Kids' Show Audience Age Disparity
The protagonists of a children\'s show are slightly older than the target audience.
Maybe growing up doesn't suck. Instead, kids look forward to newfound freedoms of being older. A ten-year-old can't wait to be old enough to drive, while a high-schooler wants the self-control found in college. Media creators capitalize on this trend by making characters that are older than the kids watching it. This has the effect of kids rarely being the same age as characters they like.
Examples:Anime & Manga Live-Action TV Western Animation
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