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Japanese games that star well-functioning adults (bonus points if the game is "anime")

Oct 26, 2017
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#51
Nier Gestalt's character is 38. Calling him well-functioning is a stretch but at does alright around his daughter at least.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#55
Neither child nor teenager in sight in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, the cast is composed of more believably trained, experienced soldiers from around the world.

Not sure what "well-functioning" means though.
 
Oct 25, 2017
6,275
#57
These seem like incredibly arbitrary reasons to not count them
Dante is litterally a man child who doesn't pay bills and often sits in shit and piss untill somoene finds a job for him because he can't do anything else but slay demons.

I love Dante, I love Vergil . They are Giant children who had their entire growth fucked up because mommy died.
 
Oct 30, 2017
2,457
#58
MC in Nier seems to be functioning enough. He's got a sick daughter whom he loves deeply. So yeah, he's going to be a little unhinged. But he does good by her, helps around the town, and is a genuine, kind and honest man.
 
Oct 25, 2017
6,275
#60


Nero from DMC4/5.
Now that's a functioning adult

Has house
Has fiance
Has job that pays well enough to have a house
owns a vehicle
Didn't even let injury stop him from providing for his family.
Has actual friends
has functioning sex life
 
Nov 30, 2017
1,187
#62
And Sazh (i think, I never played FFXIII)

Someone already named Hotel Dusk and that's honestly perfect. Such human characters, amazing games.

Not a ton of games I can think of that haven't already been named. The original Silent Hill has Harry Mason, he's a solid dude. James Sunderland, not so much.
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,778
#66
Devil May Cry
Bayonetta
Metal Gear Solid series
Metal Gear Rising
Drakengard 3
Nier
Shadow of Destiny
God Hand
Zone of the Enders 2
Resident Evil
The Evil Within
Nioh
Onimusha
Yakuza
Silent Hill
Sekiro
 
Oct 26, 2017
372
#67
my first thought was nier, but yakuza is a good one also. by 3 kiryu runs a damn orphanage. and nier takes care of his daughter as the world is crumbling around him. certainly he doesnt always make the right decision, but hard to fault him for the most part.

many of the ninja and samurai games i guess. samanosuke and jubei, rikimaru and ayame, sekiro guy all seem like reasonably well adjusted adults given the situations they are ini.
 
Oct 31, 2017
908
#70


Stocke from Radiant Historian is a seasoned military man who is above 18 and consistently makes rational down to earth decisions instead of relying on "lol mAh bodY moVEd oN it's Own. pOWer Of FRiENDship yaLl
signal boost quote for truthyness
 
Nov 17, 2017
5,534
#71
One of my favorite things about Xenoblade X was how the vast majority of the cast were adults and how the topics of conversation fit that higher average age range.

For the core cast, you have:
Elma 29
Lao 31
Doug 30
Irina 27
Gwin 24

And of the recruitable characters you have:
Alexa 21
Boze 54
Frye 30
Phog 24
Hope 24
HB 28
Murderess 26
Nagi 57
Yelv 22

The only characters younger than 20 are:
Mia 19
Celica 18
Lin 13

Was kind of refreshing seeing JRPG characters chat about basic co-worker small talk topics like kids, alcohol, cars, sports, etc. I don't know about well-functioning since there's a lot of alcoholism and depression going on in there but uh... Those are pretty adult problems to have at least?
This. The adult cast of characters is really refreshing especially since Xenoblade usually goes for teenagers. It really changes the whole vibe.
 
Feb 7, 2018
944
#72
Wild Arms 3 has Clive and Gallows. Jet's age is a mystery for most of the game, and Virginia is only 18, but 2 out of 4 for the main cast being well functioning adults in an anime JRPG is pretty impressive i'd say.
 
Oct 27, 2017
13,636
#75
Please don't tell me you believe all adults are useless in Persona.
I mean there clearly not useless. Is this some sort of crack against modern Persona because there are plenty of helpful adults there.

It’s just the adult characters are just as emotionally damaged as the teenage characters so hardly what I’d call well adjusted.
 
Mar 13, 2018
219
#76
Xenoblade X and Hotel Dusk/Last Window are good picks in my book, so good job, you all :)

I'd add Trauma Center New Blood and Second Opinion, but it's been man years since I played them, so I my memory isn't so clear.
I played Persona 4 recently and liked Doujima, so I have a feeling the characters were well grounded in New Blood too, like him.
In Second Opinion you might have the "novice young man" trope like in Ace Attorney, but I remember there being a very capable older woman too in that game.

I'm going to add also Project Zero 5 because you get a lot of insight on Dr. Aso, but I also expected Ren and Hisoka to be older than just 23. She has to deal with some very heavy burdens and be profesional on her job and relationship with her clients, while also getting very emotionally involved, so you get to feel sorry for her when you let your suicidal character get out back again to the dangerous forest.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,132
Mexico
#79
I mean there clearly not useless. Is this some sort of crack against modern Persona because there are plenty of helpful adults there.

It’s just the adult characters are just as emotionally damaged as the teenage characters so hardly what I’d call well adjusted.
It's funny because all playable adult characters from P2 are well adjusted (Katsuya the most)... except Ulala. She is a mess, and she know it, but still try hard to find passion and direction in her life.
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,160
#81
Great idea for a thread. I swear if I see another Japanese anime-like game starring high school kids I’ll.... probably not do anything because that’ll probably happen tomorrow but I’ll make a post about it here!

Final Fantasy XV is very anime and stars functioning adults who dare to get older. Older bearded Noctis has my vote for the single best looking male videogame character of all time. And this is coming from a straight dude. Meanwhile in anime land we can’t even have a main character of any age with any facial hair. They’re all baby faces.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Georgia
#83
Resident Evil
Devil May Cry
MGS
Devil May Cry had been out of power for weeks on end before the events of 5.
Dante has managed to pile a tremendous sent owed to Lady and Morrison that has yet to be settled, ever since DMC3.
Vergil lol

Nero, Trish and Lady are well functioning adults for sure though.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,368
#84
How old was Risk Breaker in Vagrant Story? He was a father and a husband,
(at one time
), so I imagine he had a couple of years on him.
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,160
#85
Nier Gestalt's character is 38. Calling him well-functioning is a stretch but at does alright around his daughter at least.
Sure but I’ll give you only half a point because we may have gotten said functioning adult in a Japanese game but in Japan they got a baby faced angsty teenager looking to save his little imouto instead of daughter because of course they would!
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#86


Stocke from Radiant Historian is a seasoned military man who is above 18 and consistently makes rational down to earth decisions instead of relying on "lol mAh bodY moVEd oN it's Own. pOWer Of FRiENDship yaLl
This; Stocke is probably the most level-headed protagonist ever.
 
Oct 30, 2017
823
Astana, Kazakhstan
#87
Japanese games that star well-functioning adults (bonus points if the game is "anime")
Majority of japanese games have adults front and centre. Like, Nintendo games alone buck the trend heavily.

I guess if you only play "thoooose" games, it might seem like there is nothing but lolis and shotas...
 
Oct 25, 2017
139
#89
Hahahahaha a black character starring in a Final Fantasy????? Yeah that’s be the day!!

Hell, has ANY JRPG ever starred a black character at all?
Not a main character, but Elma is a star in Xenoblade X.

There's also Hugo from Suikoden 3. But yeah, they're pretty rare indeed.



On topic, Elma would fit the criteria of this thread. Hugo, despite his age, is also quite mature as far as I remember.
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,160
#91
Majority of japanese games have adults front and centre. Like, Nintendo games alone buck the trend heavily.

I guess if you only play "thoooose" games, it might seem like there is nothing but lolis and shotas...
You’d be hard pressed to name a JRPG with an anime aesthetic with a main playable protagonist that’s over 20.

Sure theres some that fit the bill but they’re so few. And I’m not talking about supporting cast because Party members can usually be more diverse in their ages (as diverse as a genre that calls 35 year old characters “old men” can be). Ok talking about the main protagonist. We can’t even get one of those in a JRPG with any facial hair, much less a functioning adult.
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,160
#93
Not a main character, but Elma is a star in Xenoblade X.

There's also Hugo from Suikoden 3. But yeah, they're pretty rare indeed.



On topic, Elma would fit the criteria of this thread. Hugo, despite his age, is also quite mature as far as I remember.
I said “star”. Supporting cast are not the stars. I’m talking about leads. Of course there’s been black characters in JRPGs, just never in a main playable protagonist role.
 
Oct 25, 2017
9,160
#94
The youngest person in xenoblade 1 is 18, barely a teenager
EighTEEN and nineTEEN year olds are still TEENagers, my friend.

Why do you think there’s so much porn labeled “Teens”? It’s not because it stars underage people (I mean, at least it shouldn’t!), it’s because it’s porn starring 18 and 19 year olds.
 
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Oct 25, 2017
9,082
#96
Nah, they're still a teenager until 20; two more years of teenage youth hardly qualifies as "barely a teenager."
By 18 in the U.S you are legally a adult, can smoke and can die for your country. Sure he's technically still a teenager but thats not how society sees it, especially in Japan where 17 is basically that adult age