What is with a lot of the cast looking much older than the ages they are stated?

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LightOfRay

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I've watched the original and crystal and something that I always found weird was how the main cast are said to be around 14 and the outers like 16 or something but they look much older than that, being around late teens or something aside from chibiusa and saturn. Like it's kinda jarring that Usagi doesn't look too different from her mom/teacher. I've seen a similar thing in other older anime like JoJo Bizzare's Adventure or Knights of the Zodaic, so I was curious, what is up with that design choice contrast to shows like precure, where characters look more like their ages
 

DREWdesu

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Its the emphasis of "Pretty" in the word Pretty Guardians/Soldiers. Just like the original anime and the manga, the girls are indeed of junior high school age but in order to fit in the pretty motif they are drawn that way. You do see a difference between Shingo and Usagi when they're next to each other but you can feel the similarity in age.
 

Slowpokeking

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A lot of novels also write their characters as very young(15-19s), but they actually have elements from older ppl. When picking cast they need to look older to be convincing.
 

Neo King Rose

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I'ma go with the look of the animation style and maybe it was a trend to do that back then since it's the opposite now

and yeah chiba is 16 manga and 18 90s anime
 
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I'ma go with the look of the animation style and maybe it was a trend to do that back then since it's the opposite now

and yeah chiba is 16 manga and 18 90s anime
When :hotaru: becomes a Sailor in 90's S she looks like she's 15 too.

She does look younger in a few shots Sega Saturn game of Various Emotion but they already slightly change styles since this is SuperS already. But most of the time she looks about the same age as the rest of the inners.


Doesn't help with the inconsistent height too. I remember :mako: being as tall as ::tuxspeedmask: on her first appearance with him then she shrinks. Same thing with the SuperS movie. :mako:'s a towering 6 footer but when together with the outers she's just 2 or 3 inches taller with the inners. ^_^

Makes me wonder if she's just short.

Spoiler: show


This bothers me cause I'll be doing more :hotaru: sprites in the future and should I just keep her height the same as :usagi: or shorter as depicted in the videogames.
 

Slowpokeking

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When :hotaru: becomes a Sailor in 90's S she looks like she's 15 too.

She does look younger in a few shots Sega Saturn game of Various Emotion but they already slightly change styles since this is SuperS already. But most of the time she looks about the same age as the rest of the inners.


Doesn't help with the inconsistent height too. I remember :mako: being as tall as ::tuxspeedmask: on her first appearance with him then she shrinks. Same thing with the SuperS movie. :mako:'s a towering 6 footer but when together with the outers she's just 2 or 3 inches taller with the inners. ^_^

Makes me wonder if she's just short.

Spoiler: show


This bothers me cause I'll be doing more :hotaru: sprites in the future and should I just keep her height the same as :usagi: or shorter as depicted in the videogames.
Overall Makoto is usually depicted as taller than the other senshi but shorter than the guys. It depends on who does she stand with.

Setsuna is the tallest of all the senshi though.
 
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Actually Haruka and Michiru are only 1 year older than the Inners, but they obviously looks there is a bigger gap.

Some villains like Demande also doesn't look like 18.
I assume this is for the manga, because the anime portrays the Black Moon Clan members are all adults.

Demande is only 18? Wow does that put a really different spin on his character. Part of the reason why he comes across as intentionally creepy is that he's apparently an older man putting the moves on a teenager. If he's the same age as our current romantic lead, not only was he hoping an older woman (NQS is forever 22) would be interested in him, but of course he'd be a major-league jerk as essentially a rebellious teenager. It doesn't excuse his evil, but no wonder he and the others were manipulated so easily.

Furthermore, that mean Saffir's...like 16. Heck, no wonder he thought Droids were perfect tools that wouldn't disobey them. That is something an angsty teen would say.

Black Moon Clan are a bunch of babies, literally.
 
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