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1st Mar '17 6:50:39 PM Monsund
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* In ''Manga/Ranma'' has flashbacks in which characters look far younger then their actual age. When Akane is thinking about her past with Dr. Tofu she looks like a 6 year old while her elder sister is a highschooler that towers over Akane, there's actually only a three year difference between them, meaning Akane was actually 12 or 13 around that time. Similarly a flashback to Tatewaki Kuno's HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood depicted the very tall LordErrorProne as an extremely short kid who looked around 6. Kuno is 17 and the flashback was 4 years ago, making him 13 in the flashback.

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* In ''Manga/Ranma'' ''{{Manga/Ranma}}'' has flashbacks in which characters look far younger then their actual age. When Akane is thinking about her past with Dr. Tofu Tofu, she looks like a resembles 6 year old while her elder sister is a highschooler that towers over Akane, there's Akane and wears a high school uniform. There is actually only a three year difference between them, meaning Akane was actually 12 or 13 around that time. Similarly a flashback to Tatewaki Kuno's HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood depicted the very tall LordErrorProne as an extremely short kid who looked around 6. Kuno is 17 and the flashback was 4 years ago, making him 13 in the flashback.
1st Mar '17 6:49:00 PM Monsund
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* In ''Manga/Ranma'' has flashbacks in which characters look far younger then their actual age. When Akane is thinking about her past with Dr. Tofu she looks like a 6 year old while her elder sister is a highschooler that towers over Akane, there's actually only a three year difference between them, meaning Akane was actually 12 or 13 around that time. Similarly a flashback to Tatewaki Kuno's HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood depicted the very tall LordErrorProne as an extremely short kid who looked around 6. Kuno is 17 and the flashback was 4 years ago, making him 13 in the flashback.
16th Feb '17 2:49:28 PM Sedirex
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# The character is older than he or she looks. This is often done in order to depict {{Fanservice}}, violence and other mature behavior that would otherwise be very inappropriate if the characters actually looked as young as they are. Some viewers [[FridgeLogic might still find it inappropriate]] upon learning the character's canonical ages. This is much like a drawn version of DawsonCasting. See also ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
# The character is younger than he or she looks. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.

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# The character is older than he or she looks. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.
# The character is younger than he or she looks.
This is often done in order to depict {{Fanservice}}, violence and other mature behavior that would otherwise be very inappropriate if the characters actually looked as young as they are. Some viewers [[FridgeLogic might still find it inappropriate]] upon learning the character's canonical ages. This is much like a drawn version of DawsonCasting. See also ReallySevenHundredYearsOld. \n# The character is younger than he or she looks. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.
18th Jan '17 11:14:57 PM Hylarn
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* ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'': Due to trying to expand the audience range, the art style is given a mild HotterAndSexier, with more mature looks and visible breasts (but not that big). However, late on the series, it is stated by a supercomputer that the original trio, Love, Miki and Inori... are ''14 years old''.



* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin, and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]]. The preceding arc ''Sun and Moon'' reverts Ash back to looking around 10.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin, and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]]. The preceding arc following ''Sun and Moon'' arc reverts Ash back to looking around 10.
9th Jan '17 6:23:52 AM TroperNo9001
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** Supposedly Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' was designed to look fourteen. While not aa mature looking as others, most fans pinned him more around fifteen or sixteen. His design in the sequel seems a bit older than people assume from a sixteen year old.

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** Supposedly Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' was designed to look fourteen. While not aa as mature looking as others, most fans pinned him more around fifteen or sixteen. His design in the sequel seems a bit older than people assume from a sixteen year old.
7th Jan '17 9:07:17 PM BenOfHouston
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ages of the mane cast are [[VagueAge intentionally vague]] to the point that they could really be interpreted as being anything from teenagers to being around thirty or so. The Apple Family Reunion episode revealed that the cast was (1+8*x) years old, leading to a fandom riot about whether the cast was 17 or 25. The ''Equestria Girls'' movies don't exactly clarify things.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ages of the mane cast are [[VagueAge intentionally vague]] to the point that they could really be interpreted as being anything from teenagers to being around thirty or so. The Apple Family Reunion episode revealed that the cast was (1+8*x) years old, leading to a fandom riot about whether the cast was 17 or 25. The ''Equestria Girls'' movies don't exactly clarify things.things as characters who are explicitly several years apart in Equestria are in the same grade.
22nd Dec '16 9:40:04 PM Pichu-kun
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** Hidan is 22, but looks about 30. Deidara is 19 and Jugo is 18, but they both look like they're in their mid-twenties (although when he stands next to someone else it becomes apparently that Deidara is relatively short). Itachi already looks significantly older than his official age of 17 when he's introduced, and a static character design leads him to look almost the exact same during flashbacks when Sasuke was 8 (which would make him only '''13''').
** [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/c/c1/Uchiha%27s.png A family photo]] shows that he's always had those weird creases that make his face look a lot older than he is even as an adult since he was apparently ''born'' with them. Though the manga also shows a young Itachi without the markings so it's vague if he's had them forever or not.
** Alternatively Kakashi looked pretty much like a teenager when he passed his chunin exams-- except that he's supposed to be six. Either Kishimoto forgot, or Kakashi was a very early bloomer. Fortunately for him, he doesn't look much older than Naruto when they are respectively 40 something and 30 something. Though of course, keeping half his face covered doesn't hurt..

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** Hidan is 22, but looks about 30. Deidara is 19 and Jugo is 18, but they both look like they're in their mid-twenties (although when he stands next to someone else it becomes apparently that Deidara is relatively short).
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Itachi already looks significantly older than his official age of 17 when he's introduced, and a static character design leads him to look almost the exact same during flashbacks when Sasuke was 8 (which would make him only '''13''').
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'''13'''). [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/naruto/images/c/c1/Uchiha%27s.png A family photo]] shows that he's always had those weird creases that make his face look a lot older than he is even as an adult since he was apparently ''born'' with them. Though the manga also shows a young Itachi without the markings so it's vague if he's had them forever or not.
** Alternatively Kakashi looked pretty much like a teenager when he passed his chunin exams-- except that he's supposed to be six. Either Kishimoto forgot, or Kakashi was a very early bloomer. Fortunately for him, he doesn't look much older than Naruto when they are respectively 40 something and 30 something. Though of course, keeping half his face covered doesn't hurt..hurt...



* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Integra Hellsing is a young woman in her early twenties, but due to the way she's drawn, how tough she looks thanks to the CrapsackWorld she's in, and her no-nonsense personality, you'd be forgiven for believing she's in her late twenties to early thirties.
** Poked fun at in the AbridgedSeries, where she insults the band of Nazi vampires chasing her by proclaiming how it took a whole squad of them to capture a twenty two year old woman and their response is "She's TWENTY TWO?"

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* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Integra Hellsing is a young woman in her early twenties, but due to the way she's drawn, how tough she looks thanks to the CrapsackWorld she's in, and her no-nonsense personality, you'd be forgiven for believing she's in her late twenties to early thirties.
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thirties. Poked fun at in the AbridgedSeries, where she insults the band of Nazi vampires chasing her by proclaiming how it took a whole squad of them to capture a twenty two year old woman and their response is "She's TWENTY TWO?"



** In the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} main anime]] itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]].

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** * In the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} main anime]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself, Ash, much like direction Sugimori was taking in the games' artstyle as best seen in remake protagonists, looks ''at least'' 12 as of the XY saga, thanks to his more defined features, sideburns, tanned skin skin, and thinner frame. The major crush [[TheChick Serena]] has on him and the occasional vaguely sexual imagery that comes out of it doesn't help at all. While it has never been officially stated, it can be safely assumed [[NotAllowedToGrowUp he's still 10 officially]].
officially]]. The preceding arc ''Sun and Moon'' reverts Ash back to looking around 10.



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** In a similar case to Red and Blue above, [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Silver]] in the remakes also looks like a teenager, thin and adult-like proportions, sharp facial features and all, when he's supposedly the same age as the player character.

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** In a similar case to Red and Blue above, [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Silver]] Silver in the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' remakes also looks like a teenager, with his thin and adult-like proportions, sharp facial features and all, when he's supposedly the same age as the player character.



** Supposedly Cheren from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' was designed to look fourteen. While not aa mature looking as others, most fans pinned him more around fifteen or sixteen. His design in the sequel seems a bit older than people assume from a sixteen year old.



** The main characters (in particular, your own character and potential spouses) often look to be about teens at oldest despite ''getting married and drunk''. Your potential spouses' parents tend to look maybe in their 30s or 40s, but anyone younger almost always looks like they haven't even hit puberty yet. Bonus points if the game is in {{chibi}} style.
** Rather {{squick}}y in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'', where the 14 year old girl (Lumina) in the Gamecube version is now apparently 18 and available to marry...without changing her appearance at all. In the JPN version she was sixteen in SE. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' avoids this by using her adult design from the start.

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** The main characters (in particular, your own character and potential spouses) often look to be about their teens at oldest despite ''getting married and drunk''. Your potential spouses' parents tend to look maybe in their 30s or 40s, but anyone younger almost always looks like they haven't even hit puberty yet. Bonus points if the game is in {{chibi}} style.
** Rather {{squick}}y in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'', where the 14 year old girl (Lumina) in the Gamecube version is now apparently 18 and available to marry...without changing her appearance at all.all, though post-marriage she instantly has her adult design after a small timeskip. In the JPN version she was sixteen in SE. Many fans don't even realize Lumina was 14, thinking she was 10 or 11. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' avoids this by using her adult design from the start.



* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' is obviously in his mid-to-late teens in his official artwork and this applies to him in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' too. The portraits in the latter game make him closer to "young Link" but it's likely the SuperDeformed style. There is less of an excuse for the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', where he inexplicably looks several years younger than before. Even though according to [[WordOfGod Hyrule Historia]] [[MindScrew the three Links are one and the same]] and the ''Link's Awakening'' and ''Oracle'' games take place after ''A Link To The Past''. There are two versions of the main ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' official art: One with in the [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/c/cc/Link-ALBW.png ALTTP style]] and another in [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/e/e7/ALBW_Link_Drawing.png Oracles style.]] That Link is the descendant of the [=ALTTP=] Link but suffers from the same problems. He looks even younger than Zelda and Hilda.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' is obviously in his mid-to-late teens in his official artwork and this applies to him in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' too. The portraits in the latter game make him closer to "young Link" but it's likely the SuperDeformed style.style at fault. There is less of an excuse for the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', where he inexplicably looks several years younger than before. Even though according to [[WordOfGod ''[[WordOfGod Hyrule Historia]] Historia]]'' [[MindScrew the three Links are one and the same]] and the ''Link's Awakening'' and ''Oracle'' games take place after ''A Link To The Past''. There are two versions of the main ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' official art: One with in the [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/c/cc/Link-ALBW.png ALTTP style]] and another in [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/e/e7/ALBW_Link_Drawing.png Oracles style.]] That Link is the descendant of the [=ALTTP=] Link but suffers from the same problems. He looks even younger than Zelda and Hilda.



* The main characters of ''Webcomic/CrossHeart'' are supposed to be fifteen at the start however could pass for middle schoolers. This doesn't clear up after the three year timeskip. {{Averted}} when they're shown as adults though.

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* The main characters of ''Webcomic/CrossHeart'' are supposed to be fifteen at the start however could pass for middle schoolers. This doesn't clear up after the three year timeskip. {{Averted}} Subverted when they're shown as adults though.



* Certain characters in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', such as Rachel Tice, look younger than their intended ages due to what dolls used to play them.

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* Certain characters in ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', such as Rachel Tice, look younger than their intended ages due to what dolls are used to play them.



* The Furious Five in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' are almost FunnyAnimal and otherwise anthropomorphic animal characters. Their ages are left largely vague. Po is implied to be in his early thirties but can seem as young as his late teens, while Tigress can be anywhere from her mid twenties to being in her forties.

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* The Furious Five in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' are almost all FunnyAnimal and or otherwise anthropomorphic animal characters. Their ages are left largely vague. Po is implied to be in his early thirties but can seem as young as his late teens, while Tigress can be anywhere from her mid twenties to being in her forties.



* The titular character of ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' seemed to originally have been a high schooler however has aged over the decades. She is vaguely in the "under thirty" category (though she [[ImprobableAge has became president]] once) in order for her to fit into a variety of roles.

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* The titular character of ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' seemed to originally have been a high schooler however has aged over the decades. She is vaguely in the "under "over eighteen but under thirty" category (though she [[ImprobableAge has became president]] once) in order for her to fit into a variety of roles.



* In the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise, while Sonic's age is stated to be 15, his actions, size, design, and manner of speech make it just as easy for him to be whatever age the player is, though it has been noted that [[VideoGame/SonicGenerations he was once much younger than he is in the current game series]]. This was actually a retcon on Sonic Team's part. The original design was given the age ''16'', making him even older than current Sonic. For Generations they decided to make him a younger Sonic due to his shorter, chubbier design and the fact his adventures were before the modern design.

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* In the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise, while Sonic's age is stated to be 15, his actions, size, design, and manner of speech make it just as easy for him to be whatever age the player is, though it has been noted that [[VideoGame/SonicGenerations he was once much younger than he is in the current game series]]. This was actually a retcon on Sonic Team's part. The original design was given the age ''16'', making him even older than current Sonic. For Generations ''Generations'' they decided to make him a younger Sonic due to his shorter, chubbier design and the fact his adventures were before the modern design.



* Two words: MickeyMouse. And any other WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts characters, really.

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* Two words: MickeyMouse.WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse. And any other WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts characters, really.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ages of the mane cast are [[VagueAge intentionally vague]] to the point that they could really be interpreted as being anything from teenagers to being around thirty or so. The Apple Family Reunion episode revealed that the cast was (1+8*x) years old, leading to a fandom riot about whether the cast was 17 or 25. The Equestria Girls movies don't exactly clarify things.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ages of the mane cast are [[VagueAge intentionally vague]] to the point that they could really be interpreted as being anything from teenagers to being around thirty or so. The Apple Family Reunion episode revealed that the cast was (1+8*x) years old, leading to a fandom riot about whether the cast was 17 or 25. The Equestria Girls ''Equestria Girls'' movies don't exactly clarify things.
30th Nov '16 4:42:08 PM Johnny2071
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# The character is younger than he or she looks. This is often done in order to depict {{Fanservice}}, violence and other mature behavior that would otherwise be very inappropriate if the characters actually looked as young as they are. Some viewers [[FridgeLogic might still find it inappropriate]] upon learning the character's canonical ages. This is much like a drawn version of DawsonCasting. See also ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
# The character is older than he or she looks. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.

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# The character is younger older than he or she looks. This is often done in order to depict {{Fanservice}}, violence and other mature behavior that would otherwise be very inappropriate if the characters actually looked as young as they are. Some viewers [[FridgeLogic might still find it inappropriate]] upon learning the character's canonical ages. This is much like a drawn version of DawsonCasting. See also ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
# The character is older younger than he or she looks. Artists probably do this to have mature storylines without losing younger viewers (and depending on the genre, it can also be applied for a [[{{Lolicon}} particular kind]] of fanservice). This is somewhat like casting HollywoodHomely and GenericCuteness, in that everyone is drawn in such a way that they seem attractive, or in this case the same age.
27th Nov '16 6:44:59 AM shonengirl
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** Several of the protagonists look at least three or four years older than their supposed age (usually assumed to be eleven without confirmation, though after generation 5 they have been leaning more towards their mid teens). This is especially noticeable when it comes to the female characters, who tend to be more...developed than an average 11-year old (and sometimes more so than half the adult female cast). A common complaint with Red and his rival Blue in the remakes is that they no longer look eleven, with their slender, somewhat adult-like proportions and less childish facial structures. So much so, in fact, [[VocalDissonance they sound at least 13]] in the English dub of ''Pokemon Origins''. In the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver timeskip]], where they're fourteen now, they look around sixteen or seventeen.

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** Several of the protagonists look at least three or four years older than their supposed age (usually assumed to be eleven without confirmation, though after generation 5 they have been leaning more towards their mid teens). This is especially noticeable when it comes to the female characters, who tend to be more...developed than an average 11-year old (and sometimes more so than half the adult female cast). A common complaint with Red and his rival Blue in the remakes is that they no longer look eleven, with their slender, somewhat adult-like proportions and less childish facial structures. So much so, in fact, [[VocalDissonance they sound at least 13]] in the English dub of ''Pokemon Origins''. In the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver timeskip]], where they're fourteen now, they look around sixteen or seventeen.seventeen (or at least Blue does; it's difficult to see if Red has changed much at all).
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', the protagonists are once again stated to be eleven. The female protagonist actually does quite look her age, with her flat chest, large eyes, round face, and childlike proportions, but the male protagonist had thrown off many into thinking they were a few years older; though he ''can'' pass for eleven. Not helping is the 3D models, while far more to scale than in previous generations, not being ''exactly'' to scale, making the protagonists, Hau, and Lillie appear taller than they should be.
30th Oct '16 10:51:26 AM ilovehirohamada
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