Top Ten Anime Couples
by Amparo Bertram
10) Tamahome & Yuuki Miaka (Fushigi Yuugi)
"Tamahome...Miaka...Tamahome...Miaka..." All right, I admit it, these
two are sickly sweet. But, darn it, they're so terribly cute together, and
with the trials they have to go through to reach their happy ending, I
can't help but admire their tenacity. It's heartwarming to see two people
commit so completely to each other and announce it to the world instead of
dancing around the subject forever.
9) Hanabishi Recca & Sakoshita Yanagi (Flame of Recca)
Any girl who picks up cute guys by saving them from gushing head
wounds is okay in my book, and what's even better is that she already has
the instinct to run for help when she needs it, rather than standing
around screaming uselessly. For his part, Recca has a leg-up in the
hopeless romantic department, showering his new crush with visions of
gorgeous homemade fireworks and calling her his Princess. <melt>
A guy who doesn't mind when you accidentally wipe your nose on him while
sobbing against his shoulder is definitely a keeper.
8) Matsuura Yuu & Koishikawa Miki (Marmalade Boy)
These step-siblings experienced the most convoluted courtship I've
ever seen. Their romance was more on-again/off-again than a strobe light,
involving them in a topologist's nightmare of love triangles, keeping
everyone guessing until the last possible moment. If they could survive
the path getting there, however, the combination of Miki's honest
exuberance and Yuu's intense dedication should enable them to face
7) Allen Schezar & Marlene Aston (Vision of Escaflowne)
Their relationship was forbidden, but neither could resist the call of
true love. The golden knight who had lost everything he held dear and the
dutiful princess forced into an unwanted marriagewould it have been
better had they ignored their mutual attraction, or was the brief joy they
brought each other worth the pain that followed? I think the look in
Allen's eyes when he gazes at her son says it all.
6) Saotome Ranma & Tendo Akane (Ranma 1/2)
If ever a couple needed to grow up a little, it would be this one.
Neither of the two is really ready for a serious relationship, though
Akane is giving it a heroic effort. Despite that, they resolutely oppose
anyone or anything bent on separating them. If the trend continues,
they'll be together forever.
5) Hayami Seiji & Kisaragi Honey (Cutey Honey Flash)
I haven't seen this one translated yet, but even judging by body
language alone, these two are absolutely adorable. With Seiji's streetwise
boyishness and Honey's exhibitionist innocence, together they have a
chemistry both sweet and seductive, exemplified by his shy blush at a
friendly kiss even after they've become intimate. Their obvious commitment
leaves but one questionwhy wait so darn long to get married?
4) Urameshi Yuusuke & Yukimura Keiko (Yuu Yuu Hakusho)
For a "detective," he's often slow to catch on when it comes to
womenhe didn't even know she loved him until after he diedbut
you can't beat that first kiss. Sometimes I don't know whether to
sympathize with Keiko for falling for such a jerk or envy her for having
someone so gorgeous and powerful utterly devoted to her. Her courage is a
perfect foil for his attitude...and just imagine what their kids will be
3) Namura Shinichi & Akizuki Meiko (Marmalade Boy)
Ya gotta love a romance born in a library. Meiko quickly decides what
she wants and pursues it with all her heart. She doesn't distract herself
with fits of self-doubt and jealousy, to which her best friend is prone.
For his part, Namura's every action makes it clear how highly he treasures
her and how much he would sacrifice for her sake. What better modern
counterpart to the young noblewoman and her dutiful knight?
2) Ryudo Hajime & Toba Matsuri (Sohryuden)
The relationship between the spirited reincarnation of a goddess and
her cousin the Blue Dragon King is subtle, but at the same time more
powerful through their unconscious actions than any words could express.
They have no need to indulge in the awkward courtship dance that most
couples face; they're already best friends, and when the time comes for
them to become more, they'll be ready.
1) Himura Kenshin and Kamiya Kaoru (Rurouni Kenshin)
He cooks, he cleans, he's great with children, and in his spare time
he occasionally fends off power-mad swordsmen bent on taking over the
country. Her charming blend of strength and innocence gives him what he
searched ten years to finda reason to value his own life. This
touching romance set in historic Japan gives new meaning to the phrase
Unresolved Sexual Tension, however; they've been living together for over
a year, and they have yet to share so much as a peck on the cheek.
<heavy sigh> Perhaps if Kaoru would stop throwing buckets at him
when he shows up in the bath...
© 1999 Amparo Bertram