The Rank-Ups: The Most Awesome Dad in the World of Anime (A Father’s Day Special)

It is that day of the year again; an event occurring once a year, generally celebrated every 3rd Sunday of June on most countries in the world, the Father’s Day. A celebration honoring fathers, celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Animei-Chan, with the vision of giving you the most accurate facts, once again, explored the deepest corners of the internet to put end on the discussion of who really is the most awesome Dad in the realms of Anime. After finalizing the list with necessary procedures, we now offer you full-packed description and imagery for your satisfaction and entertainment. Seat back, relax and enjoy the list we have for you that which, dedicated to honor all of father in the world.

10. Chiyo-chan’s Dad/ Chiyo-chichi (Azu Manga Dai Oh)

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Character Voice: Wakamoto, Norio

Chiyo-chichi is a strange yellow to orange-colored cat like creature who appears to Sakaki and Osaka in their dreams where he claims to be the father of Chiyo. He is quite easily angered and when so, he shakes violently while changing colors. He may be bulletproof, a great baseball player, and a Santa Claus. In addition, he finds the color red discomforting making him dislike tomatoes. Despite of that, he ensures Chiyo eats them, to keep up her health.

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Chiyo-chichi appears for the first time in Sakaki’s New Year’s dream. Chiyo introduces him as an abandoned cat who needs help, and Sakaki takes care of him. Chiyo-chichi, then, reveals that he is not really a cat, but Chiyo-chan’s father, and thanked Sakaki for taking care of his daughter.

9. Kawachi Daikichi (Usagi Drop)

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Character Voice: Tsuchida, Hiroshi

Daikichi is a 30 year old bachelor who has a tendency of scaring away both women and children. While he doesn’t exactly mind that he scares children, as 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 newly orphaned illegitimate child, named Rin. In a fit of anger at his relatives’ cold shoulder to the girl, he announces that he will be the one to take care of her. Daikichi now finds himself in the role of father, and must adjust his life accordingly.

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Daikichi doesn’t have much motivation aside from getting to work each day. During his grandfather’s funeral, Daikichi feels sorry for the unwanted child that is left behind and took her in. A bachelor and inexperienced with kids, he has a lot to learn so he can care for Rin properly but with his laid back personality and honest hard work to give her exactly what she needs, Daikichi learns as he goes. His patient, awkward, gentle and straight forward nature works perfectly opposite to Rin’s shy wit. He is constantly learning as a new parent but you can’t help but love him for each mistake he makes.

8. Lord Death (Soul Eater)

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Character Voice: Koyama, Rikiya

The grim reaper himself. He is by far the most powerful character in the series. He is a bit of a joker but when the time comes, he’s all business. His number is 42-42-564 (shini-shini-koroshi), which literally means die-die-kill in Japanese. He has a special move called a “Direct Noggin Shinigami Chop” which is normally shown when the Shinigami shows his hand, which is a large, flat, four-fingered hand appearing from his robe. This is both a joke and a real move. He constantly has to put up with Death Scythe’s antics when it comes to Maka or her progress. He seems to take on a more playful attitude when talking with his son, Death the Kid, like times when he says he likes his son’s three white stripes. Shinigami’s soul wavelength is so large that it entirely covers Death city.

tumblr_n3otc3qnpj1rzkxhio1_400Death’s quest for peace and achieving balance is very well known in Soul Eater. He is held in high regard by enemies and allies alike. Being the Headmaster of DWMA, many of its students and staff respect Death, but many of his foes dislike him as a result of his rules he established around the world.

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7. Tatsuo Kusakabe (My Neighbor Totoro)

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Character Voice: Itoi, Shigesato

Tatsuo Kusakabe is a father of two child, Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe, and the husband of Yasuko Kusakabe who is confined in a hospital for the whole story. He is a personable and works in a college as a professor of Archaeology. He is a very good father, and does his best to keep Mei and Satsuki happy. He believes in the imagination of his daughters, and agrees with their idea of Totoro.

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In the beginning of the story, My Neighbor Totoro, Tatsuo Kusakabe and his children are seen in the moving truck, moving to a new house. When Mei and Satsuki believe that the house is haunted, he tells them that he always wanted to live in a haunted house. Later in the story, when Mei decides to go exploring, she leaves Tatsuo in charge of her ‘flower garden’. When Mei claims to have seen Totoro, he believes her, saying that it is probably a forest spirit. That night, when it is windy, the family scare away the spirits in the house. He, Satsuki, and Mei laugh a lot to make the soot sprites leave, which are seen leaving the house that night. Towards the end of the film, he goes to visit Yasuko Kusakabe. He says he is worried about Satsuki, who is trying really hard to be an adult and be there for her sister. After she says she is getting better, they find an ear of corn with “For Mommy” written on it.

6. Akio Furukawa (Clannad)

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Character Voice: Okiayu, Ryotaro

Akio Furukawa is the father of frail yet strong-hearted girl, Nagisa. He is a recurring antagonist of the story. Although he often talks and plays rough, he is kind and sympathetic. His childish side makes it easy for people to befriend him. In his spare time, Akio plays baseball with children in the small park next to his bakery, and indulges in the Gundam fandom.

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Due to their child’s health condition, Akio has to quit his job and decided to run a bakeshop with his wife Sanae. Although her wife claimed that she could bake bread, he ended up being the one who do the most of the baking since Sanae’s bread is too unique to be eaten. He is often the victim of Sanae’s bread, having to eat it in front of her while claiming that he loves it. In addition, he can be looked at as a father figure to Tomoya in substitute of Naoyuki, his true father, giving him advices and support. Although, he hates to be called father by Tomoya.

5. Vegeta (Dragonball Z)

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Vegeta is a fictional character from the manga series Dragon Ball, written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama, which was later adapted into an anime.

Along with Goku, Gohan and Piccolo, he is one of the most prominent characters in the series, originally starting out as a villain before becoming a mainstay hero.

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Vegeta starts out haughty, arrogant, self-entitled and ruthless as the prince of Saiyans. His royal status caused him to develop an inflated sense of superiority and he holds himself above most, if not all people he encounters. Regal, egotistical and full of pride, Vegeta was once a ruthless, cold-blooded warrior and outright killer. However, as the story unfolds, he changes to a person capable of caring about and loving someone other than himself.

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4. Maes Hughes (Full Metal Alchemist)

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Character Voice: Fujiware, Keiji

Maes Hughes is a character that is hard not to love. He is often seen as the comedy relief but has his debuts as a serious and skilled fighter. He is best friends with Roy Mustang and a loving and devoted husband and father. Maes would do anything for his wife Gracia and always carries pictures of his daughter Elycia in his uniform and never misses a chance to show everyone how cute she is.

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Behind this behavior, however, is a markedly trustworthy, serious, and particularly intelligent military officer who always goes the distance to look after the people close to him. As a soldier involved with investigations and court-martials as well as a veteran of the Ishval Civil War, part of Hughes’ buoyant demeanor may actually be a shield to protect himself and his loved ones from the darker aspect of his profession. He is a realist, decisive and shrewd, who is able to cut out what is unnecessary and focus on the most important aspects of a given situation. With his great eye for detail, Hughes is often the first to notice unfavorable patterns in a given situation and can plan accordingly, often calling for a strategic retreat or a change in tactics moments before anyone else realizes it is necessary. He is calm and analytical, not even flinching when a situation calls for him to deal with dead bodies or even deal out death himself, and he acts sharply even in high-pressure conditions. As a realist, he also understands and accepts that some situations cannot be rectified cleanly or honestly. Even so, he retains a soft spot for idealists like Roy and is prepared to burden as much of the darkness as it takes to ensure that idealists can shape the world into a better place.

tumblr_inline_nl0r1pkuok1sf93flMaes, despite all his goofball antics, is a rather wise man for his age and is prone to doling out sagely advice to the people he has invited into his extended family, including Roy, the Elrics, and even Winry Rockbell, in order to make sure they take the correct path to the happy future.

3. Isshin Kurosaki (Bleach)

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Character Voice: Morikawa, Toshiyuki

Isshin is portrayed as a silly, fight-loving father who takes a keen interest in what his children are doing, he does it either offensively or with an all-too-happy tone though, eliciting comical reactions from his kids, usually in the form of a kick. Isshin also seems to enjoy making fun of Ichigo and has a tendency to talk to the large memorial poster of his late wife Masaki, which he has pinned up in their kitchen, whenever he feels particularly emotional.

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Behind his comical character, Isshin was once a Shinigami captain, under the Tenth Division, with Rangiku Matsumoto as his lieutenant and Tōshirō Hitsugaya as his 3rd seat. During his time as a Shinigami captain, Isshin was a lazy and carefree captain who often tried to make his subordinates do his work for him. For this reason he was on bad terms with Rangiku Matsumoto who was often forced to call him back to order. Isshin was delighted seeing how diligent Tōshirō Hitsugaya was doing all the paperwork and, on the spur of the moment, saw the future of his division in him.

2. Goku (Dragonball Z)

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Character Voice: Nozawa, Masako

Originally named Kakarot, Gokuu is born a member of a race of extraterrestrials called the Saiyans. Shortly following his birth, Gokuu is sent from his native planet Vegeta to Earth, for potential selling on the intergalactic market by destroying all its life; Goku was also sent away to escape Frieza’s genocide of the Saiyans. Once he lands on Earth, he is adopted by an old man named Gohan, who is later just called Grandpa Gohan. At first, Goku is very violent as a kid due to his Saiyan blood, but due to an injury to his head that caused him severe amnesia, Gokuu changes to a more tempered, innocent boy. At the start of the series, Gokuu meets Bulma, Yamucha, Oolong, and Pu’ar, whose characters mirror those found in Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West. He also encounters Kuririn, who eventually becomes his best friend, and others during his journey for more strength. Participating in several World Martial Arts Tournaments, Gokuu also battles foes-turned-allies such as Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu, as well as the offspring of Demon King Piccolo named Majunior, later named as Piccolo.

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Gokuu is known for his laid-back personality, his love of fighting worthy opponents and his focused on improving himself as a warrior. He will eat anything without much qualms. He has an uncanny ability to make allies out of foes he has fought, in some cases to the death. Gokuu can also be very blunt, and not afraid to express his opinion in a discussion, such as when he questioned Krillin’s marriage to Android 18 who was not fully human and a previous enemy who threatened his life. Despite his kind-hearted nature, Gokuu can feel incredible anger in cases of extreme turmoil, such as the death of a close friend/relative, or when someone murders many innocents needlessly. He has a simple, practical view of the world and is somewhat naive to the world around him. Because of this, many characters incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid, although once he has a basic understanding of things, he learns very quickly. His most remarkable ability is his will to succeed, his tenacity and persistence.

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Beyond all of that, Goku is a loving husband and a father who has an affinity for training younger kid like how he did with Gohan in the Androids arc, Goten & Trunks in the Buu arc, and Uub at the end of the series.

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1. Minato Namikaze (Naruto)

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Minato Namikaze was the Yondaime Hokage of Konohagakure and the man responsible for sealing the nine-tailed demon fox inside Naruto Uzumaki when he was born. Doing so cost him his life, and before dying he asked that the villagers not see Naruto as the monster within him, instead wanting him to be viewed as a hero, a request ignored by the villagers.

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Despite his physical resemblance to Naruto, Minato was more perceptive and collected than his son as a child; Jiraiya said that Minato was a shrewd person, not one to do something without a reason. He was well aware of the terror his reputation inspired in rival villages and would take advantage of it at times, but even then he would remain respectful to opponents. Minato also wouldn’t pry into other people’s personal affairs unless he felt it was necessary, and was not the type to hold grudges, only feeling sorry for Tobi (Obito) despite his role in his own and Kushina’s deaths. If anything, Minato blames himself for his death for several reasons; he couldn’t save Obito from the fate that corrupted him, Konoha from the difficulties that arose after he was gone, and even his own son Naruto from the painful and difficult life he suffered as a jinchūriki orphan.

tumblr_nxpfa7nkdf1u9aqcno1_540Naruto is not without any of his father’s personality traits: both have indomitable spirits and fierce ambitions that drive them through all their choices in life. Both are of unwavering loyalty to Konoha and their loved ones – friends and family – and that devotion inspires all those around them. Like Naruto, Minato had the tendency to create questionable techniques, although in Minato’s case it was complicated names he came up with rather than the actual technique. This was seen when he named the “Scorch Release: Halo Hurricane Jet Black Arrow Style Zero”, though afterwards he admitted it didn’t sound very good.

After becoming Hokage, Minato started to take more pride in himself, referring to himself as “ore”, which is a prideful way of saying “I” or “me”, instead of using “watashi”, a more formal way of referring to one’s self. Still, this did not make him haughty as he still addressed others with the appropriate honorifics.

Honorable Mentions

Spirit Albarn (Soul Eater)

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Soichiro Yagami (Death Note)

Shiro Fujimoto (Ao No Exorcist)

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