Was it Father’s Day or something? I saw all these posts about the best dads of anime popping up, so I’m assuming it was. I wouldn’t know. Father’s Day is celebrated in Romania on the second Sunday of May. Aaand I’m pretty sure it’s not May anymore. Mostly because it’s like 30 something degrees outside.
Anyhow. All these posts. All these posts and none of them mentioned my favorite dad in the anime world. So I decided to take matters into my own two hands.
We all know that parents are not such a big deal in anime. That’s because it’s very convenient to the plot if they’re not around. But, from time to time, they make an appearance. While the moms usually get the spotlight, there are time when dads are the ones who really support their children. Especially these dads.
5. Crown Prince Philionel El Di Seyruun – Slayers
Also known as Phil. Probably due to his wife’s death, his relationship with Amelia becomes very close, making our princess the true daddy’s girl. As she should be. Prince Phil is one of the most pacifistic people out there, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t destroy an entire city for his little girl. He teaches Amelia to be strong and kind to everyone and basically does what a father should do.
wow. good job, ruki. that’s some explanation you wrote in there. really nice.
4. Goku – Dragon Ball Z
It’s interesting to see Goku as a parent, especially since he put the child in our childhood. He started the series as a kid, but, 41545 episodes later there he is – raising his own children. He might not be the most careful of the fathers. He might not be the father Chi Chi wants him to be. But he is the father their children needed. Both Gohan and Goten grow up to be strong men (mostly Gohan, let’s be serious) with righteous values.
3. Sojiro Izumi –Lucky Star
Aaah, Konata’s overly affectionate father. A hardcore otaku, not only doesn’t he mind his daughter’s hobbies and lifestyle, but he’s probably the very reason for Konata growing up to be such a nerd. As creepy as he may be with his loli semi-fetish, he is still a supportive and caring father, ready to do anything for his motherless child. Way to go, spooky old man.
2. Spirit Albarn – Soul Eater
Look. Spirit Albarn is not exactly what is socially considered to be a good father. After all, he’s a total womanizer, giving in to his desires with every occasion. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his daughter. And, as things appear, Maka is the most important woman in his life. Although she is constantly rejecting him, yelling at him and disapproving everything he does, that doesn’t stop Spirit from trying his best to impress Maka and to get her love and appreciation back. I mean, his main role in the series should be that of the only true Deathscythe. Instead, everyone remembers him as Maka’s father. Which says a lot, if you ask me.
1. Daikichi Kawachi – Usagi Drop
There he is. My favorite dad in the entire anime industry. Some may say he is not a father. But that’s wrong. Raising a child makes you more of a father that simply conceiving one. Daikichi, a 30 y/o workaholic bachelor, suddenly becomes a father when he decides to take in Rin, his grandfather’s little daughter. Not knowing shit about raising a child, he grows up alongside her, slowly evolving into one of the kindest, wisest and most heartwarming fatherly figures in anime. Daikichi is proof that you don’t have to be ‘cut out’ to be a parent as long as you have the courage and patience to try and become one. And he did it brilliantly.