Anime and Manga That Highlight Motherhood

Mother’s Day is upon us and it’s time to honor the ones who brought us into the world. Although that should be done regardless of the time of year. Maybe you would like to watch something with your mom? Or perhaps find an anime to watch that centers around motherhood. Moms in animes and manga tend to be the supporting character, a tragic death character, or just not part of the story for one reason or another. But then there are the ones that play a more prominent role. Here is a list of animes and manga that involve mothers who are living.

Wolf Children

The first one is on just about every list that involves anime mothers. And for good reason! Wolf Children highlights life as a mother to two children after losing the wolf man she loves, and her childrens father. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda (Belle).

A Silent Voice

Although motherhood is not the main theme of the movie, it does highlight the struggles single parenthood can create. Both main characters have mothers who do their best to support their children, even if it may not always be the best decisions made. For further backstory on the mothers, you will get more from the manga.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia is a 2018 movie that starts with people of Iorph who live far away from the land of men. They can live for centuries, maintaining their youthful appearances. One day they are invaded by the Mezerte army on a dragon fleet, who seek the blood that give Iorph’s their long lasting life. Iorph orphan Maquia manages to escape, leaving her to be all alone and far from home and all those she knew, in the strange land of men. Just as she begins to give up hope, she hears the cries of an orphaned baby. From then on, she strives to raise him as her own to the best that she can. What will happen as he grows up, but she never ages? Is the blood differences worth the pain a love can bring?

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child

If you would rather read, With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child manga might be worth looking into. There is no tragic death or divorce or single parenthood. Both parents exist together, raising two children. Created between 2000-2009, with 15 volumes and 92 chapters, With the Light is about Azumas’ newborn son, Hikaru, which means “light”, because he was born during the sunrise. All is well until one day, during a play date, Azuma notices her son is slightly different from the other children. This is a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of a young mother who tries her best to learn and grow with understanding of her son’s autism and the trials the family goes through as he grows up. There is also a live action 11-episode Japanese series that came out in 2004.

Do any of these interest you? Do you think Mom would like any of them? Let us know!
And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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Sarah Leone

An independent artist who loves to mix things up between traditional and digital art. She has a love for all things anime, animation, and manga. Oh, and cats. Can't forget the cats.

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