Parents have always had a strong roll in all the different kinds of anime that we watch. Sometimes they have a big part in how the main protagonists have been brought up and sometimes they are just characters to make the anime not so serious. They are full of love, discipline, and sometimes they even come with a lot of wisdom to help the hero of the anime to go further in their adventures.
Sure, at times some of the anime skips the part about the main protagonists parents. Which most of the time leaves our minds filled with questions such as, what were they like? Did they have a big influence on the main protagonists actions?
In this list, we will look more to the top 10 fathers who are the perfect role model, and maybe even the kind of father you also wished you had in your upbringing. In anime, as we all know, they come in all forms of silly to serious persona's. Some anime can paint the picture of a long lost father, and maybe some paint the picture of a real legend of a father.
We will now get into all the different father figures and perhaps your favorite anime character is one of them. Stick around and find out!
Let’s start, shall we?
10. Goku from Dragon Ball Z
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: April 1989 – January 1996
Gokuu is known for his cheerful, energetic personality, and his love of competitions. He loves sports fighting and eating. He has a remarkable intuition at seeing the good in others, in spite of their actions.
Goku is the father of Gohan, and his characteristics as a father are qualities often wished for with others. But, because Goku is more cheerful and out fighting and eating all the time, he earns the last place on this list. But who doesn’t want a father like Goku?
9. Sojiro Izumi from Lucky Star
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 8, 2007 – September 17, 2007
Sojiro Izumi is the father of Konata Izumi in the anime Lucky Star. Konata’s mother Kanata Izumi passed away sometime after she gave birth to Konata. So it’s just Konata and her father, Sojiro, living in their house in the Satte-Shi prefecture near Tokyo.
Who doesn’t want a father who loves watching anime and playing video games? Izumi Sojiro is that kind of a father and he acts at times like a real dad. Reading the newspaper in his traditional Japanese clothes while his daughter and friends play video games. Sojiro is the kind of father we all want by having similar interests and easy to talk to.
8. Chiyochichi from Azumanga Daioh
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 9, 2002 – October 1, 2002
Azumanga Daioh is a interesting and funny anime. It’s about high school life through the eyes of six girls with different and strange personalities. We have Chiyo, the 10 year old genious, Osaka, the regular airhead, Sakaki, the shy girl who is prone to cat bites, Tomo, the loose cannon, Yomi, the one with a short fuse and Kagura, the resident jock.
But when it comes to Chiyo’s father, here is where it becomes interesting. He first appears to Sakaki and Osaka in their dreams. He is a strange yellow-orange-colored cat like creature. He claims to be Chiyo’s father, and is the type of dad which gets easily angered. When he does, he changes colors and shakes violently.
He is a father who makes it to this list because he presents himself in a funny and friendly way and has no problem talking to his daughter. And what kid doesn’t like to mess with their parents once in a while?
7. Isshin Kurosaki from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Isshin Kurosaki is Ichigo’s father, the main protagonist, and he his portrayed as a silly, fight-loving dad who takes big interest in what his children are doing. But he does this in a offensively, or with an all too happy tone, which brings out comical reactions from his kids, usually in the form of a kick.
He is that kind of father that enjoys making fun of his older kid, Ichigo Kurosaki, and he often talks to the large memorial poster of his late wife Masaki, which he has put up in the kitchen.
He makes it to this list because he is a caring and a outgoing father who loves his children and is doing everything he can to make sure they have a great life, even though they lost their mother at a early age.
6. Lord Death from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 7, 2008 – March 30, 2009
The anime is a story about a Shinigami (Death God) technical school for weapon meisters, the plot is about 3 groups consisting each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a Death Scythe, which is the highest title for a weapon and fit for a Shinigami to use, though they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.
Lord Death is the father of Death the Kid, and he is a respected father as well as, a Death God. He is not only respected for his great power, but also because of he desires peace for the world. Even though he is powerful, he acts kind of childish to seem less threatening to the younger kids. And also, he presents himself as sort of a joker. Who doesn’t want a funny father?
5. Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 4, 2003 – October 2, 2004
It’s very difficult not the love a character such as, Maes Hughes. He is more than often seen as a comedic relief in the Full Metal Alchemist series. But even so, he makes his debut as a serious and skilled fighter. He is best friends with Roy Mustang and would do anything to help his best friend.
He is a loving and devoted husband and father. It’s quite clear why anyone would want a father like Maes Hughes, a funny and skilled fighter who can protect his family.
4. Kawachi Daikichi from Usagi Drop
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 8, 2011 – September 16, 2011
Daikichi is a 30 year old bachelor who has the ability to scare away both women and children. While he doesn't exactly mind that he scares children, because he isn't too fond of young people, he seems to be lonely as a single man. At his grandfather's funeral, he meets a new orphaned and illegitimate child named, Rin. In anger at his relatives lack of compassion for Rin, he says that he will be the one to take care of her.
Daikichi is a the kind of father that we all want our parents to be like. He is caring, loving and will do anything for his daughter. Rin, is the most important person in his life and isn’t that what parenthood is all about? To love ones children no matter what. A father we all can look up to.
3. Tatsuo Kusakabe from My Neighbour Totoro
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: April 16, 1988
1958 Japan, a university professor Tatsuo Kusakabe and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, move into an old house. The whole reason for this is to be closer to the hospital where their mother, Yasuko, is recovering from a long-term illness. Satsuki and Mei quickly discover that their house is inhabited by tiny dust creatures called, susuwatai. Creatures which are small, dark, dust-like house spirits, seen moving from light to dark places in the house. But when the girls and their father get comfortable in their new house, and starts to laugh and have fun together, the dust-like creatures leave and drift away with the wind.
The father in the anime, My Neighbour Totoro, is a kind hearted person because of his choice to actually move closer to his wife who is hospitalized. There is no secret that he loves and cares for his whole family, deeply.
2. Akio Furukawa from Clannad
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: October 5, 2007 – March 28, 2008
Akio Furukawa is the father of Nagisa Furukawa, and he acts like the father we all know. The kind who is strict and talks rough, but he is actually a kind and caring father who always wants what is best for his family. He is a father who has a little of all the qualities a great father needs to have.
He is at times strict and rough, but also very funny and is not afraid to speak his mind to his kids and to their friends. In short, a good father who can act as both a father and a friend.
1. Minato Namikaze from Naruto Shippuden
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: February 15, 2007 – On going
Minato Namikaze is the legendary father of Naruto Uzumaki, the main protagonist of the Naruto Series. Even though Minato died when Naruto was born, he still earned the number 1 spot on this list. Both Naruto’s parents did the ultimate sacrifice a parent can do for ones child and that is to save the child’s life even if it costs both parents lives.
Though Naruto never had the chance to see his parents, they both put some of their chakra into Naruto and at the right time, they were able to meet Naruto later in life. Minato as a person and as a father, he was very cheerful and happy but also a very talented ninja who quickly became the Hokage of the Leaf Village. He is considered one of the strongest ninjas of the Naruto Series, but also a great leader.
He shows nothing but love for his only son and we know he will do everything he can for his family, even if it means sacrificing his own life so his son can have a better life. In short, a great father.
There we go! It’s a interesting and exciting thought to think of, how these parents would be like in real life. I would say the best qualities in a father and a mother would be a balance of a cheerful view of life and some discipline. Too much or too little is often not so good. But there we have it, a list filled of awesome parents and hopefully your favorite anime father was one of them. If not, type in your favorite anime character you wish were your father.