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Nov 28, 2011 6:05 PM

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I'm wondering if people continue watching school-life anime into their 20's. I'm currently in high school myself, so I can't offer much in personal experience :p
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Nov 28, 2011 6:08 PM

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I'm 16 and about to graduate this year actually. But, for me it's obvious and I'm sure alot of adults watch school-life anime in their 20's even older sometimes. I'm sure I will! x3

But, other than that. I wouldn't see why not? Plus, I can't really recal any special feeling to watching school-life animes, just because I'm in high school.

That would make more sense for the Japanese to hold those feelings.
 
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Nov 28, 2011 6:15 PM

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I'm 21 and i like High school related animes. If they have a good story/aren't corny (i loved OHSHC, School Rumble and Clannad, thats just listing a few)

Honestly I don't think your perception changes as you get older, because if anything, some people would either reminiscence about their high school days, or just enjoy seeing the japanese culture through anime(like i know we didn't have school festivals and lunches on the roof and uniforms)

If animes good, its good. it doesnt matter the genre.
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Nov 28, 2011 6:16 PM

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I'm in college and I still like high school animes! =P

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Nov 28, 2011 6:18 PM

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DUDE I LOVE HIGH SCHOOL LIFE ANIMES! (I just graduated though so maybe that will change... BUT I DOUBT IT!!!)
 
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Nov 28, 2011 6:27 PM

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I never even watched a high school anime until I was out of high school. If there as funny as school rumble, and as nice as clannad I don't think they'll ever lose it's appeal.
 
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Nov 28, 2011 6:32 PM
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i just finished college and i just watched some high school anime and enjoyed them.
 
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Nov 28, 2011 6:36 PM

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no, high school is just a setting, its like going "i hate watching movies in a work place cause im retired"

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Nov 28, 2011 6:46 PM
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Im 22 and ya sometimes still watch high school anime.

either way still left thinking "damn wish it could be more like that" hahaha
considering most high school animes tend to be harem / ecchi,

 
Nov 28, 2011 7:01 PM

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Nope. I love anime settings in high schools, probably because my high school years were the best years of my life. It's not always a good thing though, because I'm hating every minute of college (I'm a senior, and to be honest, the work force after college doesn't look any better), and watching these anime in high school settings only make me miss high school even more >.<

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Nov 28, 2011 7:11 PM

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I'm 24 and I still like seeing the High School setting once your out you realize how much you miss it ^^
 
Nov 28, 2011 7:35 PM

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I'm 24 and I still like seeing the High School setting once your out you realize how much you miss it ^^


Exactly! Just graduated last year and feel like crap since I could have done so much more.
 
Nov 28, 2011 7:46 PM

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It has been a long, Long, LONG time since I graduated from high school, but my guess is yes, with notable exceptions. Personally, I can't stand most high school based romantic comedy, harem, Shounen-Ai, Shoujo - Ai, or most magic or tournament stories based in a high school or "elite academy." However, some stories exceed their setting and they will always be worth your time. Just as every once in a while there will be a really great story centering around middle school or younger children. The further you get from high school, the more sophisticated titles will appeal to you.
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The problem is not that they are high school anime, but all the other things that high school anime normally encompass.

That being shallow harem romcoms full of clicheéd writing and poor characterisations, only being held aloft by cheap ecchi or moe comedy that shamelessly panders to the audience in a desperate attempt to sell itself.

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The problem is not that they are high school anime, but all the other things that high school anime normally encompass.

That being shallow harem romcoms full of clicheéd writing and poor characterisations, only being held aloft by cheap ecchi or moe comedy that shamelessly panders to the audience in a desperate attempt to sell itself.


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Baman said:
The problem is not that they are high school anime, but all the other things that high school anime normally encompass.

That being shallow harem romcoms full of clicheéd writing and poor characterisations, only being held aloft by cheap ecchi or moe comedy that shamelessly panders to the audience in a desperate attempt to sell itself.
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Nov 28, 2011 8:48 PM
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Now this is weird. Might be some psychological undertones. I never cared for school anime while I was in school. I only started liking them after I left high school. Lately they've lost the appeal, though, With that special factor gone, they've become kinda excruciating, or maybe, they have been like this all along and I never noticed, although, there's a good one once in a while. Anyway, I still watch them, mostly because they constitute a large part of tv anime, and because it sometimes feel nice to turn your brain off and surrender to cheap jokes, actually, that sound depressing to me.
 
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I enjoyed school-based anime more after graduating last year. It's like reliving your school life and you feel so nostalgic. I could be over thinking it though, I might just like seeing girls in uniforms ^^
 
Nov 28, 2011 9:41 PM

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I'm 19 and I still watch it.

Real life high school is rarely ever similar to what we see in anime so I don't know why we would assume there was some sort of relevance in the first place.

 
Nov 28, 2011 9:42 PM

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Maybe a little.

The cutesy shoujo romances will seem more boring, at least. Since, honestly, I partly watch them to fulfill the fantasy of a high school romance that I will never have. (Lol, that makes me sound like a loser. ''OTL Oh well-- other people know that they do it, too~) Although romance anime already depresses/annoys me enough since I know I'll never experience something like it-- after I graduate, the high school stuff might make me feel a little envious of those perfect fictional characters who accomplished what I was incapable of.

... But, I'll still watch high school anime. It's too common of a setting to avoid. And, assuming my preferences stay the same, I'll watch as much of it as I do now.
 
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Otsdarva said:
Baman said:
The problem is not that they are high school anime, but all the other things that high school anime normally encompass.

That being shallow harem romcoms full of clicheéd writing and poor characterisations, only being held aloft by cheap ecchi or moe comedy that shamelessly panders to the audience in a desperate attempt to sell itself.


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Nov 29, 2011 1:53 AM
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I haven't gotten out of that hellhole yet, buut, I am predicting that when I do, I'll be able to reminisce about it, and be like, "Oh yes, I remember having to shove my way past the crowds just to get lunch" and "Oh yes, I remember pretty much collapsing and wailing when I find my report cards full of fails"

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Nov 29, 2011 2:25 AM

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Yes some people continue to watch anime late into their 20's. Easiest evidence you see of this is ANY ANIME CON meetings they always go to.

My problem isn't that high school anime loss their appeal, it's that often times these school anime are light material that aren't meant to be that great.
 
Nov 29, 2011 3:02 AM

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No. I've finished high school years ago, and I still enjoy a good school story.

The issue is not how old you are, but how high school anime/manga are usually mediocre, shallow, cliché-filled crap.
 
Nov 29, 2011 3:16 AM

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I'm 19 and In University.. it's been like three years since I graduated and I don't really mind watching anime focusing on high school stuff. Just sort of takes me back to when I was in high school..
 
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27 and still watch them...if people think thats weird....BOTHERED...not really!!

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Nov 29, 2011 6:34 AM

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It would reduce the amount of shows you could watch by roughly 80%, because it's almost always some school kid the story evolves around.
 
Nov 30, 2011 7:22 PM

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I don't think they lose their appeal. I graduated high school this year and am half way through my 1st year of university but my favorite genre to watch is still school life.
 
Nov 30, 2011 7:57 PM

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Hmm, yes and no. I don't identify with high school being the best time in the characters lives or anything like that (since anyone who has gone to college knows it's likely college, not high school) or the expectation of any high school romance lasting forever, so I'm a bit jaded on some things, but then again, school in Japan is just plain different, so that's still a hook.

If the characters happen to be in high school but it's not the focus, I don't mind that at all, but the "OMG, Hai Skool!" thing is a bit less relatable to me.
 
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It's all about how good the anime is to a person.. unless you're the type who can only enjoy an anime if you are able to relate to every single thing in it.
 
Nov 30, 2011 8:05 PM

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I've graduated from high school quite long ago. It really depends on what kind of 'high school' setting anime.

I cannot stand those with harem and ecchi. So overrated and exaggerated please.

However, I love some of those romantic comedy ones that not only makes me wish that I was still in high school but a high school in Japan. xD
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im in my last year of high school but im staying on so i would feel more like a "sempai" but i think some highschool animes make you think back and wonder :"why didnt i do that?" or something like that :3
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I've graduated from high school quite long ago. It really depends on what kind of 'high school' setting anime.

I cannot stand those with harem and ecchi. So overrated and exaggerated please.

However, I love some of those romantic comedy ones that not only makes me wish that I was still in high school but a high school in Japan. xD
really this can be said about anything, regardless of what genre you pick there is always be that really shitty stuff and then there are the gems

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The only problem I have with anime set in high schools are the cliches that often follow. That aside, it's pretty hard to mess up good themes and messages with setting (though not impossible XD).
 
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Baman said:
The problem is not that they are high school anime, but all the other things that high school anime normally encompass.

That being shallow harem romcoms full of clicheéd writing and poor characterisations, only being held aloft by cheap ecchi or moe comedy that shamelessly panders to the audience in a desperate attempt to sell itself.


If the question was about romcoms then your tirade would have been on point or if you were part of the domestic audience for anime your problems with Japanese characterizations and cliches would hold weight.

 
Dec 9, 2011 3:35 PM

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No, because now you're allowed to reminisce.
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Dec 9, 2011 3:38 PM

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Yes, I'm still watching it. Still love them very much

 
Dec 9, 2011 3:43 PM

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I am 21 and i think i love high school anime even more now.
 
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Not really, they do lose their appeal after watching a ton of them. Loads of anime have that highschool theme, pretty much every slice-of-life. The only slice-of-life I found a bit original is Nichijou, because that's just crazy.

It does seem a bit dull that every anime seems to get atleast a highschool subtheme, even when it seems totally out of place, like in Requiem for a Phantom, or Code Geass.
 
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Still in high school but I don't think I was attracted to the high school setting just because I was in high school myself. I have to admit that my favorite anime/manga take place outside of the school setting, but like some people have been saying: I don't think I'll lose interest in the anime even if it were.
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it doesn't really affect my opinion on them. kind of apparent in most anime anyways.

 
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Nope, it hasn't lost it appeal to me and probably never will for years to come.
 
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This would assume a level of self-identification with the characters of a high school anime. That you would then lose when you are no longer in high school yourself.
But anime isn't even close to real school life in the slightest, so there's nothing to identify with.

It's like wondering if Hollywood action movies lack appeal if you're not a hard-boiled cop, or a highly trained ultraspy.
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Japanese high schools are so alien to me that there was little I could relate to. And of course anime high schools have little to do with real life so we have also that.
 
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In short, no.

Nichijou was terrific, and I'm already graduated from college.
 
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Eh, depends on what the show is about. If it is just completely slice of life I have a little trouble and will avoid them. Being 21 years old now it is a little awkward watching them but meh. If it's entertaining I will watch it.

My high school like was nothing like any anime school life. So I guess it doesn't "get old" or anything just because you are not experiencing high school day to day.
 
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FuzzyStormz said:
Do high school anime begin to lose their appeal after you graduate high school yourself?

Does a bear shit in the woods?

But come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen an anime that was about high school so much as it was simply the setting.
 
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Well the fact that the settings are Japanese high schools which are drastically different from American ones means that it never really related with most of us in the first place setting-wise.
 
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nope, it makes me kinda miss my school life, i had a lot of fun in mine.
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Well the fact that the settings are Japanese high schools which are drastically different from American ones means that it never really related with most of us in the first place setting-wise.

It's high school. Relating to the similarities such as classes, teachers, homework, sports, responsibility, friends, and various nearly universal teen problems is pretty damn easy. If you can empathize or relate to a talking donkey or rabbit then finding similarities and relating to high school issues from another country can't be too hard.

 
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