Anime characters don't always look their age. Sometimes it's a case of early puberty, as is true for Hotaru Ichijō of Non Non Biyori. Other times, puberty shows up later than it should, as is Honey-senpai's problem in Ouran Host Club. Every so often, a character's appearance is utterly inexplicable. In Masamune-kun's Revenge, Kinue Hayase is the 42-year-old mother of two teenagers, but she looks exactly like a little girl.
Excluding characters who are thousands of years old, here are a selection of anime characters whose physical appearances don't match up with their age.
Leorio Paladiknight is 19 years old, but he's often mistaken for a middle-aged man. When Killua mocks him for being old, he responds by insisting that he looks like a teenager. While his claim might be hard to back up, for the 11-year-old Killua, teens probably also seem relatively old.3,905783Did this character's age shock you?
Kanata Izumi isn't the only character in Lucky Star who doesn't look her age, but she's definitely the most extreme example. Her actual age is never specified, but before her passing she was a married adult with an infant daughter.
Despite her being well into adulthood, Kanata looks like a little girl. That's actually part of why her husband Sojiro likes her, as he's a self-proclaimed lolicon.2,097391Did this character's age shock you?
Mitsukuni Haninozuka — 'Ouran Host Club'
Mitsukuni Haninozuka (AKA Honey-senpai) is actually one of the oldest characters in Ouran Host Club. He's a third year in high school, but he looks like a pre-schooler, and he milks the heck out of his cutesy appearance as a host.
Despite his unassuming looks, he wields great power over the considerably larger underclassman Takashi Morinozuka.3,092722Did this character's age shock you?
At first glance, Tsukuyomi Komoe looks like a little girl no older than ten years old. But in reality, she's the homeroom teacher of Year 1 Class 7. Although her real age is unknown, it's safe to assume that she's at least 21 years old given that she's a school teacher.
Even though she seems like a little kid, she's an incredibly reliable and competent teacher who cares for her students.41137Did this character's age shock you?