Blood is not always thicker than a pond of water; just ask all the anime characters who have found real family outside of their blood ties. The power of camaraderie and camaraderie is ubiquitous in many shows — case in point: any sports cartoon — but this is a step beyond those relationships. These are the strongest and most meaningful bonds, formed between people who don’t quite fit elsewhere.
These groups are not necessarily — and often are not — strictly classified under the heading Mother Group, Father Group, and Siblings. More often than not, their affection and loyalty for each other transcends name. Simply put, they find the pinnacle of love and belonging, and they can only reach the peak of their personal potential with the help of others.
10 Team Bucciarati – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012 – 2022)
In each season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, strong friendships and loyalty are forged on the battlefield. However, the people who best fit the definition of family were found to be the people that Giorno Giovanna, one of the show’s best JoJos, met in Italy in Season 5. He was meant to go on alone. govern the country’s underworld, but only for a few days. , became a full-fledged part of a small group that rebelled against its most powerful boss.
Bruno, Abbacchio, Narancia, Mista, Fugo and finally Trish join forces to protect and fight a world that has never been on their side. Like Giorno, they failed the people who were supposed to protect and support them as children, and were forced to fend for themselves until they found each other. Although they lose some of their own along the way, they still overcome their grief and fight: after all, that’s what their friends want.
Hunter X Hunter (2011 – 2014)
All four main characters of Hunter x Hunter are oddballs in their own right. Between a sweet but slightly heartless child searching for his father, a re-education child assassin, the last survivor of a slaughtered clan, and a medical student learning how to overcome illness, they are a perfect group. No wonder when they met while taking part in the Hunter Exam, they almost immediately fell in love with each other.
Although they weren’t always together — Gon and Killua were inseparable for the longest time, but Kurapika and Leorio often went on their own missions — they were always at their best when they were together. together. Leorio is reminded by Gon and Killua of why he worked so hard in the first place to become a Hunter, and Kurapika is clearly happier mentally and emotionally when he’s with them than when he’s with them. he is alone. As for Gon and Killua, who are lonely all their lives, they find true friendship for the first time after meeting each other.
8 Main Trilogy – Noragami (2014 – 2015)
Yato, Yukine, and Hiyori never expected their paths to intersect, but they did and became bonded forever. While the goofy, funnier aspects of the show are top notch, Noragami is also a story about abuse victims supporting each other, finding real family, and reclaiming their own lives. . Without all three of them together, none of them could have made the progress and changes they have as humans.
Hiyori has always believed in her loved ones, and despite being only human, she is willing to stand up to the gods and demons to protect Yato and Yukine. As a child, Yato was prescribed by his abusive father never to talk to anyone outside of his family and kill people on command, but he was encouraged to get out, open up, and fully pursue the path of God of Fortune together with his friends. In life, Yukine was murdered by his own father, but as a shinki he was able to find protection and happiness with new parent characters like Yato and Hiyori.
7 The Forgers – Family Agent X (2022)
Loid insists that he has not developed feelings for his new wife Yor and adopted daughter Anya, and that they are just a fake family because of his mission, every time he says it rings out. . He is determined to remain professional and aloof, but at his core, he is a deeply loving person. So he couldn’t help but endorse Yor and Anya as the best husband and father, leading to some of Spy X Family’s loveliest moments.
People around them see and often comment on the strength of their relationship. Yor entered the marriage to avoid public suspicion, but truly loved Loid and fiercely protected Anya, proudly calling herself Anya’s mother. Anya, as a psychic, knows everything her parents are thinking, and as a four-year-old, understands half of it, but loves her family very much and is determined to do whatever it takes to help them.
Somali And The Forest Spirit – Somali And The Forest Spirit (2015)
This fantasy adventure is one of the best parenting anime for a good reason. When the goblin guarding a forest finds an abandoned human child in his kingdom, he chooses to take charge of her until he can find a human family for her. . The thing is, humans have been hunted to near extinction, and Somali prefers its golem father to anyone else.
Golem’s time as Somali’s father is limited: by his nature, he will die in less than a year. However, in that short amount of time, he has learned more than he expected from raising Somalis, taking advice from other parents and gaining experience as they travel. together. For her part, Somali knew nothing of her father’s fate or his plans for her, but for the first time in her life she felt absolutely loved and safe around him.
5 Friends Of Ryuuchi And Kotaro – Gakuen Babysitters (2018)
When teenage Ryuuichi and toddler Kotaro lose their parents in a plane crash, they believe they are now completely alone. But when they are adopted by the headmaster of Morinomiya Academy, they find more than a new place to live. Between the other toddlers in the care of the Babysitting Club, the other students Ryuuichi meets, and all of their parents, they are not only busy, but surrounded by love and friendship.
For the first time, both Kotaro and Ryuuichi have friends their own age, instead of being alone. Ryuuichi gets the support he always needs, and Kotaro gets the encouragement he needs to become more independent. The size and importance of their newly formed family is most evident in the special Christmas program, when all the people the brothers befriended come to celebrate the holidays with them.
4 The Host Club – Ouran . High School Host Club
The host club that Haruhi Fujioka meets in the first episode seems like a perfect, cohesive unit – a completely odd unit, but still. However, they were not always so close, or so happy. As Haruhi finds out, they are all lonely and lost without Tamaki around to bring them together and show them that true happiness is possible.
While each member has their own episode that shows how invisible and unfortunate they were in their previous lives, Tamaki’s influence on them is most evident in Kyouya’s episode, “And so Kyouya was meet him!”: when before that Kyouya’s life was a clinical, emotionless life. white space, joining the Host Club will fill it with vivid, timeless color. Haruhi herself not only finds her first true friends in the Hosts Club, but also true love with Tamaki.
3 Friends Of Subaru And Haru – My Roommate is a Cat (2019)
Sometimes, when a person is lonely, adopting a pet can be a life-changing event for both the animal and the person. Despite his success as an author, Subaru suffers from debilitating social anxiety that keeps him isolated at home alone and has gotten worse since his parents died. Haru, one of anime’s best cat companions, has spent her entire short life on the streets, struggling to survive and provide for her litter of siblings.
When Subaru takes on Haru, they not only find comfort and progress in each other. Pet ownership requirements force Subaru to step out of her comfort zone to give Haru the care she needs, from buying supplies to going to the vet. By the end of the twelve-episode series, Haru and Subaru have not only found each other’s family, but with many others they can rely on, most evident in the final episode when Haru is lost and everyone she and Subaru know. rushed over. out in a storm to rescue her.
2 Team 7 – Naruto (2002 – 2017)
When they started working together, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura never expected to get along. However, that quickly changed as they trained and fought together, becoming closer than ever to anyone else. Even after Sasuke escaped from the village, Naruto and Sakura didn’t give up on him and devoted their lives to saving their friend at all costs.
Naruto telling Sasuke that he’s the closest brother he’s ever had may be the clearest sign of their feelings for each other, but it’s not the only thing. The team’s relationship continued even in the Boruto sequel series, in which Sasuke and Sakura married a daughter, who was on the new Team 7 along with Naruto’s son.
1 The Happy Hungry Bunch – Yona Of The Dawn (2014 – 2015)
Yona and her loyal bodyguard Hak have been inseparable since childhood. However, Yona has a higher destiny than being in a protective palace all her life, and her once beloved cousin’s murder of her father the king forces her to flee and face it. Unbeknownst to her or her soon-to-be friends, she is the reincarnation of King Hiryuu, with a spiritual connection to the reincarnation of Hiryuu’s four dragon subordinates.
Because of their power, the four current dragons have faced varying degrees of isolation throughout their lives, from Kija becoming the object of reverence in his village to Shin- ah became the underdog in his village. As Yona goes to find each of them, they feel a connection to her and the other dragons they’ve been missing all their lives. All five of them (plus Hak and Yun) are devoted to each other and will support the others in every way, from their battles to their personal growth.
All of these characters prove that family isn’t just limited to one’s biological relationship. Love and belonging can be found anywhere, and as these and many other anime show, they are incredibly powerful. Spending time with the family you choose can bring out the best in you and your loved ones.