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    Default Male Protagonists and Anime

    Is the slender teenage boy the stereotype for the male anime protagonist, or is a fair to say itís the most common character archetype for the male lead?

    Thereís a lot of anime out there, and I multitude of audiences they attract to, but I perceive the boy youth as most common when main characters come into play. Not that there arenít exceptions, such as Gene Starwind from Outlaw Star, Spike from Cowboy Bebop, and Roger Smith from Big O (lol generic name), but I canít help but sense the strong adult male lead is in short supply when compared to the majority of anime out there. And I donít mean ridiculous manly or macho, just a more adult male character one usually sees in western comics.

    I know factors are involved, such as cultural preference and intended audience, but itís something I find myself pondering about.

    Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Male Protagonists and Anime

    Should this be in the general anime.... nevermind....

    In any case, I prefer the male protagonists that have seen it all and are mature and stuff. I do agree that most of the lead males are sort of boyish and feminine-like. Maybe because alot of anime viewers are girls? They probably prefer the bishonen type over more masculine men..
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    Default Re: Male Protagonists and Anime

    I think it's only in recent years that it's been like that. The 80's and 90's are full of adult male protagonists with a wide variety of builds.

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    Default Re: Male Protagonists and Anime

    Quote Originally Posted by GameGeeks View Post
    I think it's only in recent years that it's been like that. The 80's and 90's are full of adult male protagonists with a wide variety of builds.
    My thoughts exactly, and not to mention the general male population in Japan (as well as in many other parts of the world) is becoming less masculine and more feminine neutral to say the least. The big strong alpha male is no longer the preferred male image.

    Female characters are also becoming a lot more curved, ridiculously curved, and bouncy, if you know what I mean. >.>

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