Five Worst Fathers in Anime

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Last month, I focused on the five best fathers in anime. This time, I will be focusing on the worst fathers in anime.

This list features the worst fathers that have appeared in the anime that I have personally seen. I’m not ranking these choices into numbers, because it’s just too hard to figure out which fathers rate worse than the others.

Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Gendo may be a brilliant scientist, but he’s very cold toward his son, Shinji. After Shinji’s mother dies during a test of an Evangelion unit, Gendo abandons his son. Gendo doesn’t have much contact with Shinji until he is 14, when he summons his son to come to Tokyo-3 to become the pilot of an Eva unit. Gendo uses an injured Rei as a way to force a reluctant Shinji to become a pilot. But even after Shinji becomes a part of Gendo’s world, his father is still very cold and distant to him. As the series progresses, we learn that Gendo isn’t just a bad father he’s also a very ruthless individual.

Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)

Genma is the father of Ranma, and he started showing himself as a bad father when Ranma was a young child. He took Ranma on a decade-long training voyage to improve their martial arts skills, and he told his wife that if Ranma could not prove himself as a man after his training they would both perform seppuku. During their journey, Genma would constantly make deals with fathers of young girls for their daughter to be betrothed to Ranma in order to gain something he wanted, which was usually food. Genma also decided to teach Ranma “cat-fu” by throwing him into a pit full of cats after only reading one page of a training manual, and this caused Ranma to develop a lifelong fear of cats. And Genma is also the one who took them to the cursed springs at Jusenkyo even though he couldn’t read Chinese and didn’t pay attention to the tour guide.

Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Shou is the Sewing-Life Alchemist who had supposedly produced a chimera capable of human speech. When Ed Elric and his brother, Al, go to see him to pore over his library of texts, they meet his daughter, Nina and their dog, Alexander. The Elric boys learn that Nina’s mother had left the family two years earlier, but it’s later revealed that this was a lie perpetuated by Shou. While Ed and Al are at Shou’s home, Shou is desperately trying to pass his yearly State Alchemist assessment since he hasn’t had a breakthrough since his chimera two years earlier. Shou becomes so desperate that he uses his alchemy to create another chimera by merging Nina and Alexander into one being. Ed then learns that Shou’s first chimera had been created by merging his wife with an animal. Ed becomes rightfully angry, and this incident plays an important role for Ed’s development as a character.

But Shou is an absolute jerk who only cares about himself and is willing to sacrifice his family in order to get what he wants. He easily makes the worst father list because he used his own young daughter as a test subject to create a lie just to keep his standing as a State Alchemist.

Sabato Rokudo (RIN-NE)

Sabato is the father of series protagonist, Rinne. Sabato is the head of the Damashigami Company, an illegal business where renegade shinigami steal the souls of people who are not yet ready to die. When Rinne was a child, he was sent to live with his grandparents, and Sabato would be seen sneaking into Rinne’s room to steal money from his son’s piggy bank. When he’s caught one day and Rinne says he’s saving money to see his mother, Sabato cheerfully informs his son that his mother is dead. Now that Rinne is older, Sabato takes out IOUs in Rinne’s name and burdens his son with a mountain of debt.

In the series, Sabato also tries to force Rinne to take over his company that is essentially in business to murder people, even though Rinne hates his father and has no interest. Sabato is a very greedy man, and has no scruples with doing whatever he wants to try to achieve his goals.

Charles zi Britannia (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

He is the emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire and is the father of Lelouch. Charles fathered children with 108 consorts, and installed almost all of his offspring into important positions in the empire to see their true abilities. But he didn’t view his children as people much, although he did seem to care for a select few of them.

When Lelouch was 10 years old, he questioned his father and Charles disowned his son right then and there. As part of being disowned, Lelouch and his sister Nunnally were sent to Japan as political hostages. In the second season, we see Charles using his ability to rewrite memories on Lelouch.

This list represents my personal opinion, and it is not meant to be a definitive list. Are there any fathers that you believe have been overlooked? Let us know in the comments.

Nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards

The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention (Nihon SF Taikai) has revealed the list of nominees for the 46th Seiun Awards. The awards this year are separated into nine categories: Japanese Long Story, Japanese Short Story, Translated Long Story, Translated Short Story, Media, Comic, Art, Nonfiction, and a “Free” category. Each category has between 4-10 nominees. The nominees were chosen among works that were released between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

The attendees of “Comecon” in Yonago in Tottori prefecture will vote on the winners. The 54th Japan Science Fiction Convention will take place during the convention, and the staff will announce the winners on August 29, 2015.

The nominees of the Media and Comic categories include:

Media Category

  • Expelled from Paradise film
  • Space Dandy TV anime series
  • Interstellar film
  • Uchu Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune> (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) film
  • Big Hero 6 film (called Baymax in Japan)
  • Kill la Kill TV anime series
  • Nazo no Tenkosei (Mysterious Transfer Student) television drama

Comic Category

  • Gainax, Khara, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s Neon Genesis Evangelion (all 14 volumes)
  • Masayuki Ishikawa’s Moyashimon (all 13 volumes)
  • Kosuke Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! (all 48 volumes)
  • Tamiki Wakaki’s The World God Only Knows (all 26 volumes)
  • Kazuhiro Fujita’s Moonlight Act (all 29 volumes)
  • Riichi Ueshiba’s Mysterious Girlfriend X (all 12 volumes)

Source: ANN

Weekly Evangelion Chronicle Magazine Is Returning for a Third Time

Publisher DeAgostini is relaunching the Weekly Evangelion Chronicle magazine for a 20th anniversary edition.

The magazine initially premiered in 2006 and ran for 30 issues, and it was revived as a “new and revised edition” in 2010 with a planned 40 issues, but ultimately went on to publish 50 issues. With this new revival, the plans is for the magazine to have 60 issues.

The first issue will ship with an exclusive binder, and two more binders will be sold as a set. When the magazine was revived in 2010 there were four planned binders, but this time there will be six. Subscribers will also receive a 30-magnet set in a paper frame.

Each new issue’s 32 all-color pages will be split into different sections, including some new sections: mechanic, character, timeline, storyboards, design, gallery, petit Eva (super-deformed characters), story file, tactics, installation (a guide to locales), technology, and extra.

Source: ANN

New Manga Releases: February 10, 2015

Here are the new manga releases for February 10, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Ajin: Demi-Human GN 3
Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game GN 7
Blade Dance of Elementalers GN 1
Dragonar Academy GN 5
Freshly Licked GN (18+)
Hayate the Combat Butler GN 25
I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland GN 3
Magi GN 10
Neon Genesis Evangelion GN 14
Prophecy GN Part 02
Ring x Mama GN 3 (18+)
Samurai Executioner Omnibus GN 4
Say, I Love You. GN 6
Tiger & Bunny GN 6
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Omnibus GN 3
Twittering Birds Never Fly GN 2 (18+)
Yellow Work GN (18+)
Ze GN 10 (18+)

FUNimation Comments on the Status of Evangelion 3.33

FUNimation Entertainment has commented on the status of the release of Evangelion 3.33 in the FAQ section of their website.

The entry reads:

What is the status of the home video release of Evangelion 3.33?

We are working directly with the Japanese studio and the original creator on the upcoming Evangelion 3.33 home video release. This is a unique opportunity that presented itself to us, and since the plot for Evangelion 3.33 is so different from previous story lines, we are thrilled that the creator has asked to be so heavily involved in this project. Studio Khara has even decided that they would like to create their own special subtitle tracks for the release! We thank you for your continued patience as we work to confirm a release date. Please keep an eye on our social channels and our website for more updates!

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media’s Top 10 Selling Digital Manga for the Week of November 25, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling manga for the week of November 25, 2014.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion Volume 14
2. Food Wars! Volume 4
3. Future Diary Volume 8
4. Bleach Volume 62
5. Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 3
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 9
7. Trinity Blood Volume 10
8. Naruto Volume 67
9. Naruto Volume 1
10. One-Punch Man Volume 5

Toonami Announces Plans for Movie Month in December 2014

Toonami has announced the schedule for its “movie month” in December 2014. The schedule includes the final two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate, which Toonami had said previously that it would not be able to get.

December 6: Hellsing Ultimate 9 and Summer Wars
December 13: Hellsing Ultimate 10 and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
December 20: Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan and Akira
December 27: Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance