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Dangerous to be a parent in Japan?
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Posted 2/21/11
In all my years of reading manga and watching anime, I've come to the stunning conclusion about having a child in Japan...

IT'S DANGEROUS TO BE A PARENT IN JAPAN!!!!!

Look at all the manga/anime you enjoy and see how many of the main characters (or strong secondaries) have either one parent who died due to some accident or whatnot. More commonly, though, is the problem that BOTH parents are dead, leaving little Shinji or Ayami to face the world alone in a little apartment.

Just take a look at some of the anime/manga where the lead(s) have parents who are vermisst:

Bleach
Ichigo = Mother, dead
Orihime = Both parents dead. Lived with brother who, surprise surprise, died as well.
Uryuu = Neither parent seen. Trained by Grandfather who is dead.

Blood+
Saya = Though being a vampire, obviously her parents are dead. But her step-family? Father, ok. Mother, dead.

Naruto
Naruto = Father, dead sealing a demon in baby Naruto. Mother, presumed dead.

Elfen Lied
Kouta = Father, dead.

Full Metal Alchemist
Edward/Alphonse = Father, died long ago. Mother, dead (which causes the whole series to start in the first place).

Aion
Tatsyua = Both parents, dead.

Though there is ONE up-side to being without parents in Japan. If both of your parents are either dead or working outside the country, chances are you're going to end up in a Harem manga! For example:

Ai Yori Aoshi
DearS
Girls Bravo
Omamori Himari
To Love-ru: Trouble
and the list can go on and on and on....

What do you all think about the dangers of being a parent in Japan?
Do you have any other examples? Let me know.
Posted 2/21/11 , edited 2/21/11
Uh, there's just one little thing you seem to be missing...

...Anime/manga dose not equal to real life.
Posted 2/21/11
Uh... No? It's just a recurring theme in animes...?
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Posted 2/21/11

LosingOrbit wrote:

Uh, there's just one little thing you seem to be missing...

...Anime/manga dose not equal to real life.



LOL yeah I know it's not real life. I just find it odd/humorous/what-have-you that so many parents seem to be deceased to give way to these situations in anime and manga stories, as opposed to, say, just not around.
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Posted 2/21/11
This thread is funny. XD

I do think it's dangerous to be a parent in Japan in the anime world but not always. Some anime DO have wholesome, loving familes.

But you're almost GUARANTEED to be screwed if you're a parent in a DISNEY MOVIE. XDDD
Posted 2/22/11

Gothproxy wrote:


LosingOrbit wrote:

Uh, there's just one little thing you seem to be missing...

...Anime/manga dose not equal to real life.



LOL yeah I know it's not real life. I just find it odd/humorous/what-have-you that so many parents seem to be deceased to give way to these situations in anime and manga stories, as opposed to, say, just not around.


I believe they kill off the character's parents to give them more depth.
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Posted 2/22/11
I always wonder how they manage to live there(when the parents are dead) because even if the house is paid for already, dont they have bills to pay(water, electricity) and stuff(food, etc) If the parents are alive then it would make sense, but if they are dead then I curious to know how they(main character) manage to live, unless they have job(skills to pay the bills).

something like Clannad After Story where the Main characters become the parents would be interesting
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Posted 2/22/11 , edited 2/22/11
So I'm not the only one who notices the dead parent thing! I always thought they killed off the parents so there wouldn’t be anyone to interfere with the character’s crazy adventures. Parents are so pesky like that.


PhoenixBlaze wrote:

I always wonder how they manage to live there(when the parents are dead) because even if the house is paid for already, dont they have bills to pay(water, electricity) and stuff(food, etc) If the parents are alive then it would make sense, but if they are dead then I curious to know how they(main character) manage to live, unless they have job(skills to pay the bills).


Maybe kids' parents die so often that they have a welfare program to address this.

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Just_Imaginary wrote:

So I'm not the only one who notices the dead parent thing! I always thought they killed off the parents so there wouldn’t be anyone to interfere with the character’s crazy adventures. Parents are so pesky like that.


PhoenixBlaze wrote:

I always wonder how they manage to live there(when the parents are dead) because even if the house is paid for already, dont they have bills to pay(water, electricity) and stuff(food, etc) If the parents are alive then it would make sense, but if they are dead then I curious to know how they(main character) manage to live, unless they have job(skills to pay the bills).


Maybe kids' parents die so often that they have a welfare program to address this.



That is one way to explain that, but it seems unrealistic, i would think that the kids would move to their relative(grandparents, uncles aunts, etc) house. In the anime Yosuga no Sora, the main character and his sister move to their grandfather's house, but the grandfather is not there.They never explained the whereabouts of him either.

Another thing is the character decides(or already decided) to move(d) away from their parents(due school or other reasons) but usually the characters are (attending or going to attend) college or high school, example: Clannad, Sekirei, Chobits, and others that I cant recall at this time...
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Posted 2/22/11
okay my trolling aside most kids in japan are given the role of taking care of themselves since there parents work so much. I knew a girl that lives in japan and lets she was only 14 at the time "this was 5 years ago" and she had to do mostly everything for her self. Cook, do the landury, walk her self to school and so on. It's just more of a trait i guess for young teens to do this. This is why it's shown in anime so much, or the only logical reason I can think of.
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Posted 2/22/11
Shinji, your parents died!?
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Posted 2/22/11
errr.... parents in animes are away or died or looks like this



because the story calls for it..or are sometimes they are not needed in the story.

too much anime/manga can really screw up your reality. so get that much needed sleep. OK
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Posted 2/22/11
For the last time, Japan has always had one of the highest living expectancies for a long time. So I find it ironic when you learn about the dead parents in manga/anime.
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Posted 2/22/11
Let's expand on this....

not only do kids in anime have a lot of dead branches in their family tree. but even more of them have ... bad... relations with their relatives.

How many characters have some kind of 'dad' or 'mom' issue?
How many more have relatives or step-family or in-laws that want to 'keel' them?

I wonder what reality within the creators minds the above expresses. A reaction to being 'latchkey children'? bad relations with their own family? An easy way to create heart twanging drama? or is it something similar to Charlie Brown's strange world where parents are never seen and only heard as muted noises that the characters understand but the audience does not?
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