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26th Apr '16 5:48:02 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is basically one big metaphor for growing up. Said "growing up" apparently includes enduring terrible pain, sacrificing yourself for your best friend, then being [[UnPerson erased from existence]]. [[MindScrew Or something.]]
** MAYBE subverted if you look at it from the angle that the reason all of these characters suffer so horribly is [[spoiler: because they ''won't'' grow up and face their emotional problems. And when Utena does, she [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] and is shortly followed by her best friends.]] [[MindScrew Or something.]]

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is basically one big metaphor for growing up. Said "growing up" apparently includes enduring terrible pain, sacrificing yourself for your best friend, then being [[UnPerson erased from existence]]. [[MindScrew Or something.]]
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]] MAYBE subverted if you look at it from the angle that the reason all of these characters suffer so horribly is [[spoiler: because they ''won't'' grow up and face their emotional problems. And when Utena does, she [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] and is shortly followed by her best friends.]] [[MindScrew Or something.]]


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* Ren from ''Sazanami Cherry'' is a WholesomeCrossdresser with an AmbiguousGenderIdentity. He doesn't like the fact that puberty will hamper his androgynous, girly looks and change his voice.
6th Apr '16 1:36:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).

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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as (as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).
5th Apr '16 11:49:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
** Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).

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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
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''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''. Though the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers ([[spoiler:as Ratchet already had a long history of service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor).



* Used somewhat in an episode of ''ShugoChara''. After [[TroubledButCute Ikuto]] breaks an X-Egg (a negative Heart's Egg), he goes on to say he doesn't feel bad about breaking Heart's Eggs and children's dreams because, as they grow older, children begin to think more realistically about their dreams and deem them impossible to succeed, ultimately giving up their dreams and losing their Heart's Egg (which is the place all people's dreams, wishes, and their 'would-be-selves' are located) and growing up to be dull, dreary, and tired faced adults who are living unhappy and unfulfilling lives.

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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'':
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Used somewhat in an episode of ''ShugoChara''.episode. After [[TroubledButCute Ikuto]] breaks an X-Egg (a negative Heart's Egg), he goes on to say he doesn't feel bad about breaking Heart's Eggs and children's dreams because, as they grow older, children begin to think more realistically about their dreams and deem them impossible to succeed, ultimately giving up their dreams and losing their Heart's Egg (which is the place all people's dreams, wishes, and their 'would-be-selves' are located) and growing up to be dull, dreary, and tired faced adults who are living unhappy and unfulfilling lives.



* After the girls in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' start watching part of the new version of [[ShowWithinAShow Lovely Chocolat]], their old favorite TV show, Sae notes that they're [[FanHater still watching it]] even though they're in high school. (and are therefore supposed to be out of the FleetingDemographic). Upon hearing this, Hiro's [[ExpressiveHair hair]] falls flat, and she laments about how growing up is no fun.

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* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'':
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After the girls in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' start watching part of the new version of [[ShowWithinAShow Lovely Chocolat]], their old favorite TV show, Sae notes that they're [[FanHater still watching it]] even though they're in high school. school (and are therefore supposed to be out of the FleetingDemographic). Upon hearing this, Hiro's [[ExpressiveHair hair]] falls flat, and she laments about how growing up is no fun.



* Mentioned in the short, oneshot manga ''Cotton Candy Love''. The protagonist says to a young [[{{transsexual}} trans girl]] that she is prepubescent now but one day her androgyny will dwindle. When asked whether she still wants to live as a girl she says "yes".
* ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' is full of middle schoolers feeling pubescent angst. The fact the {{crossdresser}} characters are masculinizing is mentioned several times. It's in fact the reason why Satoshi stopped wearing the girls uniform to school [[spoiler:though Tamura eventually convinces him that even if he doesn't pass perfectly he can still look pretty]]. Marika is a transgender girl and looming puberty is a worry of hers. She isn't on any hormone blockers or hormone treatment apparently and her classmates talk about her behind her back. Hachi was OneOfTheBoys growing up but when she hit puberty earlier than her peers suddenly her male friends were adverse to her. Marika's friend Akane feels stressed because she has no interest in boys [[spoiler:until she falls for Tamura]] and dislikes the start of her menstruation cycle.






* Every Christmas, [[ArchieComics Archie and friends]] get a visit from a fun-loving elf named Jingles whom only they and people younger than them can see. Because the grown-ups don't believe in Santa Claus and other such creatures, they can't see him.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Every Christmas, [[ArchieComics Archie and friends]] friends get a visit from a fun-loving elf named Jingles whom only they and people younger than them can see. Because the grown-ups don't believe in Santa Claus and other such creatures, they can't see him.
28th Mar '16 3:07:56 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''SakuraTaisen'', Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. [[spoiler:The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty.]]
** Though in the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. Infact it seems to be more about using your powers (as Ratchet was part of the Star Division back in World War I and Sumire was the first to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor in the first OVA).

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* In ''SakuraTaisen'', the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura is reminded that as she grows up, her "spirit power" will fade and she will have to pass her beloved and long-fought-for sword to the next generation. [[spoiler:The The said reduction in "spirit power" is later the cause of Sumire's retirement, as well as Ratchet's withdrawal from field duty.]]
duty in the beginning of ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove''.
** Though in the second OVA (written before Tomizawa Michie's temporary retirement from the franchise) implied it could be 10 or more years for Sakura, and she would be too old to marry at that point... so it's not exactly tied with childhood. Infact In fact, it seems to be more about using up your powers (as ([[spoiler:as Ratchet was part already had a long history of the Star Division back in World War I service on three continents and Sumire was the first member of the team to ever pilot a suit of spirit armor in the first OVA).armor).
23rd Feb '16 5:40:38 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.
23rd Feb '16 11:19:28 AM WhatArtThee
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In Ye Olden Days, cartoon characters were immortal. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse would never have to worry about paying a mortgage, raising a family, or collecting their pension... except for the odd one-shot gag, where the ResetButton was immediately pressed at the end.

This is no longer the case. Many modern Western Animation shows, and some books, insist on reminding the viewers that childhood doesn't last forever. Not only will this be implied throughout the show's narrative, the KidHero themselves will probably be all too aware of this fact, and refer to it openly, with varying degrees of acceptance or dread.

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In Ye Olden Days, cartoon characters were immortal. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse would never have to worry about paying a mortgage, raising a family, or collecting their pension... except for
Several works involving children as
the odd one-shot gag, where the ResetButton was immediately pressed at the end.

This is no longer the case. Many modern Western Animation shows, and some books,
protagonists insist on reminding the viewers that childhood doesn't last forever. Not only will this be implied throughout the show's narrative, the KidHero themselves will probably be all too aware of this fact, and refer to it openly, with varying degrees of acceptance or dread.
14th Feb '16 8:18:00 AM wehrmacht
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* Manga/OyasumiPunpun has a ''very'' dark take on this. It treats growing up as a process of disillusionment for many of the characters, where they lose sight of their dreams, realize ugly truths about themselves, and suffer from personal loss and doubt. This is especially noticeable with the protagonist, who gradually loses his innocence due to the abuse, indifference, callousness and pettiness he experiences growing up and becomes a much worse person as a result.
3rd Feb '16 6:31:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''FindingNeverland'', James Barrie firmly believes that life is better as a child than as an adult, and tries to stop Peter Llewelyn Davies from growing up so quickly. Given how much more fun James has acting like a child than acting as an adult, he has a bit of a point.

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* In ''FindingNeverland'', ''Film/FindingNeverland'', James Barrie firmly believes that life is better as a child than as an adult, and tries to stop Peter Llewelyn Davies from growing up so quickly. Given how much more fun James has acting like a child than acting as an adult, he has a bit of a point.
2nd Feb '16 11:01:19 PM Karxrida
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* In the Neverland level of ''ChainOfMemories'', Wendy faces the same issue of wanting to go back to London that she did in PeterPan. While Peter is upset about the prospect of never seeing her again, he's even more concerned about her forgetting about him as she grows older, but Sora suggests that the most important memories are never gone for good.

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* In the Neverland level of ''ChainOfMemories'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Wendy faces the same issue of wanting to go back to London that she did in PeterPan. While Peter is upset about the prospect of never seeing her again, he's even more concerned about her forgetting about him as she grows older, but Sora suggests that the most important memories are never gone for good.
26th Jan '16 8:13:54 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* The music video for "Bronte" by Music/{{Gotye}}. The original song was about the death of a pet, but the music video turns it into a Miyazaki-esque story about a girl leaving behind her imaginary friends.
* "Stressed" by Music/TwentyOnePilots has shades of this. It's about being nostalgic for childhood while dealing with the stress of young adulthood.

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* The music video for "Bronte" by Music/{{Gotye}}. The original song was about the death Music/{{Gotye}}, complete with AwesomeArt. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le34ygtODfI Don't watch without]] [[TearJerker a box of a pet, but the music video turns it into a Miyazaki-esque story about a girl leaving behind her imaginary friends.
tissues handy]].
* "Stressed" "Stressed Out" by Music/TwentyOnePilots has shades of this. It's about being nostalgic for childhood while dealing with the stress of young adulthood.
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