Test Your Anime Knowledge! How Old Are These Characters?


It’s test time. Or rather, pop test time. Let’s see how much you know about the ages of anime and manga characters.

Below is a selection of comparison images collected from Naver (here, here and here) and from elsewhere online. Do you know which characters are older? Which ones are younger?

Yes, sometimes the characters grow older during the course of a series. And yes, some of the ages might be good guesswork, but you should be able to find out how old these characters are. That is, if you don’t already know.

Shin-chan from Crayon Shin-chan and Conan.

L from Death Note and Amuro from Mobile Suit Gundam.

Sanji from One Piece and Toriko.

Endou from Inazuma Eleven and Azusa from K-On!

Konata from Lucky Star and Gan and Ai from Yatterman.

Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star and Kakashi Hatake from Naruto.

Char from Mobile Suit Gundam and Blackjack.

Hiko Seijuro XIII from Rurouni Kenshin and Muska from Castle in the Sky.

Kinnikuman and Misato from Evangelion.

Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin and Itachi from Naruto.

Nausicaä from Nausicaä and Team Rocket from Pokemon.

Put your answers and guesses in the links below!

Top photo: ui_nyan

Pictures: Naruto Wikia, Isoisorin, Studio Ghibli Wikia, NakaoMiku, Time Bokanman, Law One Piece, NicoVideo, Fanpop, Nintendojo


    • The females are all 14, the males on the other hand are all 17 so as to not be completely morally questionable from a Japanese view.

  • I don’t trust anything about an anime character’s age ever since I found Gurren Lagann’s Yoko Littner was fourteen.

      • There’s been a lot of speculation on this. The director of the anime says she is around Simon’s age, which is around fourteen, but many other sites suggest otherwise. She looks older, but I first heard she was fourteen so its been etched into my brain.

  • Isn’t Honey 17? I know he’s the second oldest member in Ouran.
    Also, aren’t Jesse & James in their early twenties?

  • Not sure if you are referring to the age of the character or the date the series were created?

    Can’t be bothered looking it up but will have some random guesses.

    From memory Conan was actually 16 but was made younger and wound up around 6. Misato was 14 when piloting during impact and shinji was either not born or a newborn which would make her 28?

    • Misato was never a pilot, seeing as her father was a part of the mission to capture Adam that also caused second impact and the Eva all came after that. She would be 28 today, she was born in 1986 (I know this for some reason) , the show was set around 2006ish

  • This is the most horrible question to ask someone, anime characters have no age or gender until it is explained, I call it Schrodinger’s :3

  • well that fact that it’s Japanese anime dictates that they are all between the ages of 8-18

  • If I remember correctly, Seijuro Hiko is 70 or something like that. Kenshin is 30. Kakashi is 31, I think?

  • Amuro would have been 18ish, Char probably 30ish, long enough to have formed a reputation as The Red Comet and such.

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