If you’ve grown past your teenage years and still watch anime, you’ve probably heard this before, “anime is for kids,” but is it really? Sure, most anime fans seem to be teenagers, but does that mean that they’re the only audience that anime is targeting? Are adults in their twenties and up who still watch anime just all creepy otaku like this guy:
When you think about it, it really does seem like anime is intended for viewers in their teens and younger. Take the current season’s line-up of anime series for example. There are over 30 anime series airing this fall, but how many of them feature main characters that are older than teenagers?
If you count characters with questionable ages, then there are a total of 6 series this season that have adults as main characters: Iron Man, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Togainu no Chi, Arakawa Under the Bridge 2, Hakuoki Shinsengumu, and Hetalia Axis Powers. That makes up less than 20% of the season’s series. Also notice that 13 titles have characters that are attending school. When you consider that most tv series star characters that are the same age as their target audience, it’s easy to see that most anime is meant for teens or younger.
So what does that leave for those of us that are way past our teens and still watching anime? The comfort in knowing that at least there’s still something for us. While the majority of anime is targeted at an underage audience, some of it isn’t. Panty and Stocking, for instance is by no means anywhere near appropriate for any youth channel at any time. Then you also have anime like the new Mardock Scramble movie, which is about a former prostitute out to get revenge on the people that have wronged her. You can check out the trailer on youtube (NSFW: graphic violence and nudity). Try convincing anyone that anime is for kids after showing them that.