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Iím always surprised by how young the main characters are supposed to be in animes and managas. Naruto is 13? Ash (from Pokemon) is 10? Sailor Moon is 14? What?

It leads to some funny discussions on the internet when people who are usually into anime tries to figure out how old characters from western animations/games/whatever are. Too many seem to think that Sniper from TF2 [link] is in his 20ís. :XD:

As a wise Japanese man once said, ďIf you havenít saved the world at the age of 14, youíre just not tryingĒ
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godzilladragon111 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know half these kid-countries.... where are they? THEY'RE NOT ON MY GLOBE!
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Plutonian-Frostmonky Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student Writer
Madoka became a goddess at age 14
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:iconmysteryhistorybuff:
MysteryHistoryBuff Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gohan was ten when he defeated cell and saved the earth, so...
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Sey-chii Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well...in America and Europe, we have the most amount of really young child stars who sing their butts off better than their parents! Come to America and Europe, we have children who are millionaires!
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ZUUT23 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
In the anime I watch the are 15 and up
Bleach 15-16
Blue Exorcist 15
Hell sing 20
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MakaASoulE Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maka Albarn is 14 and she's helped save the world. Ed Elric became part of the military when he was 12. Ciel Phantomhive contacted a demon when he was 12. Stuff happens man :/
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JuMiKu Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Interestingly, the translations usually age all characters by two years. So that makes them even younger.
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FireCrand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist
The average Pokemon trainer is suposed to start with a lvl 5 moster and become the very best like no one ever was in less than a year and beat the champion (who spent most of his/her life training)
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
i'm really surprised too, I have an teacher who is really enraged about that Ash never gets older, and i think Ash must be at least 16 or something.
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Lunamint Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Artist
but naruto started when he was twelve then was thirteen
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Julesworld99 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Writer
WHAAAT sniper isnt in his 20s NUUUUUUUUU MY TF2 SHIPPING HOBBY IS OVER!
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Balthizar Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
To this very day, I still refuse to believe that Yoko from Gurren Lagann is 14. Jailbait much? :iconexcaliburfaceplz:
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ArcanePhotographer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I haven't tried, I'M A FAILIURE T_T
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Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Yep. Those Japanese are crazy about prodigys.
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ProudlyAwesome Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought Sniper was in his mid to late-ish thirties? XD
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Xporirvian Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Awww Sweden, why so cold? XD
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daisybear111 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
In retrospect, shouldn't Ash be around 40?
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
im not trying?? le GASP!!!!
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FionaDied Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it makes you feel better, Naruto is 16 now. ^^; Ehe!
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Ikutoforever19 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
"aw, duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, that butterfly looks stoned" Made me laugh my ass off
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XxStygiophobicxX Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Denmark is adorable. :)
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0-CLAM-0 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Naruto's 16 now. XD
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star3catcher Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
So when I was five and wanted to save the world... I was right...?
NOOOOOOOO! I'VE THROWN MY WHOLE LIFE AWAY!
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RedHeadQueen Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still crack up at Sweden's comment :XD:
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DenzelStrife0410 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
how does scania deal with having a gay father?
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Suki-Kusukani Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:D
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arizonia1 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
In this one anime Magic Night Rayearth the girls are 7th graders sooooooooo yeah
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Manga-sarah Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
NorDen !! :la:
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minipancakes Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
all the mafia kids in katekyo hitman reborn are in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

MIDDLE SCHOOL.

TSUNA IS IN 6TH OR 7TH GRADE.

MAFIA. KIDS.

:faint:
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BrightBlueWindWitch Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Student General Artist
L is/was 25...Clare is an indeterminate age due to being a claymore...Um...
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Blue-Demon-Hybrid Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
:rofl: That's pretty true~
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sebjames Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.... :D
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ChellaG Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student General Artist
:aww: Aw duuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuuude!
That butterfly looks stoned!



Gotta love denmark and his random children :D ^^'
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MissusPatches Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
pfft this is hilarious XD

out of curiosity, does anyone know how old this Sniper fellow is though?
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Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Sailor Moon is 14 and Naruto is 13?
...
Mind. Blown.
(Partly guilty on this, but at least my other main characters make up for it. lol)
Sniper in his twenties just doesn't seem to work. XD
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IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well to be honest were used to the 4kids Sailir moon where they upped the age to 16...and in japan she was 14 but dating a 20 year old...
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Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Sixteen is a leeettle more understandable. The Japanese version... eh, well, it's a cartoon.
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IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, actually it had a live action movie too
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Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
...
lmao
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IllegalSympathy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right?
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MikosWish Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
lol thats so true i always guess the ages wrong half the time in japanese manga
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aspcarox Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
edward(:iconedplz:) and alphonze(no image) elric from fullmetal alchemist are yong too.
:bulletred:mother dies when they are 7 and 8
:bulletorange:ed and al try to resorect her at 9 and 10
:bulletyellow: ed becomes a state alchemist at 13 (al dose not because hes a suit of armor)
:bulletgreen:ed and al go on lots of adventures and (ed) get into a lot of arguments, a few alchimy fights, and battle a few people. i will not spoil the series for you by telling you what happens at the end(besides the fact that the series ends when there 14 and 15).
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KawaiiHuntress Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude.............you AND the flutterby look stoned :iconstonedplz:
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GothDragon999 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Ash has been 10 for 10 years. O_O
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LoveThyCoffee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought the girls from Sailor Moon were all in high school?! Oh wow. Those girls are pretty tall (and their legs, pretty long) for 14-year-olds.
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RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Photographer
Actually, it's only in the final season that they get into high school. For seasons first through SuperS, they're junior high kids.
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Gabriel-Guardian Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Don't forget Law of Ueki, that one's my fave 'cause the characters are all involved in a massive Street Fighter-style tournament in order to choose who would be the next God...yes, God. Their ages vary, but they are all middle schoolers...seriously.
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EdwardCullensluver Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
pssht cause only middle schoolers wanna be god
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Gabriel-Guardian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Oh no, they were fighting for their sponsors...umm, lemme see if I can explain this bit.

So, quite a few adults got chosen to be God candidates, and where allowed to choose one person to fight for them...it turns out that every one of them chose a middleschooler. In choosing that middleschooler, the middleschooler gets powers (often completely and ridiculous powers), like:

- The power to turn voices into portraits
- The power turn a target into a glasses-lover
- The power to turn things invisible
- The power to turn trash into trees

...and so on.

Been a while since I watched it, but I remember that it was a completely and utterly ridiculous and AWESOME show.
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EdwardCullensluver Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
lol it wasn't sarcastic it was supposed to be agreeing in a joke like manner sorry for the confusion..... text doesn't work exactly like intonation
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