#1. Most notable mum: Bulma (Dragon Ball)
Bulma, one of the longest running characters in the Dragon Ball franchise, makes our list for her notability in anime. The wife of Vegeta and the mother of Trunks and Bulla, she’s a character that’s shown tremendous growth and strength as a woman holding her family together throughout the Dragon Ball franchise.
After all, a good mother doesn’t need to be strong physically, but simply possess strength in her conviction to protect and love her children.
#2. Most loving mum: Hana (Wolf Children)
There’s no doubt that being a single parent is challenging. Now couple that with being a single mum of two wolf children. That’s a handful for any parent.
Hana’s unwavering devotion to her children and her desire to provide them with a happy life, free from the discrimination society would inevitably have against them makes Hana from Wolf Children our most loving mum.
#3. Most youthful mum: Sanae Furukawa (Clannad)
The childlike and youthful Sanae is the mother of sweet and innocent Nagisa, a protagonist in Clannad. Her young appearance and often childlike demeanour often leads others to believe that she is Nagisa’s sister.
Sanae is strong-willed, dependable, supportive and kind, making her one of the best mums in anime, despite her appearance.
#4. Most badass mum: Sachiko Fujinuma (Erased)
Another single mum who makes our list is the observant, kind and understanding mum of Satoru Fujinuma, Sachiko.
Sachiko’s intellect and sharp eye comes from her years as a news announcer prior to her divorce from Satoru’s father. Working as a store attendant to help pay bills, she endures hardships for the sake of her son and constantly puts his needs first. Her observation skills and intellect end up playing a large role in Erased, helping Satoru despite his attempts at keeping his affairs a secret from her.
#5. Most evil mum: Ragyō Kiryūin (Kill la Kill)
Ragyō Kiryūin is the mother of Satsuki Kiryūin and Ryūko Matoi, and the main villain in Kill la Kill.
To Ragyō, her children are nothing more than tools to be used for her own personal gain. Not only does she abuse her eldest daughter, Satsuki, she also disposes her second daughter, Ryūko, with no grief despite believing Ryūko to be dead.
Her physical and mental abuse of her children makes her one of anime’s worst mums.
#6. Most tragic mum: Izumi Curtis (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Izumi Curtis is a master alchemist and skilled martial artist who, alongside her husband, Sig, runs a butchery. She plays an integral part in Fullmetal Alchemist upon taking on Edward and Alphonse Elric as her students.
Izumi’s tale is one of heartbreak. After giving birth to a stillborn child, Izumi used alchemy to bring her child back to life, trading some of her internal organs in the process. The procedure backfiring, she ended up creating a monster that she had to kill and due to the severe damage to her internal organs, she was left unable to have children and quite sickly.
#7. Most impactful mum with the shortest screen-time: Carla Jaeger (Attack on Titan) & Trisha Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Without these mums, two of the most popular anime series would not have had a story to tell.
Carla Jaeger’s untimely death early on in Attack On Titan prompted her son’s rage and fury against the Titans, leading him towards joining the Scout Regiment as he vowed to get revenge on the monster that ate his mother. If not for her death, Eren Jaeger may never have had the same drive to destroy the Titans as he does currently in the series.
Though we only see Trisha Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist through flashbacks, we learn early on that it is her death that led Edward and Alphonse Elric to partake in alchemy in an effort to bring their mother back from the dead. In the process, Edward loses an arm and leg, while Alphonse loses his entire body, which results in the pair developing their alchemy skills in order to find a way to get back what they’ve lost.