Mary recently introduced me to an anime I hadn't heard of before. It's from 2008 and it's called Toradora! if you couldn't tell from the title of this post :P It's about two misunderstood high schoolers trying to get through life and get the attentions of the ones they love.
Ryuuji has the type of eyes that you often see attributed to the antagonist of an anime or manga. They're described in the series as "murderous eyes." He got them from his father, who does seem to be the type of guy to deserve him. In the ten episodes I've seen, we don't get to see his father, but we can pick up on things Ryuuji says to understand that there's probably a good reason he's not in the picture. Ryuuji lives with his mother, who works in a hostess bar. She's extremely childish and doesn't seem to know how to take care of herself. She refers to herself in the third person constantly. I kind of want to reach through the screen and punch her a lot of the time.