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Conventions 2016 – Going Big at Anime Expo 2016

We’re heading to Anime Expo, the largest North American anime convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center, on July 1st-4th and we’re bringing heroes, singers, parties, and big announcements! We’re bringing a bunch of Funimation staff for this one, including Justin, Lauren, Tara, and Godswill, and you can be sure that we’ll have a full schedule that you can check out below:

 

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Anime Expo Parties!

Funimation, along with some partners, will be throwing some big parties at the biggest anime convention in North America, Anime Expo. Not just one, but TWO big parties through the weekend- one on Friday AND one on Saturday! See below for the details.

 

Friday Party:

 

AKA! Sponsored by Funimation

 

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Aka will be hosted by voice actor Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Gurren Lagann, Wreck-it Ralph!) and comedienne Dani Fernandez (Playboy TV, MTV, VH1). Shower in an explosion of entertainment – ONE NIGHT ONLY!

 

Aka includes a stage show from 9pm to 11pm consisting of comedy, burlesque, audience participation, and floor prizes. From 11:00 to 1:30, Attack the Music luminaries Mitomoyo, Voia, and Raif will play live!

 

Also every ticket holder at Aka will have a free month of FunimationNow included!

 

AKA! tickets at The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles. Doors open at 8:30!

Must be 18+ to attend. To attend, buy your tickets here: http://funi.to/28Mcl6G.

 

 

Saturday Party:

 

Sonicboombox presents: UNOFFICIAL ANIME EXPO AFTERPARTY sponsored by Funimation!

 

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  • OPEN BAR all night
  • Live DJ with dancing inside and out on patio
  • Walking distance from LA Convention Center (less than 1 mile)
  • Funimation swag (posters and more!)
  • Snap Yourself photobooth (8pm til midnight)
  • Okamoto Kitchen food truck (from 8pm-10pm, at least!)
  • Music by DJ VER5E & Chuck None
  • Cosplay encouraged (but not required)!
  • Must be 21+.

 

Get your ticket online in advance and save! http://funi.to/28NoxWV

Doors open at 8pm! Find more information on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/732302946912006/

 

Time To Celebrate – Father’s Day

Fatherhood is hard. It’s especially hard when your children may grow up with powers or in a world full of danger! It’s no secret that anime dads typically aren’t the paragons of parenting, but we still want to highlight the men that were there for their kids. This list isn’t in any particular order and it also includes non-biological fathers.

 

All Might

My Hero Academia

 

 

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Although All Might isn’t a literal father to anyone, he is seen as a father figure through the land and the school where he teaches. Known as the strongest of heroes, all people, especially the youth he mentors, look up to him and his example of strength and devotion. Although he can let his emotions get the better of him at times and sometimes he overextends his efforts, he gets the job done in teaching the future generation what it means to be a true hero and he manages to protect everyone.

 

Joseph Joestar

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

 

 

The whole 3rd season of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure centers around the lengths that Joseph will go to save his daughter who has been afflicted with a mysterious curse. Without getting too deep into the story, he and his grandson, Jotaro, travel the world amidst assassins who aim to stop them in finding the cure. Although he can be brash and at times too much of a jokester, he keeps his sole focus on finding the cure for his ailing daughter.

 

Lord Death and Spirit Albarn

Soul Eater

 

 

Both of these entities are some of the strongest guardians in the land, but they maintain goofy exteriors to not seem threatening to their own people and the kids they watch out for. They are always on the lookout for the good of their own kids and the people they protect. Although they can seem flippant at times, they maintain their roles as teachers, protectors, and fathers.

 

Akio Furukawa

Clannad

 

 

Here we have another serious-when-he-needs-to-be dad that is often goofy and outrageous, but just the guy who is whatever his family needs him to be. He is very protective of his only daughter who can be very ditzy and unfortunately sickly, but when the family grows, he spreads his protective wings in his own signature fashion.

 

Kumatetsu

The Boy and The Beast

 

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In a very unlikely pairing, Kumatetsu, the beast, becomes an unwilling and nearly unfit for the grieving young human boy he dubs “Kyuta”. However through time, the two become a strong family unit that trains together, protects each other, and looks out for each other. Although Kumatetsu can be very hardheaded, stubborn, and very emotional, he looks out for Kyuta and builds him to be a very strong fighter.

 

Kawachi Dakichi

Usagi Drop

 

 

This man gets props as he went very quickly from a nonchalant bachelor to a caring and loving caretaker of a 6-year old girl. Through a series of interesting events, this man with no responsibilities or immediate family to take care of steps up and takes in an illegitimate and hidden child after the death of the family patriarch. He transforms his life very quickly in order to give this girl a normal life.

 

Maes Hughes

Fullmetal Alchemist

 

It’d be pretty criminal not to put one of the most zealous and caring of anime fathers on our list! If you interact with this family man, you’ll be getting an earful about his wife (and more about his precious daughter) whether you wanted to or not. He’s equipped with pictures of his family on every occasion.

 

Piccolo

Dragon Ball Z

 

 

We could highlight the well-known fathers of the series like Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, and even Mr. Satan, but we want to show off a lesser thought of father. Piccolo has never fathered any kids himself, but he has always (well… for the most part) looked out for the kids of the series. He began or furthered the kids’ training in defending themselves, protected and has sacrificed his well-being for the kids, and he’s willing to show a more “gentle” side to the kids.

 

Who are your favorite anime dads? Let us know in the comments!

 

How To Get Your Family Into Watching Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu

 

With The Boy and the Beast out now (get your copy here!), one thing that we’ve heard a lot from fellow anime fans is how they’ve used director Mamoru Hosoda’s movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children to introduce their parents or family to anime. While some anime fans were introduced to anime at an early age from their parents, many of us know all too well that getting our folks to try, let alone appreciate, Japanese animation seems an impossible task.

 

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Here are some strategies that we at Funimation have employed to introduce our parents or families to anime—and shockingly, some of these actually have worked out!

 

Start small, with low commitment

Some anime fans get into the medium through marathoning 500-episode shounen epics as their first exposure, but you can’t count on it. One of the first excuses we hear from parents who dismiss trying anime is that they don’t have time, but it’s harder to say no to a 90-minute movie as family bonding time. If you’re introducing your family member to anime, make sure they know you’re not asking them to make a huge commitment—ease them in with a movie or short series first, and they’ll be more likely to give it a try.

 

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Recommendations: Summer Wars, Spirited Away, Time of Eve, Eden of the East

 

Challenge their preconceived notions about anime

Unfortunately, many people who aren’t familiar with anime assume that it’s all kiddie cartoons or hardcore hentai, but we know that there’s so much in between. Make sure that your family member’s first exposure to anime is something far removed from bad stereotypes. A good bet is to avoid violence or sexuality on the first go—yes, that means cutting out tons of awesome shows, but there’s still plenty of quality family-friendly stuff, and we don’t necessarily mean kids’ shows. (Of course, if your parent was the type that took you to R-rated movies before any of the other kids were allowed to, this doesn’t necessarily apply.)

 

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On the other hand, this isn’t even necessarily limited to adult content. If you get the feeling your family member might think anime is all bubbly pink-haired space catgirls, try introducing them to something more realistic or serious. Anime is a hugely diverse medium after all—yes, it has its tropes, but it’s full of high quality art just like film, music, theater etc. By showing a title that challenges them, you can convince your family member that anime is a respectable art form.

 

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All Ages Recommendations: Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro or The Cat Returns, The Boy and the Beast, Barakamon, Patema Inverted

Serious Stuff Recommendations: Space Brothers, Death Parade, Planetes, Monster

 

And tied in to that…

 

Make them cry

This may feel too easy, but one of the best types of shows or films that can make someone take anime “seriously” is the tearjerker. For better or worse, we often assume that dramas and tragedies are higher “art” than comedies, which means that these titles may be more likely to make an impression on your parents.

 

 

Recommendations: Wolf Children, Your Lie in April, Anohana, 5 Centimeters Per Second

 

Find something in their interests

I may or may not have gotten my mom to watch all of Emma: A Victorian Romance while she was waiting for new episodes of Downton Abbey—it really scratched her English-aristocratic-period-romance itch. This opened her up to trying more period romance anime that wasn’t too far off, like The Story of Saiunkoku.

 

Once you get your family member comfortable with anime, there’s plenty of time to get them into That One Show that you love the most, but first, find them something with the best chance they’ll like it. Anime is so diverse, there’s bound to be something in their niche, especially if you’re looking for anime about very specific hobbies. If your mom or dad can’t get enough of cooking shows on the Food Network, Food Wars! is a no-brainer. Your sports-loving sibling has a higher chance of latching onto Kuroko’s Basketball (or Haikyu! if she wants something more realistic). And often, your family member’s favorite popular television or film franchises can be compared to anime as well. With all the superhero movies coming out, getting a relative hooked on My Hero Academia, Tiger and Bunny, or Concrete Revolutio isn’t that much of a stretch, but even popular shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones can be compared to time travel, zombie, or fantasy anime as well.

 

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Recommendations: Depends on your parent

 

And most importantly:

 

Make it easy!

This is one of the most overlooked tactics. Remember the last time you tried to get your friend to watch Your Favorite Anime and he seemed really interested, but only finally got to it a year later (if that)? It’s even harder with someone who’s fairly indifferent to anime.

 

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In the best-case scenario, try to actually watch the anime with your family. Set up a time and place ahead of time, or suggest it as an impulse move—but be prepared with a copy of it immediately accessible. If you can’t actually watch it with them, try to make sure you can physically set up the viewing for them, especially if they aren’t too tech-savvy. It may not seem like much, but the friction in the process of having to find a copy of the series itself, or having to pop in a Blu-ray or turn on a streaming service, can be surprisingly high. Take this out of the system if you can and get the showing completely ready, so that all your parent has to do is hit Play.

 

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What tactics have you tried to get your parents to watch anime? Will you try any of these? Let us know!

 

Learn how our award-winning Collector’s Editions were designed!

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Did you hear the news? This year, the Collector’s Editions for Fullmetal Alchemist, Black Lagoon, and Tokyo Ghoul were nationally recognized for excellence in packaging, design, and content. That means when you bring home one of these sets, you’re bringing home a winner. So, what does it take to create award-winning packaging? Let’s take a peek into the Funimation world!

 

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Whenever we release a Collector’s Edition, our top priority is focusing on the love our fans have for each series. We consider different elements that would appeal to every fan and their unique sensibilities; look, feel, size, and exclusive elements that make every series special. Each of our designers has their own distinctive creative process when it comes to creating these sets. We sat down with some of our packaging designers, Melissa Frennea, TJ Larson, and Ian Bailon to discuss their ideas, processes, and the overall work that went into these award-winning designs.

 

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Q: Each of these sets has a special meaning and message that relates to the series. What was it you wanted to get across to the fans?

 

Melissa F, Graphic Designer, lead on Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition:

The idea behind the Fullmetal Alchemist Collector’s Edition was to create a journey for fans. We wanted to mimic the journey they experience when they watch and re-watch their favorite series. Personally, I am a huge FMA fan, so I put in hours of research into very specific elements relevant to the show. Things like historical alchemy, particular show and series details, and even fandom references. By tying these elements together, I wanted fans who love the series as much as I do to have a physical representation of that devotion.

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Haruhi is Returning, With A Special 10-year Anniversary Release!

One of the most popular and influential anime of the last decade, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, is coming back to home video. After being out of print for years, we’re bringing it back in time for its 10th anniversary, along with a special collector’s edition. You can pre-order on June 15, and here’s what you can look forward to:

 

  • The complete series (seasons 1+2 together) is on Blu-ray for the first time in North America, presented in the same rebroadcast order used on the Japanese Blu-ray release. A DVD release will also be available.
    • We’ll also be including a guide in the release of how to watch the entire two-season series in various other orders, including the super-popular broadcast order, chronological order, and DVD order!
    • The release will have many of the extras originally included Bandai release — as well as some that have never been seen in North America!
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For ultimate fans, we’re also releasing a special The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set!

  • This features not only the original two season series, but the chibi spinoffs The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya + Nyoron! Churuya-san AND the new Nagato-centric alternate universe spinoff, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan – all in a premium set with a collector’s chipboard box plus a filler box with art cards!
    • The filler box happens to be about the same size as a Blu-ray case and can be removed to fit something else…

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The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya is based on the hilarious spinoff chibi manga with all the characters a little more exaggerated than before—and a Haruhi-chan that’s more Haruhi than Haruhi. Nyoron! Churuya-san is based on a popular webcomic-turned-meme full of deadpan humor centered around a smoked cheese-loving version of Tsuruya. These are also available together as a standalone DVD release on the same day at the series, but the Ultimate Collector’s Edition is the only way to get them on Blu-ray along with the art cards!

 

 

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The spinoff series, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, follows the characters in the universe featured in the film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack separately as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-order now to take home ALL of these releases on 9/13!

 

Hatsune Miku Expo 2016

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Hatsune Miku is finishing up her North American tour and as she gets ready to head back to Japan, we’re taking a look back at the time she spent in Dallas. Her sold-out show was definitely a night to remember, and just in case you missed it, we asked Michele, one of our own Graphic Designers, to give us an inside look at Hatsune Miku Expo 2016. From the pre-show to the encore, this is her full report:

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Time Travel In Anime

Written by one of Funimation’s Brand Managers, Jennifu

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time returning to Blu-ray/DVD Combo (order now!) is coming out on June 7th and we want to celebrate with a listicle! As the main concept of the movie centers around time travel and what happens when a person jumps in different points of a timeline, we want to look at different examples of time travel in anime. However there isn’t just one form of time travel…

 

(Massive Spoiler Warning!)

 

Through our observations, there are three main types of time travel that we have seen:

  • Fixed timeline
  • Malleable timeline
  • Multiple timeline (multiverse)

 

Fixed timeline: There is only one timeline, and traveling to the past can’t change the future because the act of time travel is part of the timeline. For example, if you go back in time and replace infant Hitler with a different baby, the other baby grows up to actually become Hitler. This style is used the least within anime.

 

  • The Haruhi Series, aside from Endless Eight, does this. When Kyon and Asahina travel back in time and stay in Nagato’s room, the single timeline means that they have been there all along. In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, Kyon is almost killed (again) by Ryoko Asakura, and is saved by… a different version of himself from the future. In subsequent stories, Kyon, who knows that this happened to him in the past, knows that he needs to travel back in time to save himself.

  • Many anime that involve a character traveling from the present day into the past use this style as well—the past is such a set and distant period that it might as well be another world.

 

Malleable timeline: Time is fluid, and going back in time can change the future. If a time traveler changes the past and immediately returns to the future, the future changes based on those past actions.

 

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Makoto is able to leap back in time with almost no consequences, which she uses to sleep in late, undo embarrassing mistakes, hit every baseball she’s pitched, and sing karaoke for 10 hours.

 

 

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura travels to the past multiple times to redo her first meeting of Madoka, in order to try to make a change that will allow Madoka to live
  • In Haruhi season 2, Endless Eight is an example of this, as the SOS Brigade relives the same days of summer vacation 15,532 times.

  • In ERASED, Satoru goes back in time to try to save Kayo; the first time, he almost does so but fails, and Kayo dies. The future that he returns to has some small changes, showing that the day that Kayo died was slightly changed due to his interaction. The second time he does so, he doesn’t travel back to the future but instead wakes up again naturally after time has passed

  • In Charlotte,  Yuu’s brother has a time travel ability which he uses to constantly go back in time and relive his life over and over to prevent a future in which a dark organization kidnaps and experiments on superpowered children

 

Multiple timelines (multiverse): Similar to malleable timeline, in a multiverse, there are infinite different versions of the universe, each with different possibilities of events. The important distinction between malleable and multiple timelines is that in multiple timelines, all timelines exist simultaneously and can be traveled between, rather than being one timeline that changes. In other words, in a malleable timeline, once time is changed, there is no evidence that any events progress in the original timeline..

 

  • Steins;Gate: Okabe sends his mind back in time via the microwave time machine, but it turns out that there are many universes in which the the evil global research group SERN has taken over the world; he must jump timelines in order to arrive at one where this dark future is avoided.

  • The Tatami Galaxy: The protagonist relives several different versions of his college life, exploring different possibilities of clubs that he could have joined, but in the end finds that these were all just different possibilities

 

 

  • The Future Diary: By the end of the series, you realize that the Yuno that has been helping Yukiteru the whole time isn’t from this timeline, but from an alternate timeline. She became god of spacetime, travels to “our” timeline, and kills that version of herself to take her place.

 

 

There are way more time travel anime—what are some of your favorites? Relive one of the most touching time travel stories in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, out on Blu-ray/DVD June 7.

 

Conventions 2016 – Heading to Anime Central!

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Hey Illinois, we’re heading your way for more than just the deep dish pizza — our crew is hitting the road for Anime Central! Here’s what Justin, LaurenTara, and Alex have planned for the weekend:

 

 

PANELS

Funimation Favorites | Friday May 20th | 9:00p – 10:00p
Join Funimation staff as we take a look at some of our personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite? Share it with us using the hashtag #FunimationFave and you could win a prize!

Funimation Industry Panel | Saturday May 21st | 12:30p – 2:00p
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!

 

Funimation Peep Show (18+) | Saturday May 21st | 10:00p – 11:30p
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Join hosts Cookie Stratford and Kiki Raven for some jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!) 

All panels will take place in Panel Room 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

 

 

BOOTH SPECIALS

Stop by the booth to say hi and get some great deals on your favorite new and classic titles, plus a little extra to sweeten the deal:

- Autographed Gifts with Purchase
- Free Lanyard with Purchase
- Pin Draw Promotion.  Levels are:

  • 1 for $75 spent
  • 2 for $125 spent
  • 3 for $175 spent
  • 4 for $200 spent

 

 

SCREENINGS

 

 

The Heroic Legend of Arslan

 

 

Uncut and Uncensored Dub Premiere | Friday, May 20th | 6:30pm | Panel Room 9 – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.

 

 

Lucky Star

 

 

HD Home Video Premiere  | Saturday, May 21st | 6:30pm | Panel Room 9 – Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

What’s the best way to eat dessert? Do twins really have a psychic connection? What kind of guys are into moe girls?
These are the kinds of questions that float through the inquisitive mind of anime super-fan Konata Izumi. When she’s not lost in her favorite manga or logging hours in one of her online games, she’s debating the mysteries of the universe with the best friends a girl could ask for.
And while they might not share Konata’s refined eye for anime tropes and trivia, she doesn’t hold it against them. After all, Miyuki Takara is a precious moe dream girl, and twin sisters Tsukasa and Kagami are always there when she needs a helping hand or a notebook to copy homework from (even if Kagami insists on being totally tsundere about it). At the end of the day, Konata could look far and wide, but she’d never find a better group of girls to get her through the horrors of high school!

 

 

Hosoda Double Feature: The Boy and the Beast & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

HD Home Video Premiere  | Sunday, May 22nd | 11:00am | Rosemont Ballroom – Hyatt Regency O’Hare

 

 

The Boy and The Beast Synopsis:

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer WarsWolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely pair will be put to the ultimate test—a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

 

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Synopsis:

After waking up late, flunking her pop quiz, embarrassing herself on numerous occasions, and starting a fire in her home economics class, high school student Makoto Konno figures she’s just having one of those days. And just when she thinks she’s made it through, the brakes on her bike malfunction putting her on a collision course with a speeding train. The life-ending accident would have been the perfect end to the worst day ever, but the strangest thing happens—she leaps backwards in time.

 

After unlocking her new ability, Makoto does what any teenager would do. She re-takes tests, corrects embarrassing situations, and sleeps in as late as she wants, never thinking that her carefree time traveling could have a negative effect on the people she cares about. By the time she realizes the damage she’s done, she only has a few leaps left to make things right.

 

 

See you there!

 

Time To Celebrate – Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Anime has a whole range of parenthood, but it also has quite a few examples of great parents. Here are only a few examples of great mothers in no particular order. As always, there may be some spoilers in trying to explain why they’re great, so be warned. Many of these shows/movies can be found on Funimation.com!

 

Inko Midoriya

Deku’s Mom – My Hero Academia

 

Any kid in sports or other dangerous activity knows how doting moms can be. Imagine how much worse it can be when everyone is a super-powered mutant and your baby isn’t! But Inko from My Hero Academia is great as she pushes her son to achieve his dream even as he tries to find his own (danger-filled) path to becoming a hero.

My Hero Academia Mom

 

 

Sanae Furukawa

Nagisa’s Mom – Clannad

 

Although her cooking isn’t the best and at times she gets a bit too sensitive, she easily is one of the best anime moms as she is the beacon of support that everyone goes to whether that’s immediate family, extended family, and even friends of family!

 

 

 

Bell-mére

Nami’s Adoptive Mom – One Piece

 

After finding a baby Nami and her sister Nojiko on a war torn battlefield, this woman adopted both girls to become tough ladies that learned how to hold their own. Her story brings forth one of the most emotional backstories for One Piece.

 

 

 

Ur

Gray and Lyon’s Adoptive Mom (and Ultear’s Real) Mom – Fairy Tail

 

At first glance, Ur doesn’t seem too caring as she trains her pupils pretty hard and could even seem neglectful depending on who you talk to. However, once you understand her past and the sacrifices she made not only for her children but for all people who live in Fairy Tail‘s world, you will see how magnanimous this woman is.

 

 

Erina Pendleton

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency

 

The amount of love this woman spans generations (haaaa) where she took care of her child and a adopted girl while alone, and she also supported and raised an unruly grandchild after the death of the grandchild’s father and the disappearance of the mother. How many people can say they have successfully taken care of 3 Jojo’s? Not Dio for one…

 

 

Hana

Yuki and Ame’s Mom – Wolf Children

 

Wolf Children is a great movie about motherhood that will pull tears out of any viewer. After becoming widowed in an unfortunate accident, Hana raises her transforming babies alone, fighting social stigma and learning new skills in order to protect her children. The whole movie emphasizes how far mothers can go to make sure their kids thrive.

 

 

Sachiko Fujinuma

Satoru Fujinuma’s Mom – ERASED

 

This single mom from one of the top thrillers of the 2016 winter season, ERASED, was an amazing mother as she constantly supported her son whether that meant helping him in achieving his dream career, helping him in solving a murder mystery, or in staying by his side for extended care-taking as he got in long-term disabling accidents.

 

 

Izumi Curtis

Edward and Alphonse Elric’s Adoptive Mom – Fullmetal Alchemist

 

Although the two protagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Al, have a mother that they go to lengths to revive from death, the boys consider this veteran alchemist a mother as well. Although her teaching methods were harsh and her temper was hair-trigger, she truly cared for the boys as she battled against supernatural forces to protect the boys and taught them the skills they would need to achieve their dreams.

 

 

Chi-Chi, Android 18, and Bulma

Dragon Ball Z

 

It’s hard to choose one good mom within Dragon Ball Z, so we chose 3! Whether these moms are fighting off the forces of evil or making sure their children get a good education, these moms are some of the best as they balance their often single-minded fathers and provide a very much needed balance their children need to become stronger heroes.

 

 

Who are your favorite anime moms? We hope you like the list!