Anime is Important to My Life Regardless of My Age

In a lot of ways, this post is very similar in concept to the first post that I’ve written for my blog and my thoughts on fandoms. Maybe this could be considered the slightly grumpier version of those? Doesn’t matter, I felt inspired to write this post for obvious reasons. July 13th was my birthday and I can’t help reflecting about a lot of things in my life. I won’t tell you how old I am, but the fact that I was early in grade school when I started watching anime and it’s almost been two decades should give you a massive hint at this. At this point, I realize that it’s been apart of my life for almost as long as I’ve been alive. Watching anime is one of my defining traits and I don’t feel like myself unless I watch at least one episode in a given day. Does that make sense to anyone? Maybe I’ve never been addicted to harmful drugs because I’ve always been addicted to anime. It can be just as much of a money sink as drugs. Anyway, I can only be optimistic about watching more of it in the future even if I can be a little crusty about it from time to time. What does age have to do with being an anime fan? A lot and nothing at the same time.

I know that Toonami is a thing that is back and new/hot again, but I can’t help but remember when Toonami was a bigger thing then it was. I know that I am completely biased towards the way things were in my youth, but there is a big difference between hen something was on during prime time right after I was done with school and a late-night block on Saturday night. Having anime in the prime-time vs having anime only on during night time during the weekend change everything from the demographics of who watches it to limiting the variety of anime that shows up during that block to having the people who’ve already seen the anime watch it in a different form. Still, I am glad that it is back. Having English dubbed anime somewhere on television in the first place is a big deal. I watch and record a couple shows from that segment myself, so it’s still a massive delight. We are lucky that Toonami is around and is just as successful as it is. I mean, it’s there. Why not enjoy it when I can?

I’ve been at this enjoy watching thing for a long time, but I can’t help but be overjoyed at it. Even if there aren’t as many of my preferred science fiction and mech stories in recent times (though this year has been proving me wrong), they still exist. Plus there are other types of anime out there that I like trying out and finding out I enjoy them. March Comes in like a Lion, Girl’s Last Tour, and Made in Abyss are series I never would have given the time of day when I was younger, but I think about them every single day. Plus, space shows do still appear from time to time. I’ve been loving the Yamato reboot series to death and the Legend of the Galactic Heroes release was decent too. I also mentioned that mech shows are still coming out this year, right? What about the occasional action spectacle show? Quite a few of those appear every season as well. It’s not like I am running out of things that I am interested in watching anytime soon.

If we want to talk about how anime has changed since I started watching it, I can just say that the more things change, the more they stay the same? Every genre that has ever existed in anime has had a phase when they were extremely popular. There was a giant robot phase, a cyberpunk phase, a dnd fantasy phase, and today’s light novel isekai phase. Even that isekai phase is slowly out right now because now we are getting people transforming into monsters in alternate worlds. Though, I would make an argument that today’s anime is so filled with different genres that isekai barely eeks itself out of the whole mass blob. If want to discuss idol stuff, that’s always been in anime ever sense S.D.F. Macross. Possibly before hand? First we had minmay then Bubblegum Crisis has Priss in the 80’s, then Key the Metal idol in the mid 90’s, Macross Plus had robotic idols, and you get what I am saying right? Just choose your preferred idol situation and leave that all behind. Besides some more advanced animation techniques and more anime being produced, not much has changed . The only difference between now and then is that we don’t have time to filter out the great shows any more and more original series need to make their way onto the market. Anime has a long history of being a commercial for source material, but there have been some great original stories that dance alongside them. We have to do that ourselves which is harder. I personally enjoy the hunt, but I know that not everyone does. That’s ok. We all have our preferences.

Speaking of preferences, I would be lying if I said that my current tastes weren’t influenced by the amount of anime that I’ve watched in certain genres. I do spend a lot of time going “well, this anime is like this anime except insert concept or change here” and I don’t see anything wrong with that. I constantly dig myself into that hole with every show that I watch. I mean, I currently have three older series that I am slowly watching along side a big list of seasonal shows. It sounds crazy, but that’s how I’ve always consumed media that I’ve liked. This line of thinking does hurt my opinion towards some newer series. I feel like Darling in the FranXX is a massive example of this. As a Mech fan, I’ve watched a ton of the genre and have a long list of favorite shows which do the same things at DinF. Darling in the FranXX was completely mediocre to me because of that. I can see what kind of appeal it has for people who haven’t watched one mech show after another after another after another and I will be happy if it reinvigorates the mech genre more, but it didn’t work for me. I’ve seen all the shows that it borrows from, so this feels like a Studio Gainax selected hits without having any identity on its own. I keep noticing that I am not a flawless, unbiased person that has my preferences. I’m not going to apologize for that, because that’s who I am.

Well, how I can I end this other saying that I don’t see my love for anime disappearing anytime soon. I look forward to being one of those all-knowing anime grandparents in the future that can help spread my knowledge to those who are younger then me and/or haven’t watched as much anime as me. I feel like I am digging into what I said in another one of my blog posts here, but anime series always seem to be focused on a younger crowd so the majority of anime fans are going to be younger then me. Oh well, so what? As long as I watch anime I want to be stomping around conventions, meeting anime voice actors, finding new characters or anime to fanboy over, and so many other things. No reason to change who I am. That’s the realization that I’ve gotten to by watching other anime fans my age or even older. I’ve been watching anime for two decades and I plan on watching it for at least two more decades. Hopefully more. I love this drug and I want more of it.

37 Comments Add yours

  1. tanteikid94 says:

    Someone who feel the same as me,

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      1. tanteikid94 says:

        I hope to keep watching anime as long as possible

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      2. Scott says:

        Yes, I feel the same way

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      3. tanteikid94 says:

        You lit a fire in me

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  2. NEETaku says:

    I feel the same way. Animation of any kind has been so ingrained into my being that I can’t see myself not enjoying at some point in time.

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    1. Scott says:

      It’s hard to escape isn’t it?

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      1. NEETaku says:

        Very hard. There’s just something about the limitless possibilities of animation that entraps you the more you watch it.

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      2. Scott says:

        Oh yes. While live action special effects are amazing these days, animation is hard to beat.

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  3. Pete Davison says:

    The vast majority of the people I interact with online, or who comment on my articles and suchlike, are younger than my crumbly 37-year old self. It’s just not an issue to me at all; I like what I like, and those tastes happen to coincide with those of younger people, and I think that’s pretty cool.

    What I also enjoy is that because I’ve been gaming since the age of about 4 or 5, I have a ton of historical context and insight I can bring to my exploration of games that younger people might not have. We can all learn something from one another!

    Like you, I don’t see my interests going away any time soon (particularly with the amount of money I’ve spent on them, and with the fact my wife and I have zero desire whatsoever to have kids, so that aspect of life won’t get in the way of anything ever) and I fully expect to still be enjoying my cute girl anime games well into old age.

    There’s no expiry date on enjoying yourself, no obligation to “grow out” of things if you love them. Insert relevant C.S. Lewis quote here.

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    1. Scott says:

      Yay! I’m glad you aren’t letting your age stop you!

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  4. raistlin0903 says:

    I’m now 42 (Yes I don’t care about talking about my age, as I still feel young at heart every day) and I don’t see my love for anime disappearing any time soon either. It certainly has evolved quite a lot with me as well. If someone told me 15 years ago that I would watch a show called Yuri on Ice and that I would enjoy it I would have laughed at them. But I did. By continuing to get great recommendations by everyone here (seriously March Comes in Like a Lion…oh…my god is that show good) it only will expand and grow in stead of diminishing any time soon. I love anime and probably when I am 80 years old I will still enjoy it. But I will never forget about Robotech..the series that for me started it all, and after 30 plus years I am still a fan off.
    Loved this post…it gave me a great sense of nostalgia! 😊😊

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    1. Scott says:

      It really is amazing how tastes change over time isn’t it?

      And thank you, glad you liked it!

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      1. raistlin0903 says:

        It really is, and I am pretty sure it will continue to change in the upcoming years 😊

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    2. terranceacrow says:

      Wow! You’re still a young ‘un! : )

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      1. raistlin0903 says:

        Haha lol: Well I still feel young at heart anyway 😊😊

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      2. Scott says:

        You are as young as you feel. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

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  5. BiblioNyan says:

    I’ll be 31 this year, and I feel like anime (aside from reading) is the one thing that has never changed with me in terms of my hobbies or interests. I’ve had plenty come and go, but those two have stuck around. As someone else commented, it has become so ingrained in not only who I am as a person, but also who I am as an artist (writer). Stories are pretty much my creed and I love a good story, and some of the best ones I’ve ever encountered have been from anime. Yeah, there are some stuff that drive me batty, as there are with other things, and my tastes have evolved, grown, and outright changed to the opposite in the many years that I have been watching, yet that just shows me how much I’ve grown as a person as well. Whenever I hear people say, “You’re too old for anime,” or some other bollucks like that, it makes me sad because I’m really not. No one is ever too old to enjoy the things that bring them joy in life. Marvellous post, Scott.

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    1. BiblioNyan says:

      it makes me sad for them** woot typing while tired. *sobs*

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      1. Scott says:

        Ha ha, it’s ok!

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    2. Scott says:

      Thank you! I’m glad that I’ve met a lot of people including you who have been affected by this art form for such a long time and want to keep going 😁. Thank you for reading and enjoying 😁

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    3. Anonymous says:

      Haha; that is absolutely true 😉

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  6. Karandi says:

    I’ve honestly gotten more and more into anime as I’ve gotten older. Part of that is that there is more available to access these days, but part of it is that I appreciate a wider selection of genres these days than when I was actually young and pretty dismissive of most things. I honestly don’t see me ever getting tired of anime but I do think my tastes will continue to change depending on where I am in my life.
    Thanks for sharing your view.

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    1. Scott says:

      Change is good in this case. I feel like if people’s tastes didn’t change then they are either the bigger complainers or anime wasn’t meant for them. Thanks for sharing your views to and for reading.

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  7. ospreyshire says:

    Great article. I know I’ve only been back into anime for a couple of years now and even then I haven’t been up-to-date with the newest series, but I’m glad you have that confidence in your hobby. Keep it up. I’m also glad I can talk about older series and the occasional obscure series with you.

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    1. Scott says:

      Yes, I am glad to have some one to talk about older and obscure series with you as well. Glad you liked this thank you for reading.

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      1. ospreyshire says:

        Thank you! I do appreciate it.

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  8. Krystallina says:

    Great post! Being an anime-loving grandparent sounds awesome.

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    1. Scott says:

      Thank you!

      Right? It would be awesome. Seeing multiple generations of family members in one room watching anime sounds awesome!

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  9. animesunday says:

    There is nothing quite as satisfying as enjoying who you are.

    Anime is awesome! Because cool awesome things are cool and awesome.

    Speaking of good mech shows Full Metal Panic has been an utter DELIGHT. I had no clue a new season was out! Took 10 years! That recent discovery for me has been SO swell lol I love that show. And Franxx impressed me with how much better it turned out and how much worse it COULD have been.

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    1. Scott says:

      It’s a little difficult sometimes, but I do enjoy who I am. And yes, anime is awesome.

      Yay, I’m glad that you liked Full Metal Panic so much. One of us, one of us!

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  10. I don’t think Priss would appreciate being called an idol hehe. Back when I was a kid I watched a ton of mech shows, so it would be nice to see more of them in the modern era. What’s in fashion tends to rotate over the years so I am sure we will see more robot shows in the future.

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    1. Scott says:

      She would beat me up, but maybe it would be worth it?

      I agree. It looks like we have a small resurgence this year, but I’m not sure if it will stick.

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  11. I also don’t see my love for Anime going away any time soon as it’s been a huge part of my life for the majority of the time I’ve been alive.

    My tastes have changed a lot over the years, I’ve been through a lot of phases and there’s a ton of shows I’d watch nowadays that I probably wouldn’t have given the time of day years ago and probably vice versa.

    But regardless of what’s changed and what changes are yet to occur in my life, I don’t think the significance of Anime in my life, or my love towards it, will ever change.

    Even as I set off to go globetrotting with my wife, I’m still taking a laptop with me and I’ve bought a VPN to help me watch Crunchyroll when I’m away from the comfort of my home. Anime is coming with me on my adventures because it’s that important to me.

    Is that a little sad? Does that make me an addict? Maybe. But I wouldn’t change that for any reason. I’ll gladly be an addict.

    Great post. Really spoke to me on a personal level.

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