It's surprisingly common to find anime parents who are absolutely terrible at parenting. Sometimes the parental figures are dead, or just off on permanent overseas business trips. That said, there are some parents in our favorite anime shows who are just plain amazing.
Parenting is no easy job, but these great moms and dads make it look easier than spotting the protagonist in an anime classroom. Some of them make huge sacrifices for their kids, while others are simply rocking the day to day grind of child-rearing. Good parents in anime are rare, so it's worth getting to know the ones who do exist.
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Maes Hughes From Fullmetal Alchemist: BrotherhoodPhoto: Bones
Maes Hughes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the most loving dads you'll find in an anime. He carries a picture of his daughter, Elycia, with him everywhere and brags about how cute she is to anyone who will listen. He consistently showers his little girl with affection, making her feel safe, loved, and happy in a dangerous world. His death partway through the series is all the more tragic because Elycia is going to have to grow up without him.Agree or disagree?
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Hana From Wolf ChildrenPhoto: Studio Chizu
Hana from Wolf Children has some parenting challenges that most parents don't have. Not only is she raising two rambunctious little kids on her own, but her kids have a strange secret. Like their father, they can transform into wolves. Figuring out how to raise her kids properly requires a ton of research and there are some thorny questions (like whether to take her kids to a pediatrician or a veterinarian when they get sick) but Hana makes it work for the sake of her babies.Agree or disagree?
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Sachiko Fujinuma From ErasedPhoto: A-1 Pictures
Erased's Sachiko Fujinuma says that her child is the most important thing in the world and she proves it. She consistently shows her love for him through the minutiae of parenting - making meals, giving physical affection, dispensing general life advice, and more. She also shows it through some seriously huge gestures. When her child, Satoru, tries to save his friend from an abusive mother and a local serial killer, Sachiko is more than willing to help. When Satoru ends up in a coma after the aforementioned serial killer goes after him, his mom spends four hours a day strengthening his muscles to prepare for the day when he finally wakes up. The coma lasts for 15 years, but she never gives up no matter how hopeless things look.Agree or disagree?
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Akio and Sanae Furukawa of Clannad are often cited as some of the best anime parents ever, and for good reason. When their daughter Nagisa feels guilty because her poor health forced her parents to give up their important careers, her dad hits her with this:
"A child's dream is their parents' dream. You can make it come true for us. Don't you realize that our dream is to watch you live out your dream? Your mom and I didn't give up our dreams at all. You get it, Nagisa? You are our dream. That's what being parents is all about. That's what being a family is all about. If you get discouraged and give up now, then all our dreams die."
Not only do they obviously love their kid, they're also emotionally honest and open enough to have these kinds of conversations in the first place. Besides that, they take in Nagisa's boyfriend, Tomoya, when his own father proves less than ideal, thus extending their parenting skills beyond their own daughter.Agree or disagree?