Dysfunctional heterosexual anime relationships are practically a staple in the genre, so it stands to reason the person often making everything terrible is a dude. While some anime men are inexplicably boring, the worst boyfriends in the medium are manipulative, neglectful, unfaithful, and abusive. Some, like Light Yagami, even straight-up kill their girlfriends. If you're in search of healthy relationships, these are not the series you should watch.
Stay far, far away from these anime bad boys, no matter how hot they are. Men are not entirely to blame for bad relationships - there are plenty of terrible anime girlfriends who make everything awful, too. However, there's little reason to excuse these boys' flat-out abusive behaviors.
One of the most basic prerequisites for being a decent boyfriend involves not offing your significant other. Light Yagami tricks Kiyomi Takada into thinking he loves her, then executes her to help mask his identity as a mass killer. Light's initial relationship with Kiyomi in itself is another strike against his character - when he starts dating her, he's already with Misa Amane, who never agrees to an open relationship.
Light's priorities do not include being a good partner. Without loving either woman or anyone else, Light easily manipulates his targets into thinking he loves them. Consequently, the misled women end up willingly assisting him in becoming a god. He couldn't be a worse boyfriend if he tried.
All Makoto Itou wants is to have as much sex as humanly possible, with as many consenting girls he can find. There's nothing wrong with getting constant action if you're honest about your intentions, but Makoto is really not.
Instead, he tells each girl about his exclusive devotion, then ghosts them when he loses interest in maintaining the facade. His four-timing behavior makes it hard not to sympathize at least a tiny bit with Sekai, especially when she kills him at the end of the series.
Masamune Gotou Cheats On His Hospitalized Wife With A Woman Half His Age In 'March Comes In Like A Lion'
Masamune Gotou, a professional shogi player in his early 40s, has a wife in the hospital with a serious illness. He also carries out an affair with a 22-year-old girl, Kyouko. If this scenario sounds bad on its own, it gets worse.
Gotou treats Kyouko with shocking disrespect, regularly insulting and hitting her. He's both a terrible husband and loathsome secret lover.
Daisuke Aoki's Girlfriend Is A Third Grader In 'Kodomo No Jikan'
Daisuke Aoki first met his seven-year-old student, Rin Kokonoe, during the third grade class he taught. Rin exhibited inappropriately provocative behavior toward Daisuke, likely due to her abuse and other problems at home.
Any reasonable adult would understand a little girl making suggestive overtures is probably troubled and in need of appropriate help. Despite this, Daisuke decides to take her on as his secret lover instead, only finding out about her family stuff later. The two start "officially" dating when Rin is sixteen, but the relationship is distinctly romantic long before she hits puberty.