You're Not My Dad! Celebrating Genjuro Kazanari, the Best Dad in Anime

Anime has a protracted and sordid historical past of dangerous dads. Edward and Alphonse’s dad deserted them after they wanted him most. Shoto Todoroki’s dad has fairly a backstory. And everyone knows that Shinji Ikari’s dad was The Worst. The dads of anime signify a laundry checklist of parenting sins: cruelty, abandonment, bodily and emotional abuse, experimenting in your daughter and her canine, obliterating the world to be reunited together with your useless spouse, hiding in a cabin in the midst of nowhere and slowly going insane moderately than keep together with your child. Then again, should you’re an excellent dad, you’re in all probability useless and your little one is out avenging your reminiscence. Except you had been secretly dangerous the entire time!


On this sea of poor parenting choices there is just one good (residing) dad value his salt. One dad to rule all of them. Allow us to say his identify: Genjuro Kazanari, Symphogear’s patron saint. Genjuro Kazanari, the one good man on the earth. Genjuro is anime’s best dad and he isn’t even a dad.

Genjuro is a supremely muscular human, an upright man with perpetually rolled-up sleeves and a goatee. Whereas his Symphogear wards combat monsters with outrageous weaponry, he punches these monsters within the face. His existence defies the foundations of his narrative universe and renders him a Looney Tunes character in an already ridiculous cartoon. If he was dealt with just a little in a different way he’d be an annoyance. However I like Genjuro — he’s stereotypically masculine in a number of methods however embodies constructive traits moderately than unfavorable ones. He’s robust however is aware of his personal limitations. He’ll put himself on the road for others however would by no means accomplish that if that meant making different individuals’s lives more durable. He’s self-admittedly an peculiar man staffing a division that manages superhumans, however he’s made it his mission in life to supply what assist he can present to allow them to succeed. With no strings connected.


Genjuro goes to bat for each character within the first season of Symphogear, no questions requested. He stands up for Tsubasa as her uncle, though Tsubasa has sophisticated emotions towards her household. He mentors Hibiki and units her down the trail to turning into the martial arts grasp who punches a gap in K2. He accepts Chris into his group even when Chris had up till that second been a staunch enemy. His martial arts coaching classes are the stuff of Symphogear legend, as notorious as the meat stroganoff music in GX or Dr. Ver yelling about being the Final Motion Hero. Nothing is extra Symphogear to me than Genjuro’s insert music within the second season being a canopy of the theme to Jackie Chan’s motion film basic, “Police Story.” Genjuro rises to the duty of caring for his wards with the assistance of his life’s two guiding passions: understanding and motion motion pictures. They’re sufficient.


Genjuro's training methods are...extreme


It’s enjoyable to match Genjuro to the opposite fathers within the Symphogear universe since they’ll’t assist however come up brief. Hibiki’s dad is a coward, a tragic and pathetic man who has by no means as soon as been there for his daughter. Against this, Genjuro won’t solely do something for Hibiki but in addition believes in her power and in her skill to succeed. Much more revealing is the distinction Genjuro makes to Tsubasa’s foster father or mother, Yatsuhiro Kazanari. Kazanari refused to have something to do with Tsubasa, driving her to develop into unbiased but in addition lonely. When pressed within the third season, he insists that he did it for her — to present her the room to thrive on her personal. Helicopter dad and mom are a scourge, and it’s admirable in some respects that Kazanari wished Tsubasa to study to stay outdoors of the constraints of her household. However Kazanari by no means requested Tsubasa what she thought — he merely presumed as her guardian that he knew higher. Genjuro would do no such factor. He listens. When wanted, he stands out of the way in which, and when wanted he gives assist. He does so with the consent of his wards and a whole lack of ego.


Genjuro is aware of his limits. Regardless of being a super-strong martial arts grasp, Genjuro is aware of that he’s not the hero of this story. He has no supernatural powers, and no absurd weapons. He works out lots and eats the appropriate meals, and that’s the extent of his skills! But his humility and steadfastness set him aside. I couldn’t care much less for Hibiki’s dad or Kazunari, even because the writers battle to endear me to them. They remind me of too many dangerous anime dad and mom: the absent fathers, the domineering fathers, the self-justifying fathers. However Genjuro won’t ever allow you to down, as long as he’s eaten his meal that day.


A few of my buddies at this second are first-time dad and mom; from what I’ve heard, it may be hectic and intimidating work. Caring for even a single human life is a heavy duty. However all dad and mom might study one thing from Genjuro: be who you might be, let your child be who they’re, don’t infringe on their desires however do what you possibly can to allow them to attain them. It’s a problem, however everyone knows that Genjuro is simply an peculiar man. Any of us can do it if we comply with his recommendation:


Genjuro says, "Eat, watch a movie, sleep."


"To train, that's all a man needs to do!"


What are you doing this Father’s Day? Who’s your favourite anime dad? Are there every other good anime dads? Tell us within the feedback!

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Adam W is a Options Author at Crunchyroll. He sporadically contributes with a unfastened coalition of buddies to a weblog known as Is not it Electrifying? Adam needs you a Completely happy Father’s Day, although if you do not have a dad (or despise him, as a result of he is the worst) that is cool with him. You possibly can comply with him at: @wendeego


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