Gia's List: The 6 Most Doomed Anime Babiesby Gia Manry, Jun 16th 2012
SPOILER ALERT! Sometime after the end of your favorite anime, all of the couples who appear in that anime have a kid. That's a serious spoiler warning, by the way, because what follows is a list of some of the infants referenced in series' endings and epilogues who are born into tough situations. If you don't want to know who gets together, watch every anime ever and come back here when you're done!
6. Sango and Miroku's Son (InuYasha)
After InuYasha draws to a close, demon hunter Sango settles down with lecherous and curse-free monk Miroku. First they have twin girls, and then they have a baby boy. That boy is going to struggle all through his childhood: Sango is almost certain to try and do everything in her power to keep the boy from becoming the pervert his dad tended to be, and with two big sisters to torment him, it'll be tough to keep him sane and strong. On the other hand, maybe he'll be so in tune with women that he'll prove way smoother than his old man. Either way though, he's up for a pretty rough adolescence...rougher, we should probably say, since we are still talking about Feudal-era Japan and his parents aren't exactly nobility.
5. Kenji Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)
There's an ongoing theme in Rurouni Kenshin of battles for vengeance, and given the title character's past, it's not impossible for a former enemy to appear to take revenge by doing something awful to Kenshin and Kaoru's young son, Kenji. If that's not solid enough, consider this: in the OVA Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection, Kenshin abandons his family to go off and deal with a deadly disease. He comes back to them in the end, but he still dies, leaving Kenji sans father (and, let's face it, incredibly awesome protector). As with InuYasha, we're also talking about a son being raised by a single mother in old-timey Japan: not necessarily the best situation to be in.
4. Bra (Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball GT)
Vegeta and Bulma Briefs have a cute, spunky little girl whose name in the North American version of the anime is "Bulla." Unfortunately, her name is supposed to follow the same scheme as her mother and grandfather, so in Japan it's actually "Bra." Aside from the unfortunate name, Bra is also born into the most screwed up extended family-of-friends in the history of anime, and although her father spoils her, she winds up in various situations in which the older generation has to save her life, such as when the Tuffle villain Baby takes control of her. Meanwhile, her brother Trunks gets most of the family glory as the series progresses, and let's face it: Bulma could be a very tough mother to deal with.
3. Ed and Winry's Children (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed gives up his ability to use alchemy in order to bring back his brother Al, and then he wanders off to make a ton of babies with Winry. That doesn't sound so bad, right? But allow me to pose a question: do you really think that Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist, can stay out of trouble, even without his alchemical powers? After all, there's an entire world of mischief to get into...especially since "Uncle Al" still presumably has powers, and he also heads off to the mysterious east to study their unique practices. And if any of the kids have their own alchemical talents, well...we already know how things can go horribly wrong even with the best of intentions there.
2. Haruka and Kanato's Daughter (Kurogane Communication)
Thanks to going into a 30-year cold sleep, Haruka seems to be the last remaining human on earth. Five robots protect and care for her, and one day they actually meet another human: Kanato, a robot-hating, Haruka-lovin' dude (eventually). At the end of the series they have left earth and returned with their own daughter. The implication is that they have managed to locate some other humans somewhere out in space...and yet they come back to the destroyed, hostile robot-ridden planet from whence they came. With their infant daughter. Does that sound like responsible parenting? On the other hand, Haruka's five-robot team is still on hand to help out, so maybe it'll work out...
1. Chibi-Usa (Sailor Moon)
This is sort of an unusual entry in this list because she is such a significant character in her series so early on, even though she isn't technically born until after the series ends. Thank you, time travel! That said, though, if you consider a newborn Chibi-Usa, think about all the stuff she has to go through in her future: her home nation will be taken over by a scary group of people, her mother will be frozen into a crystal, and she'll have to go back in time to find the people who can help her. And that's just her first adventure in the series. Later on, her parents decide to do some reverse-procrastination, sending her back in time to their past selves so that she can learn, train, and become a Sailor Scout(/Senshi) herself. That's gotta be tough.
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