Here is everything you need to know about the five most toxic anime marriages.
Bulma & Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
Dragon Ball Z’s Bulma and Vegeta are an example of how opposites attract. They have many differences that created a rocky start for them and led to issues during their marriage. Most of Vegeta’s ambitions require him to be off-traveling and cause him to spend years away from his family while pursuing his own goals.
Even when he is with Bulma and their son, Vegeta acts distant. Vegeta’s constant absence puts a strain on their marriage because he unfairly saddles Bulma with the task of raising Trunks mostly on her own. Vegeta’s struggle to balance his ambitions and family often ends with his abandoning Bulma to pursue his goals.
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Nana & Takumi Ichinose (NANA)
Takumi and Nana are one of NANA’s most dramatic couples. Both of them struggled to maintain stable relationships due to Takumi’s busy work schedule and Nana’s over-dependence on her partners. However, after a one-night stand resulted in a pregnancy, Takumi and Nana decided to get engaged.
Takumi and Nana’s marriage seems more convenient than genuine. Takumi is controlling, and Nana struggles to take care of herself. Unlike the norm, their marriage doesn’t make them better people.
Shikamaru & Temari Nara (Boruto)
Boruto’s Shikamaru and Temari make up one of the series’ most popular couples. They initially met during their Chunin Exam match and got to know each other through intervillage missions. Shikamaru and Temari have a skewed power balance in their relationship. It allowed Temari to be violent toward Shikamaru for little reason.
When she’s upset, Temari’s temper easily gets the better of her. She takes it out on Shikamaru, which is not fair to him. While they have their better moments, Temari’s inability to safely communicate with Shikamaru.
Trisha Elric & Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Fullmetal Alchemist is known for its sad and disturbing plot details. It includes those about the first interactions between Hohenheim and Trisha. The show alludes to an immortal Hohenheim meeting Trisha while she was very young.
They had two children together before Hohenheim left their family and didn’t return. Their marriage is complicated and tragic because Hohenheim’s immortality created a problematic age gap between them. It alienated him from his family, motivating him to abandon them.
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Enji & Rei Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia’s Enji and Rei have one of the saddest arranged marriages in all anime. Their relationship has no love, no communication, and is one-sided. Enji is the only one who feels he receives benefit from their being together. Rei was married to Enji without her consent.
They had four children together and had them all for the wrong reasons. Enji’s selfishness went on to not only hurt his wife but also traumatize his children. The abuse Rei and her children suffered from Enji hurt their mental stability and made their actions erratic.