Whether it’s through a tale of true commitment, or the hope that every battle against evil truly can be won, great anime means great emotional impact. And great emotional impact comes through the stories of true love that endures beyond struggles.
These stories are told through great characters who leave a lasting impression, and the moving plotlines that engage the hearts of viewers. But who are the best anime couples?
We’ve searched out the answers from professionals and fans alike. Here’s the list of the best lovers and the best anime couple that we could come up with.
Our Picks: The Best Anime Couples and Why They’re So Awesome
1. Kurosaki Ichigo & Kuchiki Rukia – Bleach
The silent, dangerous romance between the two is what drives this love story. Saving each other from harm, seeking justice, and, well, saving the world, bind the two together in a beautiful way unseen in many other anime shows.
The sweet, enduring, but a subtle romance between the two wins out over many of the more obvious, sometimes over the top couples. And besides, who doesn’t love a love story that takes on the underworld of death and the Grim Reaper?
2. Shinichi Kudo & Ran Mouri – Detective Conan
The young Shinichi is a teenage private detective who’s gained fame for his skills working with the Tokyo police force. But when he’s finally out with his romantic interest, Ran Mouri, an evil spell is cast, and he must find a way to return to himself.
Meanwhile, Ran has been in love with Shinichi since childhood, but never got around to telling him before he “disappeared.”
This sweet and humorous take on the age-old trope of friends to lovers is played out in a unique and endearing way with these teens.
3. Misaki Ayuzawa & Usui Takumi – Kaichou wa Maid-Sama
This tough young lady hates boys. All boys. But as a friendship forms between Misaki and Takumi, against Misaki’s will, she starts to realize not all boys are terrible creatures.
The romance begins to bloom as Takumi proves himself trustworthy, decent, and kind. The battle for Misaki’s heart begins, and the funny, sweet storyline plays out.
4. Naruto and Hinata – Naruto
In this “Everyone Can See It” love story, the sweet friend of Naruto has always been in love with him, and he’s been too naïve to notice. This tough girl’s got the guts to handle anything, and everybody’s cheering her on because of it. Eventually, Naruto will get there, too.
5. Saito & Louise – Zero no Tsukaima
The couple may have had some issues throughout, her being kind of a spoiled brat and him being a bit of a player, but this couple actually loves each other from beginning to end. Struggles galore, and a final battle don’t keep the two apart, even when Saito has to choose between his own country and the girl.
Enduring love that brings together two people through everything imaginable – that’s all we could ask for.
6. Rain Mikamura & Domon Kasshu – G Gundam
The likable, entertaining, and sympathetic characters from G Gundam draw the audience into the story immediately.
The Gundam fighter, Domon, and his traveling companion, Rain, travel to various Gundam fighting locations together. Domon does the fighting, and Rain does the repairs, and the chewing out of Domon when he gets out of line.
Instead of stories like so many others where the characters grow independently of each other, or not at all, Rain and Domon change and become better people because of being in each other’s lives. That’s what makes Rain and Domon one of the absolute best anime couples of all time.
7. Shinichi Izumi & Satomi Murano – Parasyte: The Maxim
An underrated anime series of 2016, the romance between Shinichi and Murano leaves nothing to be desired. As Shinichi battles within himself against the evil he knows dwells inside of him, Murano stands by his side, always, even when things get tough between them.
Instead of fleeing when Shinichi can’t open up to her, Murano sticks around, willing and believing that their love is worth fighting for. We love a romance that believes in itself.
8. Yuji and Shana – Shakugan no Shana
A powerful girl leads the way through this romantic story.
A series of relationship changes between them – partnership, friendship, even enmity – and the pair ultimately comes to a romantic relationship that’s stood the test of time and actual battles. If that doesn’t promise for an enduring love, we don’t know what does.
The Best Story, the Best Anime Couple
The best anime couple is the couple whose romance tells a story, rather than a story that tells of their romance.
When character development, heroics, and true love make the plot move, we know we’ve found a great anime to watch. Of course, having tears in our eyes from laughter and heart-warming moments doesn’t hurt to confirm that.