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The parents in Kiss X Sis and in Oreimo....

Though in at least the former, they're a remarried couple.....

Maybe it's better not to have parents... O.o

I mean incest/loli complex versus arcane powers beyond human comprehension and possibly able to shape the future of the world, with the chance of a live in harem.

I think I'll do without parents...>.>
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Shinichi Izumi has both his parents... I mean had.

Gohan and Goten have both of their parents... sometimes.

Yuya Sakaki is the only Yugioh protagonist to have a mother alive in the series. I assume his dad is too and he's only missing because he's chilling in another dimension. (You'd know what I mean if you watch the series)

There's also... ok this is hard. I really can't come up with anything.
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Yui and Ui (K-ON!)
Illya (Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya (Not Zero nor Stay Night))
Mako (Kill la Kill)
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Chibi-Usa?

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Nozomi from Rolling Girls.

Kaori from Your Lie in April.

William Jones from Victorian Romance Emma (granted his mother lives out in the country for health reasons, but she and his father are still married).

Fumi and Akira from Aoi Hana.

Most of the Digimon Adventures main cast has both their parents alive and together. Matt and TK are the exception, I think.

Mako from Kill la Kill.

Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, surprisingly enough.
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Tsuna's parents in Katekyo hitman reborn
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Killua. Can think of a few comedy ones like the Wild Kid from Love Lab, I can't remember her name lol.

Never thought of it till now but with the currently airing sports animes most of the parents are missing. Maybe Sawamura's dad was at the tourney? I haven't caught up to Yowamushi Pedal but so far only Onoda's mom is alive and accounted for. I don't remember seeing any parents in Kuroko's minus coach's dad. My parents and most of my friends/teammates parents rarely ever missed any of our games. Must be different in Japan? Lol.
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tgrall_345 wrote:

Killua. Can think of a few comedy ones like the Wild Kid from Love Lab, I can't remember her name lol.

Never thought of it till now but with the currently airing sports animes most of the parents are missing. Maybe Sawamura's dad was at the tourney? I haven't caught up to Yowamushi Pedal but so far only Onoda's mom is alive and accounted for. I don't remember seeing any parents in Kuroko's minus coach's dad. My parents and most of my friends/teammates parents rarely ever missed any of our games. Must be different in Japan? Lol.


I don't know what the actual state of Japanese parental involvement in high school sporting activities, but for the anime you probably don't need to look any further than laziness/budgeting constraints. If you put parents on camera, that means coming up with unique character models for them, hiring voice actors, etc.--and none of those can be stand-in, because it needs to be consistent, should the same parent appear in both episode 2 and episode 20.

This is probably also why parents are so often absent from many other anime. If the mom is needed for plot reasons but not the dad, it's cheaper just to not bother animating and voice-casting the dad. So you put in a throw-away line to explain the absent father: divorce, dad's away at work in Hong Kong, dad's always at the office, dad's dead, whatever. If you don't need either parent... well, it's basically the same thing, just with both parents: kid's living on his own because of school, kid's doesn't get along with his parents, kid's an orphan, parents are always at work, parents work in another country, etc. Sometimes this may be an important plot point (just watch Disney movies or read fairy tails to note how prolific the orphan trope is, and not just in anime), but often times it's just a convenient explanation to keep the size of the cast down.
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mnmike wrote:
I don't know what the actual state of Japanese parental involvement in high school sporting activities, but for the anime you probably don't need to look any further than laziness/budgeting constraints. If you put parents on camera, that means coming up with unique character models for them, hiring voice actors, etc.--and none of those can be stand-in, because it needs to be consistent, should the same parent appear in both episode 2 and episode 20.

This is probably also why parents are so often absent from many other anime. If the mom is needed for plot reasons but not the dad, it's cheaper just to not bother animating and voice-casting the dad. So you put in a throw-away line to explain the absent father: divorce, dad's away at work in Hong Kong, dad's always at the office, dad's dead, whatever. If you don't need either parent... well, it's basically the same thing, just with both parents: kid's living on his own because of school, kid's doesn't get along with his parents, kid's an orphan, parents are always at work, parents work in another country, etc. Sometimes this may be an important plot point (just watch Disney movies or read fairy tails to note how prolific the orphan trope is, and not just in anime), but often times it's just a convenient explanation to keep the size of the cast down.

I guess I never thought of it that way. Makes a lot of sense tho.
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Gohan, Goten, Bulma, Trunks, Pan, Maron. That covers all the Dragon Ball characters.

5 minutes of thinking... Well shit...


Not really. Goku's parents died, Vegeta's parents died, Krillin parents' are unknown, Chi-Chi's mother died, Tien's parents are unknown, Videl's mother died, and we know nothing about Maron's family tree.
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How about Yukari Akiyama from Girls und Panzer. Her parents are not just alive, her dad is a barber and offered to cut the other girl's hair.
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Aoi Sakuraba, (Ai Yori Aoshi)
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I was about to list a couple characters then realized that their parents die later during the shows.... Ayeka and Sasami from Tenchi Muyo have both parents although their family tree is far from normal. It's strange, but I think DBZ winds up having the most living parents of any show I know...
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Hachiken from Silver Spoon.

His parents are alive. But they still have a nice excuse from why they aren't seen often, his dad is a suffocating asshole so Hachiken booked it the first chance he got.
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Kyon from the melancholy of Haruhi suzumiya.

Actually harder than you think to find a protagonist where both parents are alive and together, seems to be a great way of building the characters personalities and their development.
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