While watching an anime have you ever wondered where the father was? Or if you know where he is like in Dragon Ball Z have noticed that they are never home? Goku was gone so much he was unaware of his second son’s existence. The father is present in Death Note but then he doesn’t really know his son does he? And the only reason he is present is because Light works alongside him. Fathers are not present in the lives of their children in anime as various as Evangelion, Last Exile, and Rave Master.
Where are the fathers in anime? Lots of times they have gone on journeys or something and are not present. Why is this? If you look at Japanese society you see that men often have to stay away from home for so long that they rarely get to see their families. Salary men, as they are called, have a long work day and then are forced to hang out afterwards with the boss at a bar or kareoke if they want to move up in the work place. This means that the man raises early and gets to home so late that he does not even get to see his family.
This is portrayed in anime with the ever absent father. Maybe the animes in which the youth is search for his father is the Mangaka’s longing to be with their father, but you never know.