Anime Underground 13 Anime Characters Who Are Too Young For Their Jobs  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the characters whose bosses are definitely breaking child labor laws.

Anime characters who are too young for their jobs crop up in tons of series. Even though many popular shows star anime children, most viewers rarely consider the practicality of these stars' situations. 

Have you ever taken a class taught by a 10-year-old? It's unlikely, but you might have seen Pani Poni Dash! or Mahou! Negima-sensei, two anime about teachers who are younger than their high school students.

Anime kids in adult jobs are often competent professionals with mature insight, but one wonders how the extra reasonability impacts them emotionally. Certain underage employees' lives seem flat out impossible—there's no way all the 10-year-olds in Pokémon survive training fire-breathing monsters.

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Ryuu Of 'Snow White With The Red Hair' Works As A Licensed Pharmacist At Age 12


Ryuu Of 'Snow White With T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Anime Characters Who Are Too Young For Their Jobs
Photo:  Snow White with the Red Hair/Studio Bones

Snow White With The Red Hair approaches working children in a real (if pessimistic) way. At only 12-years-old, Ryuu is employed as a fully licensed pharmacist. He spends most of his time studying and prescribing medicine, which keeps him removed from peers his own age.

His colleagues typically see him as an equal and speak to him like an adult. Ryuu, who still considers himself a child, feels uncomfortable with this relationship. To further complicate matters, he also has trouble getting along with other kids, as they cannot identify with his high intelligence and unusual life trajectory. 

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L Lawliet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Anime Characters Who Are Too Young For Their Jobs
Photo:  Death Note/Madhouse

When viewers first encounter L, he's a 25-year-old detective. While that's a little young to hold a prestigious, dangerous job, L seems accustomed to the responsibility. This is likely because he started his sleuthing at age eight.

L's detective work wasn't some Harriet The Spy hobby; he became the world's finest investigator through his stay at an orphanage where gifted youngsters are honed into prodigies.

Because L spent his childhood examining horrid crimes, he never worked through phases most people leave behind in their single digits. This could explain some of L's quirks, such as eating nothing but cake. 

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Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Anime Characters Who Are Too Young For Their Jobs
Photo:  Pokémon/OLM

Though maybe not weird in the Pokémon universe, in real life hitting the road at age 10 is considered more than just bizarre; it's dangerous, and that's in a world bereft of actual monsters and ghosts. 

Ash Ketchum and other would-be Pokémon trainers assume control over dangerous animals that breathe fire, shoot electricity out of their faces, and emit toxic gasses, all before they could qualify for a bar mitzvah. Not only are kids supposed to capture and control these creatures, they're also expected to feed themselves, find shelter, and repel established crime syndicates before hitting puberty. 

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Seto Kaiba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Anime Characters Who Are Too Young For Their Jobs
Photo:  Yu-Gi--Oh! /Studio Gallop

Can a 15-year-old be the CEO of a multi-million-dollar corporation? In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the answer is a resounding yes.

Seto Kaiba wrested control of KaibaCorp from his adoptive father Gozaburo. While Kaiba does possess a shrewd business sense, he also makes a lot of ill-advised purchases—those dragon-shaped jet planes aren't what most people would call practical.

Despite this, Kaiba keeps the company growing, which takes time away from teenage developmental tasks like forming relationships.

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