There seems to be quite an irregularity in the correlation between age and intelligence when it comes to anime characters – most of them being quite idiotic by nature, albeit the remaining 1% are the opposite.
Regardless of their age, the greatest majority of characters in anime series will be of the sort who view themselves as something far off from what they truly are – which in other words means they are delusional. Aliens, heroes, warriors, and dark knights of whatever, account for the largest slice of the second dimensional populace – perhaps intending to reflect the reality of those many who admire them, senile, creepy, and lost in the world. These characters take the most expansive range of years – essentially encompassing anything from childhood to later teen years.
The second dominant force is yet another sector of stupidity in the 2-D world – although this one having much less pizzazz to go with it. The generic loser characters, very well exemplified by the leading male protagonist of Sword Art Online, account for the next largest grouping of anime characters – and these fools are usually first or second year of highschool at most. They find any reason to brood and complain – yet when the plot requires someone to save the day, they become ultra invincible and get the job done by employing no skills or talent.
Whilst one could go further down the list from there, it’s more fascinating to focus on the few special exceptions – such as Steins;Gate’s lovable male lead, the internationally recognized mad-scientist, Hououin Kyouma. Despite being merely a year or two older than his peers, he’s infinitely superior in respect to knowledge, bravery, and any given trait of righteousness or prosperity.
Incidentally, his series is also a legion of its own – introducing the question of whether such characters who prosper in intellect also serve to propel their series to new heights.
Madoka Magica’s busty mahou shoujo, Mami, has a bit of arrogance as well as a sharp attitude – although given her age, that’s to be expected. On the other hand, her age doesn’t account for her legitimate desires of goodwill – which is fairly intriguing as well. On a side-note, it goes without saying that Madoka Magica is quite a revolution – and this further acts in favor of proving that characters who actually posses a trait of intellect manage to place their series on the same field of play.
Likewise, it’s not a tough challenge to see why the garbage is all stacked together either.