Coming up this Sunday in the United States is Mother’s Day. It’s a holiday where we recognize all that mothers do for their children and show our appreciation in some way, usually with a gift and a meal out.
As I pondered the role of moms, I came up with several good and bad examples of mothers in shoujo manga. Every character is affected by the role of their parents, and moms especially make a big difference when it comes to character development. Whether by her life examples, or her complete absence, a mom can change the life of her child forever.
In no particular order, these are the best examples of moms I’ve read in shoujo manga:
One of the best portrayed moms in josei manga that we get an intimate understanding of is Sachiko Azuma from With the Light. Her struggle to provide for the needs of her autistic child touched many moms and readers.
The worst mom I’ve read in a josei manga would be Rin’s mother, Masako, from Usagi Drop. She doesn’t care about what happens to her child and wants no responsibility for it.
In no particular order , these are the worst examples of moms I’ve read in shoujo manga:
Manga moms tend to be on the extremes. They are either admirable women, or your worst nightmare. If you have some others in mind for this list, feel free to share in the comments below. Arigatou!