Welcome back! This is my second post for OWLS. If you don’t know what OWLS is then I really suggest having a look at the website and getting up to speed.
Theme – Bloodlines
This month, we will be discussing the importance of family relationships in anime and pop culture. Family relationships include a child and his/her parents, sibling rivalries, adoptions, and etc. Some questions about family that we will be contemplating on include how one’s family shapes his or her identity? How do we define family? How does a broken household influence a person’s view on family? We will be exploring these questions and types of relationships in this blog tour—so enjoy!
What Is Family?
When I first read the brief I had two traditional sayings pop into mind.
Blood is thicker than water.
You can’t choose your family.
I don’t disagree with these statements in their entirety but family is so much more than the bloodlines marked on a piece of paper. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a really good example of how you can choose your own family and blood connections doesn’t mean everything.
When we see Miss Kobayashi at first, she’s alone. She goes to work, gets drunk, goes home. She doesn’t seem to have much else in her life. Miss Kobayashi doesn’t seem to have any family around so when we hear her on the phone to her Mum I was very surprised to learn they did exist.
She meets Tohru and Kanna and suddenly her life appears to have purpose again. They become family to Miss Kobayashi and she becomes family to them.
Family Is More Than Bloodlines
The sayings I quoted earlier always irritate me. How do you choose a husband or wife? They aren’t blood related to you and only become that when you have a child. Not everyone will have a child. What about when you adopt? All of this is extending your family and not necessarily your bloodline.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, despite its flaws, did really well in showing this side of family. The way both Tohru and Miss Kobayashi become parents to Kanna, how they work as a family unit together, the commitment shown in fighting for each other as family would.
I especially loved that the events of the series seemed to bring Miss Kobayashi closer to her parents and she took Tohru and Kanna to meet them.
Family is more than bloodlines. Family includes the people who mean the most to you whether they be blood relations or your best friend.
Thanks for reading! Up next is Steph at Two Happy Cats so be sure to keep a look out for her post and in case you missed the previous video by Lita then here’s a link to go watch now!