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Age gap in pokemon anime fans

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by , 16th February 2012 at 11:40 PM (1521 Views)
I've noticed there are a lot of younger anime fans coming to the fandom now who are only like 13-14 years old. So I ask myself, how old were these people when the anime first started in 1998? They were born pretty much at the same time the franchise started.

That means they were only like 6 years old when AG began...as crazy as that sounds. Then when DP started...they were 10.

Meanwhile those of us who were already 10-12 back in 1998, most of us older fans are now in the 18-25 year old range. There's a huge gap now. I think this is why all the old users that were in the fandom back in 2003-2006 aren't around anymore, they all went to College and then moved on with their lives, having no time for Pokemon anymore.

Its really weird to think about it, but this is also why the fandom opinion has changed. When I first came to the fandom those younger fans didn't exist yet, but now here they are. Something to ponder.
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  1. CommanderPigg's Avatar
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    Not really. This is the internet age, people are definitely starting to "connect" a lot earlier than we were due to accessibility and culture. The reason why not many young kids were in the fandom back in Pokemon's Kanto days is because not many kids had the patience, resources, or maturity to browse fandom-related sites. According to the "how old are you" poll on bulbagarden, the majority of "us" were around 5-7 in '98...not exactly internet-ready.

    It's also not unheard of people who didn't start pokemon until johto or hoenn. They just don't have the same feelings of nostalgia attached to the older seasons as we did.

    It's not necessarily a bad thing. It's kinda amazing how the fandom can perpetuate itself like that, and a lot of new viewpoints are being presented.
  2. The Fighting Misty's Avatar
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    Well I didn't come to the online fandom till 2003, which was when Johto had ended and AG had just begun. I don't really think there *was* much of an online fandom in the Kanto/Johto days, certainly not on what we have now.
  3. CommanderPigg's Avatar
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    Uh, I kinda disagree. There definitely was a community, just not in the formats we're used to seeing. I remember going to webrings and stuff that were as old as '99 back in '03 to look up Team Rocket stuff. Certainly IRCs existed back then too.

    But dial-up is the devil, so I can imagine that's part of the reason why there was a smaller fandom.

    Uh...what was the point of this blog again?
  4. The Fighting Misty's Avatar
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    I'm talking about a fandom as it is now, not random character fan clubs, which we still have today.

    Meaning, nobody really looked up at Japanese episode titles to see what was happening next in the anime. Nobody had in-depth discussions about the characters or what pokemon they'd catch.

    And as you said, how old were most people back in the Johto days? Under 12? I was a bit older than most other fans at the time but even then.
  5. CommanderPigg's Avatar
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    I'm pretty sure, like I mentioned, that's because of technological restrictions. And I think that non-pokefans did plenty of "in-depth" discussions to compensate :P
  6. Jabberwocky's Avatar
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    I was 3, or thereabouts. Born in 1995. Gen I wasn't really a part of my childhood.
  7. Silktree's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gliscor'd
    Meaning, nobody really looked up at Japanese episode titles to see what was happening next in the anime. Nobody had in-depth discussions about the characters or what pokemon they'd catch.
    Yes, they did. And if they didn't discuss it quite as obsessively as they do today, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    I find it amazing that you're so interested in the history of the fandom and yet you only joined in 2003 and still have very little idea of what happened before you came along. Rest assured that there was a big community even if it didn't revolve around you.
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    Updated 17th February 2012 at 12:40 AM by Silktree
  8. The Fighting Misty's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silktree
    I find it amazing that you're so interested in the history of the fandom and yet you only joined in 2003 and still have very little idea of what happened before you came along. Rest assured that there was a community if it didn't revolve around you.
    Well that's because there wasn't much to discuss back then. What were people looking forward to, random Johto filler #23465 when Ash helped Johto COTD #456?

    Besides you know, people making shrines to Ash/Misty, Ash/Gary and Team Rocket back then...given they were the only characters in the show at the time.
  9. Silktree's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gliscor'd
    What were people looking forward to, random Johto filler #23465 when Ash helped Johto COTD #456?
    Oh yes, because looking forward to a Champion League which has yet to be properly alluded to is so much better. Didn't you say that you expected Ash's story to be wrapped up after Johto? That was being discussed. Things were hardly all that different from what they are today. Besides, the community existed as early as late 1998.
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  10. Hidden Mew's Avatar
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    I definitely remember a few discussions on other Pokemon sites back when the series was still in its first few years. I didn't access them as often as I do with now with this and other sites, but that kind of goes back to how much technology has changed since then as well. There was a discussion on how Ash would leave at the end of Johto. I remember one theory was that he was going to become a monk and protect Mt. Silver, or something like that, in early Johto and there was a discussion about Ash letting some of his Pokemon go and if people liked it or not. It wasn't as huge as it is now, but there obviously is more to discuss with three whole series and a fourth one currently airing than with just one series. Even then, it wasn't like there wasn't anything to talk about. Even with your problems with Johto fillers, there were online discussions about the series during and before that saga.

    Personally, I don't think that it's that strange that there are coming into the online fandom. Pokemon has been around for awhile and it clearly gets more new fans with each new generation. That was pretty clear to me a long time ago. I think that it's nice that Pokemon is able to attract new fans as time moves on. It shows that it does still have a strong appeal for kids now like it did back when it first started.
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  11. 33Whimsicott33's Avatar
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    I remember coming into the online pokefandom in 2003... the first noticeable thing I picked up about the anime community was that they were concerned about vastly different things than I were, coming from my then internet-less background. Parts of the show I considered important weren't very much so to everyone else. I found that weird, but never really objected. But I do wonder if other people feel the same when they first make a step in.
  12. Shadow Victini's Avatar
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    I only came into the online Pokéfandom in late 2010/2011...
    Well, that may be because I only started playing in Dec. 2010, although I did watch the anime when I was about 3. Because it took me a few years to figure out that Pokémon wasn't just a cartoon.
    Yeah, so I'm a pretty new Pokémon fan you could say, but I'm also an old one....
    OK, this is too confusing. :p
    And it has nothing to do with thsi topic.
  13. Phoenixphlare's Avatar
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    I was four when pokemon came out in America so there are lot of kids my age who are gen one purists. Which I think is stupid because they were in the main target age when gen 3 came out. I attribute that to older siblings who hate gen 3. My older brother wasn't a fan of gen 3 pokes the only game he got was firered but he did play both Diamond and pearl but he has yet to beat white being 22 and all.

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