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15 Dysfunctional Anime Families That Seriously Need Group Therapy

Updated November 15, 2018 14.7k votes 3.5k voters 57.1k views15 items

List RulesVote up the families so dysfunctional they make Thanksgiving with your bigoted in-laws seem pleasant.

A lot of families in anime are seriously messed up. Like the kind of messed up that goes way past your typical arguments or family distance. From psychotic households with backward family values to families with members that have obsessions with bringing loved ones back from the dead, this list is a collection of dysfunctional anime families that would be terrible to be a part of. Be sure to let others know which family is truly the worst by voting up the most awful families and voting down the ones that aren't so bad.

The families of these anime characters go beyond plot devices and character development; they really shape the entire stories of these shows, mostly leaving major characters with some sort of complex or fearsome path to vengeance. So, next time you think your family is bad, just take a look at what these anime characters have to live with.

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    The Ikari Family from Neon Genesis Evangelion

    The Ikari family used to be a so happy. After Yui and Gendo met, they had their son, Shinji. But then Yui died. After that, Gendo feverishly tried to salvage her soul from EVA-01 while simultaneously neglecting his son and being extremely overprotective, even assigning him a variety of parental substitutes.

    This leads to Shinji resenting his father and the resentment continues to grow throughout the entire series.

    Seriously dysfunctional?
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    The Sohma Family from Fruits Basket

    The Sohma Family from Fruits Basket
    Photo: Funimation

    Talk about family drama. Akito Sohma is the head of the Sohma clan that takes in the so-called monster children of the Zodiac. All the children suffer from a variety of emotional and physical abuse, and throughout the entire series, Akito manipulates them so that they will stay obedient to him.

    Seriously dysfunctional?
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    The Arima Family from Your Lie in April

    The Arima Family from Your Lie in April
    Photo: Aniplex

    Kōsei Arima, the main character of Your Lie in April, has a very complicated and tragic family story. Kōsei's father is constantly absent and his mother is terribly ill. Prior to her illness, she was a very talented musician. Since she is no longer able to play and Kōsei shares his mother's extraordinary musical talent, she becomes obsessive about his musical career.

    She convinces him that if he plays well enough, she will get better. Unfortunately, she dies, and the emotional conflict that brews in him is what the entire series revolves around.

    Seriously dysfunctional?
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    The Aoyagi Family from Loveless

    The story of Loveless revolves around the dysfunction of its main family, the Aoyagis. Ritsuka Aoyagi lives with his mentally ill, physically and emotionally abusive mother. Both Ritsuka and his mother believe that his older brother Seimei is dead, but he actually faked his own death to pursue his one true passion: murder.

    Seriously dysfunctional?