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Top 55 best anime couples (Most popular of all time)
You can’t have anime with only action and style. A good dose of romance has also come to define the genre. Several fan-bases even watch anime only if it has interesting couples and some romantic fling-bling going on.
Speaking of couples, we at Entoin decided to share our own little list containing the best anime couples of all time.
Now, some of these (maybe even all of them) may be familiar to you, but that’s only because you’re such a hardcore anime fan.
Cute anime couples make you want to fall in love with someone new, or someone familiar all over again. Either way, you can’t help but root for the ones who love one another in varied anime shows and specials
And our list of anime couples are sure to make you hum the tune ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’, preferably in Japanese.
55. Naruto and Hinata
The “Naruto” and “Naruto Shippuuden” series gave us plenty of action and a nice amount of lovey-dovey moments between Naruto and Hinata.
Just because this is a shounen anime series does not mean it has no room for some interesting romantic bonding. Many a tragic scene pervades this show, some of which are linked to the tension between Hinata and Naruto.
This couple fit the bill of ‘childhood sweethearts’, owing to them having grown together. They even trained as one and fought for the same causes. Like-minded couples are the best, dontchya agree?
Sadly, as anyone who’s familiar with this series will agree, Naruto was often clueless about Hinata’s crush on him. Good to know that Hinata did not give up easily. Her bravery and Naruto’s adorable naiveté made for some of the most memorable romantic moments in the anime realm.
54. Kaori and Kousei
The show “Your Lie In April” introduced us to these two lovebirds, who together created some of the most intense emotional moments you will find among couples in anime.
They have a distinctly human relatability by way of ‘baggage’ and ‘complicated pasts’, both of which have endeared them to viewers.
Some people would say that naïve adolescence holds one of the most intense romantic memories for them. That’s precisely what Kaori and Kousei bring to the anime world, and fans have enjoyed watching them do so.
Imagine quite literally finding happiness and peace in another person without whom everything feels hopeless and empty. It may seem like a cliché but these two make it work.
53. Kyou and Tohru
We turn to “Fruits Basket” for some nice bad-boy-meets-nice-girl romance. A hot-headed troublemaker, Kyou, and an emotional teen suffused with hope and dreams of sweet love, Tohru, both create some fine chemistry in this anime.
She does not just have Kyou to think about, in fact, Tohru’s exploration of love generates some nice interactions with her fellow roommates. And the show balances it all with her progress in learning more about the curse of the Sohma clan.
52. Haruhi and Tamaki
Who doesn’t love a nice high school romance? “Ouran High School Host Club” has just the recipe for love, and it looks quite well between Haruhi and Tamaki.
A humble and studious girl, Haruhi, finds herself among ‘rich kids’ at her new high school where she got in through merit.
She hides behind a tomboyish look, but that does not stop Tamaki from taking notice.
Though self-obsessed at first, and bizarrely assuming Haruhi was another boy, Tamaki soon learns the truth and grows protective of Haruhi, which in turn gradually blossoms into a romance between the two.
The decision to add differences in opinion and misunderstandings between them has only made viewers want these two to fall deeper in love. They bring out the best and worst in each other, but what true-love anime couple doesn’t.
51. Inuyasha and Kagome
The name “Inuyasha” is at once familiar and nostalgic to anime fans. Aside from all the action and thrill, however, is the romantic subtlety between Inuyasha and Kagome that infuses the show with balance and beauty.
It’s nice to watch a mistrustful half-demon, Inuyasha, get past his trust issues and past love failures and open his heart to Kagome.
There’s a brilliant reincarnation angle in play within this excellent anime. It takes the form of Kikyo, Inu’s former love, but we do not want to spill any serious spoilers here just in case some of you are reading about Inuyasha for the first time.
Plenty of negative emotions are suffered between these two darlings before Inu gives Kago the chance she needs to prove her love for him is genuine.
The bond between these two anime couples can best be termed tortuous and complex. The way she teases him only adds to viewers’ reasons to root for this duo.
50. Sawako and Shouta
We got a good look at the repressed fire between these two in “Kimi ni Todoke”. Shouta is the guy every girl wants.
The flirtation becomes quite clear between him and Sawako from the moment they meet. He even exposes a jealous side when it comes to other guys doing something for Sawako.
Plenty of ‘silent love’ moments complement shy and sweet elements between this romantic anime couple, who are on many a list of favorites when it comes to anime romantics.
Suffice to say every fan of the series waited with bated breath for the moment when these two lovers would confess their feelings for each other.
49. Winry and Edward
Many a tragic story-angle in the “Fullmetal Alchemist” but that’s not to say it lacks a strong romance element. Another pair of childhood sweethearts, these two bring their own special alchemy to the show.
Theirs is a bond that starts out as a best friendship, which also makes for some of the strongest romantic bonds if one happens to blossom.
They went through a lot together, and that’s putting it mildly. Winry was there when Edward underwent his mecha-surgery following an accident that stole him of his limbs.
They argue a lot but she still stands by him at the end of the day. It’s a beautiful romance set amidst a tragic storyline, one that still has fans rooting for all its major characters.
48. Misaki and Usui
“Kaichou wa Maid-Sama” gave anime fans plenty to look forward to by way of story content. It also gave them a romantic couple whose interactions left some viewers with goosebumps and a soft tingling sensation somewhere inside.
A girl with ‘daddy issues’, Misaki mistrusts boys and men in general. But Takumi looks set to change all that.
Misaki is one of those empowered female characters whom you instantly root for, and when it comes to her past you feel for her in several regards.
Her poverty makes her work on one side and study on the other. This finds an understanding soul in Takumi. Before long, a romance blooms between the two.
All this despite the fact that Misaki still mistrusts him. But Takumi goes on proving that she can rely on him. Their bond is as cute as it is subtle, and the tension between them is an absolute delight to watch.
47. Holo and Lawrence
It takes a special kind of fan to appreciate the intensity between Holo and Lawrence in “Spice And Wolf”. Holo is basically a wolf deity and does not hide her pointy ears and bushy tail.
She finds a travel partner (there’s a long story behind how she gets to this point) in Lawrence, who is a merchant and businessman. Lawrence is not comfortable even around normal women, which makes Holo’s attempts at flirting with him quite fun to watch.
Their relationship grows in fits and starts, gradually, almost at a glacial pace. This character-couple idea actually enhanced the tension between these two and made for memorable viewing.
There are plenty of important crossroads and decisions this unconventional couple is made to address. They show a need for each other, but are they willing to make things work no matter what?
46. Ichigo and Rukia
We’d like to mention that the anime “Bleach” has a lot more going on than mere romance. But the sheer subtlety and tension showcased between Ichigo and Rukia must be seen to be fully appreciated.
In addition to having much the same destinies, these two anime darlings experience enough hardships (both apart and together) to keep them swinging back into each other’s orbits.
Finding their way back to each other no matter what happens is adequate proof of a deep sense of longing and love between these two.
45. Mikasa and Eren
When you hear the show name “Attack on Titan”, you think of other-worldly beings and a post-apocalyptic future. But there is a core thread of romance woven into this anime, centering around Mikasa and Eren.
These two are as iconic as the show itself and for good reason.
Theirs is a beautifully contrasting relationship: she has trouble opening up, and he has no trouble speaking his mind at every turn. There is also a maturity difference, in that they behave more like parent and child rather than anything romantic.
But viewers are familiar with the passion these two harbors for each other, starting from the moment they encountered a Titan and survived to tell about it.
44. Victor and Yuuri
We at Entoin are not close-minded bigots and are therefore not ashamed to broach LGBTQ topics.
Yuuri and Victor are the first gay couple being mentioned on this list, and deservedly so. After all, ‘couples’ cover all sorts of love. In the sports anime “Yuri On Ice”, fans received a realistic pair-up in these two.
Their interactions are quite credible, just as real as their relationship arc. The boys share a healthy connection, and one drives the other to excel. It is a bond based on a very emotional and motivational need.
Their connection is not forced in any way either, adding to the reasons fans have come to appreciate the characterization for Victor and Yuuri.
43. Kurisu and Okabe
The phrase ‘destined for each other’ seems to fit these next two lovebirds on our list. Love and Time-Travel, anyone?
“Stein’s Gate” is one of the most memorable anime shows out there, made even more so thanks to beautifully written relationships like the one between Okabe and Kurisu. Complex obstacles stand in their way, but their love prevails despite the odds.
A mutual love for science first brought these two together. The plot centers around text messages transcending time and space, and all the possibilities that entail.
This love has an ‘age gap’, meaning Kurisu is a visiting scientist while Okabe is a student at the university he visits. Long lab hours and some interesting discoveries set the two on a one-way path to romance.
42. Ryuuji and Taiga
“Toradora” is a popular rom-com anime, and lives up to its promise by giving viewers a one-of-a-kind blossoming bond.
Touted to be one of the most beloved rom-com pair-ups in the realm of anime, Ryuuji and Taiga bring some fun elements worth watching. High school flair meets cuteness galore where these two are concerned.
It starts off as a ‘love square’, with these two characters hoping upon hope that their crushes (who are somebody else) will return their feelings. The two of them end up connecting, and a romance develops.
Between Ryuuji’s caregiving attitude and Taiga’s initially cold stance, there is so much tension and anticipation that one can’t help but want these two to meet each other halfway.
41. Risa and Otani
When you have an anime called “Lovely Complex” chances are the writers focused quite a lot on romantic character arcs.
In this show, they not only did just that but also gave viewers two of the most amazing lovey-dovey duos in anime. It’s equally fun and funny watching the tallest girl in the glass, Risa, warming up to the shortest boy in class, Otani.
Stereotypes are challenged and love is pursued in all the right ways within the story arc of this anime couple who start out as friends. Their constant bickering is pure romantic foreshadowing bliss. They go fan-crazy over all the things they have in common; from events to menus.
Despite moments when Otani comes across as a jerk, these two still make a case for the cutest anime couples who are also hilarious.
40. Banri and Koko
Yet another masterpiece from the makers of “Toradora” comes from an anime called “Golden Time”. A fine ‘college romance’ blooms between Banri and Koko in this fan-favorite anime during the budding stages of their university life.
From clubs to classes, the two explore so much, only to end up exploring each other. While the flame remains small between them at first, it grows into a raging fire as the show progress through its 24-episode run.
Viewers learn of Banri’s personal issues with memory loss and Koko’s childhood abandonment concerns. The tragedy ends up uniting these two in some of the most lovable ways.
39. Chiyo and Umetarou
Imagine asking your crush out on a date, and being at the receiving end of a huge misunderstanding. This is what happens in the anime “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun” when high-schooler Chiyo confesses to Umetarou Nozaki that she has feelings for him.
Being a prominent shoujo manga artist, Umetarou misconstrues her intentions and assumes she’s a fan.
A heart-broken Chiyo Sakura settles for a friendship instead and becomes Umetarou’s assistant. The man remains oblivious to her love for him, but the show creates such romantic interactions between the two that fans can’t help but want them to take things up a notch.
38. Celty and Shinra
A rather excited-sounding anime called “Durarara!!” took fans into the lives of two lovebirds.
Celty and Shinra redefine the phrase ‘odd couples’. The show takes fans through a strange series of life-moments concerning the residents of Ikebukuro. Celty happens to be a headless fairy, quite literally.
Her efforts to find a head send her to Japan where she inadvertently meets Shinra Kishitani, a scientist who attempts to learn more about her.
During this time, he falls in love with Celty who, being unable to verbally communicate, uses text messaging to get her thoughts across to Shinra. She too finds herself drawn to the scientist, resulting in some of the most adorable romances in anime.
Secrets and slip-ups play their roles in this show, but fans especially adored the way these two lovers complemented one another.
37. Kamina and Yoko
Pegged as a classic among anime, “Gurren Lagann” gives fans a strong dose of amusement, and even more memorable viewing. This certainly includes the romance between two beautifully crafted characters, Kamina and Yoko Littner.
The story mostly unravels in a village under the ground. Simon and Kamina are buddies who discover sniper-girl Yoko when they head to the surface.
Now, Kamina is something of a playboy, and he doesn’t resist the opportunity to hit on Yoko, who does not appreciate it in the slightest. The anime progresses along amazing storytelling lanes that put the two of them on a direct path to find love in one another.
That unforgettable kiss on the battlefield cinched the lovey-dovey deal between these two. One of the most fantastic couples in anime, you simply have to see the show to admire what they’ve done with them.
36. Yuzuru and Kanade
Most fans of anime will recognize the name “Angel Beats”. The show’s remarkably emotion-driven narrative has found admirers worldwide, to say nothing of the fans Yuzuru Otonashi and Kanade Tachibana have accrued.
It’s a different world, quite literally, with those who perished on Earth residing in a sort of high school purgatory. Here, god is the enemy, and a certain SSS brigade tries to find ways to defeat him and return to their normal lives.
As uncomfortable as all this may sound, the show is guaranteed to make you cry, especially certain moments between Angel (an antagonistic supernatural-power-wielding girl) and Otonashi (who is stuck in limbo).
They’re drawn to each other, and before long the latter learns Angel’s true name to be Kanade Tachibana and that she too is dead. They then start working together to help others escape the harsh after-life.
Emotions bloom gradually, and the writing for the show certainly deserves praise. The story takes on a rather emotional turn, and these two worlds-apart lovers are destined to meet again only in another life.
35. Simon and Nia
We just covered a popular anime couple in “Gurren Lagann”, but find ourselves guilted into describing yet another pair of lovebirds in this show.
The main character, Simon, is often seen accompanying Kamina. Shy and reserved, viewers saw how his character was often pushed around at the start of the show.
His story-arc only grows more confident, which is a testament to the anime’s brilliant writing. He eventually bumps into Nia, a girl who captures his fancy and is also one of the show’s most memorable characters.
She happens to be inhuman, which makes for interesting viewing especially the parts where she learns about human beings through Simon.
A proposal and marriage do indeed happen between these two, and we don’t believe the power of Dai Gurren did any of that. Pure chemistry and love were what did the trick between Simon and Nia.
34. Hinata and Yui
Alright, we’re again feeling guilty for omitting mention of two other amazing lovebirds, only these are from the anime “Angel Beats”.
The interactions between Hinata Hideki, the adorable goofball, and Yui, a free-spirited singer, are a class apart from what the show’s main characters have going for them.
There’s also an exceptionally heart-warming moment between these two as the show progresses.
Their character arcs initially made viewers sense the tension between the two, and we’re not talking about the lovable kind. Revelations about their past cause the two anime darlings to open up to one another. It’s all uphill from there toward peaking romance.
33. Takeo and Yamato
Unlike classic shoujo anime, the show “My Love Story” brought us into the lives of two of anime’s favorite couples, Takeo Gouda and Yamato Rinko. Now, these two are a rather unconventional couple.
The guy doesn’t fit the image of a ‘pretty boy’ whom all the girls fall for, and the girl is not the first to fall in love.
Gouda, the main male character in this anime, is as offbeat as he is big-hearted. A slightly complex sentiment draws pretty and petite Yamato toward the guy. It’s a rather refreshing love story, even by anime standards.
It’s become noteworthy seeing the relatively good looking friend of Gouda playing the active role of ‘bro’, and supporting the love-struck pair.
32. Tomoya and Nagisa
Some fans will even go so far as to tell you that the anime “Clannad” contains one of the most unforgettable romance stories of all time.
A delinquent Tomoya Okazaki is ever-burdened by a low outlook on life, and Nagisa Furukawa takes him under her wing and teaches him that it is alright to love despite what happened in his past. They’re two characters you simply must see the anime to adore.
Tomoya gradually learns to be grateful for all that he has, especially family and friends. Nagisa, aside from being one of the most lovable characters in anime, also has a mysterious illness.
She teaches Tomoya confidence, and he helps Nagisa find something to look forward to each day. Marriage is also set to happen between these two, concluding a superbly meaningful story-arc that will make any fan of anime want to re-watch the show.
31. Tatsumi and Mine
Granted, “Akame ga Kill” is not anyone’s idea of a romance anime. But the writers somehow managed to worm in a distinct love story arc. As the shounen series go, this one certainly holds its own.
If you started out rooting for Tatsumi and Akame, you are not alone. However, the way this show portrayed Tatsumi and Mine is nothing short of brilliant.
Though she was harsh and distant at first, Mine warms up to Tatsumi and makes for adorable viewing. Being assassins brings its own challenges, not least their need to protect one another during Night Raid battles and other encounters.
Mine eventually starts to reveal another side of herself, and she does it toward Tatsumi. In this rather tragic anime, we have a budding romance that is absolutely worth admiring.
30. Akihiko and Misaki
In this Yaoi, or ‘boys love’, anime series “Junjou Romantica” by Shungiku Nakamura, we get a glimpse into a few pairs of LGBTQ characters that have become something of a gold standard in the romantic anime couples category.
The show spans three distinct storylines, detailing the romantic arcs of three wonderfully crafted character-pairs.
Tracing its origins to the manga series after the same name, this anime gives viewers a surprisingly emotional dive into same-sex relationships and the struggles of opening up and accepting oneself.
The main love-pair is Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko Usami. Fans also enjoyed what Hiroki Kamijou and Nowaki Kusama brought to the show. Also, there are innumerable admirers for Yoh Miyagi and Shinobu Takatsuki.
29. Ryu and Urara
It was truly exhilarating watching Ryu Yamada and Urara Shiraishi in “Yamada Kun and the Seven Witches”. Their story begins along simple avenues: there’s a witch school, there are seven witches, and they learn new powers through kissing.
As corny as it sounds, the anime is actually quite entertaining. This becomes apparent when Ryu finds himself capable of body-swapping with a kiss.
Urara and Ryu thus exchange bodies, entirely by accident. Plenty of revelations come about as a consequence, but what viewers most enjoyed about this series is how these two lovers start seeing each other through fresh eyes.
Considering that for a while leading up to the ‘moment’ Ryu was a delinquent guy and Urara was an accomplished student who found herself isolated from social circles.
They gradually open up to one another, start expressing their feelings, and the rest, as they say, is romantic anime history.
28. Yato and Iki
“Noragami” gave us some captivating concepts centering around gods and goddesses. Human beings in this narrative live as spirits in their own dedicated world.
One such human, Iki Hiyori, finds her life turned upside down when she encounters a god, Yato, in human form only to see her soul separate from her physical body. Who said risking one’s life for another didn’t come at a price?
Yato is no all-powerful god, but a rather goofy one obsessed with gathering riches and wealth. Iki, on the other hand, simply wishes to return to her normal student life.
As time goes by, she finds more than just inspiration in Yato, she finds love. The feeling is mutual, and from this moment on the two learn more about one another.
Yato, with his love-sick heart and heartbreaking past, and Iki with her initial naiveté about the god’s growing feelings for her. None of this stopped these two from becoming one of anime’s cutest couples, with plenty of romantic tension thrown in.
27. Yuta and Rikka
“Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions” certainly live up to its name. This anime seems to be dedicated to fans who like watching characters lose themselves in their own fantasy worlds, all made up in their minds.
In these fictional worlds, the ‘escapees’ become their own fictional characters. Yuta and Rikka are drawn to one another romantically, connected by a common weirdness.
Not only is the show’s main character, Yuta, weighed down by an embarrassing past he also finds himself often giving in to ‘delusions’. He starts high school with a fresh mind, and hopes for a new beginning.
Then comes the girl, Rikka, who reminds him of his past. That she too suffers from ‘delusions’ draws him toward her. Her interest in him elicits a bonding that grows over time. The show beautifully contrasts ‘silly fantasies’ with deep narratives.
26. Natsuki and Emilia
A realm of fantasy that is no stranger to death, “Re: Zero” has fast become one of the most memorable series in anime.
Natsuki Subaru ends up in an ethereal world where he bumps into Emilia, a girl ardently seeking a lost pendant, and initially lies to him about her name. He encounters several life and death moments, some of which actually result in his death
A life reset takes place every time he is attacked, and when each time a part of his story unravels. This is how his romance with Emilia grows: again, and again, and again.
The emotional bond between them is far from boring and wonderfully written. Between navigating a mystery world and keeping each other safe, they find a special sort of love in one another.
25. Kenshiro and Yuria
In the excellent anime “Fist of the North Star”, fans were plunged into a narrative rife with revenge and emotional turmoil.
The tale saw Kenshiro and his fiancé Yuria searching the nuclear wasteland that is their world for a home in which to settle down. Kenshiro’s rival has other plans, though, and he goes on to kidnap Yuria.
An intense face-off ensues, and a barely surviving Kenshiro heads off to find the love of his life, a task that proves enormously difficult. His efforts are not in vain, because he does indeed find her.
Sadly, Yuria has taken her own life so as to deny Kenshiro’s rival the satisfaction of having kidnapped her. Her suicide is actually a clever farce because Yuria is still alive. The emotional ups and downs that pervade this anime are a delight to feel. The narrative delivers on all its promises.
24. Usagi and Mamoru
Imagine an anime that has superheroes and secret identities. “Sailor Moon” has been giving us some fine storytelling in this regard.
Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba are a couple of students who end up falling for each other without realizing their true identities. What seems like playfulness between the two is balanced with attempts to keep one another safe from physical danger.
They do indeed discover who the other really is, namely a superhero. The narrative then shifts seamlessly into a brilliant ‘saving the world from evil’ theme, with Usagi and Mamoru falling ever-deeper in love with each other.
Theirs is one of the most magical relationships in anime, and the couple goes to enjoy a happy married life and have a child to boot.
23. Lelouch and C.C.
When it comes to “Code Geass”, fans get a surprisingly amazing anime that lingers in the memory for years to come. Much the same can be said about the relationship between Lelouch vi Britannia and C.C.
Amidst the political themes and thought-provoking narratives contained in this series, the writers managed to make a romantic pair-up stand out. Both come bearing troubled pasts.
Lelouch is a powerful prince and is leading Japan in a revolution against the oppressive government. C.C. is technically immortal.
For Lelouch to use his Geass powers to win the fight, she transfers her own potential to enhance his. This more than anything else connects the two in some of the most heart-warming ways.
We see this reflected in the way Lelouch is able to see C.C.’s past lives and more. Aside from sharing a strong emotional bond, the fact that C.C. serves as Lelouch’s second-in-command further entrenches the mutual trust these two enjoy throughout the show.
In a mainly serious anime, the romance between these two provides sublime relief.
22. Misato and Kaji
It’s usually Shinji and sundry EVA pilots whom fans of the anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” want to watch pairing up. However, Misato Katsuragi and Kaji Ryoji often steal the romantic limelight. These two have a full-fledged past with one another.
When Kaji made a comeback on NERV turf, fans saw how conflicted Misato felt about her ex. Such a dynamic made their bond quite interesting, like those moments when Kaji teases Misato. His reactions are well worth appreciating.
These two are a classic romantic anime pair. Misato is the ‘every girl loves him’ type, and Kaji is the ‘strong female character’ type.
From the moment these two dates to the time when they delve deeper into their feelings for one another, fans have remained ever-hopeful that the bond between Misato and Kaji grows.
21. Nana and Ren
Anime fans have discovered one of the most intriguing and unique narratives in “Nana”. The show features two young-adult females, both called Nana. There’s Nana Komatsu, an energetic and boy-crazy girl. And then there’s Nana Osaki, a singer with a penchant for goth fashion.
Suffice to say, they both have entirely different perspectives about life and love. Osaki, however, nurtured a flame with Ren Honjo. The two once shared a music band. His moving to Tokyo to join Trapnest ended things prematurely between them.
After relocating to Tokyo herself, she finds Ren again after Komatsu invites her to a concert.
A dating scene unfolds once more between these two lovers, making fans of this series wonder what made them break up in the first place when they have such splendid chemistry together.
Their mutual desire to make it big in the music business helps carry their bond to new heights.
20. Saki and Akira
Be warned, this is quite a wacky anime. Saki, as part of a graduation trip, heads to Washington D.C. There she encounters a naked Japanese man running through the streets.
After spending some time getting to know him, she learns his story and decides to travel back with him to her homeland.
The naked guy is Akira Takizawa who, in Japan, comes into contact with people who let him be part of a club, one where a billion yen is granted to its members. The money is used to help save Japan, apparently.
Wacky enough for you so far? There’s more. Saki decides to partner with Akira and reopens her old club “Eden of the East”, from where this anime gets its name.
As the two develop mutual respect for one another, fans see Saki going along with Akira’s antics. Theirs is an adorable romance like few other anime couples out there can boast.
19. Isaac and Miria
You may have come to expect all anime couples to be good, to a certain degree at least. But these next two on our list are downright criminal, quite literally.
In the anime “Baccano!!”, we’re frisked away to the Prohibition era wherein Isaac Dian and Miria are the costume-wearing robbers every anime fan needs to see.
This lively “pair of idiotic lovers and thieves” show a remarkable level of trust in each other. Their targets are also unconventional, bringing plenty of comic relief to the show.
If you need more proof that these crazy lovebirds are worth being on this list, remember that they were named Anime News Network’s 2009 ‘Duo of the Year’.
18. Ringo and Itsuki
Aggressive sporting craze meets skating. You can expect to find this and more in the “Air Gear” anime. Ringo Noyamano and Itsuki “Ikki” Minami have become two of the most popular characters in the series, for obvious reasons seeing as how far you have come into this list.
Street-fighting delinquent, Itsuki, lives with four adopted ‘sisters’, who are really just part of different street gangs.
In comes Ringo, part of the Sleeping Forest team and a childhood friend, only this time Itsuki sees her as a potential love interest. Team battles and competitive streaks aside, these two getting closer to each other brings all the emotional balance this show needs.
17. Kei and Hikari
Speaking of competitive, we see another such couple in “Special A”. Kei Takishima and Hikari Hanazono battle it out, but in entirely different domains. They have always been competing with each other since they were kids.
Now that they’re both in high school, and with Hikari often finding himself coming a close academic second to Kei, their ‘rivalry’ grows intense. So too does something else between them.
To Hikari, Kei has always been someone important in her life. But to Kei, he knows deep down that he’s beginning to fall for Hikari. They eventually strike a chord and start giving in fully to each other’s romantic whims and hidden desires.
It makes for pleasant viewing, especially amidst the competitive nature that prevails in this anime.
16. Ichigo and Orihime
We covered Ichigo’s bonding with Rukia earlier, and that relationship certainly remains the more popular one.
But only a fool of a fan will have failed to notice the lingering flames that keep striking between Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue in the “Bleach” anime. There are actual fandoms out there that favor either ‘Team Rukia’ or ‘Team Orihime’.
Orihime’s longtime school-centric crush on Ichigo finally comes through, which ended up disappointing plenty of fans.
You should have seen the looks on Team Rukia’s faces!
The bond between Ichigo and Orihime became a distinctly mutual one, making it exceptionally satisfying for members of Team Orihime. From battle-centric scenes to normal moments, these two gave fans a love that could never die. In fact, they even gave fans a baby.
15. Maka and Evans
The setting for our next two lovebirds is almost convenient. Death Weapon Meister Academy members need to pair up with apt partners anyway. One plays the role of meister while the other fulfills the duty of weapon.
Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans are thus paired. They enjoy a deep connection that apparently helps them on the battlefield.
These two may have personalities that are worlds apart, but the mutual trust in each other hints at an ever-present romantic connection. Their character-arcs from immature to evolved battle-partners makes for excellent viewing.
One of the highest teased couples of all time, their romance is a gradual one filled with tension and subtlety that is a fight in its own right.
Even till the very end of the “Soul Eater” anime, though, the writers failed to confirm if these two are official, in the romantic sense of the word.
14. Kakeru and Naho
This is a classic-tale anime, meaning it uses tropes that may give you an ‘I’ve heard that somewhere’ feeling. In the anime “Orange”, fans were given a narrative that involved a letter from the past, which helps guide the receiver to a friend in need, one with whom that person ends up falling in love.
This is exactly what happened when Naho received said letter from her past self, convincing her in no uncertain terms that what she was reading was the real deal.
Enter, the transfer student Kakeru, and the flames start flying right away between these two. By this time, Naho knows that the easy-going boy’s life is in danger, forcing her to go the extra mile to help keep Kakeru safe.
More and more letters arrive, making for amazing edge-of-your-seat storytelling. The message conveyed by the romance between these two anime couples is that life needs to be lived without regrets. This is a love that quite literally spans time and space.
13. Panty and Brief
One of the oddest couples in anime, and in a crazy show to boot, the hilarious Panty and amusing Brief make “Panty & Stocking” an anime that stands apart.
Panty does not like to fall in love, in fact, she prefers ‘different flavors’ to having just the one. Then Brief comes into her life trying to date her and getting verbally abused for it.
His stubborn attempts at asking her out lead to varied romantic tensions between the two, despite the fact that at the end of the day Panty keeps rejecting him.
Granted, these two features in a rather adult anime that is equal parts inappropriate and sweet. Admittedly, Panty and Brief are not exactly the ideal romantic couple in anime.
However, the tension between them is very real, and they’re both hilarious as well.
12. Satomi and Shinichi
Disturbing, unnerving, and sickening are some of the words that best describe the anime “Parasyte”. But the writers wove in a beautiful element of romance that somehow ‘belonged’ in this main sci-fi narrative.
Shinichi Izumi is a rather timid high-school guy who one day discovers that an alien parasite has taken up residence in his left hand. You read that right.
The show is filled with aliens overtaking humans, and with gore to match. Shinichi seems to be in remarkable control of his own mind despite the fact that an alien seems to be having its way with him. Satomi Murano is his classmate and crush.
This girl has had feelings for Shinichi for a while now. However, despite Shinichi slowly becoming less and less human, the two find a way to nurture a human connection.
11. Yukako and Koichi
When fans of anime hear the name “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” they will grin knowing that the emphasis is certainly on the word ‘bizarre’. This is definitely not your typical anime.
Much the same can be said about its female lead: a stalker-ish strong-featured young woman who falls for the shy and short Koichi, all the while giving off potent ‘crazy obsessive stalker’ vibes.
She is also a Stand user and is misled by another user who promised to make her beautiful. While attempting to resolve this complex predicament (you’ll realize just how complex when you see the anime), Yukako and Koichi get closer to each other.
A romance blooms and the two start dating. Their character arcs are quite remarkable.
10. Tomoe and Nanami
“Kamisama Kiss” is a heart-breaking anime in which a girl, Nanami Momozomo, is left homeless after her father runs away due to debt concerns.
The plot narrative gives fans some interesting scenes, most notable of which is when Nanami saves a man called Mikage and in return is given a roof over her head.
In this new house, she encounters a character called Tomoe. Nanami later learns that this is Mikage’s familiar or ‘yokai’, supernaturally speaking. She actually falls for him over time, meeting resistance in the yokai.
But eventually, Tomoe gives in and returns Nanami’s feelings. The story is so well-written that this romance feels exceptionally heart-warming and meaningful rather than inappropriate. You simply need to see this anime to believe it.
9. Kou and Futaba
Few people tend to forget their first love. In this anime “Ao Haru Ride” we are taken into the lives of Kou and Futaba, who contribute a uniquely complicated-and-cute romance to the anime genre.
Futaba crosses paths with her former lover Kou in high school. He has apparently changed a lot since last they met, and she feels repelled by the ‘new Kou’.
In her memory, Kou was once compassionate and courteous but has become someone rude and callous. His change in attitude draws her closer to helping them both understand what went wrong, and when.
Futaba falls for Kou all over again, all the while changing him for the better. This is a beautiful anime by romantic standards.
8. Hak and Yona
A royal romance unravels in the anime show “Yona of the Dawn” between Hak and Yona, who have seen their share of tragic moments. Yona is next in line to the throne.
She is a rather spoiled princess whose birthday turns out to be a dark one when her father the king is killed in cold blood by her own cousin. She is then forced to flee the village with help from her trusty bodyguard Hak.
Together, they delve into a world of multiple kingdoms and legendary dragons, and how they can go about reincarnating the latter.
Hak also happens to be her childhood friend, which plays a key role in keeping Yona’s affections focused on him instead of the other guys who feature in this anime. Ever-protective of his friend and ward, Hak makes a case for anime-centric chivalry.
As the series progresses, the two of them develop such profound feelings for one other that fans have come to term their romance ‘phenomenal’.
7. Yuki and Zero
Interesting idea, whoever thought to mix human and vampire students in an academy known for being mysterious.
Keeping people and vampires apart seems to have become Yuki Cross’s duty. She encounters Zero, a former human turned vampire. The two ‘forbidden’ darlings fall for one another and fall hard, in the anime “Vampire Knight”.
Zero strives to avoid giving in to the temptation of drinking Yuki’s blood. His attempts to keep her from harm are genuinely nice to see. Yuki, meanwhile, can’t seem to make up her mind between Zero and another guy at the academy.
If you’re thinking ‘Twilight’, stop, because this show is uniquely superior in several regards. Near the end of the series, however, Zero and she get together and even have a child. Around this time, they find a way to make Zero human again.
6. Izumi and Ryouma
A show centering around show business, “Love Stage!!” takes us into an alternate-reality entertainment business dominated by the protagonist Izumi’s family. Not only is he an aspiring manga author, Izumi’s attempts to manage personal aims and the demands placed on him by his family are relatable.
This Japanese yaoi manga series defines same-sex relationships in a positive way. We see plenty of subtext rising to the surface when the writers put Izumi in a ‘feminine’ role for production and the way his stage pair Ryouma is drawn to him assuming that he is an actual girl.
Even when the proverbial cat is out of the bag, these two start developing a beautiful bond that drives the show’s narrative.
5. Yuu and Haruka
Yuu Sonoda and Haruka Takayama have been buddies since middle school. In the anime “Sakura Trick”, fans receive a graceful lesbian budding-romance tale featuring these two.
Neither of them wants their relationship to become a thing of the past. A kiss draws them deeper, even though Haruka seems more eager to explore the bond than Yuu who ends up feeling embarrassed by all the secrecy and constant kissing.
Near the end of the series, we see these two resolving their emotional differences, and actually accepting that they have a ‘thing’ for each other. This results in them openly dating in their second year at school.
The show makes a case for long-term same-sex bonding, especially how it can prove conflicting for some couples.
4. Saito and Louise
A magical academy and an even more magical romance features in the anime “Zero No Tsukaima”.
It all begins when Louise finds herself an abject failure in her magical studies. Little does she realize that her spell-based explosions are leading up to a romantic blast. She comes to be nicknamed ‘Louise the Zero’ for being so bad at what she does.
In her attempts to summon a familiar as part of her curriculum, she ends up summoning a normal Japanese boy called Saito whom she treats more like a servant than a friend.
Her terrible initial treatment of him gradually modifies into something sweeter, one where she learns to appreciate all the support and service Saito gives her. Their getting together makes for a highly anticipated moment in this anime.
3. Haru and Shizuku
This show proves that opposites do attract. In “My Little Monster” fans see this happen through the studious top-of-her-class Shizuku and the troublemaking rarely-shows-up-to-class Haru, who sits beside her in school. The bond between them blooms when Haru is asked to deliver some papers to Shizuku.
Despite rumors of him being violent, we see a gentle side to Haru when he is around Shizuku, hinting at a potential romance. The same can be seen in the way Shizuku goes against her cold reputation and turns caring when she’s with Haru.
Bringing together two outcasts and making them work is the crux of what this anime is about. It highlights how first impressions are not always reliable. In the end, fans got one of the cutest romantic couples in anime.
2. Yuuko and Teiichi
Love is said to transcend both life and death. In the anime “Tasogare Otome x Amnesia”, paranormal investigations meet budding romance as seen through the eyes of Teiichi and Yuuko.
A haunted setting becomes the foundation for two of anime’s unforgettable pair-ups to, um, pair up. When schoolboy Teiichi meets ghost-girl Yuuko, he learns of her past and how she died several years ago.
Her spirit is linked to the old school building within the premises of the sizeable academy that Teiichi attends. Yuuko first starts developing feelings for Teiichi, but the boy’s energetic attempts to help her spirit find the peace it needs to move on give fans a lesson in unconditional love.
1. Ban and Elaine
In the anime “The Seven Deadly Sins”, fans found themselves spoiled for killer relationships.
Though not a masterpiece in the animation quality department, the show portrays two characters in one of the most thematically exceptional ways, especially by anime standards. Elaine and Ban are so different and yet so drawn to each other. In fact, their physical encounters are almost palpable.
Imagine an edgy Ban falling for a frail fairy Elaine. He never gives up on her, even when he is still romantically tied to a lost lover.
He goes more than the extra mile to save Elaine, making fans realize that anime is less about breaking character and more about evolving emotional narratives. Theirs is a short-term romance, but as Lao Tzu once said: “The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”