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New Poll - Character Age
This poll, suggested by our member CLouDFaeRie, is about the ages of the main characters that you guys read about. You have any preference in comparison with your own age?

You care to discuss your poll answer? You can do so on our forums here:
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=32431

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related):
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you think you will abandon reading manga in the future?
Choices:
No! I will preserve this passion! - votes: 10706 (71.9%)
Yes, it's sad, but I think it won't last long - votes: 1546 (10.4%)
Of course, better sooner than later, because it takes so much time - votes: 418 (2.8%)
I don't really care. I only read to kill time... - votes: 2213 (14.9%)
There were 14883 total votes.
The poll ended: March 3rd 2012

I'm actually surprised with the results. The percentage of people possibly quitting manga is higher than I initially expected.
Posted by lambchopsil on March 3rd 7:30am Comments ( 19 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» uzumakiwalid on March 3rd, 2012, 5:32am

Now this is surprising, while i prefer young mc ranging from 14- 25 at most. I usually don't care the age of mc, if the story is interesting i'll read it. If one of you find the manga with older people(i mean very old) as mc and is interesting please do tell, i'll check it out.

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» That3rdGuy on March 3rd, 2012, 5:42am

Although, I will add that they make middle-schoolers look like adults and vice versa. When I was is middle school, there were like 4-6 girls with tits, all others were flat, and all the guys were skinny, few were built (I'm leaving out all the fat people lol). Apparently, girls in Japan are born with massive tits that only get bigger :lol: If you strictly follow manga, that is. I just think that if they're going to throw in an age variable, at least make them look their age. A 13-year-old is either built like a brick house or has massive tits (DD breasts and higher is fucking sick in RL, with all the veins and shit... gross). When they pop in the self-conscious girl who has small breasts, that is the encapsulation of every Japanese girl that I've seen; I live in Cali, so I see a lot, but some do get implants :lol:

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» Seijurou on March 3rd, 2012, 8:25am

I never got the big breasts fetish myself. I am completely fine with B-C-cups on slender legs. No need to add all that extra fat just to make girls look 'curvy.' That is where shoujo wins (although they do exaggerate the guys' features). They look more realistic & actually sexier that way.

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» AsianLOL on March 3rd, 2012, 5:56am

As I said, as long as it fits with their role and level of maturity and such I really don't mind their age.
Something like Mahou Sensei Negima is a bit of a special case, though. I still feel weird that he's only 10 years old but I really don't mind. I mean he's still pretty childlike in some aspects despite being quite mature
I do like it if the character is around my age though (as long as they're awesome, at least)

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» hollabaloo on March 3rd, 2012, 12:03pm

I don't care how old the protagonist is in comparison to my age. I just want to see more protagonists in their twenties or older, since there are more teenage protagonists in manga than I care to count.

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» Seijurou on March 3rd, 2012, 3:36pm

Then you will have better luck looking for seinen/jousei titles, since they tend to follow older characters (though not necessarily).

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» penguin71 on March 3rd, 2012, 1:20pm

Seriously, age rarely comes up as an issue or pivotal detail in the manga I read. Though sometimes I raise an eyebrow at supposedly "middle schoolers" fighting crime organizations and the such. But I suppose theyy do it in order to cater towards younger readers. Also, similar to That3rdGuy, I absolutely dislike when the girls have massive breasts. I don't understand why publishers and authors think that the big breasts are a "good" reason for an MC or someone to like someone else. Seriously, it's a lot more attractive when the girl is ("realistically") pretty rather than a walking impossibility.

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» RiK.dfs on March 3rd, 2012, 8:51pm

It's called a selling point. It's used to try and hook a bit of an audience that otherwise wouldn't even consider reading them.

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» nugro on March 3rd, 2012, 6:31pm

Nope, no preference.

Although this poll made me wonder who was the youngest and oldest mc on the manga I've read, heh.

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» Toto on March 3rd, 2012, 9:56pm

I'm more surprised that there weren't more quiting votes... probably because those that have don't come here.

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» sudsong on March 4th, 2012, 11:32pm

I've been reading manga since I was younger than Nobita, now I'm older than most of protagonists. I'm very perplexed as to how I'm gonna answer the poll.

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» RiK.dfs on March 5th, 2012, 10:31am

Can't blame you. Hard to make a decision when most manga characters never seem to have a personality (or appearance/attitude/lifestyle) that matches their supposed age.

Just look at Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach. Compare him to his supposed age. Hard for anyone to really make a true judgement call given all this.

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» Caityluu on March 5th, 2012, 4:32pm

It's hard to really make a connection with a character that is in middle school. Especially when said character acts like they're a teenager, or older. I don't like 12 year olds professing undying love to each other in shoujo, and I don't like them being some super mature fighter either like in shounen.

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» jrdragon2003 on March 5th, 2012, 9:58pm

For shounen titles I think younger characters are fine if we see them grow up. That's one of the main reasons why I loved Dragonball, Goku's growth through the series was worthwhile. If that can be conveyed properly it's good to use younger characters.
As for age in general, I'm ok with any age if it leads to a well thought out story, or if it suits the kind of mood I'm in or genre I'm craving.

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» Caityluu on March 6th, 2012, 12:20pm

Watching Goku grow up was definitely enjoyable. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much, however, if Goku stayed the same age throughout the entire Dragonball franchise. Also, even though he was ridiculously powerful, he acted like a kid. In other series like, Nurarihyon no Mago, they have a 12 year old acting, and looking like an adult. It just doesn't make sense, really. In fact, it's a huge part of why I enjoyed reading about the MC's father and grandfather more than the main story.

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» jrdragon2003 on March 7th, 2012, 1:55am

I don't hate Nura's story either, but I agree with you on his grandfather and his father being interesting. The only thing making Rikio pale compared to them, or other characters of the same age in other stories, is his learning process. It's nice to see characters become deep philosophically, but it plays smoother when they go through it with proper age progression. That's why I bring up Goku again, he had a simple mindset at the beginning of his journey. Then he started picking up a philosophy of his own through his interactions with others. It showed him growing up from the world around him, and his understanding of it evolved with his age. I think to many mangakas forget that when making younger characters like that these days.

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» imercenary on March 7th, 2012, 10:36am

I agree. When its a younger cast, its not necessarily a bad thing. However, when the cast REMAINS young (either personality, physically and/or mentally), THATS when the storytelling falls apart.

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» Banarok on March 6th, 2012, 3:30pm

well yes i agree that its annoying when people act out of their age, worst example of this is really gakuen alice where it annoyed me to a point i could not read it. nura is atleast readable if yet annoying.

looking out of their age its easily "Wolf Guy - Ookami no Monshou" that takes both gold and silver its so missmatched its funny.

i prefer reading about characters portraid as realistically younger then me just because i can get the feeling "been there done that" that adds to the reading value but its a really minor part compared to the massive weight of a good story.

its harder to relate to a character older then me but they are so rare that when i find them they are instressting only because of that.

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» jrdragon2003 on March 7th, 2012, 2:00am

The problem with Wolf Guy may lie with the artist. Though art looks great I don't think the artwork matches the story intended for some of the characters in terms of age.

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