I know it’s late but late is better than never right? In the spirit of the holiday and to go with my previous post, I’m going to be talking about notable anime dads (not listed in any particular order). This time Aster is joining us and writing two of the segements (for Minato and Daikichi). If you want to see our 5 Notable Moms from Mother’s Day go here! Otherwise enjoy the post!
5. Kumatetsu (Boy and the Beast)
Kumatetsu is gruff but in order to become king of the Beast World, he takes on an apprentice. However Kumatetsu’s rough demeanor leaves him with no willing students. Instead Kumatetsu takes in a human off of the streets and brings him to the Beast World. It’s true that Kumatetsu isn’t what most would call an amazing dad. However he truly care about Ren and isn’t really himself without Ren around. By the end of the movie it is evident that Ren helped Kumatetsu learn some of the most important life lessons, including love. (P.S. If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it)
4. Daikichi Kawachi (Usagi Drop)
When his entire family rejected his deceased grandpa’s daughter, 30 year old Daikichi decided to take her in. Daikichi was a single man with no kids and 0 parenting skills. Over the course of the show however, Daikichi learns what it means to be a dad. While he was clueless in the beginning, the fact the Daikichi took in a girl no one wanted, drastically changed his lifestyle for her, and raised a child on his own, is an amazing thing.
3. Yuuta Segawa (Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! -PapaKiki!-)
Speaking of single dads, meet Yuuta Segawa. An orphan in his own right, Yuuta’s sister raised him after the death of his parents. Now a college student Yuuta’s sister has married and had her own child. However when his sister and her husband are on a plane crash, labeled missing, and presumed dead Yuuta is put to the test. Yuuta’s sister and husband were raising three girls. None wanted to be seperated but the family didn’t want to take care of them. Yuuta refuses to let them be seperated though and honors his sister by taking in all three children.
Yuuta’s hard life starts here and the group works hard to become a family. Saddled with a 14, 10, and 3 year old, Yuuta now works multiple jobs while continuing his education. What is perhaps most notable about the show is the time spent watching each member of this new family getting adjusted. They don’t move in and have a happy life. Yuuta ends up living with the girls in a one room apartment. However they do manage to scrape out their happiness as they come to like one another.
2. Minato Namikaze (Naruto franchise)
While not exactly “present” in Naruto’s life, Minato easily takes a spot in our top-dad countdown. (If you don’t want/know Naruto spoilers already, you might want to skip this one.) On the night of Naruto’s birth, Minato gave his life to seal part of the Nine-Tails within Naruto, knowing his son could harness its power and use it in the future to save everyone. While Minato dies before the story even begins, we see him come back and help Naruto twice- once through his own chakra sealed inside Naruto and another thanks to a redirection jutsu in the Fourth Great Shinobi War. Banded together with his so, he is able to help Naruto and others advance in battle. Saving lives and aiding his son, he is a great dad and mentor.
1. Jōichirō Yukihira (Food Wars)
And last, but certainly not least, is everyone’s favorite bara dad, Jōichirō Yukihira. Jōichirō is an interesting father. While he seems to enjoy being nice to his son, Soma, he also enjoys beating the crap out of him in cooking matches. Some might say that Jōichirō is cruel but in reality Jōichirō just understands what Soma needs to grow, which is unfortunately tough love. Jōichirō makes the list because he’s almost as good a father as he is a chef (it’s a close call, could call it a tie really).