Why is almost every single anime protagonist 17 years old?
Is it a marketing thing? Is there some kind of anime creator committee that decided that all anime protagonists have to be teenagers? I'm racking my brain trying to figure this out.
The worst is when it's a drama/romance/etc. and MC and his friends are in middle school
You really expect me to take a bunch of little kid "drama" seriously? At least I can suspend my disbelief with high schoolers because some high schoolers are actually pretty adult-like
From what I understand, high school is to Japan what college is to America: supposedly the best time in your life before everything goes to shit.
Guess this is also why Saitama is 25, which is pretty fucking old by anime main character standards. He started training to become a superhero at 22, when you've just graduated university, can't find a job and suddenly everything is shit. Your once strucutred life, a life with a clear goal, has ended and you're thrown into the deep.
This I don't understand. I get that there are school uniforms, but the main characters rarely conform to the dress code. They always have strange accessoires, differently colored shirts/vests and other things that make them stand out, making the high school setting kind of superfluous.
Even the main characters who don't even go to high school are still ~17.
If what you guys said about life turning to shit after high school is true, then that's pretty depressing. But still, its a work of fiction, the creators can do anything they want so why don't they do something else?
>the creators can do anything they want
Exactly. And they're trying to sell, everyone in japan has dealt with going to high school so it appeals to more people instead of being some 30 something alcoholic that's out of a job.
Because the grand majority of Americans who aren't in jail are white, but the grand majority of Japanese who aren't in jail aren't high schoolers.
Well, the target audience for Seinen is 18-40, yet shitload of seinen focus on slice of life high school bullshit.So yes, by design manga and anime intended for adults are about high school life.
Who the fuck knows. My 17-year-old self wanted to kill himself but was too much of a pussy. I ate my lunches in the bathroom in high school, masturbated three times a day on average, watched anime and sat on this shithole image board all day.
Fuck the only thing that's changed in the last six years is that I'm not in school.
>17 year old me
>Insecure as fuck
>"tfw no gf"
>Constantly in fights with my mom
>Hardly watch anime because hiding my power level for my parents
>Don't even care about shit anymore
>"Why would I even want a gf? She'll just keep me away from my vidya and anime"
>Live on my own, relationship with parents actually improved because of it
>Watch more anime than ever before
Everything went better than expected.
Now I just need a job.
How do you feel about characters who are 17 but look like they are in their 30s?
If this sounds appealing, make your read everything written and drawn by Hiroshi Takahashi.
My other suggestion is to explore some subgenres of seinen manga where characters are older (and obviously not seinen manga like K-ON! where everyone is still the little girl).
Kids want protagonists they can identify with, so it should be obvious why protagonist in most shounen anime are kids. Adults want protagonists they can identify with too, yet most people who watch anime as adults are manchildren who are mentally eternally stuck in highschool and still dream about having that perfect teenage romance under the cherry tree rather than facing real life.
I find it easier to believe there are invisbile time stopping punch ghosts than I do beliving that a half jap/quarter english/quater italian kid can be 195cm at the age of 17.
Josuke in the later half of Part 4 is the most normal sized JoJo, I was his height at that age.
I think that was the joke. JoJo parodied plenty of shounen manga, Jotaro in particular is a parody of characters like the ones in Sakigake Otokojuku.
It's the perfect analogy, actually, because every Hollywood producer will tell you that they don't commonly do Black protagonists because White guys - who are the primary target audience - can't identify with them.
>If what you guys said about life turning to shit after high school is true
You must be 18 to browse this site you know.
I don't watch TV so I wouldn't know about that, but I do have read an article a few years ago which basically said what I just said. People like protagonists they can identify with. That doesn't mean that they can't appreciate anything besides that, but they generally don't like moving out of their comfort zone.
Because the second you hit your 20s you've missed out on any massive epic adventure you could have possibly had in your lifetime. Now you're stuck with light comedy middle-age adventures and will never ever amount to anything.
A life wasted.
Because they're the only ones that aren't in jail.
>vampires don't exist
If that's what helps you sleep at night.
>School settings are a logical choice for dating games-for both male and female players, alike. "'Schoolgirls' is a keyword that recalls a nostalgic period all Japanese people share," says Hirohiko Yoshida, CEO of PC game company ACID. "That time of junior high and high school is, in particular, a transitional period," Yoshida continues. "There are people who feel they've lost something, who feel that they didn't want to grow up, or didn't think they'd end up like they have," he adds. "The fantasy of returning to the days of their youth makes for an easy place to play."
Lmao college got better than high school for me, then it did get a little worse for a bit (worrying about applying for jobs or grad school), but overall it was a much better experience. Then again I don't live in japan so