NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD. DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T FULLY FINISHED CLANNAD AND CLANNAD AFTER STORY.
After much deliberation, I’ve come to the conclusion that Akio Furukawa is my favorite male supporting anime character. You probably know him as Nagisa’s father from Clannad and Clannad: After Story. He’s literally the best. He provides some much needed comic relief when things get heavy. Yet, he’s also a considerate person who deeply cares about his wife, Sanae, and his daughter, Nagisa. He’s kind towards others and sees the best in Tomoya after getting to know him personally.
Akio is a huge goofball and accidentally insults her mysterious bread concoctions but then apologizes profusely right after. One of my favorite episodes was when he wore a “disguise” (sunglasses and a rapper-esque outfit) and went with Tomoya to spy on Nagisa at her waitress job. He’s a driven person who once had dreams of being in theater. He puts Nagisa’s needs before his own. I’m convinced he’s the best father character in anime. He’s actually around and there for emotional support. He also takes care of Ushio until she’s 5 years old with Sanae, after Nagisa passes away.
Akio is one of the most selfless anime characters that I’ve come across. He’s passionate about life and is always an optimist. His attitude is one that I aspire to have. For your enjoyment, here’s one of my favorite Akio moments (this video is from the user Limusicify on YouTube):
Who’s your favorite male supporting anime character? Sound off in the comments below.