Tokyo Godfathers Anime
Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key found with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way.
Gin: A gruff but loving, out-of-work alcoholic that once made money by racing bicycles. He once threw a race to get the money for his daughter’s medicine when she became ill. The scandal came to light and he was banned from the sport. After he got an alcoholic addiction, he ran from his family and became homeless.
Hana: Hana self-identifies as Okama (see Representations of Gender and Sexuality). She was raised by “Mother”, a drag queen who took her in after her parents abandoned her. Hana began to work in “Mother’s” drag bar as a singer, but she left after attacking a rude customer who called her “old fart”. Hana has a very caring and motherly personality, having always wanted to be a mother, she sees the baby, Kiyoko, as a gift from god.
Miyuki: A runaway girl who hated her father’s over-controlling ways and during a family dispute she ended up stabbing him. Miyuki ran away from home after the attack and refused to go back. She considers herself a very independent young woman and is rebellious, stubborn, and at times short tempered, though is very protective and sisterly to Kiyoko.
Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya
Writers: Satoshi Kon (screenplay), Satoshi Kon (story)
Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto
Plot Keywords: family relationships | homeless | transvestite | christmas | baby
Taglines: Meet the ultimate dysfunctional family.
Genres: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Drama