Watching anime couples has a very heartwarming feeling to it. The characters pull you in, and you hope for certain couples to get together. Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. In this list, we’ll be looking at the top 10 most popular anime couples.
Now, for an anime to work successfully, it needs to have a romantic component to it. Romance is a genre that people connect and relate to. It brings spice to the story, unlike any other element. A romance done well is very beneficial to the story. But here, we won’t be looking at the best anime couples, rather, the ones that have been spoken about a lot in the anime community. This doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. So without any further ado, let’s jump right in.
10. Kaori and Kousei (Your Lie In April)
When a complicated past meets the zealousness of an enthusiastic youth, two lovebirds come clashing with each other. What results is one of the best romantic couples in anime history. Your Lie In April introduced us to an endearing couple that pushes each other to work harder as they each battle with their own issues.
Kousei led a past with abuse, being forced to play the piano. He pushes away music from his life to cope with this dark past. Years later, he meets Kaori, someone who understands the potential in him and helps him grow. She is capricious and has a very happy-go-lucky personality. Interestingly, in the series, she is the girlfriend of Kousei’s best friend. However, their chemistry powers through over this.
9. Tomoya and Nagisa (Clannad)
Clannad is believed by fans all over to be the very definition of a proper romance anime. We are introduced to Tomoya, a delinquent who has no hope in life or his future, and Nagisa Furukawa, a kind and helpful girl who teaches him to view life more positively. Under her influence, he begins to grow more hopeful about the future.
Tomoya helps Nagisa to live every day of her life in an exciting and fun-filled way. Slowly, the two become close together, forming a cute and romantic bond. Tomoya grows to be more grateful of his friends and family, while Nagisa becomes more confident. In Clannad: After Story, the two also get married and have an adorable child.
8. Inuyasha And Kagome (Inuyasha)
They are the classic anime couple, filled with nostalgia for most viewers. Inuyasha is a demon and dog hybrid of the Sengoku period, while Kagome is a high school girl who is transported back in time. We watch as Inu tries to get over his former relationship, trying to trust Kagome. However, this isn’t easy, and the two face many trials and challenges along the way. What we get as a result is one of the longest spanning romantic couples in anime history and a wholesome tale of two lovers getting over their insecurities to be together.
7. Edward And Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Fullmetal Alchemist is set in a serious background, with a thrilling, suspenseful story. However, alchemy isn’t the only chemistry brewing in the series. Throughout the episodes, we see Edward and Winry quarrel with each other constantly. They’re back-and-forths are very fulfilling to watch. However, with time, the two slowly grow to realize their feelings for each other.
Winry has been with the brothers for the longest and most challenging times of their lives, and she and Edward make for a perfect, cutesy couple. The series treats us with a beautiful end scene, with Edward proposing to Winry. The two decide to share their lives with each other— the law of equivalent exchange :).
6. Misaki And Usui (Kaichou Wa Maid Sama!)
Maid sama is a story about appearances, secrets, and, ofcourse, romance. Misaki is a student council president at a former all-boys school. Her father left her family, leaving behind his debts. She has to work hard to earn a living while also studying, keeping her work life a secret from her friends at school. As a viewer, you instantly start rooting for her. She fosters a feeling of hostility and distrust for any guy, which leads to her having no feelings for the school heartthrob, Usui.
Usui begins to get interested in Misaki’s standoff-ish behavior. He finds out about her secret life and is fascinated by it; however, he understands and helps her to grow trustful once again. The two clash, and gradually, tensions arise between them. Leading to one of the best Shoujo relationships in anime. Filled with delightful couple fights, charming personalities, and the wackiest situations.
5. Kirito And Asuna (Sword Art Online)
A love story that began in a virtual world, strengthened through hardship and love, staying strong through the passage of time. Sword Art Online is a pillar of the isekai genre. It was one of the biggest anime when it was most popular, and one of the most talked-about elements in the anime was the love story between Kirito and Asuna. Fans may argue over the quality of the anime itself, but everyone agrees that these two are the couple we need.
Their relationship is pure and embarrassing, which makes it all the more exciting to watch. From friends to lovers, it is very interesting to watch them gradually grow feelings for each other. When they do get together, it’s fun to watch their moments as a couple. They’re willing to go to any length for each other.
4. Mikasa And Eren (Attack On Titan)
Attack on Titan is one of the biggest anime of the decade. With fans from all over the world. It’s no wonder then that the central couple of the show, Mikasa and Eren, is hugely popular. The two of them have been friends since they were kids. Weirdly enough, they have more of a parent and child, than a couple relationship. However, one cannot deny the fact that there is some tension between the two.
They are very different from each other. Eren speaks what’s on his mind all the time, while Mikasa tends to keep things to herself. Their maturity levels, too, are different. However, their contrasts make them perfect for each other, almost like they complete each other, and each is simply incomplete in the absence of the other.
3. Izuku And Ochako (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia is a shonen through and through; however, the anime has its fair share of romance mixed into the story as well. While not a whole lot, we see interactions of Izuku and Ochako, as they get flustered and blush around each other. The two clearly have feelings for each other, but not much has become of it yet. However, the popularity of the anime has fans waiting eagerly for something to build up between the two to-be heroes.
2. Naruto And Hinata (Naruto Series)
This is a couple you are bound to hear of if you step into the anime world. The series’ popularity, coupled with the patient build-up of their romance, has led to them being a well-known couple in the anime community.
Hinata has had feelings for Naruto since they were children in the same class. However, she was never able to voice or act on these feelings, and Naruto couldn’t notice them either. His eyes were once set on Sakura, But it later became apparent that NaruHina is THE couple. Their relationship’s slow build-up was very annoying and stretched; however, the pay-off made it worth the wait. The movie The Last: Naruto The Movie had our hearts melting at the romantic scenes between Naruto and Hinata, while the kiss at the end was just a cherry on top of it.
1. Goku And Chichi (Dragon Ball Series)
Taking the number one spot on the famous anime couples list is the well-known anime character Goku, with his gorgeous wife, Chichi. Dragon Balls’ fame is not only contained within the anime community. The show is known by children who have no clue what anime is, and thus, the couple has a fan base in the anime community and an added fan base from cartoon fans around the world.
Their love story is fascinating to view, as they once hated or were simply neutral to each other. Then Chichi confessed that she wanted to be Goku’s bride. Goku simply agreed because he thought “Bride” was a type of food. However, with time, even when the two never met each other, they still kept true to their promise and finally had a grand wedding!
Love is an emotion that simply makes anyone go crazy. It is something that has time and again been portrayed in animes. There are many, many couples that are great, which haven’t been added to the list. So, here are some popular honorable mentions–
- Kyou and Tohru (Fruits Basket)
- Haruhi and Tamaki (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Tatsumi And Mine (Akame Ga Kill)
- Sawako and Shouta (Kimi Ni Todoke)
- Miyamizu And Taki (Your Name)
- Naho And Kakeru (Orange).
- Holo and Lawrence (Spice And Wolf)
- Kurisu and Okabe (Steins;Gate)
- Akihiko and Misaki (Junjou Romantica)