Sporadic Sequential
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Manga Dads

In honor of Father's Day, I was going to do a post similar to Lori Henderson's, only about all the dads depicted in manga. But after a busy weekend I'm exhausted and don't have the energy to put together a comprehensive post with detailed commentary. So here's a quick list of the fathers I can think of off the top of my head, and I'll ask for your help expanding the list in the comments:
  1. Ichigo's dad from Bleach - Initially Isshin rubbed me the wrong way, but recent revelations have caused me to view him in a new light. I'll be curious to learn more about him as the series progresses, and I think his history could make for some interesting side stories. (I smell a prequel spinoff!!) Plus, it'd be interesting to see how he fared as a single parent after the death of Ichigo's mother.
  2. Yoshimori's dad from Kekkaishi - Interesting because he's so domestic and (traditionally) motherly. I like that he's shown tending to the house and cooking meals. I've often daydreamed about being a full-time, stay-at-home househusband, but then my wife points out that I couldn't just spend all my time surfing the web and reading manga.
  3. Yotsuba's dad from Yotsuba&! - A great dad: funny, loving, and with just the right amount of playful mischief mixed into his parenting style. This is the kind of dad I'd like to be for my daughter (and son).
  4. Shin's dad from Parasyte - I don't think we know too much about him as an individual so far, but he gets major points for holding up so well after witnessing the brutal, horrific murder of his wife.
  5. Light's dad from Death Note - Soichiro is all kinds of cool, the manga equivalent of James Gordon. When Light was so indifferent about his dad's death, only caring that his dad had failed to eliminate Mello for him, I think that's when I truly hated Light and wanted him to fail.
OK, that's all I can muster at the moment, so tell me who I'm missing. Who are the notable manga dads that deserve recognition?

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