He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

Call it a theme or not, but often times in anime you have a storyline around a protagonist and their fellow sibling. In the case for this outing, a brother. The relationship becomes an intertwined focus into the overarching plot, a microcosm acting in the greater macrocosm. Fullmetal Alchemist’s Edward and Alphonse are a prototypical example that is well known in the circles of fandom. … or am I out of step because I watch older material? Truth be told I finally saw FMA a good decade after it’s initial release, but that’s besides the point. … Sometimes he may be your friend, your rival, or your karmic destiny. He may be righteous or vile, charming or conniving, more respected or revered… but in the end, he is one’s brother and often times love is what bond’s you together, or like the old Joy Division song once said, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Here are ten examples of brotherhood from the world of classic anime.


Astro Boy… Astro and Atlas

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Fist of the North Star… Kenshiro and Raoh (and don’t forget Toki!)

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Godmars… Takeru Myojin (Mars) and Marg

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GoLion… Takashi and Ryou Shirogane

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Grave of the Fireflies… Seita and Setsuko

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Mobile Suit Gundam… Sayla Mass and Char Aznable

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Saint Seiya… Shun and Ikki

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Space Battleship Yamato… Susumu and Mamoru Kodai

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Touch… Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi

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The Wild Swans… Elisa and her six brothers

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Author: Josh

I love anime, particularly the the titles of the 1980s. I grew up with a small handful of these titles, but I have always wanted to know more of what was available. I currently live in the Midwest of the U.S. and also have passions for astrology, transcending gender, music and being outside… often barefoot!

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