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Marriage in Anime
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if only i can marry a girl who loves anime like me <3
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It's not to surprising that marriage isn't that common in anime considering that most romance anime end right after the lead characters confess. Hell i'd settle for more anime that just continued after the two characters who have gone through 13 to 9001 episodes of will they or won't they get together. I know the whole love confession thing is supposed to be a really big deal in Japanese culture but it kills any interest I have in 98% of romance anime. I wouldn't mind seeing more "adult" romances in anime between main characters.

Thus far the only manga/anime i've watched/read that featured married main characters is Wife and Wife, a cute slice o' life girls love manga with plenty of humor and cuteness. Did I say it was cute twice? Because it's really cute in an "aww they really love each other" way and not in a "KAWAII DESU DESU!" kind of way.
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u can marry me.... i love anime n im looking for a husband mr davidcheeselove
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And hilariously enough, there's even an anime OAV series that covers marriage.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=173
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See while I agree that currently it is more based up on the teenage fan base, there a good many of us who who graduated high school, college, even married ourselves and have kids that still love anime and manga. The writers also need to delve into this fan base as teens eventually do grow up but many still keep their love for anime and manga. I mean just a little ways into research on facebook shows tons of sites where admins and regular people alike are approaching or are over 30 that started out with dragon ball/z/gt and keep watching newer anime today. One of the previous posts mentioned an action married couple which would be an awesome idea and I completely agree that Sword Art Online should be the model for this. To me its an untapped market with a whole host of plots and ideas. What about comedies based on married ife where couple divorce and remarry or (and i dont know how many of you know the old tv show) have an anime married couple like "Married with Children" where it takes the married life itself and tells comical situations. Anybody on here that is married can vouch that the romance and relationship does not just there and that there are many trials and problems that arise that can either save or break a marriage early on. This could be used for a marriage drama, explore how the couple tries to stay together and works through their own hardship. (warning semi-spoiler) Also, for the fans of Clanad After Story, while I love the first few episodes and even the forst BIG twist in story, nobody can say they agree with the ending of series. If you have watched i mean come on!!! and for those who havent seen it, you need to for the good story pus you will feel where i am coming from.
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Hapi Mari. It falls under the categories of Comedy, Josei, and Romance. I think that it has a similar feel to contemporary romance novels.
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I would say it is because of demographics. These companies know their audiences are mainly at a young age. As a result, they try to make stories that these people can relate to. Marriage isn't exactly something youths can just embrace.
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18 / M / Tórshavn
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Tell me, why do you need marriage in an already romance anime/manga? It doesn't matter -.-
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botogamer wrote:

I would say it is because of demographics. These companies know their audiences are mainly at a young age. As a result, they try to make stories that these people can relate to. Marriage isn't exactly something youths can just embrace.


I think it's just a sign of the culture of these times. When I was a kid growing up society reinforced that the natural course of things ended up in marriage, that it was something everyone eventually does, almost an obligation. Princes met princess, the hero met the damsel in distress, the lonely yearning for their soul mate, the boy meets girl next door, good girl tames bad boy & vice versa, etc. They all eventually culminated into the ultimate goal of marriage. Kids even play acted marriage, or did so with their dolls. Nowadays making it & being on your own, independence & being "un-tameable"/"un-trapable" ("trapped" by marriage) is promoted in the media. Society now promotes a negative view on marriage, family, & children where wives are nagging, screeching, money-lusting harpies, husbands are dominating, sexist and sometimes violent buffoons, children are made to look like obstacles in the way of happiness, burdens or leeches, and parents are portrayed as "the enemy" & sadistic killjoys. Such ugly propaganda.
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cdw182000 wrote:

So, I have a question for all fans of anime, applies to manga too but mainly concentrated on anime. Why is it so hard to find anime or mangadealing directly with marriage? On a whim out of curiosity I tried to bing and google search anime's and manga that deal with marriage either an effect after the teen romance or as the main plot. While there are a number of manga there are very few anime with most being at the very last episode of the season or having a dramatic and sad ending (Clannad After Story). While I am a huge fan of all stories and plots within anime and manga I find the lack in this one aspect really odd given how many anime plots are designed around romance issues of teens and mainly on a simply boyfriend/girlfriend basis. Personally I would like to see either a really great comedy anime about marriage, a romcom that leads to marriage say halfway through and explores those hardships in comedy and drama, or even a complete action/supernatural married couple in anime dealing with a main plot with marriage adjustments thrown in between. What i want to know from all other fans of anything anime or manga is what are your thoughts? What would you like to see in regards to marriage? Also, for any others fans that were curious like me, any suggestions for anime or manga that deals with marriage.


Have you tried watching k-dramas? They are awesome. You can get your (marriage/romance) fix that way.
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Well this is just one of my personal favorites, but "Nakaimo - My sister is among them" is my favorite when it comes down to marriage related anime.
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PhyongHwa wrote:


botogamer wrote:

I would say it is because of demographics. These companies know their audiences are mainly at a young age. As a result, they try to make stories that these people can relate to. Marriage isn't exactly something youths can just embrace.


I think it's just a sign of the culture of these times. When I was a kid growing up society reinforced that the natural course of things ended up in marriage, that it was something everyone eventually does, almost an obligation. Princes met princess, the hero met the damsel in distress, the lonely yearning for their soul mate, the boy meets girl next door, good girl tames bad boy & vice versa, etc. They all eventually culminated into the ultimate goal of marriage. Kids even play acted marriage, or did so with their dolls. Nowadays making it & being on your own, independence & being "un-tameable"/"un-trapable" ("trapped" by marriage) is promoted in the media. Society now promotes a negative view on marriage, family, & children where wives are nagging, screeching, money-lusting harpies, husbands are dominating, sexist and sometimes violent buffoons, children are made to look like obstacles in the way of happiness, burdens or leeches, and parents are portrayed as "the enemy" & sadistic killjoys. Such ugly propaganda.


You make very good points and with regards to your description of how times have changed I very much agree with you. It's a rather abysmal message society is sending. Having said that, and I may be wrong about this, but I do not recall many anime, even way back having many married couples. The same I think is true for many disney cartoons. I'm afraid this in itself may be somewhat responsible for the negative propaganda we see today. All we saw was the flash and glamor of weddings. It gives the illusion that a married relationship is just smiles and kisses, which is far from reality. As people grow up with their spouse and see what is all about, they may become disillusioned. As a result, it grows this mindset among the population that if marriage isn't what they thought it should be, then it isn't worth the hassle. Again these are not the soul perpetrators to this problem, but its just my theory that they may have added to it.
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I agree with both botogamer and PhyongHwa in teir responses. This is why I ask the question of why not put this into more anime. I understand the demographics with the younger crowd but as I have sated previously, many of those "younger" generations are now becoming older generations that still enjoy anime. I wonder if writers, animators, companies, etc will finally see this and start to make at least a few innovative animes that show marriage in a different light. Problems that get worked out, adventures to be had, and heck (i dont know if any of you have been through it yet) but freaking conceiving and raising a child has its own hurdles, problems, and mysteries t ogo through. Not to mention all the fun a creative writer can have by making it an action couple, a mystery series, a sci-fi fantasy base, heck you could even continue the harem story lines from the perspective of temptation. Any guy or girl who is married still faces that one, lol. Demographics aside, it is a wide open arena for creative writers and animators alike.
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