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The 50 Cutest Anime Couples of All Time

In the enchanting realm of anime, where tales of adventure and fantasy captivate us, the stories of the best anime couples often hold a special place in our hearts. These relationships, ranging from the cutest anime couples to the most intense anime love couples, add a rich, emotional layer to our favorite series. Whether it’s the dynamic of cute anime couple moments or the profound bond shared by anime characters in love, these pairings offer a glimpse into the diverse expressions of affection and companionship.

This list, thoughtfully compiled by an anime enthusiast, celebrates the top anime couples. Each pair, whether officially together or strongly implied to be in a relationship, has been chosen for their unique portrayal of love and partnership in the anime world. From the sweet cute anime couples that bring a smile to our faces to the romantic anime couples that tug at our heartstrings, these duos represent the spectrum of love and connection in anime.

Whether you’re a fan of anime ships or just appreciate the art of storytelling, these cute anime couples are sure to leave a lasting impression with their tales of love and companionship.

Minato & Kushina (Naruto)


Minato and Kushina, from the anime series Naruto, are an iconic anime couple. They were both skilled ninjas from the Hidden Leaf Village. Minato was known as the Fourth Hokage, while Kushina possessed a fiery personality and powerful abilities. Their love story is heartwarming and tragic.

What makes MinaKushi one of the best anime couples is their unwavering love and sacrifice. They faced numerous challenges and dangers together, but their bond remained unbreakable. Minato’s dedication to protecting Kushina and their unborn son, Naruto, showcased his deep love. Similarly, Kushina’s strength and determination, even in the face of adversity, demonstrated her love for Minato. Their love story, although cut short by tragedy, is a testament to the enduring power of love in the world of Naruto, making them a beloved and unforgettable anime couple for fans.

Kurisu and Okabe (Steins;Gate)

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It’s said that true love can transcend time and space, and fate will bring two people together, no matter what the circumstances. Makise Kurisu and Okabe Rintaro are proof of this theory, and many others in the world of science, time travel, and love. Steins;Gate is known for its beautiful storytelling that involves a group of friends/lab members who discover the ability to send text messages to the past. Makise Kurisu, a scientist visiting Japan for a conference, meets university student Okabe by chance. She is saved by a text and soon connects with him over their mutual love for science. Although they start out bickering with each other, romance blossoms over their discoveries and long hours at the lab.

When things get really serious, Okabe races against time to prevent his friend’s death, and especially Kurisu, even if it means he has to repeat time again and again to prevent her death. One particular scene between them in the lab depicts their true feelings as they kiss and express their undying love for one another. Kurisu also shows much love to Okabe, and they connect, even though fate and multiple worldlines try to stop them.

Yuri and Viktor (YOI)

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Viktor and Yuri are a couple that was born to make history. In a world of sports anime with implied homosexual relationships, Viktor and Yuri stand out as being a realistic pairing in the show Yuri on Ice. Not only are their interactions realistic, you can tell how much they care for each other throughout their entire journey.

Viktor gives Yuri confidence in a healthy way, trying to get him to realize his true potential. Yuri falls in love with Viktor and realizes that they both need each other, forming a mutually healthy relationship that shines throughout the series. Not only does this couple “make history”, but the pairing is also a realistic representation of an LGTBQ+ relationship that doesn’t seem forced.

See Also: Why Yuri on Ice Made Anime History

Temari & Shikamaru (Naruto)


Temari and Shikamaru are characters from the popular anime series Naruto. They are a part of the Hidden Leaf Village and play important roles in the show. Temari is a skilled ninja from the Sand Village, known for her fan-based jutsu, while Shikamaru is a strategic genius from the Hidden Leaf Village, recognized for his intelligence and laid-back attitude.

ShikaTema is one of the best anime couples because of their unique dynamics. Temari’s strong and no-nonsense personality complements Shikamaru’s calm and analytical nature. They balance each other out perfectly. Their relationship develops gradually throughout the series, from initial clashes to mutual respect and understanding. They share a deep connection built on trust and shared experiences, making them a beloved and enduring anime couple for fans of Naruto.

Risa Kozumi & Otani (Lovely Complex)

Risa Kozumi & Otani

When choosing a potential lover, there are always sets of societal rules and expectations that determines what people consider “good matches”. This can be anything from a guy being the one to ask a girl out first to the “popular” students dating each other. In the case of Risa and Otani, it’s definitely a matter of “height” and challenging the stereotypes of who should be taller. Risa and Otani are two students who get along and share a lot of similar interests, however, Risa is the tallest girl in the class while Otani is the shortest boy. Together, they make a hilarious pairing and are often considered the comedic relief of the class.

Despite many chances to date others, Risa develops a crush on Otani despite their “height” difference and the two complement each other in a variety of ways. Bickering turns into true love, and the pairing really emphasizes the message of challenging stereotypes and norms. Plus, they are a super cute anime couple especially when they fangirl (and fanboy) over their favorite menu items, rapper, and fun events throughout the year. Although Otani can be a jerk at times, he really cares for Koizumi and they fit well together.

Winry & Edward (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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In the serious world of Full Metal Alchemist, romance can still bloom, especially over the long journey Ed takes. After a devastating accident involving transmutation, Edward Elric, an amateur alchemist, decided to travel the world to become a master of alchemy.

Winry Rockbell, a mechanic with a big heart, was always there to help Ed, even crafting an artificial arm for him when he lost it during childhood. She’s always there to support him, as he is to support her, making them an excellent pairing. Throughout the long series, their feelings for each other blossom and eventually lead to a proposal. It is really an “equivalent exchange”.

We also included FMA brotherhood on our list of the 21 best fantasy anime of all time.

Ryuuji Takasu & Taiga Aisaka (Toradora)

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Featuring a legendary love square and a cute poster couple, Toradora’s Ryuuji and Taiga are considered one of the favorite pairings from rom-com anime. Ryuuji, a high school boy who has a scary look connects with the small but furious Taiga Aisaka. However, things become more complicated when their crushes don’t return their feelings.

Although they don’t start off on good terms, Ryuuji tries his best to befriend Taiga and take care of her, eventually warming up. Taiga is a tsundere, one who acts cold but gradually warms up over time. The RyuTai relationship is genuine and absolutely adorable. Relationship goals.

Banri Tada & Koko Kaga (Golden Time)

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From the creators of Toradora comes a romance that is more relatable to adults and those who just kicked off their college life. Although many anime focus on high school relationships, Golden Time shifts the emphasis to those beginning their university life. Overwhelmed with the number of clubs and classes, Banri runs into Koko one day, who holds a bouquet of flowers.

Like Ryuuji and Taiga, they do not get along at first, but gradually warm up to one another’s affections. Although Banri struggles with regaining his lost memories and Koko deals with her childhood friend leaving her behind, they find each other in their new journey of life, complementing one another.

Celty Sturluson & Shinra (Durarara!!)

Celty Sturluson & Shinra

Some say that odd couples can be the best, and Celty x Shinra certainly prove that. Durarara!! is a very odd series, capturing the lives of many in Ikebukuro. Celty Sturluson, a fairy, is on the search for a head, wearing a helmet to cover her “headless” appearance. However, she didn’t just arrive in Japan, and Shinra Kishitani, an underground doctor has been researching her, eventually falling in love.

Although Celty can’t talk, she communicates via text and has taken quite a liking to the doctor. Also in love with her, Shinra’s interactions with Celty are simply adorable. Although there are some slip-ups and secrets along the way, the two are made for each other and complement the other half.

Chiyo Sakura & Umetarou Nozaki (GSNK)

Chiyo Sakura & Umetarou Nozaki

What if you asked your crush out and there was a horrible misunderstanding? Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun takes this idea to a whole new level when Chiyo, a high school girl, decided to confess her love. After she works up the courage, Nozaki hands her an autograph much to her confusion. It is then revealed that Nozaki is a well-known shoujo manga artist.

This begins a beautiful “friendship” as Sakura takes on the role as one of his assistants. Although Nozaki is mostly oblivious to Sakura’s love for him, their interactions make them seem like an official couple. Over time, it is hinted that he may develop feelings for her, but we need another season for that.

Kamina & Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann)

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Gurren Lagann is considered an anime classic with well-written characters and an intriguing, crazy universe that starts underground. When Simon and Kamina make their way from their village beneath the surface, they eventually meet Yoko, a sniper girl. Instantly attracted to her, Kamina, as the playboy type, immediately makes his moves much to Yoko’s dismay. However, as time goes on, the two develop genuine affection and feelings for one another, sharing a kiss on the battlefield. Their outgoing personalities complement one another, and they make a fantastic couple in the series.

Simon & Nia (Gurren Lagann)

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Speaking of Gurren Lagann, there is another couple that really stands out in the series. Main character Simon starts off as a shy, reserved boy who lets himself get pushed around in the beginning. However, as time goes on, his character develops tremendously, as he becomes more confident. Through his wacky adventures, he meets Nia, a nice girl who also becomes a very strong character. Although Nia does not understand the ways of humans, she eventually learns through Simon and the power of Dai Gurren. Eventually, Simon proposes and they get married in a very emotionally charged scene.

Yuzuru Otonashi & Kanade Tachibana (Angel Beats)

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Known as an emotional anime, Angel Beats has its fair share of tearjerking moments, especially between the main characters. In this world, those who have died on earth are stuck in a high school limbo, trying to find their way to pass on. The SSS brigade struggles to fight against god in order to take revenge on the taking of their lives.

One of their enemies is Angel, a mysterious white-haired girl who fights against them using supernatural powers. As time goes on, Otonashi is drawn to Angel who reveals her real name to be Kanade Tachibana. When he discovers how he died, he works with her in order to help others pass on from limbo. Kanade, who initially seems emotionless, warms up to Otonashi and the SSS brigade, falling in love along the way. Their relationship dynamic makes for a very emotional love story, where they eventually meet in another life.

Hinata Hideki & Yui (Angel Beats)

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Although the main character in Angel Beats makes a delightful pair with “Angel”, there’s another couple in the show that deserves much attention. Hinata Hideki and Yui not only interact well with one another but have one of the most touching moments in the series. When passing on, the characters confess their love for one another, showing how deeply they feel.

Yui, the outgoing singer, and Hinata, the loveable goofball have great chemistry and reveal that they never hated one another, despite their antics. In the beginning, they always feel like fighting. However, when their past is revealed, they begin to open up with one another, establishing great communication.

Tomoya Okazaki & Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad)

Tomoya Okazaki & Nagisa Furukawa

Some claim that Clannad has one of the best romance stories of all time, making it a top contender for having one of the best romances in anime history. Meet Tomoya, a delinquent boy who has a negative outlook on life. Throughout Clannad, he learns how to appreciate family and friends. When he meets Nagisa, she teaches him how to find love in life, despite the past. She is a nice and caring girl who suffers from a mysterious illness. She brings much positivism in Tomoya’s life as he helps her become more confident. Eventually, the two get married and even have a child in CLANNAD -After Story-.

See Also: 10 Great Video Game Characters to Romance

Kousei Arima & Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie in April)

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When Kousei, a piano prodigy, sees the world in monochrome, and he’s in the need for some color in his life. After being abused and forced to play the piano, Kousei forgets what it is like to enjoy life and blocks out music from his life. However, when Kaori, a fellow musician, appears one day, everything changes. She is the ray of sunshine in his life who teaches him how to love music once again, as well as how to love others. After falling in love with Kaori, Kousei and her develop a relationship. However, tragedy sadly strikes towards the end. Even so, the recital of love plays on.

Takeo Gouda & Yamato Rinko (My Love Story)

Takeo Gouda & Yamato Rinko

In many shoujo anime, male love interests are often seen as the “pretty boys”, capturing the heroine’s interest. Shoujos are also usually told in the perspective of a female falling in love. However, that is not always the case. In My Love Story, the main couple breaks boundaries with an unconventionally attractive male lead with a big heart. Gouda meets Yamato one day and instantly falls for the cute, petite girl. Worried she’d fall for his friend, she ends up liking Gouda instead, making for a great and refreshing love story. Both Gouda and Yamato are so in love with one another it’s almost sickly adorable. Plus, the “bishounen” boy aka Gouda’s friend is such a bro and supports the pairing.

Naruto Uzumaki & Hinata Hyuuga (Naruto)

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For years upon years and episode upon episode of this demon anime, fans have been waiting for the moment that Hinata and Naruto would end up together. Acting as a primary love interest for the ninja, Hinata crushed on Naruto for a very long time, only for her love to be reciprocated after his long journey. As a couple, both Naruto and Hinata share considerable character development from start to finish, and many fans are satisfied with them. The pairing even ends up having a son, named Boruto, who continues the legacy through his own movie and adventures.

Tatsumi & Mine (Akame ga Kill)

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There’s hardly room for love in the cruel world of Akame ga Kill, but somehow it finds its way. This anime is a unique shounen series, even with its romances. Although many would expect the main character Tatsumi to fall for the other main character Akame, events transpire and Mine comes into the picture. Like many of her tsundere counterparts from other anime, Mine comes off as harsh and cold, eventually warming up to the protagonist. While living lives as assassins, both feel the immediate need to protect one another in battles of Night Raid and beyond. Through Tatsumi, Mine reveals a different side, and the two share an amazing bond even through all the tragedies that tear Night Raid apart.

Yato & Iki Hiyori (Noragami)


In a world inhabited by gods and goddesses, humans live in the realm where spirits reside. However, when one human sees a god who looked like a human, she decided to risk her life for him which resulted in her soul separating from her body. Iki Hiyori’s life changed forever when she stumbled into the god Yato one day.

The two have great chemistry. Yato is a goofy god who wishes to be rich and showered with fortune, while Hiyori is a level-headed student who wishes to return to normal. As time goes on, Hiyori becomes Yato’s source of inspiration and love, as he falls for the human girl who stumbled upon him. Although he can be a bit carefree, Yato has a big heart and a tragic past. Hiyori’s obliviousness to his feelings also add to the romantic tension. Yatori is definitely one of anime’s cutest couples.

Ryu Yamada & Urara Shiraishi (Yamada Kun and the Seven Witches)

Ryu Yamada & Urara Shiraishi

Seven witches inhabit a school, but you can only discover the powers by kissing… One day, Ryu Yamada discovers something interesting, he can switch bodies by the touch of the lips. At least, that’s what happens when he accidentally falls on Urara and they accidentally kiss. After switching bodies in a comedic scene, Yamada discovers that Urara is one of the seven witches at school, and he has the power of copying the powers of others on one condition—their lips touch.

Before all of this commences, Urara and Yamada cross paths as two different types of students, a girl at the top of her class and a delinquent boy. Although Urara is ostracized by her classmates, Yamada learns what it’s like after switching bodies and begins to fall for her. Becoming one of her first friends, Urara gradually begins to open up and express more emotions. Although they are polar opposites, Urara and Yamada connect over their powers and mutual love for each other.

Yuta and Rikka (Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions)

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Although everyday life can be satisfying, sometimes escaping the real world with fantasies and delusions make things even better. In Japan, Chuunibyo refers to those who live out a fantasy world in their mind, pretending to be a fictional character of their choosing. Yuta, the protagonist, suffers from these delusions but is embarrassed by his past. Starting anew, he begins high school with an open mind.

However, he soon runs into a girl who reminds him of his past self, experiencing delusions of her own. She becomes interested in the past he wished to keep away, thus beginning a new love story. Although the “delusions” seem silly, they actually bring the characters closer together and reveal parts of their past. Yuta and Rikka bond over their mutual weirdness and self-discovery, making them a great romantic pairing.

Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba (Sailor Moon)

Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba

For years, there has been one ship that many grew up with and adore, Sailor Moon x Tuxedo Mask. As superheroes with secret identities, the two students fall in love without knowing their other lives. At first, they act playful towards one another but always try to protect each other’s normal form from danger. After discovering their identities, however, their romantic relationship blossoms as they rid the world of evil and go through so much throughout the entire series. Eventually, the fan favorite couple weds and have a kid together. Their relationship is truly magical.

Natsuki Subaru and Emilia (Re:Zero)

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A NEET transported into a fantasy world filled with death. You may be on Team Rem, but Team Emilia deserves some love too, and it’s canon! When Subaru finds himself in a mysterious world, he eventually meets Emilia, a beautiful but mysterious girl who lies about her name and is searching for her lost pendant. Through his encounters, he finds himself in life and death situations, many times involving his demise. However, his life resets each time a piece of the story unfolds or he is attacked. This makes for a great love story setup where he meets the girl he loves again and again. It also creates a very emotional bond between the two as they navigate their world together and try to protect one another from harm’s way.

Lelouch vi Britannia and C.C. (Code Geass)

Another anime classic with a fan favorite couple is Code Geass, a thought provoking and political series with two very different people with troubled pasts. Lelouch, a powerful prince, leads Japan in a revolutionary movement to go against those in power who oppress the helpless, using the power of Geass. C.C., an immortal being, transfers this power to him and they share connections throughout the series.

At one point, Lelouch is able to view C.C.’s experiences from the past and her past lives, developing a deep, emotional bond with each other. She also acts as Lelouch’s accomplice and second in command, sharing mutual trust. Although the series can be super serious, the moments between Lelouch and C.C. add a wonderful touch of romance that really works.

Kenshiro & Yuria (Fist of the North Star)

Kenshiro & Yuria

Fist of the North Star began with a romantic turmoil and a quest for revenge. At the beginning of the story, Kenshiro sets off with his soon to be wife to find somewhere to settle down in the nuclear wasteland where they live. However, things turn sour when Kenshiro’s fiancé, Yuria,  is kidnapped by his rival. After an intense fight that leaves 7 scars on his chest and a kidnapped fiancé, Kenshiro struggles to survive and find the love of his life. Soon after, he’s told that she committed suicide after her kidnapping, which (spoilers) proves to be staged. Despite all they been through apart, the two finally reconnect and spend the rest of their lives together at the end.

Misato Katsuragi & Kaji Ryoji (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Misato Katsuragi & Kaji Ryoji

Although many like to pair the main character Shinji with the other EVA pilots, there is one NGE couple that form a relationship: Misato Katsuragi & Kaji Ryoji. Unlike many of the couples on this list, Kaji and Misato have a past. When Kaji reappeared on NERV turf, Misato kept thinking about her ex despite them ending things before. Their dynamic is very interesting and entertaining. For example, Kaji will tease Misato, who reacts accordingly. She’s a very strong female character and he’s the anime archetype that many girls love. After a second first date, Kaji charms Misato and her feelings for him return. Through their interactions, you can tell the two really care for each other until the very end.

Isaac Dian & Miria Harvent (Baccano!!)

Not all couples are angels, and Issac x Miria are prime examples. A pair of criminals, the duo is known for dressing up in costumes and committing robberies in the prohibition era. They are even described as “a pair of idiotic lovers and thieves” who are always enthusiastic. Their targets for robbery differentiate from the norm, and their trust in each other is phenomenal. Not only do they provide comedic relief, they are an enjoyable pair that were voted as one of two 2009’s Duo of the Year on Anime News Network. They have also been described as one of anime’s most lively couples, entertaining the viewers of the wonderful world of Baccano!!

Nana Osaki & Ren Honjo (Nana)

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Nana is a unique anime that captures the life of two young adult females, both named Nana, in a surprisingly realistic way. Nana Osaki, a singer with a goth like fashion and Nana Komatsu, a boy crazy and energetic girl,  both have different ideas of love and life. For Nana, her relationship with Ren stands out. As former lovers who had their own band, Ren decided to end things and move to Tokyo to join Trapnest. However, she soon reconnects with Ren when she relocated to Tokyo, and Nana K. invited her to a concert in her hometown. Upon meeting again, the two make up and being dating once more. It’s clear that the two were never meant to breakup, as their love for each other is very evident. Both have a lot in common and share a mutual interest in making it big in the music industry.  Ren even proposes to her in the manga, mostly to avoid Nana falling for Yazu, another member of her band. Ren x Nana make a perfect duet.

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Ringo Noyamano & Itsuki “Ikki” Minami (Air Gear)

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Epic skating can bring epic romances, especially in a world where youth battle each other in the aggressive version of the sport. Ikki, the protagonist, is a street fighting delinquent who lives with four adopted non-related “sisters’ who are part of one of the crazy street gangs who lurk around the city. Ringo, Ikki’s childhood friend, is the member of the Sleeping Forest team, and is his primary love interest. Through intense battles between teams, are there for each other. Eventually in the manga, Ringo confesses her feelings for her friend and they share a kiss. Their interactions in the crazy world are great to watch.

Ichigo Kurosaki & Orihime Inoue (Bleach)

Whether you are on Team Rukia or Team Orihime, Ichigo and Orihime are officially canon which simultaneously disappointed and satisfied long time fans of the series. From the very beginning, Orihime had a crush on Ichigo in school. As the series went on, their relationship developed and they both realized their feelings. Both would do anything to protect their love, and have several times in and out of battle. At the end, the two settled down and had a child, finally being able to love one another in peace. Like many couples on this list, Orihime and Ichigo have definite chemistry and have faced many obstacles together.

Saki & Akira Takizawa (Eden of the East)

Eden of the East is a wacky show from start to finish, and the main two are just one great part of the awesome ride. As part of a graduation trip from Japan, Saki travels to Washington D.C. and runs into Takizawa, a naked Japanese man who was running through the streets. After their bizarre encounter, the two travel back to Japan. Takizawa ends up as part of a game where members are credited a billion yen to save Japan. After her job hunt goes awry, Saki decides to partner with Takizawa and her former club “Eden of the East”. Throughout the series, the two characters develop respect towards one another, and Saki goes along with Akira’s antics. They share plenty of adorable moments that make their romance absolutely adorable.

Tohru Honda & Kyo Souma (Fruits Basket)

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Many of us may remember Fruits Basket as 2000’s shoujo that often dominated bookshelves with multiple volumes of manga and lovable memories. Featuring the Souma family, an eccentric bunch who each turn into animals of the Chinese Zodiac, Fruits Basket proves to be both a great comedy and romance story. The main romance focuses on Tohru Honda, a girl who is taken in by the family and encounters two different boys: Yuki and Kyo. Yuki, the most popular boy in school, represents the rat, while Kyo, a hotheaded redhead represents the cat. Both clash and eventually develop feelings for Tohru. However, Kyo ends up being her main man as they fall for one another and Tohru helps him overcome his past and aggressive tendencies. Kyo deeply cares for her, and would do anything to be with Tohru despite his curse . The two eventually get married and are still together through old age.

Haruhi Fujioka & Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

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A poor girl accepted to a rich school + a broken vase = a ticket into the host club? One of the well-known anime, Ouran High School Host Club features a great relationship that breaks gender roles and barriers many anime do not. After breaking the expensive vase at the host club, Haruhi, a girl who looks a boy, is forced to work for them. There, she meets all of the members, including the eccentric and flamboyant president Tamaki Suoh who takes a liking to her immediately. Throughout the story, the two fall for each other despite Tamaki denying his feelings. However, they admit their love for one another and eventually wed at the end of the manga, much to Haruhi’s dad’s dismay. Together, they are an interesting duo that complements one another and the bizarre nature of the anime.

Kei Takishima & Hikari Hanazono (Special A)

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Sometimes rivalry brings two people together, especially the competitive type. In Special A, Hikari is always second to Kei. Since childhood, they have always been competing in everything to see who would come on top. However, high school came around and Kei still holds the number one position in the class with Hikari a close second. Although Hikari considers Kei an important person in her life, Kei has romantic feelings for her. Along the way, Hikari does find love despite the constant competitions between them. This makes them a great anime couple that many may call their favorite.

Misaki Ayuzawa & Takumi Usui (Maid Sama)

What if you had an alter ego you’d like to keep secret? Maid Sama is all about secrets and separate lives. Following Misaki Ayuzawa, the first female president at a former all-boys school, the anime focuses on the discovery of her secret life as a maid cafe worker by Takumi Usui, a popular boy. After discovering her secret, the two clash and learn more about one another. Since Misaki doesn’t fawn over Takumi’s looks, he appreciates her seeing past his handsome appearance. They soon become a couple and will make you go “aww” at the screen.

Inuyasha & Kagome (Inuyasha)

After being transported to the Sengoku period, high school girl Kagome meets a half demon half dog hybrid named Inuyasha. After extracting a gem from Kagome’s spirit, it is dispersed into several shards around Japan and must be put back together. Teaming up with Inuyasha, Kagome goes on a journey in another time. Despite some struggles and stubbornness, the two show deep, caring feelings and vow to protect the other. After the final battle, Kagome is transported back into her era, but three years later finds an opening through time, eventually marrying Inuyasha.

Kakeru & Naho (Orange)

What if you got a letter from the past that gave you day by day instructions to save a friend and fall in love? Naho, a young high school girl, received a letter from her past self that predicted everything that would happen on that day, even her love. When a transfer student named Kakeru starts attending their school, Naho falls in love with the easygoing and friendly boy. However, he is in danger, and Naho’s future self will stop at nothing to keep him alive. Using her judgment, Naho chooses to follow the letters, even if they push her to be more outgoing and forward to prevent certain events from occurring. The love between the two is genuine and really cements the idea to live life to it’s fullest and avoid regrets in the future. Naho and Kakeru’s love is one that transcends time and space.

Maka Albarn & Soul Eater Evans (Soul Eater)

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Members of the D.W.M.A. aka the Death Weapon Meister Academy must pair with partners, one acting as a meister while the other transforms into a weapon for them to use. Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans are weapon meister partners with a deep connection that enables them in battle. Although their personalities are different, the amount of love and mutual respect for one another is absolutely remarkable.

At the beginning of the series, the two seem immature at times. However, over time the two become more mature with more battles and the development of trust in their relationship. When their souls connect, Maka sometimes finds herself in a room where Soul must use his black blood. Together they dance in sync in a ballroom setting, which is absolutely cute. Known as one of the biggest teased couples of all time, many fans were upset that the ending did not convey their romantic relationship.

Satomi Murano & Shinichi Izumi (Parasyte)

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In the sickening, disturbing world of Parasyte, there is still time for romance. Shinichi, a timid high school boy, finds himself with an alien parasite inhabiting his left hand. In Japan, there are several incidences of parasites overtaking humans and then attacking them (gore included), and Shinichi has the same happen to him, but is able to control his brain. Throughout his journey, he finds confidence in himself and falls for a classmate. Although Satomi already had a crush on him, she watches him transform and become less and less like a human. Constantly protecting her, the two get together and learn what it means to be human. Even at the end, they are still with one another.

Tomoe & Nanami Momozomo (Kamisama Kiss)

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By chance one day, a girl walks around after becoming homeless when her dad ran away due to debt. She encounters a man named Mikage who gives her his house as a thank you for saving him. When she arrives, she finds herself in a shrine and meets Tomoe, a familiar of the man she saved. Soon, she falls for him, despite the love being between a human and yokai. Although he is not too happy with it at first, he eventually falls for her, making for a wonderful romance story.

Panty & Brief (Panty & Stocking)

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Probably one of the oddest couples in the bizarre comedy show, Panty and Brief are a funny duo, despite Panty’s verbal abuse. Panty likes to sleep with many men, and one guy in particular tries to date her every time. However, every time she rejects him, there is one scene where they show mutual feelings for one another at the end. The two attend a ball and she decided he was attractive and then the two have some fun. Although the rest is kind of inappropriate to talk about, Panty surprisingly treats him well and they somewhat get together at the end.

Yukako & Koichi (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)

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With her wavering black hair, strong features, and stalker-like tendencies, Yukako isn’t your typical heroine. However, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure isn’t your typical anime. Falling for the short and timid-at-first Koichi, Yukako comes off as a crazy obsessive stalker and a worthy opponent and Stand user. Upon her defeat, Yukako goes in the background until a certain point where she goes under the influence of a stand user who claims to make her beautiful. There, Koichi realizes that he has feelings for her and helps her through the predicament. Yukako calms down a bit, and the two start dating. Although they are an odd couple, it definitely works.

Hak & Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

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Yona, a kind, but spoiled princess to the throne’s life completely changes one day when her cousin kills her father in cold blood on her birthday. Leaving the village with her bodyguard Hak, the two set out on an adventure to find more about the kingdoms and the reincarnation of legendary dragons. Although there are many guys in the series, Yona falls for Hak, her childhood friend who is there to protect her at any costs. Over the course of the series, they develop serious feelings for each other and become a phenomenal couple.

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Ko & Futaba (Ao Haru Ride)

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Would you forget your first love? In Ao Haru Ride, romance gets both complicated and cute. At school, Futaba runs into her former love one day, crossing paths once again in high school. However, she finds him much different than what he was before they met again. Instead of the kind, thoughtful person he used to be, Kou is now rude and has a completely different attitude. Ao Haru Ride does a great job of showing the changes in people’s lives, as well as the ability to fall for the same person all over again.

Shota Kazehaya & Sawako Kuronuma( Kimi Ni Todoke)


Feared for her appearance similar to the horror movie counterpart (The Ring), Sawako scares her classmates. They even believe she can communicate with ghosts and the dead, giving her quite the reputation. However, she has an encounter with her idol, a school boy named  Kazehaya. After he starts talking to him, everything changes and she begins to have more confidence in herself as well as fall in love. Together, they overcome many of the obstacles in their way.

Yuu Sonoda and Haruka Takayama (Sakura Trick)

Friends since middle school, Yuu and Haruka share a special bond with one another that neither wants to fade away. However, being separated for once in their lives, they begin to kiss to deepen their relationship together and love blossoms.  Haruka has romantic feelings for her friend, while Yuu is more embarrassed by the constant kissing and secrecy. However, by the end of the series, the two realize that they actually had a romantic relationship with one another, and begin dating their second year of school.

Yuki & Zero (Vampire Knight)

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In a mysterious academy where vampire and human students come together, there is one girl who works to keep them separated, Yuki Cross. Zero, a human turned vampire, falls for Yuki, the human girl. Resisting his urges to drink her blood, he tries his best to keep Yuki out of harm’s way. Although Yuki affections waver between him and another student, she cares deeply for Zero and will do anything for him. They officially end up together at the end of the series, having a child and returning Zero to his mortal, human state. Vampire Knight features a much better vampire love story than Twilight.

Saito & Louise (Zero No Tsukaima)

In a magical academy, a girl named Louise is an absolute failure in her magic studies courses, often causing explosions. Because of her failure, she is nicknamed Louise the Zero. As part of every student’s studies, they must summon a familiar. When Louise summons an ordinary Japanese boy, their relationship begins.

At first, Louise is very rude to Saito, making him be her servant and forcing him to do several tasks and chores. Although she treats him terribly at first, she develops feelings for him after working together and him proving to be more useful and caring than their initial meeting. They even get together within the series, which is often rare for anime couples.

Izumi & Ryouma (Love Stage!!)

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In the show business, there is still time for love. Izumi, an aspiring manga author, is thrown into the world of the entertainment industry that his family dominates, much to his dismay. However, he is forced into a role as a girl rather than a guy. Ryouma, a star, is paired with him and falls in love with his feminine side, not knowing that he is actually a boy. However, the two find love with each other, forming a very adorable relationship throughout the series. Love Stage!! Is one of the only yaoi anime that depicts same-sex relationships in a more positive light.

Haru & Shizuku (My Little Monster)

As stated before, sometimes opposites attract. Shizuku’s only interests lie in the future and studying to be the top of her class. Haru, a troublemaking boy, sits next to her in class and rarely shows up. One day, the two connect when Haru is told to deliver papers to her classmate, and he claims she is a friend. Although he is rumored to be violent, he is gentle. Shizuku is rumored to be cold, but can actually be caring. Both are unsocial, but find each other in this cute romantic-comedy that goes beyond initial appearances and brings outcasts together.

Yuuko & Teiichi (Tasogare Otome x Amnesia)

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Can love transcend life and death itself? In the interesting anime Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, a paranormal club investigates the old school building at their large academy, which is rumored to be haunted. One day, Teichi encounters a ghost named Yuuko, a girl who has died several years before. Although her spirit is tied to the building, she develops feelings for Teiichi. After discovering her tough past, he doesn’t stop at anything to help her spirit pass on and finally make peace. They’re undeniably one of the cutest anime couples.

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The Importance of Relationships in Anime

One thing that consistently stands out in anime is the intricate portrayal of relationships. Let’s delve into why these relationships are the beating heart of many anime series.

A Reflection of Japanese Culture

Anime, being a product of Japanese culture, often reflects the country’s views on love, commitment, and relationships. The subtleties, the respect, the challenges, and the triumphs seen in anime relationships give us a window into Japanese societal norms and values (for those here in the U.S.). Anime can be a beautiful blend of art and culture, when done well.

Driving the Narrative Forward

Anime isn’t just about flashy battles or otherworldly adventures. At its core, it’s about the characters and their journeys. Relationships, especially romantic ones, often serve as the catalyst for many plotlines. Whether it’s the unspoken tension between two characters or the overt declaration of love, these relationships push the narrative forward, making us root for them, cry with them, and celebrate their victories.

Character Depth and Growth

Relationships in anime are a mirror to the characters’ souls. Through their interactions with their significant others, we see vulnerabilities, strengths, fears, and aspirations. It’s through these relationships that characters grow, evolve, and sometimes even find their purpose. Think of your favorite anime character and how their relationships have shaped their journey. It’s a testament to the genre’s depth.

Relatability and Universal Appeal

While anime might be rooted in Japanese culture, the emotions and challenges faced by couples are universal. Who hasn’t felt the pangs of first love, the heartbreak of unrequited feelings, or the joy of finding ‘the one’? Anime couples, in all their animated glory, capture these feelings with a rawness that resonates with audiences worldwide.

How We Picked Which Anime Couples Made This List

As we embarked on the challenging journey of curating the “50 Best Cute Anime Couples,” we recognized the importance of establishing a solid foundation for our selections. At nerdmuch.com, we pride ourselves on delivering content that’s both insightful and backed by thorough research. Here’s a glimpse into our methodology for this list:

Critical Acclaim

Anime, like any other form of art, is subject to interpretation and critique. We delved into reviews, critiques, and discussions from renowned anime critics, platforms, and journals. These experts, with their years of experience and deep understanding of the medium, have often highlighted relationships that stand out in terms of depth, development, and narrative significance. Their insights were invaluable in ensuring that our list is not just about popularity but also about the quality and essence of the relationships portrayed.

Cultural Impact

The cultural footprint of an anime couple goes beyond the screen. We looked at how these relationships influenced fan art, merchandise, conventions, and even everyday conversations. Did a particular couple inspire a surge in fan fiction? Were they the talk of the town during anime conventions? Did they spark debates, memes, or trends on social media? These indicators helped us gauge the cultural resonance of each couple, ensuring that our list includes those pairs that left an indelible mark on the anime community and pop culture at large.

Our methodology was a blend of expert insights and the tangible impact these couples have had over the years. We aimed to strike a balance between the intellectual and the emotional, the critic and the fan.

Diverse Relationships in Anime

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Anime, as a medium, has always been at the forefront of pushing boundaries and exploring diverse themes. While the spotlight often shines on the more traditional relationships, it’s essential to recognize and celebrate the spectrum of relationships that anime has brought to our screens over the years. At nerdmuch.com, we believe in highlighting inclusivity, and here’s our tribute to the diverse relationships in anime:

LGBTQ+ Representation

Anime has been one of the pioneering mediums to showcase LGBTQ+ relationships with sensitivity and depth. From the subtle undertones to the more overt narratives, these relationships have provided representation and resonated with many fans. They challenge societal norms, break stereotypes, and most importantly, depict love in its purest form, irrespective of gender or sexuality.

Here are some great LGBTQ+ anime to get into:

LGBTQ+ representation in anime spans a wide range of genres and narratives. Here are some notable examples:

  1. Yuri on Ice: As mentioned above, this sports anime revolves around figure skating and features a close relationship between the main character, Yuri Katsuki, and his mentor, Victor Nikiforov. Their bond is central to the story, and the series has been praised for its positive portrayal of a same-sex relationship.
  2. Revolutionary Girl Utena: A groundbreaking series that delves into various LGBTQ+ themes. The protagonist, Utena Tenjou, aspires to be a prince and has complex relationships with other female characters, especially Anthy Himemiya.
  3. Banana Fish: A crime thriller that explores the deep bond between Ash Lynx and Eiji Okumura. Their relationship is central to the narrative, and while it’s not explicitly labeled, the emotional connection is evident.
  4. Doukyuusei: This film is a romance between two high school boys, Rihito Sajou and Hikaru Kusakabe. It’s a tender exploration of young love and understanding one’s feelings.
  5. Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko): This series provides a sensitive portrayal of two transgender characters, Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, as they navigate the challenges of adolescence and gender identity.
  6. Sailor Moon: The series features several LGBTQ+ characters, most notably the Sailor Starlights in the fifth season and the relationship between Sailor Uranus (Haruka Tenou) and Sailor Neptune (Michiru Kaioh). Of course, that’s just one of the many reasons we included it on our list of the Best Magical Girl Anime.
  7. No. 6: Set in a dystopian future, this anime follows the bond between Shion and Nezumi. Their relationship evolves from friendship to something deeper as the series progresses.
  8. Given: A music-themed anime that centers around the romantic relationship between two members of a band, Ritsuka Uenoyama and Mafuyu Sato.
  9. Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru): This series revolves around the relationship between two high school girls, Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami, exploring themes of self-discovery and young love.
  10. Paradise Kiss: While the main story revolves around a heterosexual relationship, the series features a transgender character, Isabella, and touches upon her experiences and identity.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more anime series and films that offer diverse LGBTQ+ representations. It’s worth noting that while some series explicitly label their characters’ orientations, others leave it up to interpretation, focusing more on the emotional bonds and relationships.

Interracial Relationships

As the world of anime expands, so does its character roster. We’ve seen characters from different racial and ethnic backgrounds coming together, showcasing that love knows no boundaries. These relationships often bring with them a blend of cultures, traditions, and sometimes even conflicts, offering viewers a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences.

Unique Bonds

Beyond the traditional and the diverse, anime also brings forth relationships that are hard to categorize. Bonds formed between humans and supernatural beings, androids with emotions, or even entities from different dimensions. These unique relationships challenge our very understanding of love, pushing us to think beyond the conventional.

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Emily Auten
Em is a writer and graduate student in Communications with a love for anime, video games, DDR, and the Persona/SMT series. She's also a cosplayer and enjoys hosting events and panels at conventions in her free time.

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