Tuesday Terminology: Okaa-san (Mother)

Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.

This week’s topic: Okaa-san (Mother)


With Mother’s Day coming up May 12th (if you live in the U.S.), this week’s Tuesday Term is:

Okaa-san (お母さん)

Okaasan is used in more casual speech, whereas you’ll also see/hear Haha (母) spoken in more formal speech.

There really ins’t much to say abut mothers that we don’t already know. They’re wonderful people to have in our lives.

In anime and manga, just like real life, a myriad of various mother types come up… at least when any of the parents are even relevant to the series and not “working overseas.” Many mothers in series are depicted as the kind, gentle, accepting woman that wants the best for their child, while the father usually depicted as the strict one.  Although the roles can also be reversed (to my knowledge most often in the case of mother/daughter relationships), many anime/manga series hold true to the former.  In the case of the single-mother home, the mother is often depicted as a strong, independent woman that is only slightly strict to make up for the lack of a father figure.


In rare cases, you’ll have a perfect, loving family depicted in a show:

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