge the fact that someday, I will think of anime as boring as stupid, and that's when I'm too old to watch anime. Right now, though, I can't think about life without anime.
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Old 2008-04-20, 03:47   Link #278
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I think there are several factors at work. Among the "elders" here you'll probably find that many first enjoyed and appreciated comic books as teens, and so graduating to what are essentially "moving pictures" of sequential comic-art isn't such a huge step.

In my father's day (a WWII vet), comic books were always considered kid's stuff, and only until Marvel "matured" the medium did comics become acceptable at say college age and for young adults. As that medium matured further and stories became more adult, you got mags like Heavy Metal and animated flicks like Felix the Cat that further pushed the age "boundary" upwards until it burst and became irrelevant. At least to smart people.

Also, we had the Underground comix that we grew up with and which expanded our minds (ahem) into accepting things that society looked down on or as being "weird" (aka society's idiotic sheep-like thinking). Don't get me started on people who think things I like are weird. Just don't even go there

I'll like what I like for as long as I like and anyone who thinks it's inappropriate for my age, or too immature for my age, or too weird for my age can just go fuck off and play with themselves, which is likely more appropriate for their mental ages anyhow In short, if someone thinks that watching anime at an advanced age is "weird", just ignore them; you don't need such a person's approval anyway. You'll be better off without such cretins looking down on you.

As long as the stories are interesting (Boccano!), enchanting (Kimachu!), involved (Higurashi) and heartfelt (Key/KyoAni), anime will never grow old, and neither will I.

Well... the physical aging thing I guess can't be helped

I'm trying to turn as many "older folk" as I can onto anime as well, and finding a lot of them surprisingly receptive If adults can appreciate Princess Mononoke and Ratatouille (among all the other lamer animated flicks), there's nothing to prevent them from appreciating and enjoying anime.

The only barriers I might see to newcomers are the length of a short series being around 6 hours (for 12 episodes), the necessity of reading subtitles (for the most part), and any stereotypical obstacles that they put there (i.e. cultural differences and /or prejudice, character designs, animation style, etc). All of these "barriers" can be overcome by open-minded, adventurous, and wide-horizoned people. Age-ist and narrow-minded need not apply. Let them eat reality TV

And leave us alone

So there
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Old 2008-04-20, 07:55   Link #279
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I don't think Genre should matter either.. I've known older folks read novels that are good for all ages, again with the harry potter deal. Which the theme is intended for young teenage boys and girls. A show shouldn't be any different either. Limiting entertainment due to age is just being stubborn, shallow and narrow minded.
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Old 2008-04-20, 18:45   Link #280
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Watching a series about teenagers or college-age students can be, you know, nostalgic for older people

This is basically another form of someone else deciding what *you* can/should read or watch at a certain age. Read Winnie the Pooh at a young age.... read it again 30 years later and you'll see it in a whole new way (assuming your mental age kept up, of course).
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