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.
Kinue Hayase — 'Masamune-kun's Revenge'
Kinue Hayase presents one of the most extreme examples of an anime character who doesn't look their age. She's a 42-year-old mother of two, but you'd probably guess that she was in elementary school.
Her cute, flirtatious nature is a source of major embarrassment for her kids.5,001352Did this character's age shock you?
Eisaku Noguchi — 'March Comes In Like A Lion'
Eisaku Noguchi is the president of his school's chemistry club, but he's also a first year student, which means he's around 15 years old. Regardless of his actual age, his leadership role — coupled with his well-tailored suits and tiny mustache — cause him to resemble a middle-aged man.
His classmates are continuously surprised that he's not a teacher or upperclassman, and the show often takes time to remind viewers of his true age via subtitles.3,247395Did this character's age shock you?
Biscuit Krueger - 'Hunter X Hunter'
Believe it or not, this adorable-looking "girl" is actually 57 years old. Biscuit Krueger, (AKA Bisky), is a professional Treasure Hunter who uses her Nen to make herself look younger.
Her true form is just as crazy as she is an extremely muscular woman several times bigger than her younger form.83445Did this character's age shock you?
Looming at a massive 6'7", the sorcerer Stiyl Magnus looks like he's well into his 20s. For this reason, it comes as a surprise to most that he's only 14. His unassuming age helps him out when he wants to illegally purchase cigarettes, since who on Earth would believe a minor could be almost seven feet tall?3,337482Did this character's age shock you?