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So many times in anime, a character's growth is depicted as largely internal in a short period of time with literal outward change, though there are exceptions like the traditional hair cutting for women or outfit changes.
Obviously a number of series choose not to age characters so that their demographic can remain consistent, but I find there is charm in watching a character grow up alongside the reader. In the west, Harry Potter is a great example of how you can keep your target audience enthralled by aging the characters alongside the audience.
Do you think more anime and manga would be better, or more interesting, if they favored this style of storytelling? Or is there timelessness gained in having your favorite characters living their lives, forever teenagers verging on adulthood?

Also discuss anime that show the main characters going from childhood to adulthood.
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I would like more anime/manga that shows its characters growing up from kids to adults. I know this will be blasphemy to say, but I'd like to see Gon and Killua grow up into adults or at least late teens throughout the story of HxH. Of course, that's if it ever comes back epictogashijokes.txt.

Another example I guess is Goku from Dragon Ball. You see him go from a naive kid who knows nothing of the world to a... naive adult that likes fighting. Maybe not the best example.

Do you count something like Berserk as "kid growing to adult?" I mean his childhood days are shown in a flashback, but during the Golden Age you do see him as a mid teen to late teen and then the rest of the story as somebody aging much past their normal physical age through stress. I'd say it has some of my favorite internal growth of a character in manga at least. Oh, Punpun is another example, although his kid days were pretty short in the manga.
3.0's Asuka was guilty of this.
It would be difficult to do with an anime, what with it being broken up on a seasonal basis. The only anime that really get enough length to age it with the audience would be something like Doraemon, or maybe a long-running shounen but those are so viewer-dependent that it would be risky to pull it off. It would be neat to see, though. Seeing a character going from adventure-seeking child to girl-obsessed teenager to level-headed adult could be pretty satisfying.
Well, being that Guts actually does age (and Miura even includes physical scarring gained through the course of the manga) I'd include it as growing up. Though, the focus on the majority of his maturation is a little past the period I was specifically referencing. But little else comes to mind when thinking of a story where the adults age as well.

I think Punpun is the best example in recent years. His kid days were short in comparison but they still did an excellent job at placing the reader in the frame of mind of a pre-adolescent boy. I don't think it would have suceeded as well, actually, if it wasn't interspersed with Shimizu's segments. But Punpun's growth into an adult AND his mental changes are pretty clearly shown which is part of what made the manga so interesting.
Rose of Versallies follows her as she ages. From child to teenage to an adult.
I may be mis-remembering but didn't Eva 3.0 specify that Asuka, and Mari, didn't age because of what the lcl did to them?
Unless you mean the new accessories.

Well, Kemono no Souja Erin, Alison to Lilia, and Nanoha were both able to execute it pretty well despite being seasonally based. If you think about it even series like Hidamari, which has aired for 7 years or so now, would have been able to do it as well if the author desired.
I would like if they tried to apply it to a harem series as well, but I doubt that will happen because of the whole having to keep the characters hot to sell merchandise thing. Ah, and it would slightly decentralize the focus of series like that from unresolved relationships to actually having to progress in an adult world.
Yeah, manga would be the best place for it because of how long it can run for. Something that's Ippo's length starting with childhood back in 1989 and being in adulthood now would have been amazing.
Ah yeah, in a way the whole younger pats for Guts are just the prologue. In a way Berserk did mirror my own growing up though. I got into it as a teen and read Guts growing up into an older teen and as I grew older so did Guts. It's not the same thing though.

Punpun though is probably one of the best examples when I think of it more. His childhood segments really do capture the sort of fantastical world a child sees. How weird the actions of adults seem to a child. As he grows up you even see him literally change shape.

I guess one of the appeals of manga/anime is how well they can accurately portray the growth during one section of a character's life. Stuff like Narutaru that captures that per-adolescent time extremely well, stuff like Utena or Eva which captures the adolescent years, or stuff like Tatami Galaxy which captures the college age years. I'd love to see something that can hit every note as well as those ones hit those specific notes.
Ah yeah, but the majority is focused on her as an adult. Do you think RoV was stronger because it followed her growth instead of just diving all the way into the political stuff the series is known for?
It would be a pretty ambitious pitch to make, that's for sure. You'd need some kind of famous name or backing behind it to get it to get it off the ground and insure some kind of profit.
I like stories where the main focus is purely on the character growing up both physically and mentally but to do that well, you need competent writers. Erin is a good example where the character development is brilliant even if the actual story is only so-so.
Another example I thought of actually spans 2 manga, 3 if you count a oneshot part of it. Shonan Junai Gumi to GTO, which if you count Bad Company spans early teens to adult. I'm not sure how much of that other newer manga goes into the present days rather than the 22 Days flashback, but that could be factored in there too.
Kiichi and it's actually getting translated.
Oh shit really? When did it get picked back up?
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It'd be interesting since they're fairly rare but like everything else it still depends on how good the writer goes about in its transition. I suppose it must have been neat when the children who watched MSG got to see Amuro all grown up 6 years later. It may also be a little far fetched to say this but Zeta has a lot more 'teenage angst' put into it, giving me the impression that there was at least some intent to appeal to the same target audience that grew up with MSG.

Captain Tsubasa is another example I like. It started off with kids football and eventually we got to see him and his friends all grown up, having joined different leagues all over the world. We also see Pokemon Special Red grow from a kid into what is quite possibly the best trainer in the world years after. And while not exactly on-topic (even though there is an anime of it), the Return of the Condor Heroes is one of my favorite 'MC going from childhood to adulthood' story.
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Julian starts the series so young, but by the end my how he has grown.
>DEEPFAG still posts

I haven't really looked into mecha, I'll have to watch those old Gundams and see if they have stood the test of time.
Oddly enough I think series focused on sports have the most potential to showcase these particular qualities because elements of time have to pass in order to show the team practicing, going to matches, and so on. But then most of them tend to end after they compete in the final match..
I'll check out Return of the Condor Heroes, it sounds very interesting.
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I was thinking of Gundam but couldn't think of a really concrete example, but I guess Amuro works well. I also agree on the mood of it going from 0079 to Zeta.
Thought of this as well.
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It's a little dated but I enjoyed most of UC when I watched it about a year ago. Although Amuro is the only Gundam protagonist where we see him growing from a teenager into an adult by the time of his final appearance (if you don't count in Setsuna from 00 or Seabook in F91/Crossbone).

Yeah that's how sport series goes. It's a shame they almost always end it in the final match but dragging it any more after that would ruin every good it had before.

Wuxia stuff is not very popular around /a/ but do check out the prequel Legend of the Condor Heroes if you're going to check it out. His dad was the antagonist inside and it explains a lot about his cunning nature.

Would Vinland Saga count? Since we do go through Thorfinn's progression from a child to his current self.

Also not really related to the topic but I thought I'd recommend the manga Noramimi. It portrays how things would be had kids like Nobita continued growing up with mascots like Doraemon, learning to let go etc.
Vinland Saga is a pretty good example I'd say.
>Although Amuro is the only Gundam protagonist where we see him growing from a teenager into an adult by the time of his final appearance
age may have been shitty but it doesn't deserve the g saviour treatment
How about Vagabond? I'm not sure if it could work as one since it is based on a real figure.

Hahaha, I forgot about AGE. Well yeah that counts too.

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