An anime series won’t be complete without romance. An interesting protagonist would need a partner who will stay by his or her side no matter what. It does not have to be a perfect couple but as long as they stay honest and true to their feelings, their love team would easily inspire viewers. With all the chaos happening around the world, it’s refreshing to see shows that feature anime love couples every once in a while just to change the atmosphere and inspire us to love more and hate less.
I’ve decided to compile the best anime love teams out there to spread happiness, love, and inspiration to all of you my otaku friends! May the anime love story behind these love teams encourage you to dig deeper into your hearts to forgive those that made wrong to you and have the courage to trust even though almost every news around you is about heartless acts and betrayal. Enjoy and spread the love my otaku friends!
Inuyasha and Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha
Humans and demons are mortal enemies. This is usually the norm in fantasy worlds because demons treat humans as nothing more than food. But then again, Inuyasha sees things differently so it’s fair to say that he is a peculiar demon. Despite being at the top of the food chain among demons and having enough strength that equates to a vast army, Inuyasha respects humans especially those who don’t have ill intentions toward peace-loving demons. In fact, he fell in love with a human, Kagome Higurashi who belongs to the family of his first love. The two of them prove that race is never an issue between two people who truly love each other. And this made them among the best anime couples of all time.
Monkey D. Luffy and Boa Hancock from One Piece
One-sided love is a tragedy. It’s sad to see a person loving truly but not loved back. A person who chooses to pursue such kind of love is bound to tread a challenging road. This is the same dilemma Boa Hancock from One Piece dared to face after developing strong romantic feelings towards Monkey D. Luffy. It’s not that Luffy does not like Hancock but he is just too innocent and straightforward to be romantically involved with anyone. Luffy will eventually mature and Boa Hancock probably knows this which is why she is doing everything to be closer to Luffy and help him as much as possible to leave a lasting impression as soon as now. Boa’s funny lovestruck expressions and Luffy’s innocent reactions to these acts makes this love team worthy to be a part of his list.
Uzumaki Naruto and Hyuga Hinata from Naruto
Are you in love with your childhood friend? Don’t be shy since it’s typical for two people who grow together to develop a special bond. Others might say that relationships with this kind of foundation usually don’t last but cheer up since NaruHina is one of the many anime lovers that proved them wrong. Hinata secretly admired Naruto after he saved her from a group of bullies when they were just kids. From that day on until their adulthood, Hinata grows tense every time Naruto is near. She even collapses if Naruto is too close. It was a one-sided love at first but eventually, Hinata’s true feelings reached Naruto and they became an official couple. They even got married and now enjoying a family life with two bubbly kids. Are you a fan of NaruHina? Which among the many sweet moments of this love team in the Naruto anime series is your favorite? Tell us about your pick in the comments section below!
Kirito/Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna/ Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online
Love is not a game. But what if you fell in love inside a game? Does it translate to the real world? How can a relationship made in a virtual world strive in the real one? These issues concern Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki more than anything else. They met when a famous Virtual Reality MMORPG became a death trap for millions of players. Kazuto known as Kirito inside the game immediately responded to the challenge and worked hard on his own to not just survive but with a grander goal which is to clear the game and save everyone. He became a solo player while Asuna decided to join one of the biggest guilds in the game. Although they met early in the game but since Kirito decides to do things on his own, they separated. Their paths met once again during a dangerous mission and from that moment onwards were inseparable. Kirito managed to beat the game but Asuna was left trapped. Their love story is filled with challenges yet they never give up. They support each other in every way which gives them the power to topple down even the strongest adversaries. And sharing the same passion towards the virtual world made their relationship even stronger.
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Ichirou Suzuki/ Satou Pendragon and Aialize from Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Ichirou Suzuki was transported to a fantasy world. He was initially worried about surviving in an unknown and dangerous world but he discovered that he is granted with overpowered abilities. Since he concluded that he can live peacefully in the new world he decided to fully enjoy the experience. He made new friends along the way and even gathered a few fangirls because of his strength and wealth. But none of them even though they were all attractive and kind captured his heart. Cupid’s arrow only managed to hit Satou when he met Aialize, a high elf. Not only is her beauty unrivaled but she is also innocent and kind. Satou’s feelings gradually grew stronger when he spent a couple of days in the elf town under Aialize guidance. But since Aialize is a high elf and is immortal, she was hesitant about becoming Satou’s wife. Satou responded by finding ways to reach Aialize status. He even ventured in a far and dangerous continent just to achieve this goal which only shows how he truly wants to spend eternity with Aialize.
Sadao Maou and Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-timer
A hero is destined to slay the demon king. This is the cliché in every fantasy world tale but what if the female hero develops romantic feelings toward her arch rival? Such kind of twist would change everything. It would lead to humanity’s destruction but did not happen in Sadao and Emi’s case. In fact, it turned out well for both parties. Sadao Maou was transported to the present Japan when his castle was being sieged by the hero and his party. Emi, the female hero who wields the sword bestowed by an angel, pursued Sadao. She decided to monitor the demon king who is currently living as a normal staff in a famous food chain store. Emi refused to believe that the demon king will be contented in becoming a normal employee but she is proven wrong every time Sadao uses the magical power he gathers in incidents to help others and restore everything back to normal. In the end, Emi admired Sadao’s sense of justice and how he prioritizes the safety of the people close to him above all even against his own. Their unique love team only proves that love knows no boundaries and affiliations!
Yusuke Urameshi and Keiko Yukimura from Yu yu Hakusho
Can a delinquent and a top student become friends or even more? Of course, they can! Yusuke and Keiko’s relationship proves that love is universal. Yusuke is not your average troublemaker. He does not play dirty and is against bullying. In fact, he prefers cutting classes and spending his time strolling around than fighting other delinquents but he is a trouble magnet. Gangs target him because he is known to be unbeatable. Keiko, on the other hand, is a diligent student who frequently reminds Yusuke to at least attend his classes. She is not afraid of Yusuke unlike most of his classmates because she knows that he is a kind person and is just misunderstood. Yusuke was introduced to the world of spirits and demons as the story progressed so he was forced to leave Keiko behind. But the love they share did not fade while apart instead it ended up stronger when they were finally reunited.
Shinichi Kudo and Kazuha Toyama from Detective Conan
A detective’s life is dangerous. This is why having a partner with this kind of profession can be daunting. You can’t help but constantly worry about his welfare especially if he is assigned to a daring mission. No matter how skillful a detective is, he simply can’t predict everything and he will suddenly end up cornered before he knows it. This is what happened to the rising star detective Jimmy Kudo. The syndicate he was tracking abducted Kudo and turned him into a kid with the use of a mysterious drug. Kazuha Toyama, Kudo’s childhood sweetheart was worried sick about him after reports about Kudo missing started to circulate. She was clueless about the fact that the man she misses is posing as the elementary student Conan. Toyama’s worries about Kudo are lessened every now and then as Conan manages to temporarily negate the effect of the drug and meet her. Their close relationship is obvious during these moments and no one can deny that they value each other far more than friends.
Kurosaki Ichigo and Kuchiki Rukia from Bleach
Saving a princess in distress is a knight in shining armor’s duty. This is what Kurosaki Ichigo is for Kuchiki Rukia. Although Rukia is a strong shinigami, she was abducted by her own brother and childhood friend. She was forced to come back to soul society and be executed because of the dangerous evil power trapped inside her. Ichigo can sense spirits despite being a normal human. He was saved by Rukia from a Hollow attack and gained shinigami powers as a result. With his newly gained powers, he ventured head first to soul society in order to save Rukia. Ichigo knows it is like knocking on hell’s door because Soul Society houses hundreds of powerful shinigamis who can kill him in an instant. Yet he carried out the mission without even a slight of hesitation. This act alone is an honest confession of love. A man would do anything for the woman he loves even at the expense of his own life.
Krillin and Android 18 from Dragonball Z
Do you believe the opposites attract? Some say this is true while others argue that this bizarre pairing only happens in fantasy. But sad to say for those who frown to this idea because Krillin and Android 18 proves that it’s possible for two people with different attitude and size to be a perfect couple. They first met in a battle where android 17 and 18 completely overpowered Krillin and his comrades. Android 18 found Krillin to be adorable but the receiver of the praise thought of it as some kind of mockery because it came from an enemy. Later on, Krillin pleaded Vegeta to save Android 18 after he was puked out by Cell. He also used a Dragonball wish to turn her into a real human. Talk about the lengths a man would make for her special someone right? Despite being small, Krillin turned out to be a dependable husband and father. This couple’s happy ending is an inspiration especially to all the little guys out there!
Kenshin Himura and Kaoru Kamiya from Rurounoi Kenshin
Love is probably the last thing anyone would think of during an era of war and bloodshed. Kenshin Himura is the legendary battousai who killed countless people with his sword. After the war and realizing that his blade failed to accomplish his goals despite sacrificing so many lives, Kenshin wandered and decided to never kill again. Along the way, he met Kaoru Kamiya, the sole heir of a small kendo dojo. She was troubled by a group of thugs back then who uses the nickname battousai for their own gain. Kenshin saved Kaoru from the predicament and agreed to stay in Kaoru’s dojo as a tenant. He told her that the life of a wanderer is starting to tire him but is that really the case? Eventually the feelings they secretly feel towards each other surface. Kenshin now keeps his promise to never take a life again not just for his own salvation but for Kaoru’s sake as well.
Ainz Ooal Gown and Albedo from Overlord
Typical neets easily welcome the idea of having romantic feelings toward computer-generated characters. This is true especially for those who are avid fans of MMORPGs and simulators where the player can immerse in an entirely new world using his own customizable avatar. Since they are lonely, it’s not a surprise for them to be attached to characters they’ve interacted with every day even though they are not real. But what if the so-called NPCs in MMORPGs were given life and their own unique personality? This was the dilemma Satoru Suzuki endured when he was transported to a fantasy world along with their guild’s loyal NPCs who were turned into real beings. Since he playfully changed Albedo’s settings before the incident, the sexy yet dangerously powerful demon lady is now madly in love with him. I can’t really consider them as a real couple but there is definitely a spark every time Albedo tries to seduce Ainz with her demonic charm. It would have been easy for her to grab Ainz heart if he was not transformed into an undead whose emotions are controlled. This peculiar love team made it to this list not just because of their growing popularity but mainly for the funny story behind their relationship and how funny, awkward, and sweet situations easily materialize whenever they are together. If you want to get to know more about Ainz Ooal Gown and other cool Overlord characters, be sure to check out this anime characters list that I’ve made: >>List of Overlord Anime Characters<<.
Recca Hanabishi and Yanagi Sakoshita from Flame of Recca
A ninja back in the day is a warrior known not to protect but to kill. Nonetheless, it is now celebrated as a lethal yet loyal ally in books and movies. Recca Hanabishi can be considered as a new-age ninja. He was a fan of these mighty warriors way back when he was just a kid. Recca was so fascinated by it to the point that he practiced their way of moving and fighting. He developed inhuman strength, agility, and senses as a result. He was undefeated in fighting among delinquents yet he was beaten by a mysterious lady while saving a woman in distress. The woman involved is Yanagi Sakoshita, a woman who possesses a unique gift of healing. Due to her ability, she was kidnapped by a group of criminals that aims to develop a drug that can give eternal life. After being defeated by the lady who turned out to be his long lost mother, Recca along with his friends vowed to save Yanagi. I know I’m spoiling the show big time but it’s important to narrate these events to justify Recca’s actions. He chose to face dangerous foes in a tournament including his step brother who controls a more powerful flame just to save Yanagi. This is in accordance to his vow as Yanagi’s ninja. If this won’t be good enough to express your love towards someone, I’ll be clueless what will.
Ryuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka from Toradora!
Do opposites really attract? Of course, this goes true with magnets but what about two people with different personalities, body size, intelligence, and even minute details like favorite color and food? In reality, there are only a few couples who can attest to this famous quote and one of them is from the anime series Toradora! composed of Ryuji and Taiga. Ryuji is tall for his age and has scary eyes, which is why many are intimated by him. Those who don’t know Ryuji would instantly think of him as a delinquent. But don’t be deceived since Ryuji is a gentle and calm person. He is also studious which explains his good grades. On the other hand, Taiga’s cute appearance is a far cry from her straightforward and daring attitude. She resolves almost any conflict through force and won’t back down on anyone. She might be small but Taiga is someone you don’t want to mess with. The two met and got close after they discovered each other’s secret crushes. They later on agreed to help each other out but slowly realized that the two of them are starting to like each other more than their initial crushes. This love team is the best proof that no amount of differences can stop love when it strikes!
Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki from Nisekoi
Love moves in mysterious ways. Raku and Chitoge met when they were just kids but they were taken apart due to unavoidable circumstances and moved on with their own lives. However, they made a promise to be a real couple when they reunite in the future. Raku is now the heir of a powerful gang while Chitoge’s family also controls a huge part of the city because of their influence and wealth. The two parties agreed that their marriage would benefit them without knowing about their past. Is this destiny at work here? I don’t know but such coincidence even made their reunion a lot sweeter. Since they were too young when they made the promise, both of them have hazy memories of it. The only things that reminded them of it are the key and locket they gave to each other. The locket will only open by using the key. It was supposed to be a happy ending but another girl close to Raku who also holds a key from her childhood emerged. Will Raku and Chitoge’s childhood fling transition to a long and lasting love? The uncertainty of their feelings and if they were truly paired by destiny makes this love team one of the best anime has to offer!
Rokuro Enmado and Benio Adashino from Twin Star Exorcists
Arranged marriages are frowned upon by today’s society but in some rare cases they turned out to be just fine for the two main parties involved. This is what happened to Rokuro and Benio. They were destined to marry and give birth to the strongest exorcist, the Miko. Despite being forced to live together, it did not end up the way their superiors planned. Although it’s obvious that Benio has strong feelings toward Rokuro, their relationship failed to move up to the next level because of Rokuro’s hesitance. He simply does not want them to be together just because they are instructed to. Deep inside him, he wants their relationship to be real. Rokuro is passionate about protecting Benio even at the expense of his own life. This anime love team will surely melt anyone’s heart as they express their feelings toward each other through simple yet sweet antics but can’t fully commit in making everything real because of their responsibilities as the savior of mankind.
Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
There is no better love than one that can make the couple a better version of themselves. Kousei is the youngest pianist to win the Saki Competition. He was on his way to become the best in Japan but everything changed when his mother died. Kousei’s mother is not only his trainer but his biggest inspiration in playing the piano. After she died, Kousei lost the ability to hear what he plays. Kaori, an aspiring violinist, became his light of hope. She persevered to bring back Kousei’s love for music. It’s never easy since Kousei haven’t played for years and initially has no motivation to play the piano again. This anime love team is made and bound by music.
Bell Cranel and Hestia from DanMachi/ Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
It’s said that you’ll most likely meet the girl destined for you in an unexpected place. But does a dungeon count? Bell Cranel is a new adventurer who aims to reach the topmost level of the dungeon like everybody else. Many even risk their life just to achieve this goal since reaching the top of the dungeon would mean prestige and mountains of riches. Bell Cranel’s goal is a bit different though. He explores the dungeon for a living and won’t mind being popular but what he truly wants is self-improvement and the ability to protect the head of his family, Hestia. She is a new-comer just like Bell Cranel and is innocent when it comes to hardship. Nonetheless, she loves Bell Cranel and would do everything for him to be safe while adventuring. Bell Cranel might be too young to notice it for now but Hesita has strong romantic feelings toward him. This cute anime love team works hard together in achieving their goals and even though they often stumble upon challenging obstacles along the way, they maneuver their way out of them by trusting and supporting each other.
Amagiri Ayato and Julis Riessfeld from Gakusen Toshi Asterisk
Ayato and Julis met in an awkward fashion. Julis was changing in her room back then when Ayato decided to return her handkerchief. The incident led to a duel which resulted in a draw after Ayato successfully landed a surprise attack. Julis acknowledged Ayato’s fighting skills after that. Although she treats Ayato coldly, it can’t be denied that she trusts him. It even came to the point where Julis is willing to open up to Ayato whenever something is troubling her. This anime love team is in the denial stage. They share the same romantic feelings toward each other but are too shy to admit it. But isn’t that how true love should be? It is supposed to be hard to say because you don’t want your love to end up unrequited. Maybe someday one of them will have the courage to confess and I know very Gakusen Toshi Asterisk fan is looking forward to that moment.
Sorata Kanda and Mashiro Shiina from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
Pet lovers are known to be kind and trustworthy people. Many believe that pets have the ability to see a person’s innate personality and they only cling to those who are good. This is probably why Sorata and Mashiro easily got close to each other. They both love the stray cats they choose to keep after being found loitering around their dormitory. Pets are not allowed in their dormitory so both of them worked hard to go around this problem. Sorata is so kind that he already adopted 7 cats. He finds Mashiro to be beautiful. Although he is a bit protective, it’s only because he wants nothing but the best for the girl he loves. Sorata is shy and is bad at social interactions but he eventually gathered enough courage to confess his feelings Mashiro and they became an official couple.
Lux Arcadia and Lisha/ Lisesharte Atismata from Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut
A knight in shining armor only comes around saving a princess in a fairy tale. But this is not true for Lisha. Yes, he met a knight but not because he was in distress but it happened when Lux Arcadia broke into the bathroom of the girl’s dormitory by accident. Lux may not be wearing a shining armor but he is a competent drag knight who is sometimes called the “Weakest Undefeated” or the “Black Hero”. He is also a prince of a kingdom that was destroyed 4 years ago because of a coup d’état. Although their meeting is just by accident, it’s as if they are fated to cross paths since Lisha’s kingdom is currently in turmoil and she needs someone with experience and strength to help solve the issues before it’s too late. Lux decided to lend her a hand and they grew closer as they face one dilemma after another. A relationship formed this way is bound to last since it has bloomed at dark times. What more would it be if they successfully made the kingdom peaceful and prosperous again and they have all the time in the world to focus on their feelings?
Takashi Komuro and Rei Miyamoto from High School of the Dead
Who in the right mind would think of hitting up with a girl during a zombie apocalypse? This is a time when you need to focus on escaping the zombies and securing the necessary goods for your own survival. Takashi Komuro made this daring move to rekindle his childhood fling with Rei Miyamoto. It was easy because Rei was also in love with him at some point in the past. But there are zombies around right? This couple simply can’t leave everything behind and entirely focus on their relationship. They need to lookout for their friends and visit each of their homes to reunite with their respective families. But will their relationship last in a world that is now engulfed by death where every people would do anything to survive?
Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail
Love usually is rooted in friendship. Natsu and Lucy hold on to their friendship every time they encounter dangerous enemies in their missions. Natsu’s ability to control dragonic magic made him one of the strongest mages in Fairy Tail. Many argue that he can pull off any mission alone through sheer force but that’s definitely not the case. He may be strong but he is too straightforward. Because of his personality, Natsu easily falls to deception and would greatly struggle against an enemy who uses wits over strength. This is where his friend Lucy comes to play. She is not even close to being a genius strategist yet her second opinion during missions can be quite handy. Lucy is a newcomer but her innate talent as a mage is more than enough to compensate for her lack of experience. This duo is unbeatable especially if they share a common goal and if the safety of their friends and guildmates is on the line. But are they really a love team? For me they are! Natsu may not admit it but he rampages every time Lucy is in danger which only shows how she treats her dearly. Lucy also worries a lot about Natsu and is always the first to give a hand every time he is in trouble.
Shouta Kazehaya and Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke
There are only a few experiences in life that can match the happiness you’ll feel when finding out that the one you love also feels the same way. Sawako is among the few lucky ones to enjoy this moment. She was initially a shy girl. Many were hesitant to befriend her because of her pale skin and long black hair which made her look like a ghost. Nonetheless, her physical appearance did not stop Shouta, a famous male student in her school, to reach out to her. Sawako captured his attention after later on because of her kindness and unique personality. They dated and then confessed to each other. It was a typical love story but the emotional struggles they have to overcome in order to express their feelings made it extra special.
Hiro and Zero Two from Darling in the FranXX
Don’t despair when it seems everything that is happening as of the moment is against you. The universe will surely find a way to repay your struggles and might even send someone special to serve as your saving grace. This is what Zero Two is for Hiro. They met when they were lonely and not given the chance to be pilots. Hiro, later on, was able to put his feelings for Zero Two into action with a kiss and piloted Strelizia. This happened even though Zero Two has horns that usually turn off others who want to get close to her. From that day on, he continuously exerts effort to prove that he is worthy not just as a pilot but also as Zero Two’s partner.
Here is the video of Zero Two and Hiro Epic reunion and Kiss
And that’s a wrap my otaku friends! I can already see hearts in your eyes now after reading about all the anime love teams featured in this list. I won’t blame you since they are all inspiring. Loving is truly challenging but it’s definitely worthwhile especially if you are among the lucky ones who have found a partner that would exert an equal amount or even more effort to keep your relationship strong. Are you presently in a relationship? Are you happy? Then share this with your partner so you’ll both be inspired to love even more! And as usual, even if you are still single, give us a LIKE AND KEEP ON SHARING THE ANIME LOVE MY MINA!