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Dangerous to be a parent in Japan?
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Posted 2/22/11

papagolfwhiskey wrote:

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?


It's obvious the Japanese people have a fairly strong awareness of family and a large amount of devotion to each other and I don't think that's an overstatement. So I think parent/family 'issues' are not so improbable. But on the other hand, if they're so reverent to their relatives then why have such troubled scenarios. Though like you said, it does allow for some exciting proceedings and I think that's a sound reason for why so many writers use family tragedy or comedy in their works.

It is also fascinating to speculate what ideas and logic pass through a writer's head. Of course, this only really pertains to good, stimulating anime, ones that are well-developed and rational and such. Adults are definitely ridiculed in some of the anime I've watched (some younger in their intended audience and some a bit older). From Eva to FMA, adults and their behavior are put under the microscope so I think it's cool that writers use childhood as a lens in that way. It's fun to see how they use each character, what perceptions they have about certain types of people i.e. adults, teachers, musicians, etc. and where they take the story in the end.
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Posted 2/23/11
Typical Anime parents.



Forgotten relics of the past only seen in pictures with obscured faces.
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Posted 2/23/11

iKyuubi wrote:

errr.... parents in animes are away or died

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


OK PEOPLE....I have to clarify something.

I do NOT think that Japan is really like this, with dead parents every 4th or 5th household!!!! I was just curious to see that it was a recurring bi-product of so many stories. I do know that Japanese have much longer life-spans (due to so much fish etc) and I do know that anime/manga are NOT REAL.

If you couldn't see the humor in the posting...I dunno.

Guess I shouldn't ask why it is Japan gets all the hot alien chicks while the US gets the ugly grey big-eyed ones, eh?
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Posted 2/23/11
Karma maybe? Tell you what kiddo, I'll kill of one or two of your parents, but I'll give you a cool superpower/giant robot/ large well endowed member of the opposite sex. That sounds fair right?
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Posted 2/23/11
Parents get in the way with just about everything in a series, it's to give the m/c more freedom.
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Posted 2/23/11
hahahahahahahaha oh my!! this is just too funny. it does seem to me that being a parent in Japan probably would be hazardous to one's health. duly noted!
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Posted 2/23/11
If you would belive Animes and mangas then your doomed as a parent, but irl i think its not to different from anywhere else.
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Posted 4/13/11
Actually you do see Uryu's father "Ryūken Ishida" whos considered as the Last Quincy.
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Posted 4/13/11

Gothproxy wrote:


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


Bleach
Uryuu = Neither parent seen. Trained by Grandfather who is dead..


You ought to check bleach again, Ishida's father been there since the beginning



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Posted 4/13/11
Went back to the early days and yeah, saw him. My bad. But still, my original thought holds, you don't see many parents in Manga/Anime because they are working overseas or are dead (usually by freak accidents).

Just a humorous (if a bit morbid) observation. That's all.
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