The 10 Worst Parents in Anime

By Angela Hanson in Anime, Daily Lists
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:59 am
When it comes to steady, well-adjusted characters, anime and manga are somewhat lacking. To put it bluntly: they're full of heroes, villains, and supporting players who are all completely messed up in the head. But does that make it their fault? Not so much. If it takes a village to raise a child, it only takes one really bad parent to screw that kid up for life. It's not as simple as damaging their self-esteem, thus resulting in huge therapy bills years down the line, either. In worlds where there's no such thing as a psychological screening test for pilots of experimental mechas capable of flattening entire cities, poor parenting skills can have dire consequences for the entire world. Let's take a look at 10 of Japan's worst moms and dads.

10) Rem Saverem from Trigun
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The adopted mother of ace gunman and avowed peacenik Vash the Stampede, Rem can be justifiably proud of how one of her "sons" turned out. As he wanders the desert planet that humanity crash-landed on after escaping a ruined earth in giant spaceships, Vash can be a little gluttonous and a tad obnoxious when a pretty lady catches his eye, but he also goes out of his way to resolve neighborly disputes, protect people who can't protect themselves, and do anything he can to help people, even at the cost of his own safety. Unfortunately, Rem completely failed with Vash's twin brother Knives, who started out by smashing spiders and continued on to sabotage the colonists' spaceships, resulting in the unplanned landing on a really crap-ass planet. Not to mention he arranged the deaths of his own crewmates--all at the tender age of one year old. He then spent the next hundred years tormenting Vash in order to get his brother to see his side of things. So why does Rem get the blame for this, considering she raised both boys the same way? Because she named him KNIVES. When you can't even give your kid a name that doesn't doom him to a lifetime of psychopathy, you've pretty much failed from the beginning.

9) Allen Schezar from Vision of Escaflowne
Some of the parents on this list got here by being terrible at raising their kids. Allen's on here because he didn't even bother to do it. When high school girl and part-time psychic Hitomi first meets Allen, she's super-charmed by his good looks (for a quasi-medieval society, he's clearly got modern salon-quality shampoo, and lots of it), his chivalry, and his resemblance to her hometown crush. Turns out he's not such a good catch; when he was younger, Allen met, wooed, and knocked up the now-deceased Princess Marlene of Asturia. When the gang meets Marlene's widower, Duke Freid, and his young son Chid who just happens to look exactly like Allen, it's more than obvious what the naughty knight got up to. Some chivalry. Chid got lucky enough to end up with the Duke as a responsible 'father', but Allen needs to learn to wrap it up or take responsibility.

8) Mitzi Nohara from Crayon Shin-chan
Good manners start at home, and judging by Shin-chan, we know exactly where he doesn't get them. With as little tender loving care as she pays to her kids Shin and Hima, we have to wonder why Mitzi ever bothered becoming a parent. The iron fist with which she rules her household regularly makes contact with her son and husband whenever they displease her. Still, at least she's optimistic and determined, never giving up on her heart's desire of breast implants. This is one bad parent who's actually fun to have around; the dysfunction of the Nohara family wouldn't be nearly as entertaining without her.

7) Genma Saotome from Ranma ½
Who doesn't love a cute, cuddly panda? But if the panda in question is Genma, we'll take a pass on hugging him. Genma might be a powerful martial artist who founded his own style of fighting, but he's also kind of an asshole. He's basically responsible for getting himself and his son Ranma cursed by the springs of Jusenkyo because he didn't bother to do any research before going there to train and falling in the pools. He also repeatedly offers to marry his son off, regardless of Ranma's wishes. With the arranged marriage to Akane, at least Ranma would be taking over the family dojo, but Genma also offered Ranma's hand in exchange for an okonomiyaki cart--and then ran away with it. Genma kind of sucks.

6) Every Single Parent in Pokémon
Just who the hell thought sending 10-year-olds around the globe in order to capture and enslave adorable creatures for the purpose of forcing them to battle was a good idea? What, it's wrong when it's Michael Vick, but because you can't hear a Pokémon cry from outside their Pokéball, it's okay? What kind of morals are these parents teaching their kids? That's assuming they're even around. While Ash's mom appeared at least once (that's her above), Ash's dad is never seen and he might appear to be a happy kid, but we're pretty sure it's just a brave front.

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