15354Re: [Yuricon] Re: Jubei-Chan 2 or Absent Mothers
- Jun 9, 2004On Jun 8, 2004, at 5:17 PM, anthyroserain wrote:
> --- In Yuricon@yahoogroups.com, "donnaneely" <donnaneely@y...> wrote:Some vague ideas that someone with a academic background and propensity
>> I guess I am stuck on Absent Mothers since the last 3-4 shows I
>> watched/am watching have absent or dead mothers - Jubei Chan,
>> Air Master, Koi Kaze - so I am seeing a fearful trend of Heroic/or
>> leading girls only becoming so without mothers???
>> Am I crazy or IS there a trend of this in Anime/Manga?
> It may be true of boy characters as well. I remember someone writing
> an article in our local newspaper about the trend in general in
> animation of absent or dead mothers. The author cited numerous Disney
> films as examples. Just think- Aladdin, Bambi, The Little Mermaid,
> Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, etc., not to mention numerous "wicked"
> stepmothers. I suppose it must be a holdover from the orphans of
> children's literature, self-reliance and all that. But why always
for research could probably articulate better.: There is prevailing
notion that mothers are the primary caretakers and stewards of
families. So a missing mother would force children and fathers to
compensate for that role. And I can see when talk of the Hero was
primarily spoken of in the masculine, a missing mother would be impetus
for the young hero to step up and be a man, as it were. So, perhaps the
story of the hero hasn't yet fully adapted to the switch in the Hero's
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